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Mother-In Law Brunch with Ocean Side View (price doesn't matter)

My mother-in law is celebrating her birthday and we're trying to find a brunch place (on Saturday) that is reasonably priced (30-40) with an ocean side view.

We were thinking towards the Santa Monica / Venice beach area. But we're definitely willing to travel more north, or wherever.

She's not incredibly picky, but she's definitely a bit frugal (though we're paying) and does love good service, and a spectacular view.

Any Suggestions ?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Ditto this. Perfect MIL brunch spot. My parents love it.

    2. I wonder if Cafe Del Rey has brunch.

      Definitely some of the other places in the Marina do, like Tony Ps, which might not be nice enough, but is was cheaper. My mom wanted to go there for her birthday last year (but my mom is not a chowhound).

      Come to think of it, a marina view might not cut it if you want an ocean view ... never mind.

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      1. re: PaulF

        Cafe del Rey does a lovely sit-down brunch which includes a glass of (so-so) champagne or cider.

        1. re: New Trial

          There you go ... and Cafe Del Rey is a nice place.

          If Marina view = Ocean view, CDR fits the OPs request./

          Thanks

      2. Moonshadows on the PCH, or more north, Geoffrey's in Malibu, both have spectacular ocean views.

        1. thank you so much. i'll check out all of the suggestions

          1. I forget the current name of the restaurant at the Lowe's Hotel in Santa Monica, but the ocean view is spectacular.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks

              And the view from Lowes Hotel also includes a very picturesque view of the Santa Monica Pier as well. One Pico at Shutters Hotel on the Beach is also good, and (my mind is failing me too)..the place in the Casa del Mar Hotel is good too.

              1. re: cimero

                The restaurant in the Loew's is Ocean and Vine; the one in Casa del Mar is called Oceanfront. Both are quite nice.

            2. The Lobster. Great Food, great view...pricey, but not ridiculous.

              1. Second the recs for Geoffrey's in Malibu and Oceanfront at the Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. Both places have brunch menus on Sundays and a lunch menu for Saturday.

                Here are some links for venue info, menus, etc.

                http://www.hotelcasadelmar.com/dining...
                http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/99...
                http://www.geoffreysmalibu.com/

                1. I've only had the burger there (it was ok), but Paradise Cove Cafe in Malibu is nice if you want to be (literally) right on the sand. I think someone else review it here. Do a search.

                  1. One Pico @ Shutters or Oceanfront @ Casa Del Mar. Fabulous views -- can't go wrong.....