Five great alfresco dining spots

BEL AIR
The Restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air. The terrace lures the rich and famous be-neath a bougainvillea-laden trellis. But, unlike many L.A. power-dining spots, it's actually possible for nonmoguls to get in here. $$$$. 701 Stone Canyon Rd.; www.hotelbelair.com or 310/472-5234.
 

CALABASAS 
Saddle Peak Lodge. In the Santa Monica Mountains, this faux hunting lodge serves up the best game in town, from wild boar to elk, and great views from the patio. $$$$; closed Mon-Tue. 419 Cold Canyon Rd.; www.saddlepeaklodge.com or 818/222-3888.
 

LOS ANGELES 
Noé Restaurant and Bar. Grab a table outside to enjoy Robert Gadsby's progressive American cuisine along with a view of the downtown skyline ― and the free Grand Performances concerts on the main stage at California Plaza below. $$$$. 251 S. Olive St.; 213/356-4100.
 

WEST HOLLYWOOD 
Asia de Cuba. Walk out to see the Land of the Giants-size terra-cotta pots, and you'll be in the best seats at the Mondrian Hotel's Asian-Latin restaurant. Sip a mojito and look out at the city sparkling below you. $$$$. 8440 Sunset Blvd.; www.chinagrillmgt.com or 323/848-6000.
 

WEST HOLLYWOOD 
Chin Chin. This Chinese cafe opened in the '80s, when outdoor dining was a rarity in L.A. Now diners sit under umbrellas, nibbling house classics like Sichuan dumplings and enjoying the town's best people-watching. $. 8618 Sunset; www.chinchin.com or 310/652-1818.

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