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Seafood by the Sea in

Marina del Rey Marina del Rey — “The King’s Marina?” The seaside community doesn’t even have a mayor, let alone a king. Perhaps the founders would have chosen a different name if they could have foreseen the area’s growing reputation as a unique culinary hotspot for seafood lovers. Marina del Mariscos, perhaps? That has a nice ring to it.

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The Chart House

Café Del Rey

13950 Panay Way (310) 822-4144

4451 Admiralty Way (310) 823-6395

As a company, Chart House boasts that theirs is “a dining experience you can’t replicate anywhere else.” That may seem like a tall order for a group with 28 locations nationally, but you’ll find things here that you won’t find in their Cincinnati location — namely an ocean view and superb Chilean sea bass.

The quality of entrées, excellent service and brilliant harbor views come with a price, but you won’t find it on the restaurant’s expansive happy hour menu, where scallop ceviche, Dungeness crab cake and steelhead trout hold court from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Steamed clams can be part of a create-yourown seafood sampler at The Warehouse

The Warehouse 4499 Admiralty Way (310) 823-5451

The Chateau Filet brings the turf to the surf at Café del Rey

SALT Restaurant & Bar 13534 Bali Way (424) 289-8223

The Hollywood club vibe and chic interior are in stark contrast to the boats in the harbor at this restaurant inside Marina Del Rey Hotel. A nice marriage of the trendy and traditional brings Japanese cuisine such as Hamachi and charred octopus to compliment the standard American offerings like lobster rolls and steamed mussels.

The uninitiated should be forgiven for thinking that The Warehouse’s shipwreck fantasy vibe is a calculated effort to capitalize on the reemergence of pirate chic. In reality, the restaurant is nearly as old as the marina itself, and much of the seafaring décor is authentic. Go for the ambiance, stay for the swordfish or halibut. D i n e r ’ s

Scallops Italia with pesto, eggplant, zucchini and squash

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TONY P’s dockside grill

Surf, turf and smiles by the sea at Tony P’s 4445 Admiralty Way (310) 823-4534 SALT’s Nantucket Lobster Roll is served with clarified butter, lemon and crème fraiche, and “in-house” slaw

This dockside sports bar is a crowd pleaser. Many just appreciate having a friendly spot to grab a beer and

watch the boats sail in. On the other hand, the award-winning cuisine — including the ahi tuna steak and crab leg combo — are worthy of the accolades oft bestowed upon the fish and chips. 2016 Westside Dining Guide


Beachside Restaurant & Bar

Sapori Italian Restaurant

14160 Palawan Way (310) 439-3033 beachside-restaurant

What does it take to make a hotel restaurant feel like a spot for locals? A daily happy hour with buy one, get one for $1 drink specials is a good start. Add a menu featuring panroasted Mahi and scallops from Maine for good measure. A beautiful view of Mother’s Beach completes the experience.

13723 Fiji Way (310) 821-1740

Lest we forget that Italy has over 4,500 miles of coastline, the menu at this quaint Fisherman’s Village restaurant has plenty of Italian seafood to choose from. The Italian word for “seafood” is pescatora, as in tonnarelli pescatora, a perfect spaghetti dish to order if you want a little bit of everything. Ahi Tuna Poke at Killer Shrimp

Killer Shrimp 4211 Admiralty Way (310) 578-2293

Wild Oregon Petrale Sole with chive whipped potatoes, artichoke, garlic & caper Meuniere

When rock musician Lee Michaels first opened his restaurant, there was really no need for a menu since there was basically only one dish: the Killer Shrimp. It’s still the first thing on the menu, and a must-try for any seafood lover in the Marina. There’s magic in that secret sauce.

Milanese style shrimp appetizer

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Eat Like an Italian

in Venice

When developer Abbot Kinney died in 1920, so did much of his plans for “Venice of America,” initially imagined as a replica of the famed Italian city. The Italian flair dwindled as Venice evolved into the eclectic community it is today, but the spirit of Italy has reemerged as new restaurants and old favorites have made Venice one of L.A.’s hottest neighborhoods for Italian cuisine.


Casa Ado

796 Main St. (310) 399-9010

12 W. Washington Blvd. (310) 577-2589

Just like Venice itself, a dinner at Barrique is memorable thanks to the mix of old and new. Chef Antonio Mure is still here from the restaurant’s early days as Ado, but the management has changed. The candle-lit ambience of this cute cottage is whimsical, the wine menu is vast (but almost entirely Italian) and the food is superb.

