Rest. Recc's for Marina Del Rey-->Redondo Beach
I am sure i will get alot of hits back on this....
...but my wife and I moved fairly recently to L.A. from England (in the Air Force) and still don't know our "way around" 100% when it comes to dining.
My older brother is coming out to visit from Chicago with his wife, who is an Italian Chef (trained in Italy no less) and i would like to take them out to a place between Marina Del Rey and Redondo beach. I love seafood, but want to make sure I get a nice atmosphere as well...so the best joint from steak to seafood and anything in between.
Appreciate any help on this!
i second cafe del rey. went there with my husband for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago. we had a delicious meal with a really nice bottle of wine. i had elk tenderloin, while my husband had the steak special. we also had a yummy dessert (i believe it was banana 3-way). also nice to have a drink at the bar (very lively).
I don't know if you're willing to go a bit north instead of south, but Axe and Joe's on Abbot Kinney are also very respectable when it comes to great food. I wouldn't consider Joe's to be known for steaks, but they do everything they offer well, expecially their seafood. And Axe is equally capable - much more "California Casual," and they are known to excel in composed salads, chops, filets and shortribs, as well as great wine lists. However, if you want to stick very close to home, I also vote yes to Cafe Del Rey...haven't been in a few years, but they still stand out as a memorable dining experience...
My favorite restaurant in that neck of the woods is Joe's on Abbott Kinney. Better known for their seafood, but they do have pork loin and beef sirloin on the menu. Top notch atmosphere, too.
We went to Sapori at Marina Del Rey Fisherman's Village for company lunch past December and the food was pretty good. It's got a nice atmosphere and it's an Italian restaurant.
I liked the spaghetti with clams I ordered - not as good as those I had in Venice, but better than most here in US.
13723 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
I am a detractor of Joe's in Venice. We had the $45+ filet with truffles special on our first visit and somehow they managed to make it tasteless and unremarkable. For that reason, it was also our last visit. Waaaaay overrated.
My BR and I are foodies from Chicago, live currently in Marina Del Rey and are moving to Redondo Beach. :) Since we've only moved from Chicago under two years ago, we're still trying to cover the Westside/South Bay areas. I have to admit that despite rave reviews for Cafe Del Rey, we've yet to try it b/c of it's location and look from the street is...well, touristy and the restaurant logo just screams bad 80s design.
The fact that your party includes Chicagoans (a GREAT food town) and a chef means you should be extra selective. I would have recommended Chloe in PDR (may it R.I.P.). Axe has a cool atmosphere but the food's pretty good but not fantastic. Gonna have to think on this some...
Gina Lee's Bistro in Redondo is very good - specializes in Asian inspired fish dishes, with a very long list of wonderful appetizers. Best crabcakes I've ever had. Try their stuffed calamari. Atmosphere is nothing special, in a strip mall, and room can get very noisy.