Dining Guide for the Westside 2015—Restaurant Listings

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Posted March 23, 2015 by The Argonaut in Columns
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AMERICAN

Hal’s Bar and Grill
Eclectic Hal’s Bar and Grill is a renowned Venice locale offering distinctive American cuisine alongside a lengthy wine and specialty cocktail list with wide appeal. Enjoy signature favorites like the Spicy Lolita at Hal’s 40-foot wood and stainless steel bar during half-price wine nights and happy hours, and explore an extensive small-plate menu that includes ceviche, lamb sausage rolls, fried calamari and organic quinoa salad.
1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
310.396.3105 | halsbarandgrill.com

J. Nichols Kitchen
Nichols Restaurant opened in 1974 as a casual neighborhood coffee shop and diner serving traditional comfort favorites with a smile. Still family-owned and operated, the restaurant has evolved to suit discerning contemporary tastes with inventive original dishes but without losing sight of its roots as a diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are still made from scratch daily, with fresh, whole ingredients. Quality is a top priority.
4375 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey
310.823.2283 | jnicholskitchen.com

Mo’s Place at the Beach
Playa del Rey’s go-to sports bar is also a fun pub serving salads, burgers, fish and chips, steaks and daily specials. Enjoy four pool tables, a dart board and Golden Tee golf while choosing from a variety of wines, tap or bottled beers and cocktails made to order. During football season, Mo’s hosts the best Monday Night Football party in town. There’s also an expansive breakfast menu that includes omelets, pancakes and huevos rancheros.
203 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
310.822.6422 | mosplacepdr.com

Pann’s
With its iconic Googie architecture, space-age neon sign and 1950s-futuristic décor, this classic Los Angeles coffee shop serves breakfast all day and is just a short jetpack ride from LAX. In addition to fresh American diner staples like burgers and malts, Blue Plate specials are served daily. Barbecue, served with Pann’s own homemade “Q” sauce, is available on weekends.
6710 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester
310.670.1441 | panns.com

Tony P’s Dockside Grill
The friendly service at Tony P’s creates a winning combination of gorgeous waterfront views and a feel-at-home vibe. Night owls and the happy-hour crowd flock to the sports-themed tavern, featuring a rotating list of 40 draught and 80 bottled beers from close to home and around the world. Weekend breakfasts are also a big draw, and the Dockside Room is perfect for business meetings and private parties.
4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
310.823.4534 | tonyps.com

Venice Whaler
Exciting things are happening at the Venice Whaler under new executive chef Nick Liberato. First came a whole new menu that upgraded the cuisine from bar food to casual delicacies like Kobe beef sliders, roasted beet salad, kale and mushroom pizza and homemade pies. The old late-night pizza window now serves healthy snacks and fresh juices. To top it all off, the Whaler is now serving weekend brunches with plenty of bubbly cocktail choices to go with your eggs benedict.
10 W. Washington Blvd., Venice
310.821.8737 | venicewhaler.com

The Yard House
This modern, sporty pub and restaurant offers seasonal draft beers along with a rotating Chalkboard Series of craft and specialty beers on tap that change monthly. The lunch and dinner menu boasts a variety of dishes that include street tacos, spicy Thai chicken pizza, giant grilled burgers and, for vegetarians, 15 distinctive dishes made with Gardein, a healthy alternative to chicken and beef. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays.
13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey
310.822.7690 | yardhouse.com

 

ASIAN FUSION

The Humble Potato
Now also serving its American comfort food with a Japanese kick in Culver City, the Humble Potato’s menu includes burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, sweet treats and an array of specialty beverages, all at very reasonable prices in comfortable-but-cool atmosphere. Especially good fries come with tasty dipping sauces. Vegetarians will love the Tempeh-bága; carnivores the Battle Royale — an angus patty with caramelized onion, garlic jam, smoked bacon, avocado, romaine, tomato, fried egg, Shichimi Togarashi and HP spicy sauce.
8321 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester
323.989.2242 | humblepotato.com
12608 Washington Blvd., Culver City
facebook.com/HumblePotatoCulverCity

BARBECUE

Morfia’s Ribs and Pies
Morfia’s is the Westside’s go-to place for barbecue. Beef brisket, chicken, pork and sausage are brick-pit smoked to perfection and served with cornbread and sauce, with dinner specials and combination plates on the menu as well. Barbecue sandwiches on a French roll are among customer favorites, as is the famous “baklava cheesecake,” which is part of wider dessert menu that includes homemade pies and cakes. Catering and party trays (small, large and Texas-size) are also available.
4077 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey
310.821.6939 | morfiasribsandpies.com

