930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Splurge. You deserve it. One sunny afternoon, saunter into the W Hotel in Westwood, veer to the right and walk up the small flight of stairs to push the heavy, oversized doors that open onto a magical, enchanted world, better known as The Backyard.
This outdoor oasis is the Westside’s best-kept secret where celebs, businessmen and ordinary Johns and Jane Does come to relax within an exotic garden setting. Bright green cushions are scattered throughout a landscape of palm trees, waterfalls and tropical flowers, creating a serenely tranquil setting for lunch or evening cocktails. Servers donning casual polo shirts, plaid and khaki shorts display impeccable service as they whisk out fresh Californian fare. Be sure to request the signature spicy ahi tuna tartare, a vibrantly colorful collage of edamame, avocado, fresh tuna and a habanero vinaigrette. The swordfish tacos are also a great recommendation, accompanied by a pleasantly unusual salad with a slightly piquant vinaigrette.
But without question, you must save room for the Black and Tan dessert. With its heaping layers of thick butterscotch pudding and rich chocolate fudge, two bites into this decadent treat will send you spiraling upwards to the clouds in pure bliss. Stick around as the sun dips lower in the sky for a more romantic scene.