What are the best waterfront restaurants in Los Angeles?

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Christina Xenos

Los Angeles County boasts 72 miles of pristine coastline from Malibu to Orange County, and there is no shortage of delicious and esthetic dining along the way. While you won't encounter many restaurants where you can actually sink your toes into the sand, picturesque views and top cuisine are enough to satisfy any craving.

In Malibu, Moonshadows offers delicious modern American favorites with waves crashing under your coveted spot on the elevated alfresco patio. Geoffrey's Malibu also gives you stunning views of the coast while you're seated on their breezy patio, sipping a stiff martini. Paradise Cove is where you want to dine if you're spending a casual day at the beach. You can either grab a bite in their beachside cafe or book a cabana on the beach (definitely plan that in advance during warmer days).

In Santa Monica, head to beachside Coast restaurant at Shutters On The Beach any time of day, or Catch restaurant at hotel Casa del Mar; both offer stunning views and chef-driven cuisine.

Dana Damato

Los Angeles is about 15 minutes East of the beach, so if you’re looking to dine while gazing off into the ocean, you’ll want to head out to the Santa Monica area. You’ll have no trouble finding a high-end and remarkable waterfront restaurant near 3rd Street Promenade. There are so many to choose from, but when it comes to finding the best, there is always one that comes to mind.

The one restaurant I always recommend to visitors of this wonderful city is Catch Restaurant. Catch Restaurant is located inside the Hotel Casa del Mar in Southern California’s most popular and thriving beach town, Santa Monica. Catch Restaurant offers unique “market fresh” cuisine with picturesque views of the Pacific Coast sunset in a comfortably elegant environment. The menu offers a large variety of seafood dishes, a daily raw bar, small plates and much more and you can dine in style while looking out to the ocean with your company (or yourself – if you prefer).

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