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jpie Jun 28, 2010 08:30 PM

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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    woofer Jul 16, 2010 06:25 PM

    the foundry on melrose. plus they have live music.

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      sfgirl22 Jul 3, 2010 01:32 PM

      cat n fiddle pub on sunset has a great patio - it can be a little rowdy at night but lunch and early evening are delightful

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        degustateur Jul 1, 2010 05:11 AM

        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
          wutzizname Jul 1, 2010 09:35 AM

          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

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            jpie Jul 1, 2010 09:46 AM

            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

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              jpie Jul 1, 2010 09:53 AM

              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 :)

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                Servorg Jul 1, 2010 09:57 AM

                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

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                  jpie Jul 2, 2010 07:51 PM

                  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
                    Servorg Jul 2, 2010 08:04 PM

                    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

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                  degustateur Jul 2, 2010 03:13 AM

                  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

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                QualityMart Jul 3, 2010 12:36 AM

                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.

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                  wutzizname Jul 3, 2010 10:02 AM

                  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
                    Servorg Jul 3, 2010 10:05 AM

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

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                      wutzizname Jul 3, 2010 10:08 AM

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

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                        Servorg Jul 3, 2010 10:10 AM

                        I'll settle for a case of Mexican Coke!

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                        kevin Jul 4, 2010 06:30 PM

                        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
                          Servorg Jul 4, 2010 06:34 PM

                          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
                            wutzizname Jul 4, 2010 07:14 PM

                            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

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                        jpie Jul 3, 2010 11:42 AM

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

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                    AAQjr Jul 1, 2010 12:46 AM

                    vinotheque on melrose has a really nice patio

                    1. Servorg Jun 30, 2010 05:55 PM

                      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
                        Servorg Jul 1, 2010 05:59 AM

                        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

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                          jpie Jul 3, 2010 11:41 AM

                          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.

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                            Servorg Jul 3, 2010 12:13 PM

                            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.

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                              junecz Jul 16, 2010 11:02 AM

                              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

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                          paprkutr Jun 30, 2010 05:49 PM

                          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
                            Emme Jun 30, 2010 10:31 PM

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

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                            jpie Jun 30, 2010 05:38 PM

                            Anybody have any suggestions here?

                            Thanks!

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