Like sister location Barrique, Ado is dark, intimate and authentic. It is this combination that leaves many patrons and critics reluctantly using the word “magical” when describing their dinner experience. Yes, Casa Ado is technically in Marina del Rey, but it’s also too close to the canals to leave off this list.

Ravioli di Zucca — pumpkin ravioli sautéed with butter, sage and parmigiana

Centanni Trattoria 1700 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 314-7275

Ahi tuna tartar served with avocado, capers and balsamic essence


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If anyone in particular is responsible for the new wave of Italian eateries in Venice, it might be these guys. The menu and wine list are authentic enough, but the execution is decidedly modern. Centanni is also among the more affordable options on this list. Nearly all entrees are $20 or less, with many options for half that price.

Classic Italian bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil

Danny’s Venice

Venice Cucina

23 Windward Ave. (310) 566-5610

Gone are the days when gondoliers traveled the original Venice canals in red and white striped shirts and straw hats, but one of the gondolas ended up on the ceiling at Danny’s. The menu has dabbled in Italian cuisine in the form of pizza and pasta, but makes this list for preserving the history of a time when Venice Beach took its cues from the Queen of the Adriatic.

209 Windward Ave. (310) 392-6300

Scopa takes spaghetti and meatballs to new heights with fresh parmesan and basil

Right there on Windward Circle, Venice Cucina is an oasis for anyone who feels like Italian dining should be a little less pretentious and a lot more casual. It’s BYOB, with no corkage fee, so grab a bottle of chianti across the street. The menu is extensive, with a variety of pastas, salads and 10 different thin-crust pizzas offered at reasonable prices.

Scopa Italian Roots 2905 Washington Blvd. (310) 821-1100

Danny’s classic margherita pizza is a local favorite

Scopa is only a few doors down from Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and this beautifully modern high-end Italian restaurant totally fits the vibe. Created by celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso, the menu includes oxtail on rigatoni and other luxurious dishes from Lo Stivale.

Chicken fettucine alfredo is one of many tried-and-true classics at Venice Cucina

Locanda Positano 4059 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 526-3887

You know those romantic comedies where a couple goes out for a fancy Italian dinner and one of them orders the “pappardelle al cinghiale” because they don’t know Italian, then ends up with braised wild boar? That plays out here every day, and it’s delicious. This restaurant is a big part of Lincoln Boulevard’s Italian revival.

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C & O Cucina

Enjoy Burrata Caprese and fried calamari with marinara sauce on the breezy patio of C & O Cucina 3016 W. Washington Blvd. (310) 301-7278

Locanda Positano boasts a diverse but selective variety of Italian wine

If anyone tries to point out that C&O Cucina is technically in Marina del Rey, just hand ‘em a few garlic knots to chew on. Don’t worry, there’s

more coming. With its celebrated Rat Pack Martini Lounge, the Cucina comes off a tad more grownup than its more family-oriented sister restaurant C&O Trattoria, where crayons come with the table and there’s a nightly “That’s Amore!” singalong. 2016 Westside Dining Guide



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Something Sweet in

Santa Monica Life in Santa Monica can be pretty sweet — literally. From fresh bakery and gourmet donuts to specialty cheesecake and Italian ice, desserts are very much in vogue here despite the city’s reputation for obsessing over healthy eating. Perhaps the lesson here is that it’s healthy to treat yourself once in a while.

Rocco’s Cheesecake

La Monarca Bakery

1701 Pico Blvd. (310) 396-1701

1300 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 451-1114

From the classic to the exotic, Rocco’s Cheesecake is a tasting tour of the limitless possibilities of soft cheese, eggs and sugar. Flavor adventurers can try a slice of Honey Wasabi Pea, Mango Macadamia or Green Tea & Honey; those seeking a more traditional delicacy have the go-to Rocco’s N.Y. Classic as well as Tiramisu Cheesecake, Cookies n’ Cream or Chocolate Marble.

Sweet and spicy flavors from south of the border shine at this Mexican pastry shop. The dulce de leche croissant and cake are favorites and can be paired with a Mexican hot chocolate or the Café Oaxaca, a latte with spicy, dark chocolate.

Pink macarons from Vanilla Bake Shop

Vanilla Bake Shop 512 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 458-6644

An assortment of cheesecake flavors at Rocco’s


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Vanilla Bake Shop’s sweets may be pint-sized, but they pack a powerful sugar rush. Offering macarons, mini cupcakes and shooters — desserts in mini shot glasses — in flavors from Meyer lemon raspberry to banana chocolate chip, this boutique bakery hits the sweet spot for life’s little indulgences.

