Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Jan 27, 2008 09:09 AM

Marina del Rey

Looking for a seafood lunch on the water (marina) if possible. Something like the Bluewater Grill, if you are familiar, would be perfect.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Cafe Del Rey is quite lovely, with multitiered seating so all tables have a view of the Marina. Their website is nicely designed with current menus that include prices -- check it out online and see if it appeals. Personally, I liked the old offerings from a former chef before they added the sushi items, but I still think it is the best for finer dining on the water in the Marina.

    10 Replies
    1. re: nosh

      I would agree that this is your best option. The food is better than Bluewater Grill -- a bit more expensive, a bit more refined.

      1. re: glutton

        I read something about Tony P, hope I have the right name. I'd like your opinion, please? Don't mind the $$s at Cafe del Rey, but we'll be in jeans and will have driven for hours.

        1. re: Gail

          Tony P's Dockside Grill. It's adjacent to the Wharehouse. We somehow never found the food a strong enough draw to go more than very, very infrequently. They do have fish on the menu, but it's not like the Bluewater Grill to my way of thinking. It won't offend you, but it's not going to excite you.

          1. re: Servorg

            Thanks everyone. I'm surprised to find such a small selection for such a nice area.

            1. re: Gail

              I am a local and I enjoy Tony P's quite often. Everything I've eaten there has been very tasty, and the portions are large. They have a huge patio with a great view of the Marina. Jeans always fit in, as the vibe is very casual.

              1. re: Gail

                I think the problem is you're flying head-long into one of the great truisms of restaurants -- you cannot have both a good view and good food. If you were to back off the requirement that it have ocean views, then you'd find a lot of really good options in Venice.

                1. re: glutton

                  Ah alas, glutton, you are probably correct, but I can't help myself in my eternal quest for the Holy Grail.

                  Marina del Gail, thanks we'll probably end up there. Hope the weather improves by next Mon.

            2. re: Gail

              Unless things have greatly changed, I don't think Cafe del Rey is that formal re: wearing jeans. (I live across the street from it but haven't been in about a year) I'm not that crazy about the food but it is probably about the best you are going to do in the area. (Avoid the Warehouse)

              1. re: PrettyPlaty

                Thanks PP. There was something about their site (Warehouse) that told me that. Just a feeling, but I think the site needs tweaking.

              2. re: Gail

                Tony P's is not chowhound territory. Seafood is not a house specialty, and their fish dishes are usually overcooked. It is, however, a great place to have a quick lunch on the water, but so is the Warehouse. Neither one is anything to write home about except for ambiance.
                Cafe del Rey is probably the closest thing to good food in the Marina.
                If price is any problem, then go for Tony P's on a Monday. I believe they still offer a 20% discount on the menu.
                I'm a Marina local too. I still drive to Santa Monica to The Lobster for a seafood lunch on the water. Their scallops are excellent.

          2. The best food with a water view in MDR may be at Sapori, an Italian place in Fisherman's Village (13723 Fiji Way). At least, it's a darn sight better than its neighbors (Shanghai Red's and El Torito). Service can be a little spotty but the food has been quite good in our experience.


            Cafe del Rey has been the standard down there for years but on my last visit I thought it just seemed sort of tired. Maybe this wouldn't be evident to a first-time visitor.

            1. Is the Chart House in MDR open for lunch? That might fit the bill?

              1. I second Cafe del Rey .I'm a pharma Rep and our company does some small meetings there and it's always great

                7 Replies
                1. re: kobechow

                  In my opinion, Cafe del Rey is not "all that" anymore. Besides, I like to eat, and the portions are small at CdR and the prices are high!

                  The Chart House is not open for lunch. They open at 5 PM, Monday thru Sunday.

                  Sapori is an excellent suggestion! I've always had good service there.

                  (Hope I'm posting in the right spot here... I'm new and not sure! ;)

                  1. re: Marina del Gail

                    Hey "new-and-not-sure" you posted perfectly. I checked Sapori's site and I think we've settled on that place. The spot looks great and so does the menu.

                    Thanks all !!

                    1. re: Gail

                      Gail, just curious. Have you eaten at Sapori yet? I'd love to read about your experience. :)

                      1. re: Marina del Gail

                        I've been on several occasions. It's a nice, unpretentious Italian trattoria. The food is very good (not sublime, but I don't always want a sublime eating experience), the setting is very nice (sit by the windows for the water view) and the service is kind but professional.

                        Now and then there will be mix-ups (a lost reservation once, and for a long time we wondered whether they actually meant to send out salads undressed) but they're always handled graciously.

                        It's a nice place. And if you're wandering Fisherman's Village, well, it stands out above the other options in that little mall.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          Thanks, Das, Sapori is one of my favorite haunts in the Marina. I eat lunch and dinner there quite often. :)

                          1. re: Marina del Gail

                            Maybe you can weigh in on the salad, then. I know it's got beets in it, and that makes it quite juicy, but they seem not to dress the salad -- is that intentional, do you think? A little olive oil wouldn't kill anyone... we always wonder if maybe they just forget the cruets (for Italian-style salad dressing, two parts oil to one part vinegar and salt and pepper, DIY-style).

                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                              There is a dressing on the beet salad (my fave!!), but I usually ask for extra dressing on the side, as I agree with's too light!