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Castaway Brunch

I saw this restaurant on the travel channel and am planning on taking my family there, but I wanted to get a few opinions on it first. I'm a Philly Chowhounder on vacation to visit my brother in Santa Monica and this is the restaurant of my choice for the vacation. I'm mostly looking for input on the food, but will take any comments. Thanks in advance.

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  1. It has a nice view and has a decent spread, but nothing special in the way of food. It definitely is not wort the drive from Santa Monica over the hill to the Valley. Unless you are talking about someplace else.

    Castaway - Burbank
    1250 East Harvard Road, Burbank, CA 91505

    1. I haven't been to the brunch at the Castaways but I go to the one at The Odyssey.It is owned by the same group and has a nice view of the San Fernando Valley also and about 15 minutes closer to Santa Monica. The brunches are OK and the views are nice. There is another from the group in Marina Del Rey called Shanghai Reds.
      If you belong to Costco they usually have adeal that you can but 2 fifty dollar gift cars for $79. That makes it a pretty good deal.

      Shanghai Red's
      13813 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

      1. The view is far more impressive than the food. I'd rather take my money and spend it elsewhere. Border Grill in Santa Monica would be a great choice.

        Border Grill
        1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        1. Drink heavily before you order your food and you'll like what you get just fine.

          1. Since you will be in Santa Monica you might want to check out the Zengo Brunch of Latin-Asian Unlimited Small Plates and Free-Flowing Cocktails for $35 per person on Saturdays and Sundays served 11:30am-4pm on their great 3rd floor patio overlooking the 3rd Street promenade one block from the beach.

            395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            1. Duke's in Malibu has a Sunday Brunch buffet with a wonderful ocean view right on the water and just minutes from Santa Monica.

              Duke's Malibu
              At the Water's Edge in Malibu
              21150 Pacific Coast Highway
              Malibu, CA 90265

              1. Not worth the drive at all. Mediocre food at best. Even with a strong buzz. I would follow the other recs and go elsewhere.

                1. Back on the Beach in Santa Monica. Food is passable, but restaurant is on the water. One of my favorite mornings (with family or just spouse) is to bike ride or rollerblade on the bike path along the beach and then stop in for breakfast. There are bike and rollerblade rentals nearby at Perry's.

                  Back on the Beach
                  445 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA

                  1. Getting back to answering your question. My response to visitors, who are set on going to any LA restaurants; If you want to go, you should give it a try and see for yourself. If somebody wants to go to Pink's, go. But the hot dogs aren't anything special, but it's a LA landmark and something everybody should go to at least once.

                    While Castaway isn't a landmark, and serves up pretty mediocre food, if you want to go, give it a try. But, people are right, if you're in Santa Monica, there are much better options for you there. Though, Border Grill would not be on my list.

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                    1. re: reality check

                      I suppose my problem is that I only have so little time in the area, so I was looking to make the most of that time. I am now hearing that 26 Beach has a great brunch, and the menu looks good. Can anyone confirm this?

                      26 Beach
                      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                      1. re: tzanghi

                        It's got a pretty good brunch, though I've only been once.

                        What weekend are you visiting, incidentally? The reason I ask is that the weekend of July 16th and 17th is going to be a traffic fustercluck in Los Angeles—Caltrans will be closing the 405 freeway (a.k.a. the traffic-choked lifeline of the Westside) all weekend from the 10 to the 101, so getting around that area will be next to impossible.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          The weekend I'm looking at being in Santa Monica is actually the 26th-27th of June, so luckily I'll be outta the area by then. Thanks for the heads up though.

                          1. re: tzanghi

                            It's a GREAT location with very average food. Sometimes that's okay.