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cujo Jun 26, 2013 12:50 PM

My friend has a very long layover at LAX. I want to take her for a long and leisurely lunch somewhere in the vicinity. Prefer a place that is on the quiet side and serves alcohol. Cost is not an issue. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  1. westsidegal Jun 28, 2013 10:50 PM

    concur with ogawak's recommendation of cafe del rey.
    in addition to the reason s/he lists:
    1) they are open continuously between lunch and dinner
    2) they have an attended parking lot in front of the restaurant in case you feel like leaving luggage in the car.
    3) the service there is top notch all the way around
    4) the wine list is good both by the bottle and by the glass
    5) every table has a good view
    6) if they are not jammed they will be happy to let you have a 4 top for a party of two.
    7) you can take a nice stroll around the boat docks while leaving your car in their lot (be sure to alert the parking attendant that you are doing this)
    8) they will not rush you.

    1. SWISSAIRE Jun 26, 2013 01:06 PM


      Nice, clean, friendly staff, walking distance to LAX.

      Beer varietals. Good value & Good food.

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      1. re: SWISSAIRE
        Baron Jun 26, 2013 04:41 PM

        I tried to like Chalet Edelweiss but found the food less than good. Went twice.

        1. re: Baron
          SWISSAIRE Jun 26, 2013 10:35 PM

          Hi Baron -

          Looking at your post history, I see you eat well.


          1. re: Baron
            FoodObsessive Jun 28, 2013 06:09 PM

            I didn't think much of it either. I had some very good meals when they first opened, but the last two visits were dismal. On the most recent I was with someone Swiss and he verged on outrage at the meal.

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          Ogawak Jun 26, 2013 01:05 PM

          I would recommend Cafe Del Rey in the Marina. It's quiet, serves alcohol, nice scenic view of the Marina and good food.

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          1. re: Ogawak
            cujo Jun 26, 2013 02:59 PM

            thank you for all of the suggestions. Cafe Del Rey gets the reservation for two.

            1. re: cujo
              Baron Jun 26, 2013 04:37 PM

              You made the right choice. No contest.

            2. re: Ogawak
              FoodObsessive Jun 28, 2013 06:07 PM

              Excellent suggestion!

            3. wienermobile Jun 26, 2013 01:03 PM

              Petros for Upscale Greek with a nice patio or Fishing with Dynamite for seafood. MB Post (and their great small plates) serves lunch only on Fridays and brunch (a little noisier) on both Saturday & Sundays. All in Manhattan Beach, 3 miles from LAX.

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              1. re: wienermobile
                wienermobile Jun 26, 2013 01:19 PM

                If you want to try something brand new Little Sister with dishes that blend French technique, Dutch and British influences and Southeast Asian spices and flavors will open in Manhattan Beach this July.

              2. Servorg Jun 26, 2013 01:00 PM



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