Here are the hautest places to take advantage of the sultry summer weather in LA.
1 Nobu Malibu
An amazing location—off of Billionaire's Beach (a.k.a. Carbon Beach) in Malibu: check. Ocean views: check. A haute crowd of tastemakers, celebrities and the luxe set: also check. Stellar food courtesy of Nobu Matsuhisa: checkmate. When it comes to super luxe sun in the fun, Nobu Malibu is it.
22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu (310) 317-9140
2 Gracias Madre
This gorgeous vegan eatery off of Melrose Ave. almost has an enchanted garden feel. You'll nosh on plant-based Mexican bites so decadent you won't be able to believe they're meatless in a stunning setting. Whether you're having a brunch of items like french toast with gluten-free toast, maple syrup, coconut cashew cream and pecans with libations such as the Mexican Mimosa: habanero infused elderflower liquor, gran classico and blood orange or visiting for dinner under the stars lit by twinkly strings of white lights, you'll be certain to have an absolutely amazing time here.
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood (323) 978-2170
3 Le Jardin
It has the look and feel of secret garden, but Le Jardin won’t be secret for long—this new Hollywood lounge is destined to be a hot spot. This boite from Sunset Entertainment Group (SEG) has been designed as a sultry oasis reminiscent of the south of France thanks to breton-striped booths on an outdoor patio that is beautifully accented with olive trees and vines, paved with elegant tiles and two outdoor fire-pits. The garden itself has been designed to resemble a whimsical evening for the elite to enjoy cocktails, endless conversations and live acoustic music beneath the stars. Cocktails include traditional bellinis and libations such as La Vie en Rose, which is made with rose, Belvedere citrus vodka and simple syrup.
1430 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 463-0009
Whether you're enjoying lunch or dinner, a meal on the patio of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's haute eatery is a fabulous affair. There's whiffs of Napa here thanks to the upscale rustic decor, country style windows and brick fireplace. Styne's extensive wine list adds to the charm of this L.A. staple, which serves up a menu of Cali-French small plated fare such as panish fried chicken with romesco aïoli & chili-cumin butter, the excellent pappardelle with morels, garlic, spinach and pecorino and pork belly with roasted romano beans, romesco and marconas.
8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles (310) 859-9859
The view at mar'sel, located at the Terranea resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, is epic. You'll gaze out at the Pacific beyond at the eatery—whose name is a play on the Spanish word for "sea" and the French word for "salt"—which offers a menu of California cuisine with a twist. With a seasonally rotating fine dining menu that features locally-sourced ingredients, including citrus and herbs from the resort's grounds, hand-ground chocolate, farm-fresh eggs, as well as playful takes on culinary favorites, mar'sel combines approachable luxury at a truly awe-inspiring locale.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes (310) 265-2836