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Jun 7, 2007 09:43 AM

Good Restraunts in South Bay LA

I live in the south bay and have lived here for 24 years and am always trying to find a good restraunt that isnt too over the top (i.e. price per quality of food or trying too hard to be cutting edge) but is still a great meal that may not be on everyones radar screens. An example of what I am speaking of is Bora Bora in Manhattan Beach. I love this restraunt and am always trying to find others that are similar in that they are great, high quality food where the people are unpretentious and you feel like its sort of your gem because its not over flowing with people all the time.

Does anyone know of some other restraunts in the South Bay Area (Primarily Manhattan Hermosa Redondo) that are similar to what I described above. I know its a bit vague but if anything jumps to mind thanks so much.

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  1. All of your qualifications can be met at Chef Hannes in El Segundo
    I have always wondered about Bora Bora, nice to hear some rec's on this place!

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    1. re: MahiMahiFish

      chef hannes is now awful.

      was there three weeks ago with a party of 7.
      it was a friday night.
      the restaurant was practically empty, so it wasn't a 'they-were-busy' issue.
      there was no excuse for what we were served.
      after this experience, none of us will EVER go back.

    2. Think Bistro in San Pedro, corner of 25th and Western. Very romantic...which is to say it's small and intimate. The food is very good...their tomato soup is the best I've had. They say all they do is boil the tomatoes down and add cream, salt and pepper. YUM!

      1. Our go to place in the South Bay is Scardino's. Solid Italian offerings and the prices are reasonable. Last time I was there, we had a pre-fix dinner that included wine, salad, main entree and dessert. I can't remember the exact price but I'm sure it was less than $20.00 per head.

        It's located on a strip mall along Torrance Blvd. but don't be put off by that. Owners are pleasant and more than happy to honor special requests.

        4801 Torrance Blvd
        Torrance, CA 90503
        (310) 793-8646

        Enjoy :)

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        1. re: sharkgirl88

          Chef Melba's is small, intimate and very good. The shrimp and scallops in a lemon scented sauce is outstanding as is the grilled bread and salads. On Hermosa Ave and 15th (or 13th?)
          For PanAsian, we like Gina Lee's Bistro in Torrance (on Palos Verdes I think). I could drive you there but can't tell you where it is...
          Enoteca in Hermosa is the Italian version of Bora. Again, not sure of eact location but think it is Manhattan Ave. Very small, dark. Sometimes the owners are clearly sulky and service suffers but when they are on, it is very good indeed.
          Have you tried Jackson's on Pier? I have heard good things but not a meat eater so have never been.
          Buona Vita on Pier is good Italian-for this area, the Napolitan pizza is excellent.

          We have tried Scardinos and were very underwhelmed as we are with most of the Italian in this area.. Also Christine's gets good reviews but we found it incredibly reliant on cream based sauces.

        2. Venture over to Gardena for some great Peruvian food at El Rocoto on Artesia, a couple doors away from the 99 Ranch... If you want sushi to go with that tallarin saltado, go to Kotosh at Kamiyama in Lomita - Peruvian food plus sushi...

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            and speakijng of Japanese....what about Japonica on PCH in Redondo? We really love it. Cool decor, great service, very good food and accessible.

            I am intrigued by Peruvian food, specially the seafood soups! Will be visiting Lomita this weekend. If I don't like/like the food, I will comfort/award myself the consolation of a cream puff.

            1. re: Densible

              i second japonica. nice atmosphere and quality food. also! love their sake sampler - $5 for three (and happy hour until 7:00 p.m., too).

              another option is avenue, though it seems their service is slipping a little lately.

          2. Great call on Bora Bora! I also love that place! Have you tried Jackson's Bistro on upper Pier Avenue in Hermosa? The Head Chef / Owner, Scott, is creative and a master! Try to get a table on the patio!