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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Westside

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Updated June 05, 2024

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A photo of Il Moro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1892)
$31 to $50
Italian
West Los Angeles
About the restaurant
DUE TO HIGH DEMAND FOR OUR PATIO, PLEASE CALL US TO CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY.
Il Moro features exquisite Northern Italian cuisine served in a classic restaurant with a modern ambiance. Enjoy al fresco lunch or dining in the beautiful open-air and heated patio garden. Our Gastrobar offers a wide variety of wines, cocktails, liqueurs and bar menu, as well as live music every Friday night at our Piano Bar.

Top review
PicoKidvip
Dined 2 days ago
I hadn't eaten there in many years and it was even nicer than I remembered. What I liked was being in a comfortable outdoor setting, not crowded near other tables, with very good food and excellent service. My wife's pasta was okay, but everything else was excellent, especially the short ribs. The wine list had a broad enough selection at good prices. We had a great time and look forward to coming back.
A photo of Back on the Beach restaurant
4.9
4.9 (113)
$30 and under
American
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Back on the Beach Café is situated along a wide, sandy white beach that offers jaw-dropping views of the ocean waves, the pier, the mountain range and of course, Catalina Island. There is both indoor and outdoor seating which allows you to enjoy the sea-salt air and sandy toes while you dine.

The café takes reservations for 2-12 guest. Reservations are available one month in advance. To accommodate our reservations in a timely and orderly manner, the café has carefully designed time frames in which to dine. The café designates 25% of the restaurant for reservations, 75% is available for walkup service.

For reservations of 12 or more guest, please contact the restaurant directly. We don't take multiple group reservations. Please note that large group reservations requires a customizable menu.

In consideration of all guest, we kindly remind you that tables are reserved for 1.5 hours.
We take a maximum of two credit cards payment per table.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful atmosphere, excellent service… food was outstanding!! I highly recommend it.
A photo of Sogno Toscano - Santa Monica restaurant
4.8
4.8 (91)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Our newly opening location, SOGNO TOSCANO WINE BAR, MARKET & LIFESTYLE CAFÉ, will offer an exquisite selection of the finest Italian delicacies such as pastries, espresso, cappuccino, typical focacce Toscane, and great wines. What is most unique and differentiated about our new venue is that the place will not just be your regular bar for breakfast, lunch and aperitivo, but rather a very much needed Italian marketplace. Located in one of the coolest neighborhoods of the city, Santa Monica, our groundbreaking venue will provide customers with a variety of high-quality, specialty retail food products under the single label of the already well known “Sogno Toscano” brand. Our patio is unique, spacious and charming, ready to host very interesting events such as Wine Tastings, Sip & Draw nights, live Jazz music on weekends. Get ready to experience the Italian Dolce Vita...!
Top review
BethVvip
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent service! Focaccia sandwich was wonderful, transported us back to Italy!
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4.7
4.7 (932)
$30 and under
Mexican
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Blue Plate Taco is a coastal Baja-meets-Santa Monica destination on Ocean Ave. We are dedicates to creating all our food from scratch including the agua frescas and margaritas from the bar, the tortillas are made by hand fresh all day, and our salsas are made daily. The entire menu is fresh, light and delicious.

We hold most of our tables for walk-ins so if you don't see any reservations, don't fret! We'll get you seated after a short wait while you're admiring the Pacific and taking in the famous Santa Monica pier.

Reservations are limited to 90 minutes, we hold reservations for 10 minutes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Such a great wait staff and relaxed environment. Wonderfully hospitable to our party of 14 at 2 tables. Great food too!
A photo of Cast & Plow restaurant
4.7
4.7 (932)
$31 to $50
Californian
Marina del Rey
About the restaurant
Join us and enjoy an elevated dining experience with a waterfront view of the marina at The Cast and Plow Restaurant located inside The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. We offer a Contemporary California cuisine for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with an Ala Carte Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Our last seating for dinner is 9:30pm daily. This locals-favorite features fire-pit tables for dining and a full bar that is open until 11:30pm. Our fire-pit tables cannot be reserved are not guaranteed and based on availability. We will do our best to honor those who would like to enjoy outdoor dining.
For large parties of 15 or more planning a special event or need private space for small business breakfast, lunch or dinner, please contact our Host Team at 310-574-4333 or email sam.davenport@ritzcarlton.com.



