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The Best Al Fresco Dining in LA

The Best Al Fresco Dining in LA


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Los Angeles provides the perfect year-round climate for outdoor dining. Al fresco meals can be romantic and provide the perfect setting for stargazing. Here are some options the next time you find yourself in the City of Angels.

Culina
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills in the Four Seasons Hotel, the modern Culina offers guests the option of dining at the authentic crudo bar, inside in the urban rustic spacious dining room or outside on the garden patio. The al fresco dining area features beige and yellow low chairs and comfy banquettes amidst a living wall of succulents and a modern fire and water fountain. The crudo bar serves a variety of raw seafood. Pastas range from a decadent carbonara or hearty rigatoni with fennel sausage and roasted garlic and pizzas include mozzarella and tomato sauce or proscuitto burrata and heirloom tomatoes over a thin wheat crust. Main courses include branzino, monkfish, lamb, veal and steaks.

The Polo Lounge
Home to Hollywood royalty and the world’s rich and famous, the 73-year-old Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel recently re-opened after a two-month restoration. Inside, the design reflects California’s relaxed lifestyle with green and white stripes, dark paneled walls and historic photos. The outdoor patio space houses hundreds of draped twinkling lights, round cozy booths circling intimate tables with new heat lamps, a new sound system and vintage lamps. Diners can still enjoy classic menu items including the famous McCarthy Salad, steak tartar, spaghetti carbonara, Sonoma lamb chops, poached turbot and their signature chocolate soufflé as well as seasonal special.

The Little Door
Past two large non-descript wooden doors lies the enchanted indoor/outdoor restaurant, The Little Door. The patio is the largest of four adjacent dining areas and houses a Koi pond, eucalyptus and bougainvillea trees, rustic iron chandeliers, a tiled fountain and a dark wood bar. The neighboring winter room features a retractable bamboo ceiling which opens for stargazing on clear spring and summer evenings. The piano and blue rooms provide smaller indoor intimate dining areas with stained glass, wood floors, fireplaces, and orange and blue walls. The French-Mediterranean inspired menu includes duck liver and port wine mousse, spicy tuna tartar, filo wrapped pork tenderloin stuffed with figs and green almonds, lamb stew, and roasted monkfish wrapped in pancetta.

Michaels
Head to the beach for a laid back romantic al fresco atmosphere and classic contemporary cuisine at the legendary Michael’s. Ask for a patio table to enjoy lush landscaping under the Santa Monica sky. Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto creates seasonal dishes from the neighboring farmer’s market along with special farm to table cocktails including the French Revolver with grapefruit, fennel, absinthe, gin, sage and dill and the Kari Kari with Meyer lemon, grapefruit, red pepper, basil, jalapeno and whiskey. Menu highlights include raw oysters, wild mushroom and black truffle pizza, Michael’s burger with duck fat onions and wild Alaskan halibut.

Coast
At Coast, diners can enjoy al fresco eating and a view of the Pacific Ocean. Located on the bottom level of the Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica, the beachside patio area houses a dozen tables and a few cozy booths surrounded by twinkling overhead lights and crawling ivy. On Wednesdays, Coast offers a $29 special farmers market dinner highlighting the best ingredients from that day's local market. Highlights include the roast beet and goat cheese salad, lobster roll on potato bun with aioli, San Francisco Cioppino, and fish and chips.


18 Best Restaurants With Outdoor Dining In Manila

As if it were not enough that COVID is a major health crisis, the pandemic has grown into a social crisis too. Families, friends, significant others, and even work mates have been going for months on end separated from each other. And with no gatherings, no endless kwentuhan and kumustahan, and barely any meaningful in-person interaction, then the act of celebrating good company over delicious food, once a cornerstone of Filipino life, has (hopefully just temporarily) disappeared.

We truly miss the freedom to be around each other and have a great meal together. Filipinos associate food with the best things in life—birthdays, long holidays, once-in-a-lifetime occasions—and this will never really change, not even by a year-long quarantine.

Thankfully, many of our favorite restaurants and watering holes have now reopened, beckoning customers back and allowing them to experience a little taste, so to speak, of pre-pandemic life.

This January, as we gear up for a whole new year ahead, we give you a list of 22 restaurants that have safely reopened and offer quarantine-friendly outdoor dining options. From Spanish tapas and Japanese fusion and Southeast Asian grub to Filipino Sunday brunch spots, these are our picks for the best restaurants around Metro Manila with al fresco dining!


Our Favorite Outdoor Dining Destinations

Purists cried foul when the MTV show Siesta Key featured the City Island Old Salty Dog rather than the Siesta Key location, but we can’t blame producers for choosing to feature the northern iteration. The wooden deck offers views of blue-green water, sailboats and seabirds. 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 388-4311, theoldsaltydog.com. $

Cortez

Star Fish Co.