Mexican Hot Chocolate with brown sugar, cinnamon, peanuts and almond milk

Rita’s Italian Ice

Spazio Café

2307 Main St. (310) 450-5042

1511 Montana Ave. (310) 899-6769

Known colloquially as “water ice” in the northeast, this East Coast import is perfect for a hot afternoon by the beach, or “the shore” as they say in Jersey. A cross between a sorbet and a slushy, this Italian ice treat comes in a variety of flavors that include mango to pistachio.

Sip slowly at Spazio. This café specializes in Italian coffees, espressos and cappuccinos, but its signature beverage is hot chocolate — 18 varieties of it. Choose from accent flavors such as almond, strawberry or hazelnut, and even whiskey or rum. The Caramel-Pretzel Chocolate Chunk cookie is one of Cookie Good’s bestsellers

Cookie Good 2448 Wilshire Blvd. (424) 280-4100

A Rita’s Italian Ice Gelati with Vanilla Custard and Orange-Peach-Mango Ice

With more than 70 cookie flavors on its menu, Cookie Good is paradise for the cookie connoisseur. The shop melds dessert with breakfast and snack time by enfolding pretzels, marshmallows, Coco Puffs, Rice Krispies, Snickers and even frosted animal crackers into its various confections.

3213 Pico Blvd. (310) 453-1932

A stack of daily and monthly specials from Sidecar Doughnuts

Sidecar Doughnuts 631 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 587-0022

A swan cookie and assorted pastries from Caprice Pastries

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Huckleberry Café

Caprice Pastries

Helmed by French pastry chef JeanLouise Kippelen, this cash-only patisserie offers a taste of France in sweets ranging from tiny tarts to wedding cakes. Say bon appétit with Kippelin’s specialty, “The Swan” — a choux à la crème pastry carved up to resemble the elegant bird.

Nutella + coffee = delicious!

The donuts at Sidecar are at once both sweet and savory. Sugar and salt join forces in the butter & salt donut, a vanilla bean cake with brown butter glaze and fleur de sel. Bacon bits are sprinkled on top of the popular maple bacon donut, and the cornbread donut (with corn kernels inside!) is topped with sorghum brown butter glaze.

A fruit, flower and yogurt tart at Huckleberry 1014 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 451-2311

Imagine a perfectly balanced lemonade in the form of a cake and you have Huckleberry’s lemon poppy seed teacake. A sugary brown rim encases a soft, spongy and yellow center, creating a satisfying mesh of sweetness and citrus. If lemon isn’t your thing, the blueberry cornmeal cake and Niman Ranch maple bacon biscuit are equally satisfying choices. 2016 Westside Dining Guide


“Hidden Gem in Mariners Village” Open 7 Days 8AM–PM | | 310.424.3074 | 14000 Captains Row, Marina del Rey

BAKERY & PASTRIES Pizzas, Sandwiches, Wraps

TEMPTING ARRAY OF SALADS from Traditional to Specialty

COFFEE: Enjoy our pre-

mium organic blends from Coffee Bean & tea leaf


Main Entrées from Mahi Mahi to Chicken Tenders

A Neighborhood Place with Freshly Prepared Food... Alejo’s is a great place for cozy family gatherings, fast and attentive service, wonderful food and reasonable prices. As soon as you are seated we welcome you with our signature bread and garlic which is the talk of the town. OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH & DINNER • DINE IN • TAKEOUT • DELIVERY (310) 670-6677 • 8343 Lincoln Blvd. • Westchester


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Around the World in

Westchester Westchester has a reputation of being not quite as culturally sophisticated as neighboring communities to the north. But the truth is that Westchester is home to not only one of the busiest airports in the country, but also a culinary scene with international flair. Here you can take a culinary trip around the globe without taking off your shoes for the TSA.


Chalet Edelweiss

8325 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 338-7223

8740 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (310) 645-8740

Kanpai offers traditional Japanese cuisine with a California twist, including fresh-caught seasonal fish from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The delicious live scallops, any of the K rolls and the kitchen’s signature Ramen dishes are all good choices. Make it a celebration with any of 20 varieties of premium sake. Choose from steak, chicken or pork to build a taco combination plate

The Swiss may be known for neutrality, but Chalet Edelweiss is partisan to Austro-German cooking. Try some Swiss dried beef with Tête de Moine cheese or the Käse-Bier-Suppe mit Schwarzwälder Schinken — Erdinger beer with black forest ham and cheese in a tasty, soulwarming soup. The tap list includes Köstritzer Schwarzbier, a mellow alternative to the current hops craze.

