Whether your wish lists starts with an amazing ocean view, impeccable service, the best seafood in town or an intimate setting for a special occasion, the best of the best in South Bay have a lot to offer. Looking for the local hot spot with the best dining experience everyone seems to be talking about? Here are four suggestions that span from Manhattan Beach to Palos Verdes:
This popular local Manhattan Beach hot spot has earned a 4.5-star rating on nearly 850 Yelp reviews, putting it among the favorite destinations in South Bay. Advertised as an artisan menu of small shared plates, an interesting and eclectic menu that changes often compliments an atmosphere that strikes a balance between laid back and upscale. The brunch menu is immensely popular at MB Post, as are the bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits.
1142 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Chef Melba’s Bistro
The quaint and intimate setting at Chef Melba’s Bistro is highlighted by an open-air kitchen that shares its aromas with the cozy dining area. With a fine lineup of seafood that includes Dungeness Crab Clusters, natural sea scallops and three varieties of wild Alaskan Halibut, it was voted best seafood in South Bay by The Beach Reporter in 2012. Yelpers agree, giving Chef Melba’s Bistro a four-star rating in more than 150 reviews, raving in particular about the signature dark chocolate bag on the dessert menu.
1501 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Considered by many to be the home of the best sushi and sashimi in South Bay, Japonica Dining offers a cool, casual ambiance. The intimate setting might be unexpected, as bamboo shades give tables a private feel to enjoy monthly specials and an extensive two-page Sake list. An Izakaya restaurant, the food is served in tapas-style portions so you can enjoy many different foods with your drinks. “The food here is delicious – it reminded me of being back in Japan,” said one Yelp review. “The sashimi is probably the best I have tasted in the States.”
1304 1/2 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Located at the Terranea Resort, the first thing to notice about Mar’sel are the stunning views overlooking the Pacific Ocean that create an elegant setting. Not to be outdone, Chef Rebecca Merhej has created a seasonally rotating menu that features locally-sourced ingredients, including herbs from their own extensive garden. The menu isn’t extensive but changes daily, and might include items like baked orecchiette, Mediterranean branzino or roasted California duck breast. For a burger that has been voted among the best in America, go off-menu for the down low burger.
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275