Pelicans flock to this Cortez outpost for the same reason tourists and locals do: fresh fish, straight off the boat. But while the birds rely on handouts from the commercial fishermen next door, human diners queue up to fork over cash on a covered dock that seats dozens at well-worn picnic tables. 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez, (941) 794-1243, starfishcompany.com. $

Bradenton

Pier 22

According to local lore, this riverfront restaurant is haunted, but don’t let that scare you away from booking dinner on the water-facing patio. Strung with farmhouse lights and blessed with views of the Green Bridge, it’s an ideal spot to enjoy Pier 22’s fine cuisine. 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 748-8087, pier22dining.com. $

Downtown Sarasota

The Breakfast House

Dining in the small back lot at this Gillespie Park bungalow is like eating in a friend’s back yard, with trellises and drapes that provide a chummy, sheltered vibe. We’re suckers for the “island cakes,” loaded with coconut, grilled pineapple and macadamia nuts. 1817 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 366-6860, restaurantji.com/fl/sarasota/breakfast-house-. $

Café Epicure

On a weekend night, few Sarasota corners are more bustling than the one at Palm Avenue and Main Street. The crowds come for the killer Montepulciano and impeccable Negronis, thin-crusted pizzas and al dente pastas, and they linger over sweets and espresso. 1298 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-5648, cafeepicure.com. $

C’est La Vie!

Baguette- and butter-craving diners flock to this café’s streetside collection of tables. Sit outside, but don’t forget to peruse the pastry case inside for goodies to take home. (A second location near the University Town Center mall is also excellent but lacks the downtown café’s Parisian sidewalk charm.) 1553 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 906-9575, cestlaviesarasota.com. $

Clásico

Clásico pulls in a younger crowd with live music and dancing, as well as comfy outdoor seating. We love the quiet two-tops next to the restaurant’s vine-covered western wall, where you can split a bottle of white and a tableful of happy-hour snacks while soaking up the street scene. 1341 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 957-0700, clasicosrq.com. $

Indigenous

Dinner at Indigenous is more fun than formal, thanks to the setting: a vintage Florida cottage with a relaxed front porch and side patio. Sit there on a starry night, and you’ll share both belly laughs and intimate whispers. 239 S. Links Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-4740, indigenoussarasota.com. $$

Jack Dusty

Offering vistas of a narrow urban inlet, The Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant preps platters of raw shellfish and fish, along with favorites like cioppino and a ribeye. Casual enough for shorts and a T-shirt but swanky enough for a dinner date. 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2266, ritzcarlton.com. $$

Mandeville Beer Garden

With a wide expanse of fake grass, hands-on games and fortified fencing, this Rosemary District beer garden has become a meeting spot for local households headed by parents who enjoy a good brew. Grab a spot at one of Mandeville’s shaded picnic tables and let the kids go wild. 428 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 954-8688, mandevillebeergarden.com. $

Mattison’s City Grille

When the band gets cooking at Mattison’s, the patio space in front of the stage fills up fast, with retirees and tourists shaking a leg to “Mustang Sally” and “Soul Man.” It’s both relaxed and a buzzing center of downtown life. 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 330-0440, mattisons.com. $

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

The tractor that sits at the corner of Pineapple and Ringling is both a beacon for customers hunting for Nancy’s Bar-B-Q and a climbing apparatus for the restaurant’s littlest customers. It’s a fun space for families catching up over trays weighed down by piles of brisket and pulled pork. 301 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-2271, nancysbarbq.com. $

Owen’s Fish Camp

The wait for an inside table can take forever, but we’ll never complain, because a long delay means more time to hang out in the back yard. A hipster bluegrass band sets the scene, while kids and date-nighting adults swoop around on the tire swing. 516 Burns Court, Sarasota, (941) 951-6936, owensfishcamp.com. $

Station 400

Even on the steamiest summer mornings, the patio at this downtown brunch institution stays pleasant. A wide awning and well-placed trees keep it cool, while you enjoy superb breakfast and lunch fare. The restaurant has two other locations, one in Lakewood Ranch and one on the South Trail, but the setting here keeps us coming back. 400 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 906-1400, station400.com. $


Outdoor Dining: The Best Al Fresco Restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles may be sunny and star-studded year-round, but summer is the prime time to grab a seat and some grub outdoors in La-La Land. Alfresco restaurants around L.A. serve up delicious bites alongside ideal locations for spotting celebs — whether they are dining at the restaurant or just walking by on the way to designer shops and exclusive clubs. So even though we’d hate to have you snag our reservation, we’re giving you the lowdown on the best hotel restaurants for dining alfresco. Bon appetit!