Paco’s Tacos Cantina 6212 W. Manchester Ave. (310) 645-8692

Taste six distinctly different flavors with Kanpai Sushi’s sashimi platter


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Indulging in authentic Mexican cooking at Paco’s Tacos Cantina is not just a good idea, it’s a local tradition. The festively decorated restaurant makes all its tortillas by hand after you order, and portions are massive. The tacos de carne asada with rice and beans will leave you satisfied, and the beef, avocado and melted cheese Supermex burrito might just knock you out cold.

Taste the Alps with a triple sausage platter and sauerkraut

Thai Talay

Truxton’s American Bistro

8411 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 670-3055

Westchester has quite a few great Thai restaurants, but the stylish contemporary ambience of Thai Talay makes it a great spot for date night. The kitchen follows the décor with a current approach to Indochinese cooking. Pair the Dumpling Delight with the Scallop Lemongrass or indulge in the Chef’s Choice Lamb Chop to make it a perfect night out.

8611 Truxton Ave. (310) 417-8789

The decadent cocoa-coffee tiramisu sweet crêpe

KC’s Crêpes Café 8320 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 348-9697

The surf-and-turf fried rice pairs filet mignon and shrimp

Jino’s Pars 5844 W. Manchester Ave. (310) 645-6666

Jino’s Pars is a restaurant divided — half Persian, half Italian — but that’s a good thing. Jino’s kitchen navigates the unlikely pairing with success, so come as a group and don’t be afraid to pair a traditional thin-crust pizza with a spicy lamb kebab or a beef, onion and splitpea stew topped with fried eggplant and dried limes. Just don’t forget the baklava for dessert.

Former sushi chef KC Wakunaga puts a Japanese twist on a Paris staple. KC’s can whip up enormous, made-to-order crêpes in just about a minute. The menu includes more than 50 different savory and dessert-style crêpes, all prepared with a fresh house-made batter. The Creamy Grilled Chicken crêpe is a must-try, but don’t forget about the Hot Nutella Custard crêpe for dessert.

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Classic American cooking deserves a place on the global culinary map, and Truxton’s American Bistro delivers. Since opening in 2006, Truxton’s has emerged as one of L.A.’s premiere casual neighborhood restaurants by reinventing classics with contemporary ideas. The Portland Half-Pound Burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, fontina cheese and caramelized onions is a crowd pleaser.

The Portland Burger comes with sautéed wild mushrooms, fontina cheese and crispy onions

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Alejo’s Presto Trattoria

Capelli piponi (chicken and shrimp with mushrooms and onions in wine and garlic sauce) and the Pizza Alejo (shrimp, clams & roasted peppers)

8343 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 670-6677

The salmon kabob may change your perception of Persian food

Experience your own little slice of Italy at Alejo’s Presto Trattoria. Family-owned and operated, Alejo’s delivers that timeless, intimate and

welcoming ambience that diners crave in an Italian restaurant as much as they do the pasta. Service is fast and attentive, but it’s Alejo’s signature freshbaked garlic bread that will win you over—the perfect warm up for a healthy helping of the house lasagna. 2016 Westside Dining Guide



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A Sunday Stroll

In Mar Vista Sunday is Foodie Day on Venice Boulevard, where the weekly Mar Vista Farmer’s Market anchors a culinary walking tour that includes a beautiful French café, a hometown coffee shop, a local’s hang with a Southern twist and a delightful neighborhood ice cream shop to top off the experience.

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Mar Vista Farmers Market

Sweet Lucie’s 12222 Venice Blvd. (310) 808-7243

Venice and Grand View boulevards 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays

Kick your morning off picking out some fresh produce from local farmers and nibbling on food stall snacks at the Mar Vista Farmers market. Grab a Oaxaca Raw crepe to-go or Go Greek for breakfast with Aris Natural Foods’ Mediterranean style yogurt dip, and have an icepack in the car to keep produce chilled for the drive home later.

The American Standard Cheeseburger at Louie’s of Mar Vista.

For an after-dinner sugar rush, stop in at Sweet Lucie’s for something sweet and sustainable. The USDA certified organic ice creamery specializes in small-batch and vegan ice creams, sorbets and sauces made from organic ingredients. A line of tea-inspired flavors, including Chai Latte, Earl Grey, Green Tea Matcha, Milk Tea and Milk Tea-Black Sesame are an adventurous jaunt off the beaten path.

