Do you have your hearts set on a gorgeous al fresco wedding? Then, your choice of venue is key. Luckily, if Los Angeles is your home base or your wedding destination, there are dozens of wonderful outdoor venues to choose from – whether garden restaurants, art museums, estates, parks or botanical gardens. To start off your search, we are previewing 10 amazing sites you must consider in LA: 9 restaurants and 1 library/botanical garden. Happy choosing!
The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden in Pasadena
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is an impressive institution for educational research and art exhibitions. But within its over 200-acre property, it also offers several outdoor events venues – such as lush gardens, expansive lawns, courtyards, and terraces. To see how you can bring your dream wedding to life at The Huntington, visit their Venues page here and their Hospitality page here.
Saddle Peak Lodge in Malibu Canyon
For a rustically romantic outdoor ceremony, Saddle Peak Lodge is an ideal choice. Nestled in the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu Canyon, it provides stunning views and a picturesque backdrop all year round. The Lodge can accommodate weddings for up to 200 guests in a choice of 2 seasonally-available outdoor areas, with brunch, lunch, and dinner event menus and an acclaimed wine list. To inquire about planning your event, visit their Weddings page here.
Michaels Santa Monica
Conveniently located within walking distance from downtown Santa Monica, Michael’s boasts of over 3,500 square feet of space, two private rooms, and a gorgeous garden venue ideal for weddings of all styles and sizes. Choose from their 3 all-inclusive packages, by visiting their Weddings page here.
Petit Ermitage Garden Rooftop in West Hollywood
The Private Rooftop at the Petit Ermitage is open for reservations by registered hotel guests for small gatherings and soirees. It boasts 360-degree views of the Hollywood Hills and is proudly recognized as a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary. The rooftop area includes several areas for private events: the Firedeck, Garden’s End (shown in photo), the Pool, the Master’s Lounge, and the Cabana. Check out their elegantly bohemian-style amenities here.
The Ponte on Beverly Boulevard
The Ponte, a contemporary Italian restaurant on Beverly Boulevard, offers its signature casual elegance, anchored on a charming patio and a large bar-lounge. You and your guests will enjoy a relaxed and sophisticated experience complemented by award-winning chef Scott Conant’s Italian cuisine. To inquire about holding your wedding at The Ponte, contact them via their Events page here.
Madeline Garden in Pasadena
Madeline Garden, housed in the French-style, brick CalTech building, offers a modern European touch infused with Eastern culture. As a restaurant, it serves brunch, high tea, French-Italian cuisine, small tapas and Isakaya, and excellent wine pairing – making it a unique venue option for a small wedding or bridal shower. See how this might be the venue for you, by checking out their Events page here.
The Garden at Tiato in Santa Monica
The Garden at Tiato (named after the flavorful Vietnamese herb tía tô) boasts the largest outdoor dining space in Santa Monica outside of a hotel, with a capacity of 220 (seated) to 400 (standing) guests. Consider it for an intimate gathering or a full gala event amongst the herbs and citrus garden, and enjoy the chef-owners’ menu for sophisticated, global tastes, rich in antioxidants and organic, immune-boosting ingredients. Visit their Plan Your Event page here.
DRAGO Centro in Downtown Los Angeles
Located in the heart of LA’s downtown financial district, DRAGO Centro promises “tailored hospitality” and premier contemporary Italian cuisine for any size of event you plan. To book their Garden Room, contact the Special Events Director or email them via their page.
Culina Restaurant in Beverly Hills
Set against the beauty of Beverly Hills, Culina Restaurant provides a modern Italian dining experience inside and out. Guests are warmed by a floating fire in the Mediterranean-California garden with a stunning living succulent wall for a backdrop. Inquire about reserving their outdoor dining area by visiting their page here.
Hinoki and the Bird Century Drive, LA
Hinoki & the Bird is a travel-inspired dining concept, showcasing a menu by Executive Chef Brandon Kida that takes cues from travels through the Silk Road. Its specially-designed indoor/outdoor space offers a choice of the South Patio for up to 65 seated guests or 75 for a cocktail reception, or the entire Patio for up to 150 seated guests or 200 for a cocktail reception. To book your wedding at this trendy venue, go to their Private Events page here.
Isn’t that an amazing lineup of garden restaurants in Los Angeles? While you’re busy making your choice, why not plan LA-inspired welcome bags for your guests, too!