Talk about a spot to see and be seen! Located along Wilshire Boulevard, the aptly named Blvd restaurant is bookended by luxury boutiques frequented by stars — who also pass by on their way to Rodeo Drive. Over a third of the seating is outdoors, allowing diners to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, but the dessert menu is perhaps more decadent, with options such as a candy cart, a “chocolate experience,” and even birthday cake.


Jersey Shore

Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern

Where: 2300 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City
Details: Located in the Ducktown section of Atlantic City, Angelo’s is a family business in operation since 1935. In fact, to date there have been three generations of the Mancuso’s family manning the tavern. They serve up old school Italian classics as well as options for steak and seafood lovers. Plus, they’re also one of the few family-friendly eateries in Atlantic City.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to give them a call.

Water Street Bar & Grille

Where: 4 Robbins Parkway, Toms River
Details: Water Street lets you enjoy a meal or drink by the water in fact, you’ll find something for everyone at this venue. For example, you can dig into the famous lobster bisque or one of their wood-fired pizzas. But that’s not all, as you’ll also find seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Beacon 70

Where: 799 Route 70, Brick
Details: Beacon Seventy was built using reclaimed wood from the Beacon Manor Hotel in Point Pleasant. This round building with a beacon tower overlooks the Forge Landing Marina on the Metedeconk River. Menu options range from brick oven artisan pizza to wings, steaks, seafood, and more.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

The Blue Pig Tavern

Where: 200 Congress Place, Cape May
Details: You’ll find The Blue Pig Tavern in the corner of the famous Congress Hall. Of course, this spot is known for serving hearty yet classic American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, the farm-to-table menu features fresh produce, herbs and eggs from their own Beach Plum Farm.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

The Boatyard

Where: 200 E Bay Avenue, Manahawkin
Details: You can make your way to The Boatyard by land or by sea for a meal by the bay. Once you arrive, you can dine on casual fare from two food trailers—your choice of American or seafood then order a drink from the wraparound bar. The bar stocks canned beer, canned cocktails, canned wine, draft beer, and draft spirits.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Channel Marker Cafe

Where: 3245 NJ-35, Lavallette
Details: You’ll find Channel Marker Cafe on the Ocean Beach Marina at channel marker 27 on the Intracoastal Waterway. As a result, the cafe’s slips accommodate everything from jet skis to 50-foot cruisers. You can either eat and drink on their deck or have them bring your order out to your dock. You’re also welcome to have your own beer or wine with your meal.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Charlie’s of Bay Head

Where: 72 Bridge Ave, Bay Head
Details: Enjoy waterfront outdoor dining on the deck or lakeside patio at this two-story restaurant along Twilight Lake. The award-winning menu and long list of wines from around the globe should delight any palette just be sure to save room for one (or two!) of their creative, homemade desserts.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Chef Mike’s ABG

Where: 10 24th Ave, Seaside Park
Details: Executive Chef Mike Jurusz is bringing sexy (food) back at Chef Mike’s ABG a beachfront restaurant with outdoor dining tables that sit on the sand. Seafood lovers will enjoy dishes like fried calamari and pan-seared sea scallops, as well as grilled ahi tuna.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to give them a call.

Deauville Inn

Where: 201 Willard Rd, Strathmere
Details: Touted as one of the Jersey Shore’s best-kept secrets, the Deauville Inn is a true waterfront experience. The Inn is a full-service facility for hosting any size event, from intimate dinner party to large scale wedding. But no matter the reason for going, you simply can’t leave until you’ve seen the sunset the Deauville Inn offers drinks and meals with beach and lawn seating, as well as their sunset deck.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to give them a call .

Half Moon Point

Where: 2154 Bridge Avenue, Point Pleasant
Details: Half Moon Point is a great pit stop before or after the beach for a drink and a bite. This full-service tavern serves seafood, steaks, and burgers in a casual atmosphere. Popular entrees include the shrimp and asparagus, herb-crusted salmon, and also the Cabernet braised short rib.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Kate and Allys

Where: 216 North Main Street, Forked River
Details: Grab your favorite bottle and make a reservation at this BYOB restaurant that’s also a full-service caterer. Indulge in signature dishes like shrimp and lobster lasagna, or go for the 20-ounce pork chop. But save room for dessert, which includes options like a four berry short cake that pairs nicely with a cappuccino.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to give them a call.

