Category: Dine Time – Redondo

The Hook & Plow

729 South Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
424-247-8272
http://www.thehookandplow.com/
Cuisine: Farm to Table, Ocean to Plate
Jackie says: Hook & Plow recently opened their second location in Riviera Village and it has the same kick-back, beach casual vibe as the Hermosa location. The menu features a terrific and unique selection of appies, salads, sandwiches, entrees and brunch items made with local, organic ingredients. I find their salads particularly refreshing and the sides are to die for. The interior is light and airy – beachy, beachy – and the outdoor patio and fire pit is the place to see and be seen. It’s a great addition to the Riviera dining scene!

Ragin Cajun Cafe & Moonshine Bar

525 South Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-7403
https://www.ragincajuncafe.com/
Cuisine: Cajun
Jackie says: When you’re in the mood for some down-home, low country, Cajun cooking, look no further. Ragin Cajun offers all the classic dishes including entouffee, gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, crawfish and catfish, in addition to several hard-to-find-anyplace-else items like alligator, frogs legs, fried pickles and boudin. The recipes are authentic, straight from Lafayette, Louisiana. The drinks menu is extensive and offers specialty cocktails, moonshine, beer, wine, whiskey and the famous Original Hurricane. Be sure to order a Blue Voodoo – it’s served in a skull glass! This place is pure fun for the whole family, so as they say, ‘laissez les bon temps rouler’ – let the good times roll!

HT Grill

1701 South Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-791-4849
https://www.htgrill.com/
Cuisine: Eclectic Modern
Jackie says: Wonderful things have been happening in the kitchen since Executive Chef Nael Taki has taken over this Riviera Village mainstay. The menu has been completely revamped with a selection of appetizers, salads, hand-held items and a well-rounded offering of entrees. The Prosciutto & Burrata Board is a fantastic starter and big enough for a party of four to share. There are several delicious gluten free items on the menu including the phenomenal Espresso Short Rib and Beet the Burrata salad. Be sure to make a reservation on the patio – it’s the place to see and been seen in the Village!

Sea Level

655 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 921-8940
http://rb.shadehotel.com/dine/
Cuisine: California Coastal
Jackie says: Sea Level is located in Shade Hotel overlooking the Redondo Marina and is one of my favorite places for coastal dining. The space is infused with ocean inspired hues and decor, with seating available both indoors and on the patio. If you’re in the mood for casual bites and sips, the heated outdoor patio also offers lounge seating and fire pits. The full service menu offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and happy hour options, with a nice selection of starters, salads, pizza, entrees and raw bar. Sea Level successfully fuses casual, beach-chic style and LA glamour. When you want to impress – be it a date or important business meeting – make your reservation at Sea Level!

A Basq Kitchen

136 North International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-926-6393
http://www.abasqkitchen.com/
Cuisine: Basque Country
Jackie says: Cozy, colorful, casual and comfortable, A Basq Kitchen is located right in the harbor and offers a comprehensive menu of traditional Basque favorites and small plates called Pintxo. If you’re not familiar with Basque cuisine, this is the place to become acquainted with it! The dishes are diverse and feature seafood, stews, charcuterie, skewers and a variety of meats including lamb, hare, oxtail, ribs, chicken and more. The paella is famous throughout the South Bay and a whole pan is great fun and a must-have if you’re dining with a large group. They only serve Paella on Thursdays, so plan accordingly. The staff is incredibly friendly and makes you feel right at home!

Rebel Republic Social House

1710 South Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(424) 352-2600
http://www.rebelrepublicsocialhouse.com/
Cuisine: Modern American Gastropub
Jackie says: Rebel Republic was a hit before it even opened. The prime location in Riviera Village is only part of the equation though. The large interior is bright and airy and the bar is huge. It’s got the whole indoor/outdoor thing going on, and with ample seating on the patio, it’s a see-and-be-seen scene. Specialty cocktails, whiskey and craft beer take center stage and are impressive. Then there’s the food – it manages to be ‘modern’ and ‘comfort’ at the same time. The reasonably priced menu features a nice selection of convivial bites but only a few entrees. Every dish I’ve had was very tasty but it’s the deceivingly simple burger that stands out. I can’t remember the last time I had American cheese on anything, but when combined with two patties, sweet onions and Rebel’s special sauce, it’s drop dead delicious. Seriously, you will develop a craving for it.

