Restaurant Round Up: Outdoor Seating Edition
By Jillian Gronnerud
The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and, most importantly, the weather is heating up again. What better way to enjoy the summer weather than a meal outdoors? In true Southern California fashion, Long Beach and the surrounding area have an abundance of restaurants with outdoor spaces that take dining ‘al fresco’ to a new level. This round-up includes a range of breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots serving up mouthwatering food in even more mouthwatering spaces. Grab your sunglasses, call up some friends, and get ready to enjoy these spectacular spots for outdoor dining.
PRIME by Shenandoah
3701 E. 4th Street, Long Beach
This cozy spot is a house-turned-restaurant whose curb appeal is undeniable. The adorable, homey patio is outdone only by the delicious food. They serve Southwestern-style comfort food with a modern twist. If you’re looking for a good burger, some tacos, or a creative appetizer at an affordable price point, look no further. While the burgers and sandwiches are the stars of the menu, PRIME offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options as well. They serve lunch and dinner all week, with a brunch menu Friday through Sunday and specials for Taco Tuesday. The adorable outdoor space and delicious, creative menu options make this place a must-see.
Belmont Brewing Company
25 39th Place, Long Beach
Belmont Brewing Company is an obvious pick for a list of places with great outdoor seating, considering their massive patio backs right up to the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. With a huge selection of craft brews, and a solid menu full of American-style cuisine to choose from, BBC is a great place to meet with a big group of friends, or celebrate a special occasion.
Claire’s at the Museum
2300 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach
If you haven’t yet visited the Long Beach Museum of Art, let the happy hour menu at Claire’s at the Museum be your excuse to stop by. The beautiful outdoor dining space sits above Ocean Boulevard and makes this the perfect spot to enjoy some snacks at sunset or a fun beverage. Claire’s offers a variety of house-made cocktails and seasonal lemonades (I’ll take one of each, please) at great happy-hour prices. There are plenty of small plates to share, and an entire section of the menu is dedicated to build-your-own Bloody Mary’s. Happy Hour is Thursday evening from 3 to 8 p.m., but they also serve breakfast and lunch from Thursday to Sunday. Hours are somewhat limited, so be sure to visit their website before heading over at https://www.lbma.org/claires/.
Crema Café & Artisan Bakery
322 Main Street, Seal Beach
Visitors can find this gem right over the county line in Seal Beach, located along the lively Main Street. Their outdoor seating is nestled in a sweet little courtyard, making this open-air space the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch. The patio is dog-friendly, the food is delicious and coffee includes free, unlimited refills. The bakery section of the restaurant is a walk-up-and-order style café, making it easy to grab a coffee and fresh-baked pastries while waiting to be seated. Whether you are someone who enjoys a sweet breakfast, or a savory one, Crema has plenty of options to satisfy your cravings in a laid back, al fresco space, that meshes well with the sleepy beach-town vibe that Seal Beach is known for.
2708 E. 4th Street, Long Beach
No list of restaurants is truly complete without a killer brunch spot, and this one is a fiery option. Literally. After a fire destroyed much of the restaurant in November 2018, it’s been closed for renovations since. That said, it’s known for its constantly evolving seasonal menu and wide range of tantalizing dishes to choose from. The majority of their seating is located in an adorable back patio, covered in sail cloth and surrounded by an assortment of herbs and live plants. The natural feel of the decor is complemented by their farm-to-table business practices. Get ready to enjoy local, seasonal cuisine in their newly restored space. Restauration is expected to reopen on Oct. 15, according to their Yelp page.
BO-Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap
144 Pine Ave. Long Beach
The final spot on this list is located in the heart of Downtown Long Beach, on the Historic Pine Avenue. The downstairs dining room is beautiful but definitely on the expensive side, which brings us to the rooftop – or Roof Tap, if you will.