Klein’s Fish Market and Waterside Café

Where: 708 River Road, Belmar
Details: This family-friendly spot is right on the scenic Shark River. Watch the boats drive by and take in the sunset at night as you dine on seafood and pasta dishes. But if you’re in the mood for something else, they also serve chicken and steak dishes, salads, and homemade soups.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Laguna Grill & Rum Bar

Where: 1400 Ocean Ave, Brigantine
Details: Seafood is the specialty at Laguna Grill. But this beachfront eatery is also a local favorite because of their spacious patio bar, live music, and cocktails. Shrimps, scallops, clams, lobster, salmon, and tuna, as well as other seafood favorites, are all here in addition to salad, burgers & sandwiches, pizza & flat breads, and a kids menu too.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Luna’s Outdoor Bar & Grill at The Savoy

Where: 4940 Landis Avenue, East Vineland
Details: Luna’s is on the outside of Merghi’s Savoy Inn, a landmark restaurant in East Vineland. Locals describe Luna’s as casual and laid-back, with a Key West vibe. They use local ingredients for both their food and signature drinks when possible. Enjoy sipping a Key Lime Martini and eating a Fish or Shrimp Taco while you take in the sunset as well as live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to give them a call.

Molly Pitcher Inn

Where: 888 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank
Details: Dine outdoors as you take in the panoramic views of the Navesink River at the Molly Pitcher Inn. They prepare their contemporary American cuisine with fresh regional ingredients. Fan favorite menu items include the buttermilk fried chicken breast, lobster roll, and chicken pot pie.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Mott’s Creek Inn

Where: North Motts Creek Road, Galloway
Details: The Mott’s Creek kitchen now features the talent of local chef and restauranteur, Carey Hettmannsperger. You’ll find a mix of seafood and comfort food like burgers on the menu, all made with fresh ingredients. In addition, they make their BBQ dishes using a smoker and doesn’t eating BBQ on a waterfront deck sound great right about now?!
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Patio Bar at the Wharfside

Where: 101 Channel Dr, Point Pleasant Beach
Details: Set along the Manasquan Inlet, the Patio Bar at Wharfside offers live music and a delicious seafood menu. Fan favorites include appetizers such as coconut shrimp, plus entrees like the Fish + Chips and Flounder Sandwich but nothing beats the perfect cocktail on a summer day with a waterfront view from their large patio.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

Where: 1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Details: This spot offers front porch outdoor dining at tables that overlook the ocean. The executive chef always prepares seasonal selections like seared yellow fin tuna or duck breast. In addition, they serve wine from Cape May Winery & Vineyard, though you can also bring your own.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

The Proving Ground

Where: 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, Highlands
Details: Relax on The Proving Ground patio and enjoy a modern waterfront retreat. First established in 1874, this was the first US army proving ground to test artillery and other materials. With this in mind, they are all about testing new menu items, new craft beers, and new cocktails.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to give them a call.

Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant

Where: 100 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch
Details: Just steps from the beach, Rooney’s brings you a picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean. A large bi-level outdoor deck with custom décor offers a sense of closeness to the sea. Likewise, you’ll find innovative and seasonal dishes from the changing menu at this spot led by Executive Chef Thomas Schoborg.
More info: Click here to visit the website or click here to give them a call .

The Rum Runner

Where: 516 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
Details: Sit on The Rum Runner deck and enjoy the view with a specialty cocktail in your hand. A favorite spot of Bruce Sringsteen, The Boss used to visit this spot daily in fact, he used the banquet room to rehearse for his Tunnel of Love tour. After the space was sadly destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, it took three years to rebuild.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Sun Harbor Seafood and Grill

Where: 451 East Bay Avenue, Barnegat
Details: Get unbeatable and clear views of the Barnegat Lighthouse and other towns on Long Beach Island at Sun Harbor. Their large outdoor lower deck seats 150, providing patrons protection from the sun and mild inclement weather. Plus they have a 20- to 30-seat tiki bar.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

The Surfing Pig

Where: 231 West 10th Avenue, North Wildwood
Details: Experience down-home cooking in a unique, eclectic Key West atmosphere with a sunset view that can’t be beat. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on the table at The Surfing Pig. Seafood lovers have options like fish tacos, a firecracker shrimp wrap, or crab cake sandwich. Meanwhile, BBQ fans rave about their half or full rack of sweet and tender St. Louis ribs which boast a real hardwood smokey flavor.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

The Waterfront

Where: 361 East Lacey Road, Forked River
Details: Take in the scenery and listen to some music from the ample amount of outdoor seating here. The Waterfront boasts multiple outdoor dining spaces, such as a courtyard, rooftop, picnic area, and outdoor lounge. Recent musical performers include Problem Child, White Rabbit, and Slap Happy. But you can test out your own musical chops during karaoke night.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.

