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Jul 22, 2011 11:22 AM

Very "LA" restaurants with outdoor seating to take visitors?

I'm looking for trendy restaurants that would give visitors from NorCal a sense of LA (and why we give them a run for their money.) Preferably with a patio and outside seating, but open to all suggestions. Price isn't a big issue, but trying to stay within a moderate range.

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  1. What does the phrase "stay within a moderate range" mean in terms of per person cost for food and drink?

    1. The "trendiest" patio is probably Chateau Marmont. Don't know much about their food.

      Little Door has a terrific patio. So does Spago. (though can't call the prices moderate.) And maybe the best outdoor dining space is Cliff's Edge is Silverlake. I'm not a huge fan of their food...but others like it.

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

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

      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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

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      1. re: perk

        I had no idea Little Door was still around it. Loved it when I ate there years ago.

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

      2. Michael's Santa Monica, Joe's Restaurant, Cafe Santorini in Pasadena, the Ivy if you can get the patio.

        I know the Loews in Santa Monica has outdoor seating, Cafe Pinot at the Central Library, Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian....

        Cafe Santorini
        70 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

        Cafe Pinot
        700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

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        1. re: scottca075

          michael's in santa monica, imho, charges prices that are higher than "moderate."

          1. re: westsidegal

            Could be. Everyone has their own ideas of moderate. I wish people would just give price ranges like "no entrée over $30", which would be my definition of moderate.

        2. The Ivy, on Robertson. Food's not so good, but very L.A.

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          1. re: J.L.

            "Food's not so good"

            ...but the prices are so very moderate... not! ;-D>

          2. I always take visitors to to Yamishiro.... before people get in a tizzy here is how and why.
            Just before sunset so they can get a grasp at how big L.A. is and if it's clear you can see Catalina, while the sun sets all the lights come up blows all my out of towners away.
            Bonus you may see a celebrity last time I saw Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin.
            I sit in the bar area and have appy's and drinks or just have dinner it's very unique to los angeles but not as trendy as say KOI or Bazaar.
            You can always go for bar bites at Bazaar's bar centro for full on blitzkrig of trendy