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Oct 24, 2011 03:17 PM

Brunch near Marina del Rey

I'll be in town for one day, Saturday, to visit my niece at Otis College of Art and Design and we want to take her to brunch. We're looking for somewhere fairly close by that won't break the bank. I've seen the Zengo thread and I'm considering that and 26 Beach. Any comments or other recommendations are appreciated.

26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  1. Zengo's Asian- Latin BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH is very good.
    $35 per guest includes Unlimited Small Plates and Free-Flowing Cocktails. I loved their duck hash. A very nice patio up there on the third floor over looking the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade.

    395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    1. Just so you know, Santa Monica Place is more than six miles from Otis. Marina Del Rey choices would be much closer.

      If you're willing to travel 6-7 miles, then you could also consider most of Manhattan Beach.

      I'm not saying 6.5 miles is far, just letting you know that it's not next door.

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      1. re: PaulF

        i live within a few blocks of otis, fwiw.
        since carlos, the pastry chef left cafe del rey, there is, imho, nothing "next door" that is worthy for a relatively upscale experience for brunch, (i.e. somewhere that you could make a reservation-- not a beach joint where one will be jockeying to find a seat so that they can consume huge amounts of molten commercial cheese and other saturated fats).

        i always seem to find myself heading north . . . .

        altlhough i haven't had the zengo's brunch, i have eaten there at other times and was pleased.

        if you do end up at zengos, n.b. that they make a very good margarita with real, fresh, lime juice (NOT the pasteurized yuck stuff that comes from a jug with added sugar syrup/ high fructose corn syrup). this is not included in their brunch deal.

        1. re: PaulF

          I was just at Cafe del Rey for brunch on Sunday. It's prix fixe and here is some info:

          First, it's $36 pp, which is sort of stunning, but it includes "bottomless" mimosas/sparkling wine, and when you cost-out what you get, it's not off-the-wall. You have a choice of about 5-10 each starters and main dishes, with a good mix of breakfast-y stuff (french toast) and lunch stuff (fish, lamb burger). Desserts were pretty so-so, but the rest was pretty great. Major thumbs up on crab cakes, squash soup, lamb burger, even the salad. I took a couple NYC friends who'd just gotten off the plane and they were in heaven. Free valet. Checked their menu, and brunch is from 11:30 on Sat., and 10:30 on Sunday, not sure why.

          (Also loved the mini muffins they give you when you sit down.)

          Considering you're taking out someone for a special event, this will really feel special - there were couple b-days going on. Cheaper option is Bistro d' Soleil in Playa del Rey, which has passable brunch food, nothing special, but a notch or two above Denny's (ok, not saying much).

          1. re: cant talk...eating

            fwiw, don't think that anyplace that serves bottomless mimosas/sparkling wine, is AT ALL out of line charging $36 for a three course meal.
            add the value of a pretty restaurant, great views, white tablecloths, an attended parking lot in front of the restaurant, and it starts looking like a bargain. . .

        2. 26 Beach is the way to go! s'Mores French Toast or Caramel Machiatto French Toast. For me The Brunch Burger but is that really a surprise. I actually had the Croissant Breakfast Sandwich last weekend, boy was that good. Make a reservation, weekends are busy.

          1. Hal's in Venice is great for brunch.

            1. I enjoy A-frame's weekend brunch, its a bit less traditional of a brunch. She'd probably dig the architecture and vibe. Its super casual but I've enjoyed the food and drinks every time I've gone there for lunch.