Bettolino Kitchen

211 Palos Verdes Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-375-0500
https://www.bettolinokitchen.com/
Cuisine: Modern Italian
Jackie says: Bettolino Kitchen is owned by the next generation of the Giuliano family, Vince Giuliano and Andreanna Giuliano Liguore, and features Chef Fabio Ugoletti in the kitchen. The pasta is handmade, and while many of the dishes seem influenced by the healthy Cali culture, there are also plenty of satisfying, comfort foods, and they are equally delicious. The warm space features re-purposed wood and a couple of community tables. The daily lunch special, the Betto Box, is a fixed price, four item combo lunch. It’s a great spot for lunch or dinner but I also recommend stopping in some afternoon for Crostini Hour!

The Slip Bar & Eatery

120 North International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-376-8910
http://www.theslipbar.com/
Cuisine: American Casual
Jackie says: The International Boardwalk has changed dramatically in the last few months – in the best possible way! – and The Slip is a very welcome addition. The location is right on the water with open windows giving diners a close-up view of all the marina activity. The very reasonably priced menu offers a well-rounded selection of small tasty bites; fresh, delicious salads; hearty sandwiches; pizzas; full bar; hand selected wines and an impressive beer menu. Guests can watch televised sports and enjoy live music on the weekends. The Slip is owned by five, hands-on partners who, in addition to catering to area visitors, have successfully made The Slip a comfortable local’s hangout.

Charlie’s Italian

601 North Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.374.8581
http://www.charliesitalian.com/
Cuisine: Italian/American
Jackie says: Charlie’s truly is “A New York Italian Joint”. The food is as good as you’ll find in any restaurant in New York’s Little Italy. It’s the classic, southern Italian food I grew up with and it tastes just like mom used to make! It’s also a popular sports bar with a dozen big screen TVs but if you prefer to dine without the cheering fans, there’s a separate dining room. The prices are very reasonable and it’s a favorite spot for families with young children.

Bottega Romana

215 Avenue I
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-540-8777
http://bottegaromana-la.com/
Cuisine: Italian
Jackie says: Since Bottega Romana opened its doors people have been lining up to get in….and with good reason. The food is phenomenal! The menu features classic Roman dishes made with the freshest ingredients and cooked to perfection. The dining room is dark and intimate while the scene on the patio is more gregarious. A separate wine bar/shop is adjacent to the dining room. It’s not unusual for a crowd to form outside waiting for an available table, so plan ahead and make a reservation!

R10 Social House

179 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-798-2500
https://r10socialhouse.com/
Cuisine: New American
Jackie says: I adore the vintage industrial décor and harbor view but this place is all about the food. They use local, seasonal ingredients in unique and unexpected ways and modern kitchen techniques. The menu offers a well-rounded variety of incredibly tasty dishes and it’s a fabulous spot to get together with friends, relax with a hand-crafted cocktail and share a snack or meal. The upstairs Chesterfield Lounge showcases a vintage bar and features live music. The name R10 refers to a local deep sea buoy that serves as a marker for seafarers.

Dominique’s Kitchen

522 South Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
424-247-9054
http://dominiqueskitchen.com/
Cuisine: French
Jackie Says: Imagine being treated to a delicious, satisfying meal in an incredibly comfortable home surrounded by great friends. That’s exactly what it feels like when you sit down to eat at Dominique’s. The staff is welcoming and friendly, the dining room and patio are cozy and well-appointed and the menu reads like a wish list of favorite meals. The portions are generous enough to assume there will be left-overs but the food is so light and delectable, you’ll clean each plate. The prices are remarkable for such a high quality dining experience.

Ortega 120

1814 South Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-792-4120
http://www.ortega120.com/
Cuisine: Modern Mexican
Jackie says: A classic cantina with a comfortable outdoor patio. Huge tequila selection and the place to go for margaritas! Not the same old Mexican dishes – don’t get me wrong, I love traditional Mexican food but they put an appetizing twist on just about everything and it works!