Don Novack, Linda Novack and Hal Frederick are the owners of Hal’s Bar & Grill – Playa Vista, voted Best New Restaurant
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Best Restaurant

1st place
Tony P’s
Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-4534, tonyps.com

2nd place
Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-6395, cafedelreymarina.com

3rd place
Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
(310) 450-1429, gjelina.com

 

Best New Restaurant

1st place
Hal’s Bar & Grill – Playa Vista
12751 Millennium Dr., Ste. 140,
Playa Vista, (310) 751-6834
halsplayavista.com

2nd place
The Mar Vista
12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista
(310) 751-6773, themarvista.com

3rd place
Doma Kitchen
4325 Glencoe Ave., Ste. 8, Marina del Rey
(310) 301-0582, domakitchen.com

 

Best Fine Dining

1st place
Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-6395, cafedelreymarina.com

2nd place
Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 395-0881, melisse.com

3rd place
Chart House
13950 Panay Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 822-4144, chart-house.com

 

Best Old-School Restaurant

1st place
Dinah’s Family Restaurant
6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester
(310) 645-0456, dinahsrestaurant.com

2nd place
Chez Jay
1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
(310) 395-1741, chezjays.com

3rd place
Cantalini’s Salerno
Beach Restaurant
193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 821-0018, salernobeach.com

 

Best Romantic Restaurant

1st place
Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-6395, cafedelreymarina.com

2nd place
Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 395-0881, melisse.com

3rd place
Caffé Pinguini
6935 Pacific Ave., Playa del Rey
(310) 306-0117, caffepinguini.com

 

Best Vegan Restaurant

1st place
Café Gratitude
512 Rose Ave., Venice
(424) 231-8000, cafegratitude.com

2nd place
Veggie Grill
2025 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 829-1155
720 Allied Way, El Segundo
(310) 535-0025
veggiegrill.com

3rd place
Sage Vegan Bistro
4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City
(424) 228-5835, sageveganbistro.com

 

Best Brunch Spot

1st place
26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice
(310) 823-7526, 26beach.com

2nd place
Rose Café
220 Rose Ave., Venice
(310) 399-0711, rosecafevenice.com

3rd place
Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-6395, cafedelreymarina.com

 

Best Business Lunch

1st place
Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-6395, cafedelreymarina.com

2nd place
Tony P’s Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-4534, tonyps.com

3rd place
Truxton’s
American Bistro
1329 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 393-8789
8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester
(310) 417-8789
truxtonsamericanbistro.com

 

{By Type}

Best Breakfast

1st place
J. Nichols
Kitchen
4375 Glencoe Ave.,
Marina del Rey, (310) 823-2283 jnicholskitchen.com

2nd place
Huckleberry
Bakery and Café
1014 Wilshire Blvd.,
Santa Monica, (310) 451-2311 huckleberrycafe.com

3rd place
Coffee Co.
8751 La Tijera Blvd.,
Westchester, (310) 645-7315
laxcoffeeco.com

 

Best Coffee Shop

1st place
Urth Caffé
2327 Main St., Santa Monica
(310) 314-7040, urthcaffe.com

2nd place
Tanner’s Coffee Co.
200 Culver Blvd., Ste. A,
Playa del Rey, (310) 574-2739
tannerscoffeepdr.wixsite.com/tannerscoffeepdr
4342 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City
(310) 636-2727
tannerscoffeecompany.com

3rd place
The Coffee Co.
8751 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester
(310) 645-7315, laxcoffeeco.com

 

Best Deli

1st place
Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd.,
Santa Monica, (310) 395-8279
baycitiesitaliandeli.com

2nd place
Jerry’s Famous Deli
13181 Mindanao Way,
Marina del Rey, (310) 821-6626
jerrysdeli.com
3rd place
Del Rey Deli
8501 Pershing Dr., Playa del Rey
(310) 439-2256, delreydeli.com

 

Best Diner

1st place
Dinah’s Family Restaurant
6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Westchester, (310) 645-0456 dinahsrestaurant.com

2nd place
Café 50s
11623 Santa Monica Blvd.,
West L.A., (310) 479-1955
cafe50s.com

3rd place
Swingers
802 Broadway, Santa Monica
(310) 393-9793, swingersdiner.com

 

Best Gastropub

1st place
Father’s Office – Santa Monica
1018 Montana Ave.,
Santa Monica, (310) 736-2224
fathersoffice.com