Louie’s of Mar Vista 3817 Grand View Blvd. (310) 915-5300

Fresh berries at the Mar Vista Farmers Market

Atmosphere Café 12034 Venice Blvd. (310) 437-0144

Breathe in the morning air on Atmosphere Café’s patio with a scrumptious brunch of eggs, sausage, smoked salmon, breads and more. The restaurant offers French, American and Spanish-influenced dishes, such as the veggie-packed Farmers Market and the El Ranchero, a blend of Spanish chorizo and sautéed kale.

Go to Louie’s for a hearty, down-home dinner of Southern- inspired fusion cooking. An explosion of cheese flavor literally lies at the center of “The American Standard” cheeseburger, which boasts a panko fried croquettestyle cheese bomb between bun, smoked tomato remoulade, lettuce, pickle and beef patty.

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Two scoops of organic ice cream from Sweet Lucie’s

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Venice Grind

Mitchelito Orquiola, the unofficial art mayor of Mar Vista, curates local artists’ work at the Venice Grind. 12224 Venice Blvd. (310) 397-2227

Sunny-side-up eggs, potatoes, bacon, toast and mixed green salad

Get your afternoon pick me up at Venice Grind. Whether sipping an almond milk cappuccino, a caramel

hazelnut latte, some cold brew or a classic drip coffee, you’ll find that the vibe at this café is chill, hip and cool. The outdoor patio is a great place to catch up with friends and inside you can check out the latest art by Mar Vista’s own local artists. 2016 Westside Dining Guide




his is the place to go if you’re in search of authentic New York pizza by the slice. Established in 1984 at the Marina Marketplace in Marina del Rey, Pizzarito offers New York thin crust or Sicilian deep dish pizzas with a wide variety of toppings. Enjoy calzones, sandwiches, lasagna, manicotti, stomboli, pinwheels, garlic knots, tiramisu, black and white cookies, N.Y. cheesecake, beer & wine. All sauces and dough made fresh daily. Dine inside or outside, take-out and delivery. Enjoy the sounds of authentic Italian music & artwork of renowned artist Ken Keeley. M A R I N A M A R K E T P L AC E 4371 Glencoe Ave., Suite B-7, Marina del Rey (between Pavilions and CVS)

310.823.7333 SUN–THUR 10:30AM –11PM FRI–SAT 10:30AM –1AM


Celebrating it’s 85th Anniversary Oct 9th 2016 “True-family owned restaurants are becoming a rare commodity these days, but this restaurant has been in the Petrelli family since 1931”

“One of the few remaining traditional steakhouses which serves beef that is dry-aged and custom cut on the premises .” Happy Hour Mon-Fri: 3PM-6PM • Reasonable Family Prices Off -Site Catering Within Culver City • Special Mothers Day Brunch Filet Mignon Dinner for Two • Special Prime Rib Dinner for Two Private Upstairs Banquet Room


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tm o sph er e Ca f e Your New Neighborhood Restaurant! Best warm cozy covered patio in Mar Vista with a taste of the French Riviera Homemade French & American cuisine Gluten-free bread & vegetarian entrées available



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Open 7 Days 8AM–5PM • Dine-in • Take-out • Catering • Private Parties • Delivery 310-437-0144 • • 12034 Venice Blvd. Between Grandview and Inglewood Blvd.

Delizioso! When you walk into Caffé Pinguini you can be assured of a warm Italian greeting courtesy of owners Tony Cotrufo and Enrico Fiorentini. The two, who hail from Rome, have been running the restaurant since 1997, featuring daily food specials, hand-tossed pizzas, homemade bread, delicious pastas and a number of simply prepared chicken, fish and veal dishes. • Home-made Pastas • Romantic Dining by the Beach • Specializing in Seafood • Open-Air Patio LUNCH: TUES–FRIDAY • DINNER: TUES–SUNDAY


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Party it up

In Playa Going out for a drink (or five) in Venice or Santa Monica requires a bit of work — not just Ubering from bar to bar, but making sure you’ve spent enough time dressing up to look like you’re appropriately dressed down. Playa del Rey, however, makes a pub crawl easy with its walkable row of laid-back bars along Culver Boulevard. And now Playa Vista is getting in on the action with a pair of casual craft beer bars that are worth checking out before crossing the mysterious darkness of the Ballona Wetlands to see what adventures await. And yeah, the food isn’t bad either…


The Shack

13020 Pacific Promenade, Suite 1 (310) 496-3966

185 Culver Blvd. (310) 823-6222

Beer, conversation and fried food flow freely here and won’t take a toll on your wallet. Brave a karaoke night for a more rambunctious time or just kick back with a Shackburger and a side of onion rings to go with a pint of pleasure from the El Segundo Brewing Co.

