When you think of LA, celebrities, Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood sign come to mind. Personally, when we think of L.A. we always conjure up images of the stunning Southern California coastline. That said, we’ve done the “hard” work by finding five lunchtime with the absolute best views possible so that you can have a gorgeous midday dining experience and look at something beautiful. Bon appetit!
1 Nobu MalibuNobu
Nobu Malibu often tops our lists, but really, how can it not? In addition to its prime location on Malibu's Carbon Beach, ocean views are accessible from many tables, its bar and its lengthy outside patio. Additionally, you're eating some of the finest sushi and Japanese fare available in the world, courtesy of legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa in a sleek, chic environment surrounded by beautiful people. Honestly, it doesn't get much hauter than this.
22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu (310) 317-9140
Located on the tip of Palos Verdes at the tony Terranea Resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the lovely mar'sel. (a play on the Spanish word for "sea" and the French word for "salt"). With a seasonally rotating fine dining menu that features locally-sourced ingredients (citrus and herbs from the resort's grounds, hand-ground chocolate, farm-fresh eggs), as well as playful takes on culinary favorites, mar'sel combines approachable luxury with a breathtaking setting perfect for every palate.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes (310) 265-2836
3 Cafe del Rey
If you love the yacht life, you're going to love lunching at Cafe del Rey. Savor dishes inspired by the coast and complemented by locally sourced ingredients from crisp salads to wild-caught seafood, prime cuts of steak and tender poultry while gazing out over the soothing sight of boats bobbing gently on the marina. You might even order a sneaky midday glass of champagne to truly toast the good life during your lovely lunch.
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey (310) 823-6395
4 Geoffrey's Malibu
Picture long stretches of Malibu coastline, an endless ocean view excellent service and delectable fare like seafood paella and sautéed day boat sea scallops, and you've got an afternoon meal at Geoffrey's. The restaurant has a certain degree of history as well: as soon as it opened its door in 1948, the eatery immediately established itself as the ultimate destination, hosting the gods and goddesses of its day, including Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Lana Turner, a then-unknown senator from Massachusetts by the name of John F. Kennedy and Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe. We love this place as much for its story as we do its panoramic views of the ocean—every seat has an ocean view—its fare and its overwhelming, undisputed beauty. What better way to pass a day?
27400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu (310) 457-1519
5 The Strand House
The Strand House, located in the affluent South Bay community of Manhattan Beach, has a secret weapon: its view. The restaurant, which overlooks the Pacific, has a sleek and sexy decor, a rich ambiance and a colorful menu of traditional dishes with updated, modern touches that they describe as “modern heirloom.” Come for fresh lunchtime fare selected from local farms and dishes like rock shrimp spaghetti with chili, broccoli de cicco, garlic and olive oil or grilled fish tacos with house-made tortillas, Harissa crema, pickled cabbage, avocado, radish and ranchero salsa and stay for an apres-lunch cocktail to simply take in that view.
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach (310) 545-7470