Dine Time – Manhattan Beach

Darren’s

1141 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266
310.802.1973
http://darrensmb.com/
Cuisine: New American with Mediterranean and Asian influences
Jackie says: I was reacquainted with Darren’s at the Grand Re-Opening. I hadn’t been there in years and now I’m kicking myself thinking of all the great meals I’ve missed. This is one of the most well-rounded menus I’ve ever seen – pasta, seafood, beef, pork, poultry and vegetarian all equally and deliciously represented. Chef Darren treats side dishes with such care, they stand on their own and the finger foods and small plates are perfect for snacking at the bar.

Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
310.893.6299
http://www.eatfwd.com/
Cuisine: Seafood
Jackie says: There are a few things about FWD that remind me of the ‘fish shacks’ you find in harbor towns up and down the East Coast: the tiny room, convivial atmosphere and seafood fresh off the boat. But that’s where the similarities end. The cheery, light-filled space buzzes with energy – people are here to eat and eat well. It’s all about the food and Michelin star Chef David LeFevre showcases it brilliantly. The menu has all the old school favorites done exceedingly well – crab cakes, New England clam chowder and battered cod; and an oyster bar already named ‘Best Oyster Bar’ by Los Angeles Magazine. Chef LeFevre takes it to the next level with his ‘new school’ dishes: grilled octopus, grilled sword squid and a mind-blowing Mediterranean sea bass. As if that wasn’t enough, the regular menu is further enhanced by the daily specials! FWD is always packed so you definitely want to make a reservation. Here’s another suggestion; don’t be in a rush to order. Before you look at the menu, look at the dishes as they come out of the kitchen. They’re all so gorgeous, it’s like a fashion show!

Il Fornaio

1800 Rosecrans Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-725-9555
Cuisine: Italian
http://www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3150
Jackie says: Il Fornaio offers authentic regional italian dishes and special seasonal menus as well as cooking classes, wine dinners and wine tastings.

Lido Di Manhattan

1550 Rosecrans Avenue Suite G
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 536-0730
www.lidodimanhattan.com
Cuisine: Italian
Jackie Says: You can’t go wrong with the Italian dishes but they offer so much more…..be adventurous!

MB Post

1142 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5405
http://eatmbpost.com/menu
Cuisine: The menu is seasonal and changes at the whim of the chef.
Jackie Says: I love the space and the food is phenomenal. While the menu changes often, some favorites are staples. Be adventurous and sit at a communal table. The room is high energy and the bar is a local’s favorite. It’s one of my favorite places to graze!

Nick’s

451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard (Metlox Plaza)
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-545-7373
http://nicksrestaurants.com/nicks-manhattan-beach/
Cuisine: American
Jackie says: Nick’s recently moved into the space previously occupied by Chez Soi and Sashi. It’s a great location in Metlox Plaza overlooking the fountain and courtyard. The huge space includes a bar/lounge, dining room and outdoor patio. I’ve only eaten lunch there twice but the dishes were perfection. The menu was well-rounded and I had trouble choosing what to order – it all looked good. I can’t wait to try their Weekend Brunch!

Petros

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd #110
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-4100
www.petrosrestaurant.com
Cuisine: Greek
Jackie says: All the traditional Greek dishes done exceedingly well. Great ambiance.

Second Story @ The Belamar

3501 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.750.0300
http://www.pacificahotels.com/thebelamar/restaurant
Cuisine: Nouveau California Cuisine with a Twist
Jackie says: Located on the second floor of the Belamar Hotel, Second Story offers a daily breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner, take-out lunch, daily specials and happy hour in a comfortably modern space.

Simmzy’s

229 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-546-1201
http://www.simmzys.com/home/location‎
Cuisine: American Gastropub
Jackie says: Beach, burgers, beer! ‘nough said!

Surf Food Stand

4119 The Strand
Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 939-7000
https://www.facebook.com/Surf-Food-Stand-255580451135471/
Cuisine: A little bit of everything including breakfast, burgers, Mexican, Mediterranean, smoothies, lattes, and more
Jackie says: This food shack is located on the sand next to the bike path. Order at the counter, grab a table and wait for them to call your number. It’s so casual you might assume it’s a greasy spoon but the food is fresh and very, very good. A must-stop during a Strand cruise any time of day. My favorite? The Breakfast Burrito (with bacon and avocado). They serve it all day and it’s so huge, my husband and I split it and still have a hard time finishing it. Deliciousness!!!

The Kettle

1138 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-8511
www.thekettle.net
Cuisine: American
Jackie says: A Manhattan Beach mainstay. Late night munchies? This is the place.

The Strand House

117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-545-7470
http://www.thestrandhousemb.com/
Cuisine: ‘Modern Hierloom’ – traditional dishes expressed with fresh and exciting interpretations
Jackie says: Mike Zislis has taken a unique location and created an exceptional setting for fine dining with a casual, beach chic atmosphere. The restaurant is gorgeous and the food is delicious! This place is always packed so reservations are strongly recommended. A Sunday afternoon brunch is just the thing!

Tin Roof Bistro

3500 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.939.0900
http://www.tinroofbistro.com/#
Cuisine: Wine Country Inspired American
Jackie says: Tin Roof Bistro has been a dining destination since the day they opened. Casual and classy, they offer an inspired, creative menu, extensive wine list and serious hand-crafted cocktails. There are several seating options: the patio, a courtyard and intimate corners indoors, in addition to bar seating. My favorite? Pulling up a chair at the bar and grazing on some of the most original, tasty appetizers you’ll find anywhere. It’s a neighborhood place and comfortable enough to sit at the bar by yourself and strike up a conversation with friendly locals.

Zinc Terrace & Lounge (At Shade Hotel)

1221 North Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-4995
http://mb.shadehotel.com/dine/
Cuisine: American & Californian
Jackie says: The team at Shade never rest on their laurels and they’re constantly searching for ways to improve the guest experience. They change up the menus every now and then but keep the most popular dishes. There’s a little bit of everything at Zinc and it’s all delicious. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or order several small plates and graze. The specialty cocktails are phenomenal!