Beachhounds, I Need Your Help!
A friend and I want to capitalize on the pleasant spring beach weather we have been having this week. Help us find a vegetarian-friendly lunch place anywhere along the coast from Malibu to Venice. Something open and airy, no cavern-like Mexican or sports bars. Food must be vegetarian friendly but not strictly vegetarian. We like Thai, New American, Italian but not limited to it. No more than $20pp. Patio areas and/or ocean views a plus! Basically I want to feel like I'm at the beach. We arent driving from Koreatown to be in a cave.
Where Washington ends and the Venice Pier begins there are a couple of outdoor places...sorry, can't remember the names. Can't miss them. Or, on the Boardwalk in Venice - Fig Tree Cafe. Or, drive up to Malibu Seafood Market and eat outside. They have salads, baked potatoes, french fries if you don't eat fish. Or,pack your own lunch and go to a beach area that you like with a blanket.
'rose cafe' in venice...not directly on the beach but has a great oceanview patio.
'fig tree cafe,' 'sidewalk cafe,' on the waterfront cafe'..both on the venice boardwalk.
places not on the beac [a couple of blocks away] but with a definite 'beachy' feel...'canal club' or 'james' beach' in venice.
'back on the beach' in santa monica...directly on the beach/sand.
'malibu grill' on pch ['duke's' doesn't really have any vegetarian options.]
Unless we're talking about a different place, the Rose Cafe in Venice does not have an oceanview. It's three blocks from the beach and there are so many trees around the patio, that there is no view. That said, it's a wonderful place to eat.
Fig Tree Cafe and James Beach would seem to be the best bet if you want to be really close to the beach.
The food served at restaurants on the ocean side of pch in Malibu is very average; you are paying for the view not the food. Geoffrey's is probably the best of the bunch in terms of patio dining and food, but you may be pressed to keep it within your budget if $20pp includes tax and tip. The food is barely average at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, but if you stick to the salad bar or chilled shellfish you'll be ok. It's right on the sand and afterward you can walk or lounge on the beach. (I think the parking validation is for 3 hours.) Other choices in Malibu are Malibu Seafood (very casual with patio seating at picnic tables) and Taverna Tony's (Greek with lots of vegetarian options and a lovely patio, but no ocean view).
26 Beach on Washington has a beautiful garden and great french toasts & salads. $10-$15 will fill you up for the day.