2nd place
Tompkins Square
Bar and Grill
8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester
(310) 670-1212, t2barandgrill.com

3rd place
Father’s Office
at Helms Bakery
3229 Helms Ave., Palms
(310) 736-2224, fathersoffice.com

 

Best Hotel Restaurant

1st place
SALT Restaurant & Bar
@ Marina del Rey Hotel
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey
(424) 289-8223, marinadelreyhotel.com

2nd place
One Pico
@ Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 587-1717, shuttersonthebeach.com

3rd place
FIG
@Fairmont Miramar Hotel
101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 319-3111, figsantamonica.com

 

Best Seafood Restaurant

1st place
Santa Monica Seafood
1000 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 393-5244, smseafoodmarket.com

2nd place
Enterprise Fish Co.
174 Kinney St., Santa Monica
(310) 392-8366
enterprisefishcosantamonica.com

3rd place
The Lobster
1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
(310) 458-9294, thelobster.com

 

Best Steakhouse

1st place
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
– Marina del Rey
13455 Maxella Ave., Suite 230,
Marina del Rey, (310) 821-4593
ruthschris.com

2nd place
BOA Steakhouse
Santa Monica
101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 899-4466, innovativedining.com

3rd place
George Petrelli
Famous Steaks
5615 Sepulveda Blvd.,
Culver City, (310) 397-1438 georgepetrellisteaks.com

 

{By Specialty}

Best Pizza

1st place
The Good Pizza
7929 Emerson Ave., Westchester
(310) 215-1883
8115 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey
(310) 827-0500
4222 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey
(424) 835-4243
thegoodpizza.com

2nd place
Pitfire Artisan Pizza
12924 Washington Blvd., Mar Vista
(424) 835-4088
pitfirepizza.com

3rd place
Abbot’s Pizza Company
1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
(310) 396-7334
abbotspizzaco.com

 

Best Sushi

1st place
SUGARFISH
by Sushi Nozawa
4720 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 306-6300
1345 2nd St., Santa Monica
(310) 393-3338
sugarfishsushi.com

2nd place
Kanpai Japanese
Sushi Bar & Grill
8325 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester
(310) 338-7223
8736 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester
(310) 670-0533
kanpai-sushi.net

3rd place
Hama Sushi
213 Windward Ave., Venice
(310) 396-8783, hamasushi.com

 

Best Barbecue

1st place
Baby Blues BBQ
444 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
(310) 396-7675, babybluesbbq.com

2nd place
Tony P’s Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-4534, tonyps.com

3rd place
Outdoor Grill
12630½ Washington Pl.,
Mar Vista, (310) 636-4745
theoutdoorgrill.com

Best Burger

1st place
Father’s Office
1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
3229 Helms Ave., Palms
(310) 736-2224
fathersoffice.com

2nd place
The Apple Pan
10801 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A.
(310) 475-3585

3rd place
The Shack
185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 823-6222, the-shacks.com

 

Best Burrito

1st place
Paco’s Tacos
4141 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey
(310) 391-9616
6212 Manchester Blvd., Westchester
(310) 645-8692
pacoscantina.com

2nd place
Tito’s Tacos
11222 Washington Pl., Culver City
(310) 391-5780
titostacos.com

3rd place
Benny’s Tacos
7101 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester
(310) 670-8226
915 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 451-0200
10401 Venice Blvd., Palms
(424) 298-8327
bennystacos.com

 

Best Taco

1st place
Tito’s Tacos
11222 Washington Pl., Culver City
(310) 391-5780, titostacos.com

2nd place
Paco’s Tacos
4141 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey
(310) 391-9616
6212 Manchester Blvd., Westchester
(310) 645-8692
pacoscantina.com

3rd place
Tacos Por Favor
1408 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 392-5768
826 Hampton Dr., Venice
(310) 392-6700
11901 W. Olympic Blvd., West L.A.
(310) 479-2818
tacosporfavor.net

 

Best Fish Taco

1st place
Wahoo’s Fish Taco
4716-C Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey
(310) 821-0300
418 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 393-9125
wahoos.com

2nd place
Killer Shrimp
4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 578-2293
killershrimp.com

3rd place
Blue Plate Taco
1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
(310) 458-2985, blueplatetaco.com

 

Best Fish & Chips

1st place
Ye Olde King’s Head
116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 451-1402
yeoldekingshead.com

2nd place
Tony P’s Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-4534
tonyps.com

