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

jbciii Sep 6, 2006 06:50 PM

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. ipsedixit RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 06:51 PM

    ONE PICO at Shutters.

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      Amuse Bouches RE: ipsedixit Sep 6, 2006 11:12 PM

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

    2. PaulF RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 06:55 PM

      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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        New Trial RE: PaulF Sep 6, 2006 10:21 PM

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

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          PaulF RE: New Trial Sep 6, 2006 10:59 PM

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

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


      2. chica RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 07:26 PM

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

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          jbciii RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 08:37 PM

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

          1. Bob Brooks RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 09:23 PM

            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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              cimero RE: Bob Brooks Sep 6, 2006 09:49 PM

              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.

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                New Trial RE: cimero Sep 6, 2006 10:19 PM

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

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              ellasmama RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 09:59 PM

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

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                DonnaB RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 10:27 PM

                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.


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                  daluji RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 11:10 PM

                  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.

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                    mcspliff RE: jbciii Sep 6, 2006 11:42 PM

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

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