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where to eat in/near marina del rey?

wowimadog Jan 9, 2008 09:33 AM

would like recommendations for a dinner spot in or near marina del rey. looking for a energetic, fun (but not too young/trendy) environment with interesting cocktails and a decent menu (my expectations aren't that high). we like italian, japanese, mexican and new american. we've been to baja cantina, beechwood, joe's, axe, hal's, kaya sushi and wabi-sabi.


  1. Das Ubergeek Jan 9, 2008 09:41 AM

    How about Sapori in Fisherman's Village?


    1. mollyomormon Jan 9, 2008 09:45 AM

      How about Alibi, the Del or maybe Irori?

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      1. re: mollyomormon
        wowimadog Jan 9, 2008 09:53 AM

        do you have a url for the del?

        1. re: wowimadog
          mollyomormon Jan 9, 2008 10:07 AM


          1. re: mollyomormon
            New Trial Jan 9, 2008 10:33 AM

            There is a nice review of The Del in today's L.A. Times. http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

            1. re: New Trial
              wowimadog Jan 10, 2008 07:38 PM

              i think the reviewer must be related to the owner or something. the service was terrible. the food dull. the acoustics atrocious. a sad, uninspired staff made the experience even more horrible. what a waste.

      2. r
        rm0902 Jan 9, 2008 09:59 AM

        For Japanese try Kifune down Washington by the beach or, although you don't mention Korean - Wharo is a great Korean barbecue place.

        1. JackonCrack Jan 9, 2008 10:13 AM

          C & O Cucina

          Cafe Del Rey
          (although they're a bit, uh, slow in my experience)

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            nosh Jan 9, 2008 03:33 PM

            Cafe Del Rey is a beautiful restaurant on the marina, laid out in levels so all tables have a view, not just those along the windows. I liked the old menu better, with the kung pao shellfish sausage and without the sushi, but check them out on the website, particularly for brunch.

            Antica Pizza is perhaps the most authentic Neopolitan pizza in SoCal, so give it a try and see if you like it. Baby Blues BBQ is Carolina-inspired with a Venice vibe, just up on Lincoln. Try the pulled pork or the ribs -- better than the brisket.

            1. PrettyPlaty Jan 9, 2008 08:02 PM

              I think the Sakura House (Japanese skewers) is fun for groups though I wouldn't really call it energetic. They have some interesting cocktails at Bite- the food is Japanese small plates- decent but not amazing.

              1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 9, 2008 08:22 PM

                chaya venice
                james' beach
                primitivo [one caveat - wine, not cocktails]

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