3rd place
Santa Monica Seafood
1000 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 393-5244
smseafoodmarket.com

 

{By Cuisine}

Best Chinese Restaurant

1st place
Szechwan Palace Restaurant
431 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 827-2066

2nd place
Mao’s Kitchen
1512 Pacific Ave., Venice
(310) 581-8305
maoskitchen.com

3rd place
Wacky Wok
8919 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester
(310) 670-0071
2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
(310) 822-7373
wacky-wok.com

Best Contemporary
California Cuisine

1st place
Playa Provisions
119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 683-5019, playaprovisions.com

2nd place
Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way,
Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395
cafedelreymarina.com

3rd place
J. Nichols Kitchen
4375 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey
(310) 823-2283, jnicholskitchen.com

 

Best French Restaurant

1st place
Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 395-0881, melisse.com

2nd place
French Market Café
2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Ste. 200,
Venice, (310) 577-9775
frenchmarket-café.com

3rd place
Creme de la Crepe
Bistro
6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 1350,
Culver City, (310) 391-8818
cremedelacrepe.com

 

Best Greek /Mediterranean

1st place
Gaby’s Mediterranean
3216 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
(310) 823-7299
12219 Jefferson Blvd., Del Rey
(310) 306-9058
10445 Venice Blvd., Palms
(310) 559-1808
gabysexpress.com

2nd place
Panini Kabob Grill
12751 Millennium Drive, Playa Vista
(424) 443-5042
312 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(424) 744-8854
paninikabobgrill.com

3rd place
Mykonos Greek Grill
11164 Washington Blvd., Culver City
(310) 815-0888, mykonos-greek-grill.com

 

Best Indian Restaurant

1st place
Tandoor-A-India
8406 Pershing Dr., Playa del Rey
(310) 822-1435, tandoor-a-india.com

2nd place
Akbar Cuisine of India
3115 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
(310) 574-0666, akbarcuisineofindia.com

3rd place
Somosa House
11510 W. Washington Blvd., Mar Vista
(310) 398-6766
10700 Washington Blvd., Culver City
(310) 559-6350
2301 Main St., Santa Monica
(310) 314-0821
700 S. Allied Way, Ste. A, El Segundo
(310) 496-7389
samosahouse.com

 

Best Traditional/Family Italian Restaurant

1st place
C & O Trattoria
31 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
(310) 823-9491, candorestaurants.com

2nd place
Alejo’s Presto Trattoria Italian Restaurant
8343 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester
(310) 670-6677, alejosrestaurant.com

3rd place
Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant
193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 821-0018, salernobeach.com

 

Best Upscale Italian Restaurant

1st place
Valentino
3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 829-4313, valentinosantamonica.com

2nd place
Vito Restaurant
2807 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 450-4999, vitorestaurant.com

3rd place
Locanda Positano
4059 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey
(310) 526-3887, locandapositano.com

 

Best Japanese Restaurant

1st place
SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa
4720 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 306-6300
1345 2nd St., Santa Monica
(310) 393-3338
sugarfishsushi.com

2nd place
Sakura Japanese Restaurant
4545 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey
(310) 822-7790
3rd place
Wabi-Sabi
1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
(310) 314-2229, wabivenice.com

 

Best Mexican Restaurant

1st place
Paco’s Tacos
4141 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey
(310) 391-9616
6212 Manchester Blvd., Westchester
(310) 645-8692
pacoscantina.com

2nd place
Casablanca Restaurant
220 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
(310) 392-5751, casablancarestaurant.net

3rd place
La Cabaña
738 Rose Ave., Venice
(310) 392-7973, lacabanavenice.com

 

Best Thai Restaurant

1st place
Natalee Thai
10101 Venice Blvd., Palms
(310) 202-7003
nataleethai.com

2nd place
Ayara Luk
8740 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester
(310) 881-4498, ayaraluk.com

3rd place
Thai Talay
8411 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester
(310) 670-3055, thethaitalay.com

 

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

1st place
Pho Show
4349 Sepulveda Blvd.,
Culver City, (310) 398-5200
phoshow.net

2nd place
Le Saigon
11611 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.
(310) 312-2929

3rd place
5i Pho
5407 Sepulveda Blvd.,
Culver City, (310) 572-6000
5ipho.org

 

{Sweets}

Best Juices/Smoothies

1st place
Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
13208 Washington Blvd.,
Mar Vista, (310) 306-8330
rainbowacresca.com