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Scout
Dined 6 days ago
The servers were lovely and patient with our procrastination in ordering. Sitting on patio by harbor is delightful.
A photo of Blue Ribbon Sushi - Pacific Palisades restaurant
4.7
4.7 (272)
$30 and under
Sushi
Pacific Palisades
About the restaurant
Blue Ribbon Sushi is a vibrant Japanese restaurant and sushi bar a located in Palisades Village. Inspired by the original restaurant created over 30 years ago in Soho NYC by master sushi chef Toshi Ueki and Chef Brothers Eric & Bruce Bromberg, this cedar clad new comer offers outstanding Japanese cuisine based in tradition and passion. Chef Lee leads his team in sourcing and preparing the finest fish and shellfish from The Sea of Japan, Local waters and beyond. A curated and adventurous beverage list featuring Blue Ribbon's own sake selections as well as favorites from their travels and discoveries in Japan is rounded out by a selection of house cocktails, Japanese micro brews and wines from California and Europe.
Top review
Nikevip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
It was my cousin’s first visit. Since my mother and I commonly talk about it, he wanted to go for his birthday dinner. He was thrilled by the menu, realizing different options he never heard of. However, he is a fan of sushi rolls. What made the experience even more special was when the staff gave my cousin a birthday treat. That was very unexpected. Overall, we all had a great time. And will surely be back soon.
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4.6
4.6 (150)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Papille Gustative LA

Farm to table Artisan foods, single origin, sustainably grown and certified Coffees and Teas, as well as local craft beers and organic, biodynamic wines. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch . A low impact, Zero waste facility located in Santa Monica CA. Cozy private room and patio. One block to the Santa Monica beach.
Top review
Virginia13
Dined on May 17, 2024
I have never had a bad meal (or dining experience) at Papille Gustative! The food is creative and tasty, tasty, tasty! The atmosphere is fantastic -- especially on the patio (which I prefer) -- and the service is impeccable. Wonderful folks work there. One of my favorite restaurants, and one that I always try to introduce to friends, who to a one always are amazed!
A photo of Art's Table restaurant
4.5
4.5 (117)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Art's Table has a unique history as it was named after Art Verge, a respected waterman and longtime educator and historian in the Santa Monica area. Chef Mark Mittleman keeps the spirit of Art alive by serving elegant new American cuisine made from market-fresh ingredients. Each item on the menu is lovingly made and served with a spirit of unbeatable hospitality. Art's Table offers multiple menus for lunch, dinner, wine and specials that cater to seasonal flavors. Breakfast plates, salad plates and sandwich plates dominate the lunch menu. Dinner entrees include seared tuna, mussels and pork belly while the wine menu and specials menu are available during lunch and dinner. Art's Table is available for reservations seven days a week.
Top review
Dharmadmvip
Dined 3 days ago
We finally had sun so we sat outside near the curb. Service was very good and those mini burgers were a hit. Served with just the right amount of fries to share with my mussels. Although not on the happy hour menu well worth it. I ordered rosê thinking it was on the HH list but it was not. Would have been a good idea for our server to mention that but again not a deal breaker. Really enjoyed our relaxed time. We’re regulars at the golden bull and now they’ll have to share time with Art’s.
A photo of Sugar Palm Ocean Avenue restaurant
4.3
4.3 (122)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
When LA beach life calls, Sugar Palm is the answer. Viceroy Santa Monica's singular dining and nightlife destination is a sweeping, indoor-outdoor scene where laid-back vibes ripple far beyond the poolside. You'll tap into the coastal energy in each of its vibrant spaces: wraparound indoor-outdoor bar, outdoor dining terrace, modern dining room, coffee bistro, and poolside cabanas. From latte-spiked mornings to cocktail-splashed nights, you'll be inspired to unwind under the palms and let the ocean breeze find you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
A wonderful experience on Mother’s Day. The food and ambience was beyond what we expected. Having brunch under our own canopy made our Mother’s Day celebration memorable. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our family and friends.
A photo of Rosti - Santa Monica restaurant
4.3
4.3 (129)
$31 to $50
Italian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Ro – STI; pronounced (Row-stee) Short for Rosticceria, An informal Italian countryside kitchen or restaurant. It all started as a love affair with smell of fresh herbs and feel of hand-picked garden vegetables. Rosti Cuccina Italiana is a transplant of simple Tuscan countryside cooking where fresh herbs and wholesome ingredients will marry one another and create a delightful experience. Our trained chefs start with Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Sweet Basil, Garlic and Marjoram as our star ingredients and then add the finest Meats, Seafood, Pasta and Cheeses to complete the picture allowing all those flavors to do their dance on the palate.
Top review
CynthiaB
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
A favorite always in Santa Monica! Great food and service.
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