Patio Dining in the Heart of Hollywood
Dining al fresco is perhaps the one bright spot of the pandemic restaurant scene. From cool take-home merchandise to delivery, take-out, and, yes, patios here’s a look at some Hollywood favorites.
Stella Barra is now open for patio dining with safety measures in place. (Photo courtesy Stella Barra via Facebook)
Stella Barra Pizzeria
6372 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
It’s all about the pizza and pasta of course. The pizza comes in red, white, and “thin sin” varieties. The airy, socially-distanced patio setting is open again, even if you can’t go to the Arclight for a flick after dinner just yet. They also offer delivery. Diners rave about the Brussels sprouts, shaved fennel pizza, and lemon drop martini. There’s an espresso martini too, if you want to stay alert. Bargain brews and bites from 4-6 p.m. daily.
Saint Felix Hollywood has expanded their outdoor service in the EACA pedestrian alley. (Courtesy photo)
St. Felix Hollywood
1602 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
The restaurant has made the tasty menu a bit smaller while making great use of the first pedestrian alley in LA. Along with the cool outdoor dining area, there’s delivery through a variety of apps, and branded merchandise. Reservations via Open Table are recommended for the brick-lined outside dining space that’s crossed with attractive fairy lights. Bloody Mary’s, sliders, and watermelon martinis are among the offerings. You can get the sliders in a variety of selections including Wagyu beef, veggie, spicy fried chicken, and braised short ribs. When it comes to merchandise, check out the totes, the Pride beach towels, T-shirts, and mugs. Bonus: Check out our interview with co-owner John Arakaki here.
Beauty and Essex offers an elevated outdoor dining experience. (Courtesy photo)
Beauty and Essex
1615 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Charming socially-distanced outdoor dining on a stunning outdoor patio with blue and white tiles on the floor and brick all around is the setting for this upscale experience. The watermelon mint lemonade cocktail should refresh diners on late summer nights. September 1st through 8th, the restaurant will feature a special 3-course meal for restaurant week LA. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the restaurant also offers a prix-fixe four course take out meal with a choice of selections from meat to fish and a dessert of the restaurant’s signature chocolate pot de crème.
Elbow Room on Cahuenga has limited outdoor seating. (Courtesy photo)
1634 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Yes, the outside seating is limited, but the pizza and drinks are great in the small outdoor dining space or for take-out and delivery, too. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; from 3 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Friendly doorman will make sure patrons are masked up. Try sipping a pink Frose; or get a ginormous pizza to go.
CPK at Hollywood & Highland has a large outdoor patio and the favorites you know and love! (Courtesy photo)
California Pizza Kitchen
6801 Hollywood Blvd 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Just inside the Hollywood and Highland complex the CPK CPK chain outpost offers entrees such as salmon along with pizza, salad, brews, and drinks on its ample outdoor patio. Try the street corn side. There’s contactless curbside pick-up, too.
A newer addition to Hollywood, 3rd Base offers outdoor dining and big screen TVs. (Courtesy photo)
1562 N Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The sports bar scene is alive and well on this friendly venue’s Selma Ave. patio. Taco & Tequila Tuesdays are still a popular offering, so make reservations through their website. Dog friendly, you’ll find fun favorites such as Philadelphia Cheese Steak sliders on the menu, and overhead – umbrellas for afternoon shade. A current menu favorite is The Black Mamba burger with purple bun and gold flakes which the spot calls “perfect for Laker games.”
Enjoy the stunning views from the rooftop of Mama Shelter. (Courtesy photo)
Mama Shelter Rooftop Bar
6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Now serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday, with classy drinks and a great view, the mama Shelter Rooftop patio offers umbrellas and socially distanced tables. Open evenings ‘til midnight on most nights, and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, the relaxing spot also serves lunch. Try a Royale Impossible Burger, or a platter of fruit, gherkin pickles, veggies, cheese and charcuterie.
Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.