2nd place
Rainbow Acres –
Marina del Rey
4756 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-5373

3rd place
Kreation Organic Kafe
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
(310) 314-7778
4716 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 822-1220
1023 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
(310) 458-4880
kreationjuice.com

 

Best Bakery/Cupcakes/Desserts

1st place
Angel Maid Bakery
4542 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey
(310) 915-2078

2nd place
Hotcakes Bakes
4119 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey
(310) 397-2324, hotcakesbakes.com

3rd place
Westchester Bakery
6216 W. 87th St., Westchester
(310) 215-9606, westchesterbakery.com

Best Donuts

1st place
DK’s Donuts & Bakery
1614 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 829-2512, dksdonuts.com

2nd place
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
631 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 587-0022, sidecardoughnuts.com

3rd place
Primo’s Donuts
2918 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A.
(310) 478-6930, primosdonuts.com

 

Best Ice Cream

1st place
Sweet Rose Creamery
826 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 260-2663, ext. 4, sweetrosecreamery.com

2nd place
Small Batch
12222 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista
(424) 289-9552
smallbatchicecreamery.com
119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 683-5019
playaprovisions.com

3rd place
Ginger’s Divine Ice Creams
12550 W. Washington Blvd., Mar Vista
(424) 285-0361, gingersicecreams.com

Best Frozen Yogurt

1st place
Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt
4023 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey, (310) 301-1010

2nd place
Cherry on Top
12350 Washington Pl., Mar Vista, (310) 391-6526 cherryontop.net

3rd place
N’Ice Cream
12746 W. Jefferson Blvd. Playa Vista
nicecreampv.com
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Best Bargain Eats

1st place
The Shack
185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 823-6222, the-shacks.com

2nd place
Benny’s Tacos
7101 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester
(310) 670-8226
915 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 451-0200
10401 Venice Blvd., Palms
(424) 298-8327
bennystacos.com

3rd place
Hinano Cafe
15 Washington Blvd., Venice
(310) 822-3902, hinanocafevenice.com

Best Fast Casual Eatery

1st place
Tender Greens
13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey
(310) 827-3777
201 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica
(310) 587-2777
9523 Culver Blvd., Culver City
(310) 842-8300
tendergreens.com

2nd place
Mendocino Farms
4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 822-2300
631 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 395-5273
840 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 100,
El Segundo
(424) 218-4400
mendocinofarms.com

3rd place
Gaby’s Mediterranean
3216 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
(310) 823-7299
12219 Jefferson Blvd., Del Rey
(310) 306-9058
10445 Venice Blvd., Palms
(310) 559-1808
gabysexpress.com

 

Best Health Food Store

1st place
Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
13208 Washington Blvd., Mar Vista
(310) 306-8330, rainbowacresca.com

2nd place
Rainbow Acres –
Marina del Rey
4756 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(310) 823-5373

3rd place
Co-opportunity
Market & Deli
1525 Broadway, Santa Monica
(310) 451-8902, coopportunity.com

 

Best Catering Service

1st place
Truxton’s American Bistro
8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester
(310) 417-8789
1329 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
(310) 393-8789
truxtonsamericanbistro.com

2nd place
Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant & Cantalini’s Express
193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
(310) 821-0018
11736 Washington Pl., Mar Vista
(310) 572-9157
salernobeach.com

3rd place
Casablanca Restaurant
220 Lincoln Blvd.,
Venice, (310) 392-5751
casablancarestaurant.net

 

Best Farmers Market

1st place
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Sundays at 2640 Main St.;
Wednesdays at 155-199 Arizona Ave.
(310) 458-8712, smgov.net
2nd place
Mar Vista Farmers
Market
Sundays at Grand View & Venice Blvds.
(310) 582-5800
marvistafarmersmarket.org

3rd place
Playa Vista Farmers
Market
Saturdays in Runway at Playa Vista,
12775 W. Millennium Dr.
farmermark.com

 

BEST FOOD TRUCK EVENT

1st place
Abbot Kinney First Fridays
Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice Blvd. and Westminster, abbotkinneyfirstfridays.com

2nd place
Beach Eats
4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
(May thru September only)
(424) 526-7777
bestfoodtrucks.com

3rd place
Westchester
First Fridays at
The Triangle
6200 block of W. 87th St.,
Westchester, (310) 670-3258
facebook.com/WestchesterFirstFridays

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