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Great Restaurant for dinner in Manhattan Beach or Palos Verdes?

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I'm headed to Palos Verdes with a group of co-workers for a conference in early December and have been asked to find a "great" restaurant for dinner one night (either in PV or Manhattan Beach). I'm really familiar with all of the amazing places in central LA, culver city etc...but I'm at a loss for options further south. Would love some input on places with great food AND good ambiance (ie: no dives for this bunch - they want to go to a more hip type place). I'm open to any type of cuisine.

Thanks!

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  1. Petros in Manhattan Beach has wonderful upscale greek food. This is a really nice restaurant in the Metlox center 2 blocks from the pier. Great deserts too and it's always packed.
    http://www.petrosrestaurant.com/

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    Petros Restaurant
    451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I'd second Petros for good food but the problem with Petros is the noise level and the lighting. I ate on the patio and it was dark (I needed to borrow a flashlight to read the menu) and noisy.

      I'd check out the Terranea resort website in PV for their restaurants. One of my friends enjoyed mar'sel, one of their fine dining restaurants.

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      Petros Restaurant
      451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

      1. re: wienermobile

        the service and quality at petros has really gone downhill of late. i would hop across the metlox plaza to sashi for japanese, where the food is good (for the south bay) and they actually appreciate their guests. http://www.sashimb.com/

        1. re: wowimadog

          Agree that Petro's has been slipping a bit lately; Sashi is good Japanese by Manhattan Beach standards (damning with faint praise, maybe?) but suffers in comparison to the great Japanese on offer in Gardena and Torrance (which are closer to Palos Verdes than Manhattan Beach is, in case the original poster wanted to broaden their options...)

          For a great meal in downtown Manhattan Beach, I'd go with Darren's if the group is 8 or less; it might be a bit too "cozy" for bigger groups.

          PV itself is sadly something of a culinary desert.

      2. Chez Melange in the Riveria Village. http://www.chezmelange.com/

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        Chez Melange
        1716 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

        1. Gina Lee's Bistro in Redondo Beach. It is in a strip mall which is a little off-putting but I love the food.
          http://ginaleesbistro.blogspot.com/

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          Gina Lee's Bistro
          211 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

          1. "Great" and "hip" may be a tall order. I've heard consistently good things about Chez Melange/Cafe Bouzy. The restos at Terranea are good to very good with terrific ambience - albeit decidedly more resorty than hip.

            1. I don't know of any good places in Palos Verdes, but a few minutes north on PCH will get you to Japonica, which is near Chez Melange, Bouzy, and Gina Lee's. It's also more hip...*shrug*

              1. I would highly recommend any of the restaurants at Terranea, the new resort in PV. The food is alright, not disgusting, the prices are what you'd expect at a resort place (not ridiculously high), and the best part is the environment, which is breathtaking and spectacular and very unique for southern California.