It’s time to cash in on that SoCal sunshine tax—by dining alfresco! Here we share six of our favorite restaurant patios where open-air seating offers ocean views, live music, sandboxes for little ones to play in and gardens to explore. All that and the food is great too. Read on to get the dish…

Chandler’s Cape Rey

photo: Chandler's Cape Rey 

Nestled in just where shore meets land, this sophisticated restaurant offers familiar recipes with upscale ingredients. You’ll find flavors of the coast throughout the menu and kid-friendly customizations ­—just ask! The large patio area offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean: nightly sunsets are complimentary. Check out Chandler’s for happy hour, 3 – 6 p.m. every day. Enjoy a large selection of appetizers and $2 off wine by the glass, beers and signature cocktails. Parents, go for the Mongolian Glazed Wings and Petite Ahi Poke and let the kiddos have at the Chicken Potstickers. Don’t pass on the Passion Fruit Cheesecake and the tots will like the Grasshopper Bar (a decadent dessert made of chocolate cake with white mint mousse).

Insider’s Tip: Moms, don’t miss Wine If You Want To Wednesdays where you’ll get half off Chef’s select bottles of wine!

1 Ponto Rd.
Carlsbad, Ca 92011


Where does your family go to enjoy great patio dining? Let us know in the comments.

—Elizabeth Silva