Waypoint 622

Where: 622 Green Ave, Brielle
Details: If the idea of award-winning chefs preparing New American cuisine appeals to you, check out Waypoint 622. Their outdoor dining lets you relax by the water and take in a stunning view of the Manasquan River and Hoffman’s Marina. After your meal, you can stroll down one of the marina’s docks and watch the boats pass by.
More info: Look for them online to learn more.


This Elephant and Castle hideaway has said it will be going “al fresco first” when it reopens, meaning they will only take reservations for outdoor diners, leaving the dining room vacant to bring its diners inside in case the weather turns. Those who head to the restaurant’s tucked away courtyard will be greeted with Latin American-influenced, gluten-free dishes and a selection of cocktails.

Given up on getting into Padella? Time to rethink. The acclaimed London Bridge pasta restaurant welcomed a sibling spot in Shoreditch last year to ease its famous queues and, while it still won’t be taking reservations, it will be welcoming more diners than ever before. Both restaurants are set to open with additional al fresco tables after lockdown, including an extra 40 seats added to the Borough Market spot.


Here Are 6 Of Pondicherry's Best Alfresco Restaurants:

1. La Villa

Pondicherry's Best Outdoor Dining Spaces: La Villa

While Pondicherry may boast of a strong French connection, there are few dining spaces that offer fine French cuisine. Set in a 19th Century mansion that has been restored by two French architects - Tina Trigala and Yves Lesprit, this intimate dining space is helmed by Michel Christmann, a French chef who enjoys working with local ingredients. Their 7-course tasting menu (available on request) is one of our favourite fine dining experiences in Pondicherry. You are guaranteed a fascinating interplay of ingredients and textures.
Where: Surcouf Street

2. Coromandel Cafe

Pondicherry's Best Outdoor Dining Spaces: Coromandel Cafe

Coromandel has quickly emerged as one of Pondicherry's most popular F&B venues. It's also one of the most versatile dining options in town. It's perfect for a late breakfast with your favourite cocktail or a relaxed evening with your fellow travellers where you can unwind with a glass of bubbly and a wide array of sharing plates. This dining destination is housed in a century-old French villa - Le Maison Rose, that takes its name from its pale pink exteriors. Indian and world cuisine converge in a menu that is diverse and draws heavily from local ingredients.
Where: Romain Rolland Street.

3. Les Alizes - Palais De Mahe

Pondicherry's Best Outdoor Dining Spaces: Palais De Mahe

This boutique offering from the CGH Earth group is just 50 metres away from the seaside promenade. South Indian influences and French architecture come together in this hotel with its majestic courtyard and period furniture. Les Alizes is the hotel's casual rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the erstwhile White town. The menu is a brilliant blend of South Indian signatures and global favourites with a strong emphasis on seafood that's fresh off the boat.
Where: Bussy Street

4. Le Duplex

Pondicherry's Best Outdoor Dining Spaces: Le Duplex

One of the most historic addresses in town - this heritage building once served as the residence of the Mayor of Pondicherry. It might have morphed into a boutique hotel but still retains an old-world charm. The central courtyard that doubles up as the hotel's primary dining space is one of our favourite corners here. The menu is versatile - a reflection on the ever-evolving profile of weekend visitors to Pondicherry. You will find Asian favourites, Indian dishes and also a smattering of fusion and Creole cuisine - like a Gumbo or the Creole shrimp.
Where: Caserne Street

5. Tanto Trattoria Pizzeria

Pondicherry's Best Outdoor Dining Spaces: Tanto Trattoria Pizzeria

Tanto translates to abundance in Italian. You will certainly be spoilt for choice when it comes to pizzas and pastas. This Italian and Med restaurant offers a host of vegan and healthy options aside from fresh catch of the day. Most regulars keep coming back for their thin-crust pizzas. They offer a range of options crafted in organic spelt flour and extra virgin olives with veggies from their own kitchen garden. Processed and canned ingredients are a no-no, while their jiggly panna cotta is a bestseller.
Where: Kullapalayam, Auroville

6. Bay of Buddha, The Promenade Pondicherry

Pondicherry's Best Outdoor Dining Spaces: Bay of Buddha

Pondicherry's beach promenade is arguably its most charming strip. Historic French colonial-era buildings and palms dot this famous street on the edge of the Bay of Bengal. There are very few F&B spaces that take you as close to the ocean as this rooftop restaurant at the Promenade. The menu is a mishmash of Asian cuisines that include signatures like the Miso glazed fish and Chicken Yakitori. But it's the views and the cool sea breeze that make it the perfect spot for sundowners and an intimate dinner.
Where: Goubert Avenue


Best Alfresco Dining in the Desert

Some of the best dining moments in Greater Palm Springs occur when the desert’s beauty becomes part of the culinary experience. From stunning sunset and mountain views to laid-back garden and rocky settings, these restaurants give guests good reason to take their meal outdoors.