BRITISH

Ye Olde King’s Head
Santa Monica’s famous restaurant, pub, gift shoppe and bakery serves British cuisine and brews, including — of course — great fish and chips. Afternoon teas happen Monday through Saturday, Sundays feature a roast dinner, and happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Find freshly baked pies and cakes at the bakery and a wide selection of imported foods and gifts in the shoppe.
116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
310.451.1402 | yeoldekingshead.com

CATERING

Rise and Shine Catering
This full-service catering and event-planning company specialized in weddings, corporate events and film sets. In addition to providing tasty traditional meals like chicken parmesan, beef teriyaki and salmon dijon, Rise and Shine offers an extensive list of vegetarian options. The gourmet taco cart is a delicious and fun catering option that serves Mexican street-style and island-style tacos.
6511¼ S. Sepulveda, Westchester
310.649.0906 | riseandshinecatering.com

FOOD TRUCK EVENTS

Beach Eats
The Beach Eats gourmet food truck gathering offers a wide variety exciting culinary options every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. starting May at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey. There’s truly something for everyone and always something new to try, with trucks and menus changing each week. Grab your food and enjoy the sand or picnic tables in the picturesque harbor. Park in County Lot No. 10 for just 25 cents each 15 minutes.
4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
310.305.9545 | marinadelrey.lacounty.gov

Westchester First Fridays
On the first Friday of each month, L.A’s tastiest neighborhood block party erupts with music, vendors a beer garden and a fleet of food trucks representing a full spectrum of Southern California’s diverse culinary landscape. The festivities last from 4 to 9 p.m. and span an entire city block, with food truck lineups rotating monthly.
6200 block of W. 87th Street, Westchester
facebook.com/WestchesterFirstFridays

GERMAN/SWISS

Chalet Edelweiss
Guten tag! This charming, casual restaurant and bar is owned and operated by the Bachofner family, specializing in Swiss-influenced dishes. Sip your Bavarian wheat beer as you enjoy a wood-fired pizza, cheese fondue or classic wiener schnitzel. For dessert, consider trying the homemade apple strudel, chocolate fondue or traditional Swiss-style apfelchüechli — apple slices fried in a beer batter and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Köstlich!
8740 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester
310.645.8740 | chaletedelweiss.us

On the Waterfront Café
This beachside sports bar and restaurant is the perfect place to sip an Erdinger or one of many other Bavarian draft beers on tap, all while enjoying the sunlight and ocean breeze on an outdoor patio overlooking the Venice Beach boardwalk. The menu offers several traditional Swiss dishes, including bratwurst and breaded pork schnitzel. On game night, watch the action play out on one of the bar’s flat-screen TVs while enjoying classic pub food like pizza, burgers and quesadillas.
205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice
310.392.0322 | waterfrontcafe.com

ITALIAN & PIZZA

Alejo’s Presto Trattoria
A longtime neighborhood restaurant operated by Claudia Castro and her family, a meal at Alejo’s feels like dining at home with family. The menu includes Alejo’s famous paella, signature bread and garlic, pizza, pasta, calzones, lasagna, linguini a la mare, chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, eggplant mama mia, ravioli, daily specials, beer and wine. Space is available for family, holiday and office celebrations.
8343 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester
310.670.0799 | alejosrestaurant.com

C&O Trattoria / C&O Cucina
Owned and operated by the Singer family, both restaurants have built strong reputations by serving unforgettable Italian cuisine. Known for gargantuan portions and killer garlic rolls, C&O Trattoria opened in 1992 and remains within steps of the Venice Pier. C & O Cucina, eight blocks east by Lincoln Boulevard, opened in 2003 and offers the same excellent cuisine as well as an enticing grill menu to complement its fully stocked bar.
31 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
310.823.9491 | cotrattoria.com
3016 Washington Blvd., Venice
310.301.7278 | cocucina.com

Caffé Pinguini
Caffe Pinguini is one of Los Angeles’s most romantic restaurants, cozied up just off the beach at Playa del Rey. The beautiful outdoor patio is made to impress, while the rustic Italian atmosphere inside offers a quiet ambiance. The restaurant is known for its authentic Italian family recipes, excellent service and fresh, gourmet ingredients. Reservations recommended on Fridays and Saturdays.
6935 Pacific Ave., Playa del Rey
310.306.0117 | caffepinguini.com

