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Best outdoor dining with a view?

I'm looking for a restaurant where you can sit outside and enjoy a good view as well. There are many restaurants with patios, but they are often at the back with little or no view of anything except for the next building or the fence. Is there any place you can sit outside and enjoy a view as well? The closest i've seen is Ocean and View at the Loews hotel in Santa Monica, but I think their actual outside area is for drinks/lounging only, not for dinner. I'm looking for something around the Santa Monica/Venice area, but i'm willing to travel a bit. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  1. Just went to Taverna Tony's in Malibu. Sat outside for dinner and had a great view of the mountains.

      1. re: JAB

        agree with this whole-heartedly.

        personally i don't find taverna tony's anything special at all.

      2. Hi, In Topanga, the rustic outdoor-deck with wild trees, foliage & a creek running through in Topanga is extremely lovely & romantic. Also, the outdoor area at the restaurant in the old-money Hotel Bel Aire is quite lovely, but more swanky. JET

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        1. re: Jet

          Are you recommending a specific restaurant in Topanga Canyon? If so, what is the name of the place you like?

          1. re: Servorg

            specifically, abuelitas on the inexpensive side and inn of the seventh ray on the expensive side are both fantastic places in topanga -- both have lots of seating outside and it's beautiful!

            1. re: dtud

              Thanks, dtud. I have been to both and agree with you. I just wasn't sure if Jet had some place in mind, but somehow didn't mention it, or (s)he was just recommending Topanga Canyon in general without mentioning a specific restaurant.

        2. For a fabulous view of the Malibu canyons, go to Saddle Peak Lodge.

          Sit either on the patio, or the 3rd floor, and the sight lines are stunning.

          www.saddlepeaklodge.com

          1. I like the food and view from Savannah at the Beach at the base of the Huntington Beach pier. It has a lovely view of the beach and pier at sunset.