Vue Grille & Bar, Indian Wells

Comfort food like lobster mac ’n’ cheese and an award-winning lamb chili are favorites off the dinner menu at this Indian Wells Golf Resort establishment. Hit the happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. for a refreshing Natural Mystic vodka cocktail and a decadent short-rib grilled cheese or visit for brunch to drink your breakfast — the loaded bloody mary is stuffed with shrimp, bacon, a pickle spear, and more. “Vue Grille & Bar has 360-degree mountain and golf course views, which of course, are always included with your dining experience,” says Scott Winant, director of food and beverage. indianwellsgolfresort.com

Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs

A trifecta of blue skies, golf course views, and native plants, and acres of green fairway, this Escena Golf Club grill excels in California-fusion cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “Midcentury style, a spacious patio, and great food make Escena one of the most popular outdoor dining venues in Palm Springs, dawn till dusk,” Escena COO John Fitzpatrick says. Regular live entertainment and an enticing happy hour add to its appeal. The patio is best enjoyed at sunset, when those pink and orange hues fill the sky and create a sense of magic — or is that just the truffle martini? escenagolf.com

PHOTOGRAPH BY ARTHUR COLEMAN

Copley’s on Palm Canyon, Palm Springs

Part of Cary Grant’s former estate, Copley’s is equal parts glamour and rustic-chic. Sitting fireside on the patio, one can imagine Grant basking beneath the night sky with his Tinseltown cohorts many moons ago. Today, chef and co-owner Andrew Copley employs the deftness of an award-winning 20-year culinary career to create inspiring dishes like Australian barramundi with asparagus, sweet-corn broth, and a crab-and-green-onion salad. “Our outdoor patios are especially comfortable,” says co-owner and restaurant manager Greg Butterfield. His favorite elements: “Our stunning mountain views, numerous heaters, and the blazing fire pit in our garden area.” copleyspalmsprings.com

Spencer’s Restaurant, Palm Springs

The elegant outdoor furnishings, glowing fire pit, and luminescent globe lanterns hanging from towering ficus trees at Spencer’s, named after owner Harold Matzner’s dog, create an idyllic setting to enjoy four-star dishes like porcini black Angus filet mignon and New Zealand rack of lamb. Weekend warriors will love the Sunday prix fixe brunch menu — pair the included mimosa with a lobster omelet drizzled in hollandaise sauce.

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY SPENCER'S RESTAURANT

The outdoor dining area at Spencer's transforms from garden fantasy to romantic rendezvous with the onset of sunlight to moonlight.

“Spencer’s ambience is the perfect blend of stylish elegance and comfortable informality,” Matzner says, “and we feel that we offer the best alfresco dining experience in the desert.” spencersrestaurant.com

La Quinta Cliffhouse, La Quinta

If you’ve been staring at the mountain vistas imagining what it might be like to dine amid the jagged granite rocks, it’s time for a reservation at Cliffhouse. A waterfall greets guests as they ascend (by stairway or elevator) to the second-level front patio, sited amid a rocky outcropping. The scenic setting is only rivaled by this restaurant’s eats — think spicy ahi tuna cones and shareable cheese and charcuterie spreads that pair well with a chilled glass of pinot grigio. Beer drinkers will appreciate the rotating selection of craft brews on tap. laquintacliffhouse.com

The ideal night to enjoy the outdoors at Birba is Thursday night when they invite local musicians to play. The vibrant outdoor space is like your own personal wonderland and the perfect place to enjoy some of the best pizza in the desert.


9 Restaurants With Al Fresco Dining Spots In Metro Manila To Dine In While Social Distancing

As the pandemic is here to stay, it’s best to be extra safe when going outside. When catching up with our friends, enjoying a lunch or dinner is better done in the open and safer spaces of restaurants with al fresco dining spots than in an enclosed area.

So here’re 9 restaurants with al fresco dining spaces in Metro Manila, where you can dine while social distancing. The list has also been updated with the restaurants’ opening hours during the MECQ.

1. La Cathedral Cafe – with a view of Manila Cathedral


Image credit: La Cathedral Cafe

You’d think you’re on the other side of the world when dining at La Cathedral Cafe , thanks to its amazing views and old-world vibes. This restaurant, situated on a roof deck, is located at the heart of Intramuros and offers a stunning architectural view of the Manila Cathedral.