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach
The fine Italian cuisine at Cantalini’s Salerno Beach includes homemade pastas, fresh seafood, hand-tossed pizzas, fine wines, imported beer and daily chef specials. Signature ravioli and gnocchi highlight a menu inspired by owner Lisetta Maria’s grandmother, Anna Cantalini, who was born in Abruzza, Italy, and took old-world recipes with her to the new. Live music happens from 6:30 to
9:30 p.m. Sundays.
193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey
310.821.0018 | cantalinis.com

The Good Pizza
The favorite pizza place of Playa and Westchester is aptly named. The Good Pizza is known for its signature Neapolitan pizza made with fresh, real ingredients in a fun environment by refreshingly cheerful staff. Order a whole or half pizza — portions run large! — or grab a large slice of cheese, pepperoni or salsiccia. The Good Pizza offers other traditional Italian dishes like sandwiches, pasta and salad. The Pesto Pizza Bianca, made with pesto and ricotta, is great choice.
7929 Emerson Ave., Westchester
310.215.1883 | thegoodpizza.com
8115 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey
310.827.0500 | thegoodpizza.com

Maria’s Italian Kitchen – PRONTO
Maria’s Italian Kitchen now offers a delicious fast-casual dining option in the marina. Handmade calzones, a pastabilities bowl that allows diners to choose from a variety of sauces, veggies and proteins, and even gluten-free pizza are now available for the Westsider on-the-go. Italian food lovers can dine-in, take out or have their favorite fresh Italian dishes delivered to their home or office.
4248 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey
310.823.3000 | mariasitaliankitchen.com

Pizzarito
If high-quality but reasonably priced pizza by the slice sounds like the perfect lunch, pop by Pizzarito at Marina Marketplace. Pizzarito serves both New York thin crust style and Sicilian deep dish style pie. Whole gourmet pizzas are also an option for delivery and pickup (order by phone or online), and other menu specialties include meat lasagna, chicken parmesan sub sandwiches, antipasto salads, homemade calzones and, of course, stromboli.
4371 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey
310.692.7138 | pizzaritomenu.com

MEXICAN

Baja Cantina
Mexican food has never felt more at home in sunny California than it does on Baja Cantina’s spacious outdoor patio. With its own patio grill menu served until 1 a.m. nightly, it’s the perfect place to go for late-night Baja-style tacos and build-your-own burritos. Specialty margaritas and 60 oz. pitchers are available, in addition to a large selection of high-end tequilas. Baja Cantina was built for good times.
311 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
310.821.2522 | bajacantina.com

Benny’s Tacos
A staple of seemingly every Loyola Marymount University student’s diet since moving to Manchester Avenue, Benny’s Tacos is more than just a taco place. In addition to classics served with homemade flour tortillas, Benny’s specializes in tasty rotisserie chicken, seafood, creative salads and event catering services. They also make the perfect breakfast burrito: eggs, potatoes, black or pinto beans, and chorizo or bacon. Yum.
7101 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester
310.670.8226 | bennystacos.com

Casa Sanchez
For traditional Mexican food in an inviting family atmosphere, look no further than Casa Sanchez. Unique family recipes passed down for generations and frequent live mariachi music give life to a menu that includes creative combination plates, fajitas, enchiladas de mole, traditional tacos, lamb shanks and steaks. A carefully crafted wine and cocktail list and a special menu for kids means Casa’s kitchen has something for everyone.
4500 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey
310.397.9999 | casa-sanchez.com

Hacienda Playa
Traditional Mexican food and margaritas are the specialties at Hacienda Playa, now in Playa del Rey in addition to the original Westchester location established by the Hernandez family in 1973. Popular menu items also include their famous homemade tortillas, tacos, combo dishes, seafood, nachos and guacamole. Breakfast is on the menu as well, and there’s a full bar with ample seating for later in the day.
8415 Pershing Drive | Playa del Rey | 310.751.6135
8347 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester | 310.670.8588