This new Playa Vista restaurant and brewpub boasts seven large-screen TVs and 37 beers on tap — 37! If that isn’t enough to get you there tonight, try this: a gourmet burger, heap of fries and any draft beer for $15 any day of the week.

Playa Provisions’ Premium Bloody Mary will set you straight

Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd. (310) 683-5019

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Bourbon any way you want it is the star at Playa Provisions’ cozy but cool Grain Whiskey Bar. Try a classic ginger highball, stick with an old fashioned or get adventurous with a choice from the bar’s original creations cocktail menu.

A classic cheeseburger and fries will only set you back $7 at The Shack

The Harbor Room

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

195 Culver Blvd. (310) 821-6550

12746 W. Jefferson Blvd. (310) 410-2337

This tiny, triangular no-frills bar behind Cantalini’s Salerno Beach doesn’t mess around when it comes to stiff and affordable drinks. Take life one sip at a time and use some of your change to play a few tunes from the jukebox packed with classic tunes the cool kids ignore further up the coast.

Fresh beef, hand-cut fries and more craft beer tap handles than you can count on your hands makes Hopdoddy a new destination for beer drinkers in Runway at Playa Vista. Try a hoppy 512 IPA or take a walk on the malty side with a St. Arnold Fancy Lawnmower. The Tripel’s garlic shoestring fries arrive with horseradish honey mustard and spiced aioli

The Tripel 333 Culver Blvd. (310) 821-0333

Abandon hope of sobriety, all ye who enter the Harbor Room

Craft beer + sophisticated contemporary dining + lots of young people at communal tables = The Tripel, the first Playa del Rey restaurant to answer the call of craft beer culture. Call it Silver Lake by the beach if you must, but if you want to impress a beer drinker, go here.

Hopdoddy’s Magic Shroom: Angus beef, Texas goat cheese, field mushrooms, basil pesto, beefsteak tomato, mayo, white onion and red leaf lettuce

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Bacari PdR

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Mo’s Place

6805 S. Vista Del Mar Lane (310) 439-2100

If you’d rather sip a glass of house-made sangria than guzzle down some malted barley and hops, Bacari PdR is your ideal Playa del Rey destination. The food here is a cut above and the wine list beyond respectable.

Prince O’Whales has been a Playa del Rey institution longer than the students who drink here have been alive

Prince O’Whales 335 Culver Blvd. (310) 823-9826

Bacari PdR’s Bacaro fries are served with sunflower, roasted garlic, smoked pepper sauce and a fried egg

This spacious dual-room dive bar appeals to just about everybody, with live music and karaoke drawing enthusiastic crowds. The Prince harkens back to a simpler time when it was enough for a bar to just be a bar, and that’s a very good thing.

Mo’s Place owner Mo Krant arrives in costume for his Monday Night Football parties 203 Culver Blvd. (310) 822-6422

The Magic 8-Ball above the door says: Come Inside. Not to be confused with Homer’s hang on “The Simpsons,” Mo’s is the quintessential neighborhood pub to shoot the breeze or a casual game of pool. The staff is friendly; the food modestly priced and tasty. 2016 Westside Dining Guide


R e s ta u r a n t D i r e c t o r y AMERICAN


Hal’s Bar & Grill


Coming soon to Runway at Playa Vista

Come for the 37 beers on tap and the gourmet burgers, return to dig into an Asian-influenced gastropub menu that includes poke tacos, coconut prawns, orange-glazed salmon and ahi salad. Craft cocktails and wines fill the bill if you aren’t thirsting for a beer.

About a year after leaving its Abbot Kinney location of nearly 30 years, Hal’s Bar & Grill is back on the boulevard inside the former home of Primitivo Wine Bistro. Meanwhile, plans for the new Hal’s mothership in Runway at Playa Vista are still moving forward.

any palate. Try RA Sushi for standout rolls and sashimi, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana for some wood-fired pie or snack on fine European pastries from Viktor Benês Bakery — and that’s just for starters! 13450 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey | 310.827.1740

13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista | 310.496.3966


1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | (310) 396-3105


J. Nichols Kitchen

Morfia’s Ribs and Pies

This is every bit what a contemporary neighborhood diner should be. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are made from scratch daily in a comfortable yet undeniably stylish atmosphere. Inventive original dishes cater to current tastes without losing sight of the inherent beauty of simplicity.

The Texas beef brisket, chicken, pork and sausage are brick-pit smoked to perfection and paired with cornbread and other traditional sides to make for an irresistible meal. Speaking of irresistible, dessert includes handmade pie and the delightful house baklava cheesecake.

