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Rustic "provencial" patio spot in LA?

jdreeka Jul 14, 2009 02:09 PM

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!

  1. Bob Brooks Jul 14, 2009 03:27 PM

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

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      NAspy Jul 14, 2009 04:48 PM

      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. J.L. Jul 14, 2009 06:06 PM

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

        Or... The patio at Lucques?

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          yogachik Jul 14, 2009 06:19 PM

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

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

          1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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          1. re: yogachik
            westsidegal Jul 15, 2009 12:23 PM

            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. Phurstluv Jul 14, 2009 07:58 PM

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

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            1. re: Phurstluv
              J.L. Jul 14, 2009 08:47 PM

              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.
                Phurstluv Jul 15, 2009 09:09 AM

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

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                  J.L. Jul 15, 2009 10:36 AM

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

                  1. re: J.L.
                    Phurstluv Jul 15, 2009 10:40 AM

                    right, agreed.

            2. ipsedixit Jul 14, 2009 10:28 PM

              Saddle Peak Lodge


              1. perk Jul 15, 2009 04:32 AM

                It's on the other side of town, but Cliff's Edge in Silverlake has a fabulous patio.

                1. sgrrush1 Jul 15, 2009 09:48 AM

                  Ca Del Sole in Toluca Lake has a really nice patio. www.cadelsole.com

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                    sueshungry Jul 15, 2009 11:38 AM

                    Pane Vino in West Hollywood has a lovely patio.

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                    1. re: sueshungry
                      sgrrush1 Jul 15, 2009 12:08 PM

                      Agreed! I forgot about this place... I have to make plans to go asap!

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                      victorward Jul 15, 2009 11:48 AM

                      the hall at palihouse in west hollywood might be perfect...

                      1. mnosyne Jul 15, 2009 11:55 AM

                        There's a French-ish restaurant complex on 26th St in Santa Monica, across from the Brentwood Country Mart. There are 4 little French cottages on a lovely brick patio, with outdoor seating too. I don't know what the current name of the place is, but it used to be the Iron Patio, among other things. The food was good there. Anybody know the name?

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                        1. re: mnosyne
                          whatsfordinner Jul 15, 2009 12:04 PM

                          Chez Mimi? The setting is lovely and the food is acceptable but not great.

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                            yogachik Jul 15, 2009 12:44 PM

                            Chez Mimi. But I wouldn't call it as lovely as a magazine photo.

                            Pane e Vino is a great suggestion. Also just thought of Il Cielo.

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                            BSW6490 Jul 15, 2009 12:31 PM

                            Check out Salads de Provence on the balcony outside Federic Fekkai Salon Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Great salads and a view like Barney Greengrass. Very private too.

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                              BSW6490 Jul 15, 2009 12:33 PM

                              Inn of the 7th Rey in Topanga is another very cool choice.

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                              1. re: BSW6490
                                westsidegal Jul 15, 2009 04:13 PM

                                the inn of the seventh ray is a beautiful location.
                                i've not been impressed with the food there, though.
                                the price quality/quantity ratios are not good either.

                                their service, in my experience, has been sooooo bad as to be off-the-charts bad.
                                boy, i sure wanted to like this place.

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