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vegtablefruit Mar 21, 2008 03:59 AM

what restaurant has amazing food with a fantastical setting, one where you are taken far away. chateau marmont has that great out door setting, really bad expensive food, osteria mozza and craft have great food, cold setting... i know there must be something majical that doesnt have awful food.

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    epop Jun 30, 2008 05:42 PM

    hump but don't overorder

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      raspie Jun 30, 2008 05:20 PM

      I dined last week at the Chateau Marmont for lunch and had a fabulous meal. The cucumber tea sandwiches were perfect.. the chef of the Bar Marmont is the same as the Chateau.. I think it's come a long way. Worth checking out as long as you can handle the fabulous zone celebrity shizz...

      1. Emme Mar 23, 2008 11:57 AM

        The patio at Pane e Vino has a very Tuscan feel to me. Plus, I love how consistent it is.

        1. Ciao Bob Mar 22, 2008 07:07 PM

          Wilshire

          1. love2eat Mar 22, 2008 03:15 PM

            Try Pace in Laurel Canyon.

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              nosh Mar 21, 2008 05:43 PM

              Agree with Chinois -- perhaps the very definition of fantastical with all of the colorful kitsch, crowded together tables with those rolled placemats, and the bright '80s over-the-top decor. Most of the food is still boldly spiced and flavored and well-executed, and I prefer to sit at the counter taking in the flashes of fire and knives to any serene outdoor scenery.

              I'll add the Penthouse at the Huntley or Yamashiro for the views, but drinks only -- eat elsewhere, you've been warned. An underrated venue is the Restaurant at the Getty, with immense floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking the gardens, the architecture, and a vantage point from the ocean to downtown. Getting there via the tram is fun, and now is prime time to enjoy the changing light as the sun retreats.

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                wiz Mar 21, 2008 04:19 PM

                Try Il Cielo, I think it will have all you are looking for.
                9018 burton way 310-276-9990

                1. ipsedixit Mar 21, 2008 09:48 AM

                  Saddle Peak Lodge www.saddlepeaklodge.com

                  Citrus at Social www.citrusatsocial.com

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                    vegtablefruit Mar 21, 2008 02:19 PM

                    im dying to check out citrus... i havent been to chez mimi either... the thing thats really nice about the chateau is that is has that buzzy vibe that envites you to drink all night should you want. any of these places have that vibe as well.

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                    Obessed Mar 21, 2008 09:44 AM

                    Actually, Chateau Marmont has a new chef and the food is fantastic. Have you been recently?

                    Other options: Ortolon, Citrus at Social

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                      Diana Mar 21, 2008 07:41 AM

                      Providence. I LIKE it in there. Amazing food. If you can, get the chef's table.

                      Inn of the Seventh Ray, but it has been getting a few negatives, lately, on the food. Try the Brunch

                      Granita was like that (sniffle) but it is gone now.

                      The patio at Spago is very nice.

                      Patio at Chez Mimi.

                      a few others

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                        josephnl Mar 21, 2008 08:41 AM

                        Agree with all of Diane's, but would like to add two.
                        The garden at Michael's in Santa Monica is a beautiful setting, and the food is quite good. And...for a Los Angeles setting, I don't think anything can surpass the patio at the Hotel Bel-Air. If you can snag one of the five or six booths at the edge of the patio, you will think you have died and gone to heaven!

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                          bluemonster Mar 21, 2008 04:23 PM

                          Granita is gone, but Chinois is still pretty fantastical. Michael's is a beautiful place, too. It always impresses the out-of-towners and locals alike!

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