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The Backyard

930 Hilgard Ave. (Manning Ave.) Send to Phone
310-443-8218 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Enjoy a cocktail and Mediterranean fare in a relaxing outdoor environment.
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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 3 reviews
Dining room at The Backyard, Los Angeles, CA

The Backyard Restaurant Review

: If you’re tired of crowded Westside restaurants where you can barely hear your companions over the din of other diners, then visit The Backyard on the next sunny day or warm night. In an oasis next to the W Los Angeles Westwood hotel, diners can unwind to the sound of a babbling waterfall instead of babbling neighbors, and still keep an eye on the big game on the big-screen TV. It’s an ultra-casual atmosphere, flanked by a long outdoor bar (possibly frequented by smokers) on one side and a swimming pool on the other, so don’t be surprised to see people in T-shirts and bathrobes as well as babies and dogs. (There's even a special menu just for pooches.) The food has become more casual under chef Dakota Weiss, who also cooks at the more-upscale NINE-THIRTY inside the hotel. We recommend starting with the smoky white corn bisque, heirloom tomato and stone fruit salad, or the gooey goodness of herbs de provence baked goat cheese with truffle honey. Besides pizzas, sandwiches and sliders, offerings include "drunk" mussels well-prepared in white wine, pan-roasted wild salmon and an oh-so-comforting truffle fried chicken with mac 'n' cheese. The bar serves craft beer on tap, about a dozen wines by the glass and satisfying hand-crafted cocktails. Our picks from the interesting dessert menu are the salted hazelnut pot de crème and a flavored popcorn assortment.

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