Perfect for romantic date nights, the cafe offers a selection of food and beverages that are familiar with your palate. For light meals, you can check out their pastas which include Seafood in Olive Oil Pasta (P250,

USD5.17) , or if you’re craving for more, you can check out their main dishes such as Beef Steak (P250,

Image credit: @nicka.bb

You’ll never run out of options for your drinks, as they serve lattes, frappes, and even teas. Finish off your date night with a slice of sweetness from one of their cakes such as the Chocolate Overload (P170,

It’s best to make a reservation in advance because their walk-in queues can get long. Reserve a time slot during the evening as well, so you can have the best views of the Cathedral while dining under the stars and surrounded with lit lanterns.

Address: #398 Greenfield Building, Beaterio cor. Cabildo St., Intramuros 1002, Manila
Opening hours: 8AM-8PM, Daily
Mobile: 0915 163 3994
Website

2. La Spezia Manila – serves Italian dishes in a homey space


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Many restaurants are situated within commercial areas, but La Spezia Manila , which is situated deep in the residential area of Tomas Morato will give you a more homey, casual dining experience even in the metro.

With wood-and-steel furniture and framed travel photographs, the restaurant’s space is designed to make you feel comfortably sophisticated while dining. Named after a coastal town in Italy, La Spezia is known for its Italian dishes.


Polenta Frittata
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You can start with their staple dish Polenta Frittata (from P295,

USD6.10) , which is composed of breaded polenta (Italian corn porridge) logs added with lemon-infused ricotta and candied orange peels. For a heavier meal, satiate your belly with one of their bestselling dishes such as the Pollo Arosto Patata (P510,

USD10.54), a juicy, marinated chicken that is cooked for more than 12 hours.

Address: 90 Scout Dr. Lazcano St., Diliman, Quezon City, 1104 Metro Manila
Opening hours: Tues-Thu 11AM-2PM & 5PM-10PM | Fri & Sat 11AM-2PM & 6PM-11PM | Sun 11AM-2PM & 6PM-10PM | Closed Mondays
Mobile: 0927 960 6903⁣⁣
Website

3. Nikkei Nama Bar – combines Japanese and Peruvian cuisines


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If you’ve been a frequent traveler in Japan before the pandemic, chances are you’ve seen a lot of Nikkei restaurants in the Land of the Rising Sun. For a taste of Nikkei, or also known as Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, that won’t require flight tickets, you can head over to the Nikkei Nama Bar restaurant at Rada. Experience a communal vibe when dining at their al fresco area, situated across from their indoor dining room at Legazpi Village.


Classic Ceviche
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To begin with their Japanese dishes, order a Teriyaki Bento (P520,

USD10.75) composed of 3 pcs. of panko rolls, chicken teriyaki, sauteed vegetables, and gohan. Pair your box with the Classic Ceviche (P420,

USD8.68) dish, including white fish, red onions, rocoto, cilantro, canchita, and glazed sweet potatoes, to get started with your Peruvian meal.

Address: Frabelle Business Center, 111 Rada, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila
Opening hours: 11AM-8PM, Daily
Mobile: 09272730114
Website

4. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo – charming, homey green space serving Filipino breakfasts


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Titas and titos would love the laid-back atmosphere of Rustic Mornings by Isabelo , a charming garden-themed restaurant surrounded with greenery and adorned with paintings and sculptures.


Waffle, Breaded Chicken, and Salad
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No wonder it’s been a popular spot in Marikina, because aside from its next-level interiors, it’s best known for serving classic Filipino breakfasts from Pork Tocino (P190,

USD3.93) to Ilocos Bagnet (P340,

USD7.03) . If you’re avoiding rice, they also have breakfast platters such as the Waffle, Breaded Chicken, and Salad (P320,

Address: 11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila
Opening hours: 8AM-4PM, Daily ( temporarily closed from 15th to 30th April)
Telephone: 425 8610
Website

5. Wildflour Restaurant – modern cafe and bakery with a comprehensive menu


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There are days when we’re not really sure what kind of dishes or restaurants we want to eat or dine in, so you can never go wrong when dropping by Wildflour Restaurant . Located in several cities across Metro Manila, the restaurant has outdoor dining spaces paired with a comprehensive selection of food and beverages.


Rotisserie Chicken
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One of their signature dishes in their dinner menu is the Rotisserie Chicken and it is served in three dishes: Chicken and Rice (P490,

USD10.13) , Half Organic Chicken (P695,

USD14.37) , and Whole Organic Chicken (P1295,

USD26.77) . The breakfast menu is a hodgepodge of classic Filipino breakfasts, juices, cocktails, coffee, and tea, while you can enjoy your lunch with a selection of their appetizers, rice bowls, steak, and more.

6. Bar Pintxos – offers various flavors of Spanish pintxos


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For a casual, authentic Spanish cuisine experience, head over to Bar Pintxos, a restaurant that is the result of the founders’ passion about and travels around Spain. The restaurant is known for its different flavors of pintxos , which are small slices of bread sprinkled with toppings from meat to fish.