Paco’s Tacos
In addition to outstanding beef, chicken and pork tacos and burritos, Paco’s menu also includespPlatillos nativos —dishes that are native to specific areas of Mexico, such as de Jalisco lato de carnitas and de Pueblas pollo poblano.” If you’re after Mexican seafood, try the encheladas del mar,” which is crab, shrimp, scallops and fish served with rice and beans, or a calamar steak served Mazatlan-style with shrimp and chippino sauce.
4141 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey | pacoscantina.com 310.391.9616
6212 Manchester Ave., Westchester | 310.645.8692

Tamara’s Tamales
Tamara’s is known for handmade, fresh tamales made from traditional family recipes. Experience the Westside’s best authentic, modern and gourmet tamales fresh out of the steaming pot and bring some home with you for later. Tamara’s offers more than 25 varieties, including vegetarian and vegan tamales, seafood tamales, classic carne tamales, and sweet tamales like pumpkin and even chocolate!
13352 W. Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey
310.305.7714 | tamarastamales.com

PERSIAN

Tajrish Persian Cuisine
Serving the finest and freshest health-conscious Persian cuisine, Tajrish charbroils its award-wining chicken, beef, lamb and fish kabobs over an open flame and serves them with steam-cooked basmati and saffron rice. A variety of traditional Persian stews are also available, from chicken options to flavorful vegetarian ones, and all featuring popular Middle Eastern beans, spices, fruits and nuts.
507 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
310.301.3344 | tajrishrestaurant.com

SHOPPING CENTERS

Marina Marketplace
Can’t decide what to eat? Marina Marketplace has restaurants to match any taste: AMC Dine-In Theatres, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, East Coast Bagel, Fatburger, Gelson’s Market, Irori Sushi, J. Nichols Kitchen, Jamba Juice, Le Pain Quotidien, New India’s Oven, Panda Express, Panini Grill, Pavilions, Pizzarito, R. A. Sushi, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Tender Greens, Viktor Benês Bakery, Yard House, Yogurtland. Opening soon: Burger Lounge and Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill.
13450 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey
310.827.1740 | villamarinamarketplace.com

STEAKS, SEAFOOD & MORE

The Chart House
Spectacular waterfront views, daily happy hours, a heated patio, valet parking and even a dinghy dock make dining at The Chart House an experience to remember and repeat. The menu includes hot and cold appetizers, soups, salads, specialty seafood, jumbo crab cakes, prime rib, filet mignon, cold-water lobster tail, signature sizzling sides and a famous salad bar. There’s also an extensive gluten-free menu. Daily happy hour specials start at just $4.
13950 Panay Way, Marina del Rey
310.822.4144 | chart-house.com

Hornblower Dinner Cruises
Celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Friends or family in town? Or maybe you just ran your first marathon. Whatever the occasion, raise your glass and enjoy a 2½- hour dinner cruise, complete with a four-course meal. You’ll dine and dance in the beautiful Marina del Rey harbor, where the sparkling lights of the marina will serve as your backdrop. Cruises board at 7 p.m. at Marina del Rey’s Fisherman’s Village.
13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
888.476.6256 | hornblower.com

Killer Shrimp
For more than 20 years, Killer Shrimp has been making mouths water with its signature dish — Killer Shrimp cooked to order in a spicy secret sauce. Patrons also love the tasty Killer Mac and Cheese or can enjoy fresh seafood, steak, salads and soups. Every seat boasts fabulous waterfront views, with outdoor and banquet-room seating available. The Killer Café features a full breakfast menu, including the Killer Bloody Mary, and happy hour specials abound. Cars park for free; dock-and-dine slips available.
4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
310.578.2293 | killershrimp.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
New to Marina del Rey, this storied steakhouse
features perfectly cooked-to-order USDA prime steaks with all the hearty fixings. For a midweek indulgence, the happy hour menu (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) offers luxurious dishes such as a prime rib burger with fries or spicy lobster in cream sauce that, along with specialty cocktails like the
pomegranate martini, are only $8 each. At that price, go ahead and treat yourself!
13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey
310.821.4593 | ruthschris.com

The Warehouse
Step into the history of Marina del Rey at this this nautical-themed dockside restaurant founded all the way back in 1969. The decor features vintage wharf posts, fishing nets and weathered lumber that give off an old-school fishing village vibe, while the lovely views of the marina’s private yacht clubs are squarely in the present. The menu includes dishes like the Split Cargo, a California take on surf and turf, while the Wharf Bar pours island-themed drinks such as the Havana banana and Bora Bora punch.
4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
310.823.5451 | mdrwarehouse.com

 


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  1.  

    excellent guide, thanks Arganaut!





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