Everyone from local artists to Victoria Beckham congregates at this hot spot for chef Travis Lett’s rustic but meticulously prepared Cal-Med food—much of it cooked in a wood-burning oven. A fire pit burns at the center of the red-brick-floored courtyard, surrounded by vintage tables.
The BLVD Restaurant at Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel
Located in the white-hot center of Beverly Hills, this restaurant’s alfresco tables offer primo people-watching and celebrity-spotting on the corner of L.A.’s iconic Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
At his second L.A. brick-and-mortar restaurant, Roy Choi (an F&W Best New Chef 2010) serves superb Korean-inspired pub food like spicy beer can chicken. The restaurant’s tree-flanked patio has long communal wood tables and a supercozy bonfire.