Image credit: @barpintxos

Feast your senses with their selection of pintxos – from the Salmon Pintxos (P220,

USD4.55) composed of slices of salmon, goat cheese, truffle honey, and caviar to the Jamon-Allioli (P130,

USD2.69) composed of jamon serrano and allioli . When you’re quite full, sample their beverages as well, which include beers, wines, gin tonics, and cocktails.

Address: Don Jesus Blvd, Cupang, Muntinlupa, 1771 Metro Manila
Opening hours: Various opening hours
Telephone: 831 0065
Website

7. Cafe Adriatico – historic restaurant in Malate


Image credit: Cafe Adriatico

Amidst various new restaurants popping up here and there in the metro, you’d think the historic restaurants can only be found in Intramuros or Vigan. But in the busy districts of Malate stands Cafe Adriatico , a restaurant founded in 1979 that serves Filipino and international food.


Beef Salpicao
Image credit: @cafeadriatico

The Beef Salpicao (P580,

USD11.99) is one of their all-time classic favorites. It’s a Spanish-inspired Filipino dish composed of beef tenderloin sauteed in olive oil and sprinkled with garlic. Served in the restaurant since the 1980s, the Akuw’a (P695,

USD14.37) , an oxtail stew with Hawayij spice, is also another classic.

Address: 1790 M. Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 8378 8220
Website

8. Almusal Cafe – offers Filipino dish with inspirations from Australia and New York


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Night owls who tend to wake up late in the morning can enjoy a warm brunch at the welcoming al fresco dining spaces of Almusal Cafe . The restaurant serves familiar Filipino breakfast with inspirations from Australian and New York dishes.


Honey Butter Bacon Slab
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Expect to find here classics such as Beef Belly Tapa (P350,

USD7.24) and Pork Belly Tocino (P310,

USD6.41). Their Honey Butter Bacon Slab (P320,

USD6.61) , cured with honey, is also not your ordinary bacon. And while their specialty is morning dishes, you can also order various meals good for lunch and dinner, such as their Lamb Adobo (P570,

USD11.78) and traditional-style Spaghetti Bolognese (P320,

Address: The Pop Up, 273 Katipunan Ave, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily
Mobile: 0966 523 5562
Website

9. Le Village The Lifestyle Food Park – vibrant night market with food stalls


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Night markets are places we look forward to visiting – aside from offering us various choices of food, these places come alive at sundown with the presence of a vibrant community of locals.

Fortunately, just in Quezon City, LE VILLAGE The Lifestyle Food Park is a night market bringing life to town come sunset, and is a perfect outdoor dining space especially in the pandemic.

Mexi Kalye stall, Nachos
Image adapted from: Mexi Kalye , Mexi Kalye

Featuring a spacious open area, the food park is lined with various food stalls you can choose from. Mexi Kalye, for example, serves favorite Mexican snacks from Nachos (P110,

USD2.27) to Quesadilla (P110,

USD2.27) , and Le Petite Parisienne is a wine cellar, deli, and events place where you can sample wines such as ML Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (P690,

USD14.26 per bottle) and eat Filipino dishes.

When you’re bringing a vehicle with you, no need to worry about the hassles of finding a space – the park also has a spacious parking area.

Address: E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue cor. Cordillera St., Brgy. Doña Josefa, Quezon City, 1113, Metro Manila
Opening hours: 4.30PM-10PM, Daily
Website

Restaurants with al fresco dining spaces in Metro Manila

It’s sad that we have to take extra care with every outdoor activity we do today including dining, but thankfully, restaurants with al fresco dining spaces in Metro Manila are not only suitable in the time of COVID-19, but they also help us feel more relaxed with their ambience and spacious facilities.

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Eat Out To Help Out: The 10 Best Al Fresco Restaurants Taking Part

The government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme offers diners a discount of up to £10 per person, excluding booze, when they eat out from Monday to Wednesday throughout August.

We’re not going to lie to you. Anytime we use a deal of any kind we pretty much consider ourselves to be the world’s best accountants for the next week. “So, I bought this pair of socks, and then I got the other pair of socks for free! That’s four individual socks, four, when I only paid for two individual socks,” we declare to the poor humans we count amongst our nearest and dearest, as they placidly nod along.

But seriously, there’s no denying the deep satisfaction of a good deal especially when it comes to eating out. And what’s better than using the Eat Out To Help Out scheme to save money on your meals? Using the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to save money on eating out al fresco. Here are the ones you need to get involved in.

We’ve got more guides if you want to ‘Eat Out To Help Out’, from the five best pasta restaurants taking part in the scheme and where you can get a full meal for a tenner, to the best vegetarian and vegan spots.



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