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Rustic "provencial" patio spot in LA?

I'm searching to gather some friends for my big 4-0 in August for an early summer evening soiree and am looking for something with a sort of elegant rustic vibe -- outside on a patio or terrace that feels private - sort of like those beautiful provencial tables you see in magazines with family & friends gathered around the table outside...just something mellow with a pretty rustic/country feel centered around good food & wine for friends...

Is there such a place in LA??? I live in Santa Monica so preferably on the westside but am open to greater LA...

Thanks for any tips!

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  1. Although it's not French, Taverna Tony in Malibu certainly has the ambience your after.

    1. I would check out Fraiche in Culver City...their outdoor area has a nice comfy living room feel to it and the place is very happening with excellent food. Some have had issues with 'tude, but in several visits there I've never experienced it.

      Rustic Canyon also has a very homey feel and great food. But I'm not sure if they have an outdoor eating area.

      1. A bit ShiShi, but The Little Door might be to your liking...

        Or... The patio at Lucques?

        1. The patio at Lillys, on Abbot Kinney fits exactly that description. Primitivo, too.

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          Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
          1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

          Primitivo
          1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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          1. re: yogachik

            completely concur with yogachik about lilly's.
            (will be having dinner there tonight. lovely spot. this is fine dining: for the food they serve the price/quality and price/quantity ratios are excellent.)

          2. Have you checked out the patio at either Wilshire or Whist at the Viceroy?

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            1. re: Phurstluv

              Whist at the Viceroy is a lot of things, but rustic may not be one of them. Although... their private outdoor cabanas are quite nice.

              1. re: J.L.

                You're right, definitely not rustic. But certainly provincial.

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  I'm not sure if original poster meant Proven├žal or provincial?? His hybrid word "provencial" leaves us no clues.