A home-style American brunch hotspot with a distinct French influence, Atmosphere Café has a kitchen worthy of praise and a stylish outdoor garden patio you’ll want to come back to time and time again. Lunch and dinner service is every bit as enticing.

4375 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey | 310.823.2283

4077 Lincoln Blvd. | Marina del Rey 310.821.6939 |

Mariner’s Café


This tiny hideaway inside the Mariners Village Apartments punches well above its weight class with tasty new American cuisine and an in-house coffee and smoothie bar. Pair a bottle of blonde ale with a blue cheese, apple and pecan pizza.

Ye Olde King’s Head

14000 Captains Row, Marina del Rey | 310.424.3074

Mo’s Place Brunch spot, local pub, classic smalltown diner or Playa del Rey’s go-to sports bar, Mo’s Place is anything you need it to be. Night owls recommend the daily specials, but word is getting around that the kitchen is bringing its A-game for breakfast. 203 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey | 310.822.6422 30

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Argonaut readers have spoken: Santa Monica’s famous restaurant, pub, gift shop and bakery serves the best fish & chips in town, according to our annual Best of the Westside poll. But there’s so much more, including proper English breakfasts and authentic afternoon teas. 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica | 310.451.1402


Marina Marketplace Can’t decide what to eat? Marina Marketplace has you and your family covered with enough variety to please

Atmosphere Café

12034 Venice Blvd. | Mar Vista 310.437.0144 |

G ourmet F ood TRUCKS

Beach Eats This Thursday-evening gourmet food truck gathering returns in May for another exciting summer season full of tasty surprises. Hit the trucks and chow down on the sand while watching the sunset from Mother’s Beach. Now that’s al fresco dining! 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey | 424.229.2074


Alejo’s Presto Trattoria This family-run operation is a neighborhood favorite, in no small part thanks to Alejo’s famous paella, signature garlic bread, chicken marsala and classic lasagna — as well as pizzas and calzones that deliver the true Italian restaurant experience. 8343 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester | 310.670.0799 (Continued on Page 32)

More than just Burgers! WATCH YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS HERE! NFL Pkg. • Baseball • College • Hockey 15 Flat Screens • 4 Pool Tables

Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4–7

$1 Sake Shot • $3 1/2 Carafe $ 4 Full Carafe $3 Well • Jager Wine • Pints

Weekend Brunch $2 Double Mimosas

Sat 10 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. • Sun 9.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. Lunch & Dinner 7 Days | 203 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey

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R e s ta u r a n t D i r e c t o r y C&O Trattoria / C&O Cucina Whether you’re looking for a fun family atmosphere where everybody sings “That’s Amore” or the kick-back cool of famous Rat Pack Martini Lounge, C & O has you covered with the trattoria by the Venice Pier or the cucina a few blocks east. 31 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey | 310.823.9491 3016 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey | 310.301.7278

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach If you hear anyone praising a truly classic Italian restaurant by the beach, they’re probably talking about Cantalini’s. The comfortable atmosphere beckons you to sit and relax; the signature gnocchi, housemade pastas and hand-tossed pizzas encourage you to stay awhile and come back soon. 193 Culver Blvd. | Playa del Rey 310.821.0018 |

The Good Pizza What’s in a name? Quite a bit, actually, when it comes to The Good Pizza. You can’t go wrong with any of the traditional Italian dishes on the menu, but the signature Neapolitan pizza really is the star of the show. 7929 Emerson Ave. | Westchester 310.215.1883 | 8115 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey | 310.827.0500

Pizzarito If high-quality and reasonably priced pizza by the slice sounds like the perfect lunch, pop by Pizzarito at the Marina Marketplace. The kitchen is expert in both New York thin crust and Sicilian deep dish, as well as meat lasagna, house-made calzones and Stromboli. 4371 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey 310.823.7333 | 32

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Tamara’s Tamales

Baja Cantina

Fresh tamales made by hand from traditional family recipes are the name of the game. Tamara’s offers more than two dozen varieties, including seafood, chicken verde, classic carne asada, potato mole and even sweet tamales like pumpkin or chocolate. They’re the real deal.

