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Sep 9, 2012 10:14 AM

Marina Del Ray

I will be staying at the Jamaica Bay Inn and am requesting ideas for where to eat dinner. I will not have a rental car so I will be using a taxi. I am open to any suggestions and any type of cuisine. Price is not a consideration. Thanks.

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  1. Gjelina
    The Tasting Kitchen
    Both 5 minutes from your hotel in Venice. Recommend reservations.

    Here is an older link that may also help:
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      1. re: mbtaber

        If you are willing to travel a little farther to Santa Monica you will have many more options.

      2. Although I have not yet been since she took over the kitchen, the current chef at Beachside (in your hotel) is the talented Allyson Thurber. The menu does look a bit dull for her, though. A short walk across the side street will take you to Killer Shrimp, somewhat longer walks down Admiralty Way to Cafe Del Rey (quite good California eclectic) and, in the other direction (down Washington, near Venice Beach), Casa Ado for Italian.

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        1. re: New Trial

          respectfully disagree with the recommendation of killer shrimp.
          imho, a restaurant to be avoided.

        2. Walk over to Sunny Spot.

          1. There are lots of great restaurant options in and around MdR, including the Jamaica Bay's own offerings. If you're there on a Thursday night, you might also want to try the Beach Eats! gourmet food truck offerings right next door at Marina "Mother's" Beach. You can click on the Calendar in this link to see which gourmet trucks will be there:

            1. If price is not a consideration but you still want to stay reasonably close by, I'd generally suggest leaving the immediate Marina area (Cafe Del Rey is the lone exception to that) and heading to Venice and Santa Monica. Joe's on Abbot Kinney, Capo, Chaya Venice, Gjelina, Valentino, The Lobster to start, plus most of the nicer hotels in Santa Monica have some great restaurants (One Pico at the Shutters Hotel, Catch in the Casa Del Mar hotel, Whist at the Viceroy, Fig at the Mirimar) A little bit further I'd go to Vicente's in Brentwood.

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              1. re: HastaLaPasta

                I'll be staying at the Marina del Rey Marriott for a work conference the first week in November. No choice on the hotel. I am hoping to have one or two fine dinners and at least one can be a splurge. I won't have a car, but am happy to walk or taxi for good food. I want to make a couple of reservations and hope to hear the latest on Melisse, Tasting Kitchen, and Fig. If we can get reservations at all of these, which two would you choose? Other, better choices to recommend?

                I live in Seattle and my dining companion is from Boston so we're both pretty fortunate in our hometown dining options. Thanks in advance.