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Recommendations for Beautiful Restaurant, Outdoor Seating, Great Food

I'm visiting LA next weekend to attend a wedding for the couple that has everything. Rather than trying to find the perfect gift, he's an interior designer, I'd like to give the couple of gift certificate for a great meal at some place special.

I would love to find a special restaurant that has outdoor seating, is very pretty and comfortable and, of course, has really great food. Any and all recommendations would be much appreciated.

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  1. Saddle Peak Lodge
    www.saddlepeaklodge.com

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    Saddle Peak Lodge
    419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      +1 for Saddle Peak and it's one of a kind setting and wonderful food.

    2. There's a patio here.

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      Michael's Restaurant
      1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, CA 90403

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      1. re: mc michael

        Michael's patio is truly beautiful. Excellent food.

        1. re: maudies5

          Michael's patio is indeed beautiful. If only their food was the equal if their patio. Alas, it is not.

      2. I like the patio and food at Lucques. The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing, and on cold nights they have heaters. They also have a warm and welcoming environment inside, which is nice when it's cold like it's been for the past 2 weeks. They have a fireplace and it's very romantic (if you go with the right person). I've always been happy with the setting either inside or outside. The bar is also welcoming, helped by a good bartender, and they make a great sidecar. Service is very good. The sommelier is knowledgeable, and even explains wine you bring in yourself. Food is your basic meat and fish, nothing too experimental; but the preparation is superb imho.

        Lucques
        8474 Melrose Avenue (Just east of La Cienega)
        Los Angeles
        (323) 655-6277
        www.lucques.com

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        Lucques
        8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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        1. re: lil mikey

          Yes, the bar at Lucques is cool. And interesting people seem to congregate there.

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          Lucques
          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

        2. Buffalo Club in Santa Monica.

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          Buffalo Club
          1520 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

          1. Wilshire would be an excellent choice. The patio is gorgeous and romantic and the food is great.

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            1. re: mollyomormon

              I second the idea -- The Wilshire has all you seek.