Ten Unique Places To Dine Al Fresco On Melrose Avenue

Ten Unique Places To Dine Al Fresco On Melrose Avenue

It’s always nice to sit outside and have a great meal. On Melrose, it’s particularly special because we have the best people watching in the city. Outdoor seating is aplenty in the Melrose Arts District, from sweet quiet patios to sunny sidewalk tables. Here are ten uniquely Melrose places to order up excellent food, a refreshing drink, and enjoy summer, al fresco.

ANTONIO’S

The outdoor seating at Antonio’s is some of the most prized on Melrose: ample, comfortable, and right in the thick of the activity. Enjoy one of Antonio’s classic Mexican dishes, or just guzzle potent margs until it’s time to go home.

ANTONIO’S
7470 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.658.9060
antoniosonmelrose.com

AUBURN

Nature is the star at Auburn, on the menu and by design. The beautiful, comfortable minimalism of the atrium allows your attention to be focused on the incredibly thoughtful seasonal food and the definitively LA dining experience.

AUBURN
6703 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
323.486.6703
auburnla.com

THE DARKROOM

Possibly the booziest place to be outdoors on Melrose. The Darkroom patio is big and boisterous, with the indoor rock ‘n’ roll energy flowing outside along with strong drinks, cold beers, and the best bar food to go with ‘em.

THE DARKROOM
7302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
323.931.3800

E.A.K. Ramen

In the back of this excellent Japanese ramen restaurant is a sweet outdoor patio. Dog friendly and firepit-ready (because what if it dips below 75?!), this sort-of secret spot offers a relaxing break from your day on Melrose.

E.A.K. Ramen
7455 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.866.1866
eakramen.com

LA CHOUQUETTE

Get a (literal) taste of French café life at La Chouquette. The exquisite Parisian bakery serves up the finest (and most beautiful) pastries in the city. You can take your time enjoying them.

LA CHOUQUETTE
7350 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
424.362.4380
lachouquette.com

MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.

If you thought Melrose Umbrella Co. was something to see on the inside, wait until you get a look at its courtyard! With its signature vintage charm, this spacious area is like a world away from the city.

MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.
7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.951.0709
melroseumbrellacompany.com

RONAN

Ronan’s patio is charming and romantic, perfect for date night or a special night with friends. The menu of seasonal share plates and pizza works perfectly in this environment, as does the wonderfully curated cocktail and wine list.

RONAN
7315 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.917.5100
ronanla.com

THE SIT DOWN

In a location that has been known for its great outdoor patio for decades, The Sit Down revives the space with a sense of warmth and community. Nothing say good times like pizza and pasta just the way you like them.

THE SIT DOWN
707 No. Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.644.9790
thesitdownla.com/melrose

SPARTINA

Spartina recently expanded its already ample courtyard space in front of the restaurant. With options to sit in the warm California sun or stay shaded under an umbrella, either way you’ll have a great view of Melrose as you enjoy your food and drinks.

SPARTINA
7505 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.782.1023
spartina.la

TORELLI TRATTORIA

A slice of Old World right off of Melrose, the courtyard at Torelli Trattoria is peaceful, colorful, and the perfect place to enjoy your flights of wine and authentic Italian food. And, on occasion, you can enjoy some local musicians soundtracking your evening.

TORELLI TRATTORIA
7469 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 900446
323.433.7065
torellitrattoria.com

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.