Eighteen years after brothers Nicolas and Frederic Meschin opened The Little Door in West Hollywood,
the duo (with co-partner Marc-Antoine Rambaud) has expanded the charming concept to the beach. Behind wrought-iron gates, a romantic garden patio reveals rustic wooden tables set amid a lush landscape of ferns, bougainvillea and a Spanish tile fountain. Signature French-Mediterranean fare includes organic farro risotto with roasted artichokes, chanterelle mushrooms and zucchini, and herbed fingerling potato frites with haricots verts and baby carrots. The perfect milieu under the stars. 246 26th St., S.M., 310-310-8064; thelittledoorsm.com.
Written by Lindsay Kindelon and Kelsey McKinnon.