Specialty margaritas and tropical Mexican food never felt more at home in L.A. than it does on Baja Cantina’s spacious and lively outdoor patio. This place was built for fun! Baja-style street tacos and build-your-own burritos are real crowd pleasers, but don’t overlook the bacon-wrapped prawns. 311 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey | 310.821.2522

Benny’s Tacos The first lesson on the Dining 101 syllabus at Loyola Marymount University: go to Benny’s. Lesson No.2: It’s not just a taco place. In addition to a fantastic breakfast burrito, the signature rotisserie chicken stands out as a gift to Westchester foodies. 7101 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester | 310.670.8226

Casa Sanchez Unique recipes passed down for generations make Casa Sanchez the place to go for traditional Mexican food in a family-friendly atmosphere. Creative combination plates, fajitas, enchiladas de mole and steaks come with a side order of live mariachi music most nights. 4500 S. Centinela Ave. | Del Rey 310.397.9999 |

Hacienda Playa House-made tortillas set the table for classic Mexican fare, and the full bar lets the good times roll with powerful house margaritas at the ready. Cheese enchiladas, crispy chicken tacos and an array of seafood dishes are all great choices, but be sure to ask about the saucy Playa burrito.

13352 Washington Blvd., Mar Vista | 310.305.7714

S teak , S eafood & MORE

Café del Rey From crisp salads to wild-caught seafood, prime cuts of steak and tender poultry, Café del Rey serves a variety of delectable dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. This year Argonaut readers voted it the No. 1 spot in town for fine dining, romantic dinners and business lunches. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey | 310.823.6395

Cast & Plow Locally sourced, community made. Cast & Plow at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey is on the vanguard of the farm-totable movement, but also specializes in small plate communal dining, Sunday à la carte brunches and romantic seaside dinners for two. 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey | 310.574.4333

The Chart House

8415 Pershing Drive, Playa del Rey | 310.751.6135

Spectacular waterfront views and a menu that includes specialty seafood dishes, standout prime rib and filet mignon, and fresh cold-water lobster tail make dining at The Chart House an experience to remember and repeat time and time again. Live the good life here.

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Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3 to 7 & 10 to Midnight. Open 7 Days Lunch & Dinner Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11AM TO 2PM 311 Washington Blvd • Marina del Rey 310-821-2252 •

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George Petrelli Famous Steaks Simply put, this is what a steakhouse was meant to be. The atmosphere couldn’t be more classic, and the steaks are not only cooked to perfection but also cut by a trained meat-slicing specialist who knows how to shape the meat to release its maximum flavor potential.

Authentic Tacos, Burritos, Salads & Rotisserie Chicken Handmade Corn & Flour Totitllas

Fresh & Healthy Cooked Just for You!

5615 Sepulveda Blvd. | Culver City 310.397.1438 |

Hornblower Dinner Cruises You don’t have to be an international captain of industry to dine like one. Raise your glass and toast the good life during a 2½-hour cruise around Marina del Rey harbor complete with dancing and a four-course gourmet meal. This is an experience designed to impress. 13755 Fiji Way | Marina del Rey 888.476.6256 |

Killer Shrimp For more than 20 years, Killer Shrimp has been making mouths water with its eponymous signature dish — Killer Shrimp cooked to order in a spicy secret sauce. Greatest hits also include the tasty Killer Mac and Cheese as well as steaks and salads, all with killer harbor views.

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4211 Admiralty Way | Marina del Rey 310.578.2293 |

Ruth’s Chris Marina del Rey The Ruth’s Chris 500-degree sizzle, superior service and award-winning wine list make any occasion here — business dinner, private party, Mother’s Day, you name it — a special one. Weeknight happy hour specials from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. are a surprisingly affordable gourmet experience. 13455 Maxella Ave. | Marina del Rey 310.821.4593 |

call Benny 818-612-3875

Not to be combined with any other discounts/coupons. Exp. 6/30/16. 310.670.8226

7101 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester 90045


915 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90401 34

2016 Westside Dining Guide

A filet mignon cooked to tender, juicy perfection at Ruth’s Chris Marina del Rey

Best BBQ On the WeStSiDe! “Home of the Baklava Cheesecake”

SMOkeD in a BRiCk Pit We DO CateRing fOR SMall PaRtieS anD CORPORate eventS

“Country barbecue shack in the city!

310.821.6939 Texas bbq

Morfia’s has a real brick smoker, crucial for getting the traditional product. Real Texas barbecue has a chewy exterior called bark, a rosy ring where the smoke has penetrated the meat, and an interior that is moist and tender but not mushy....There are many dessert choices at Morfia’s and they’re all made in-house, so there’s a good chance you’ll find something you like.” — Excerpts from restaurant review by Richard Foss

Dine in • Take OuT • CaTering • BYOB — no corkage fee 4077 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del rey 90292

(Next Door to Brennan’s Pub) | Open Daily from 11am – 9:30pm


2016 Westside Dining Guide

W dining guide 2016  

The Argonaut's 2016 Dining Guide for: Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Mar Vista, Westchester, Culver City,...

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