Dinner near LAX
We'll be staying at the Belamar Hotel on a Sunday evening before an early morning flight out of LAX. Any recommendations for dinner and cocktails near the hotel...any sights to see?
The hotel website offers recommendations, but they are all 15 - 20 miles from the hotel. Has anyone eaten at the hotel?
I've never heard of the Belamar Hotel before, which didn't surprise me, and Google says it's in Manhattan Beach:
After looking at the Hotel's dining recommendations, I was shocked at how absolutely limited those suggestions are. So few and nothing close by, are they trying to trick you into eating in their hotel?
You did the right thing by posting here. Is there any budgetary restrictions and any type of food you be interested in? What City are you coming from? (If your from Kansas City, then I wouldn't pick a steakhouse but would try and recommened somewhere you would enjoy the Pacific Ocean, if from Seattle, I wouldn't, ect.)
You have options nearby! Just a simple example, Houston's (a chain, is a 99% certainty in being better than your hotel's food) is nearby at (under 1 mile?)
1550 Rosecrana Ave. (almost on the corner with Sepulveda)
But I think you can do better.
all the restaurants along rosecrans are in minimalls or business parks, if you don't like that kind of thing.
head down to the beach....its very very close and good to walk around..ice cream place too...forget the name though.
Petros is good, as is rock n' fish..
Beaches has a fantastic view of the ocean and ho hum food.....
There are a number of choices along Sepulveda and East on Rosecrans. Along Rosecrans there is a good Japanese place called Taiko, as well as the chaims Fleming's Steakhouse, Houston's, McCormick & Schmick and Il Fornaio. Heading closer to the ocean, Avenue in Manhattan Beach is wonderful for Californian.
The Belamar is right near the Manhattan Beach pier, where there are numerous restaurant options, and a fun atmosphere for walking around. I would just go to the pier area (Manhattan beach blvd, from the ocean to a few blocks inland) and see what appeals to you. But one good choice might be Coco Noche, a chocolate, wine, and tapas place I just wrote a separate review for--located at Highland and Manhattan Beach Blvd. Another good option is Michi, on Manhattan Ave a couple blocks south of Manhattan Beach Blvd--it has good Asian fusion food, good cocktails, and a nice atmosphere. There's also Rock N' Fish, on Manhattan Beach Blvd, right near the pier. I don't think it's quite as good as the other two spots, but it's good. Cafe Pierre in that area is also pretty good. I've seen people recommend Petro's for upscale greek food (also on Manhattan Beach blvd, in a little shopping center a couple blocks inland), but I haven't tried it.
Haven't read all the posts in depth, but I don't see Encounters. Great atmosphere, good food (admitting I usually only drink there). Encounters is in the island between all the terminals at LAX at the top of the spider looking building. Be sure to park in parking for Encounters only, not the regular LAX parking
2nd City Grill in El Segundo is also very good - especially on Monday nights when they do their FREE wine tastings beforehand! Call for more info.
hopefully, your stay won't be horrible. i've heard awful, awful things about belamar and have experienced their terrible customer service at the bar firsthand. avoid at all costs! try avenue in downtown manhattan beach. (and i wouldn't say the hotel is "right near" the pier - you'll need to take a cab).
You'll be almost across the street from the Manhattan Village Mall. In the parking lot next to CPK is China Grill, which is excellent for a casual dinner or lunch. The ahi salad is amazing and the appetizer combo thing for two has some scrumptious crab-cake-like thing with phyllo-esque dough, perfectly fried.
The restaurant has some sort of pedigree- it has a sister restaurant in Redondo Beach by another name and I think one or two quite tasty places in Las Vegas.
3282 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-2454
Tel: 310 546 7284
I've been to many restaurants in that vicinity and this is my favorite. If you want a little more vibe but still close there's a PF Chang's quite close (down Rosekrantz I think, east). Personally I think China Grill is better... at least try for lunch if you can! :)