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Nice patio places mid-city

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We have friends visiting in early July. Since they have a daughter at LMU they know the westside restaurants pretty well. This time they are staying with us (we live between Kodak Theater and Sunset Strip). Any ideas for nice patio dining? It doesn't have to be fancy fancy but that is okay too. A friend suggested Lucques which sounds great and I am looking for other ideas. We of course have all our other usual (non-patio) places we want to show off like Jitlada but it wold be nice for our northwest friends to enjoy a nice LA outdoor dining experience.

Thanks for the help

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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  1. Anybody have any suggestions here?

    Thanks!

    1. Pane Vino on Beverly and Sweetzer. Good Italian food and a really nice patio. How about the original Farmers Market on Third. It's nice to sit outside and you can get almost anything there.

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      1. re: paprkutr

        i like Pane e Vino's patio a lot. very Tuscan secluded feel.

      2. Bastide would be a great higher end choice. And, if it's not too far from where you are going to be, then Cliff's Edge has a wonderful patio.

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        Cliff's Edge
        3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

        Bastide Restaurant
        8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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        1. re: Servorg

          Another case of disappearing place links. One more time.

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          Cliff's Edge
          3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

          Bastide Restaurant
          8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          1. re: Servorg

            How is the food at the Cliff's edge? I can't believe I have never heard of this place-it looks fun and pretty reasonable.

            1. re: jpie

              I think dinner is okay, but their weekend brunch is more appealing. So, not a totally food driven destination but a nice place to brunch and have a bloody mary and contemplate the summer stretching out before us.

              1. re: jpie

                Just happened to eat at Cliff's Edge last night. The patio is very charming and the food was very good. The al'olio (sp?) pasta was fantastic - LOTS of garlic. The special stuffed zucchini blossoms were very light and tasty. Antipasto platter was large and the meats and grilled vegetables delicious. It would have been better with more cheese. We did send the Ceasar Salad back - too much bland dressing, no anchovies, no croutons.

                The specials of the day which we didn't get sounded great. And the special wine of the day - which we did get -was really good and only $30/bottle.

                We did close the place with our second bottle of wine so the staff sort of forgot about us - left us for too long with empty plates and empty water glasses. Otherwise, service was okay - for LA.

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                Cliff's Edge
                3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

          2. vinotheque on melrose has a really nice patio

            1. Have your patio and eat well too. IMHO, The Little Door offers one of LA’s most exquisite patio dining experiences. The feel is akin to relaxing in a private enclave in some other part of the world with beautiful plants, a koi pond, fountain and an international wine bar. The cuisine is probably best described as French-Mediterranean. Fresh ingredients are sourced primarily from local farmers and markets, artfully prepared and tastefully presented. Sharing the signature Mezze Royale appetizer is sure to impress. The duck confit, rack of lamb and lobster are truly delectable entrees. Service is competent and courteous. You and your guests should be pleased.

              The Little Door
              8164 W 3rd St
              Los Angeles, CA 90048
              (323) 951-1210

              http://www.thelittledoor.com

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              The Little Door
              8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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              1. re: degustateur

                The LIttle Door is a great rec.

                There's also the Chateau Marmont experience, if you're up for sharing that.

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                Chateau Marmont
                8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                1. re: wutzizname

                  Thanks for all the great ideas! I haven't eaten at Chateau Marmont (I actually haven't even stepped foot into it before :) Is the food good or would the the food be better at little door??

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                  Chateau Marmont
                  8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                  1. re: wutzizname

                    Oh and another question-is there some sort of casual "divey" outdoor places we should go (to offset the fancy meals) that would kind of be typically "LA"? I am pretty sure they have been to Farmer's Market but I was thinking more like Pollo a La Brasa or someplace we could go with just really good food and picnic type table dining. They are coming from Seattle and the weather has been awful this year so they are craving outdoor experiences :)

                    1. re: jpie

                      Yuca's Hut or Senor Fish or up the coast to Malibu Seafood Grill or Neptune's Net.

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                      Senor Fish
                      4803 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                      Yuca's
                      2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                      Malibu Fish & Seafood
                      25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

                      Neptune's Net Seafood
                      42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Hi Servorg-yeah we are planning Neptune's Net when we go to LAX to pick them up but I must say the suggestion for Quality Seafood now has me tempted :)

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                        Quality Seafood
                        130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

                        1. re: jpie

                          Quality Seafood is a great suggestion. Just completely different than driving up the coast to NN or Malibu Seafood Grill.

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                          Quality Seafood
                          130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

                      2. re: jpie

                        Hi Again, jpie!

                        Casual, "divey", outdoors, good food, good times? Got the perfect place for you and your friends. Quality Seafood, located on the Redondo Beach pier. Outstanding live seafood prepared to order while you wait. Make your selections from the live seafood tanks filled with over 50 types of lobsters, crab, oysters, clams, mussels, sea urchin, other mollusks, fish and shrimp. You get the idea - this place is da’ bomb. Not exactly cheap but well worth it for great, fresh (mostly live) seafood in a laid back, open air setting by the ocean. Good selection of ice-cold beer on tap as well. Lay out the supplied newspaper and prepare to make a mess on the umbrella-covered stone tables as you bang away at dismembering your giant steamed crab with one of the provided wooden mallets.

                        Afterwards, walk around the pier, enjoy some ice cream and then take a brisk, exhilarating ride on the Ocean Racer, a 1500 horsepower, 70-foot speedboat (Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays - Hourly from Noon until Sunset). All in all, a way cool day.

                        Quality Seafood
                        130 S. International Boardwalk
                        Redondo Beach, CA 90277
                        (310) 372-6408

                        http://www.qualityseafood.net

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                        Quality Seafood
                        130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

                    2. re: degustateur

                      I like The Little Door, but one thing about the patio is that it barely feels like you're sitting outside! At least not at night once it's dark.

                      1. re: QualityMart

                        Chateau Marmont definitely feels like you're outside. But I imagine the food at The Little Door is better. I've never been to the latter, but judging by its reputation. That said, the food at Marmont is more than serviceable. And their Spaghetti Bolognese is downright spectacular. But it's more about the setting and the history of the place. And for out-of-towners, you're almost guaranteed to see some faces. Last time I was there we sat next to Dustin Hoffman. He borrowed our butter. And the time before, a drunken Cuba Gooding Jr. kept interrupting our conversation with the waitress. Obviously not for everyone, but definitely an L.A. experience.

                        1. re: wutzizname

                          I wonder if it was too many "Cuba Libre's" for his own Gooding that resulted in the lapse in behavior? ;-D>

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Unfortunately chowhound doesn't give out booby prizes, Servong. But if they did...

                            1. re: wutzizname

                              I'll settle for a case of Mexican Coke!

                            2. re: Servorg

                              that's a good one,

                              and to keep this chowish, how's the food at chateau marmont, i could never seem to get in there, is it hotel guests only or what?

                              1. re: kevin

                                We've only eaten at Bar Marmont - and it was good. My problem is gearing up to fight the traffic along Sunset. Never something I do gladly.

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                                Bar Marmont
                                8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Bar Marmont and the Chateau are two very different entities. Technically related again, but still very different experiences.

                                  And to answer Kevin's question...anyone can eat dinner at the Chateau, but a reservation will definitely help ensure easy entry. The food is entirely decent and not really too overpriced for what it is, though the setting does demand a slight premium.

                                  As long as you go with a little sense of humor, and style, I think it's something worth doing, at least once.

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                                  Bar Marmont
                                  8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                            3. re: wutzizname

                              Yeah celeb spotting definitely gets brownie points for out of town visitors :)