Where to Eat in Manhattan Beach: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Chanda Heide

Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities that make up the South Bay. Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach is ranked in the top 1% of high schools nationally. In 2016, Forbes ranked Manhattan Beach at #74 on its list of America's most expensive zip codes with a median home price of $2,815,327. According to a May 18, 2017 Property Shark study the City of Manhattan Beach 90266 zip code ranked as the 32nd most expensive zip code in the United States. According to a December 2017 Property Shark study the City of Manhattan Beach had the highest median price per square foot for residential properties ($943 per foot) of all 88 cities in L.A. County. Malibu had the second highest median price per foot at $933 per foot and Beverly Hills was third at $839 per foot.
Things to do in Manhattan Beach

1. Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5323 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 310-893-6299
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

Fishing with Dynamite

Reviewed By Mark R

I chose this restaurant because I loved the name....it was like gum on the sole of your shoe. You couldn’t shake the memory and visual it created in my mind. As I stepped inside, I was greeted by a very perky hostess whose charm was the underlying thread of all of FWD( yes there was an anacronym) staff. I tried the Peruvian scallops ( delicious, slightly sweet and slightly tart); the clam chowder( very tasty) and finished with a bit of heaven disguised a Key lime pie...... as a huge fan of Key Lime Pie who has tried it everywhere I could find it all over the world, I can honestly say this was one of the best key lime pie that I have ever tasted!

2. Nick's Manhattan Beach

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, At Metlox Center, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5345 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 14 - SGD 46 +1 310-545-7373
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Nick's Manhattan Beach

Nick's is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. NOW SERVING BREAKFAST ON WEEKENDS 8AM-12:00NOON

Reviewed By Kent S

This restaurant is perfect for any special occasions or just meeting with friends. The food is excellent and cooked the way you would request, the service was outstanding. It is situated is a commercial square near the Shade Hotel. It has outdoor and indoor seating, with heat lamps outdoors if needed. The ambiance is causal and friendly but definitely upscale. The seared seabass on greens is always a favorite as is the shrimp enchiladas. The beet salad was also great. They have a very good selection of wines with premium wines by the glass (eg Silver Oak). It can get a little pricey depending on your selections, but overall an excellent venue. There's parking both around the square of public parking structures across the street.

3. Rock'N Fish

120 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5432 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 310-379-9900
Excellent
56%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 656 reviews

Rock'N Fish

Reviewed By TravelingBbusFun - Annapolis, Maryland

We went there on an off night, and were seated quickly. The service was good, and the management was also involved. The food was relatively unique in how it was prepared, which led to good taste options on one item, but not another. The Salmon Sandwich was great. However, the jumbalya was highly recommended, but it was more like the seafood was a pesto style and it just happened to be on rice; not exactly what you think of when you think jumbalya. (Yes I know I am not spelling it correctly, but I do know what it to expect. ;) ) It was however well prepared, and had salmon, which is also not typical for that dish.

I also had the brussels sprouts side dish, which was more like a cole slaw made out of brussels sprouts, and while I didn't like it, it was different.

4. Simmzy's

229 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5314 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 310-546-1201
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 283 reviews

Simmzy's

A local pub that serves artisan foods, craft beers and small production wines.

Reviewed By Lindsay M

You must try the tuna poke balls and simmzy’s breakfast stout! Staff was very friendly. Great atmosphere. We went based on a recommendation from a local, I’m glad we tried it!

5. Manhattan Beach Post

1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5332 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 310-545-5405
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 433 reviews

Manhattan Beach Post

Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), a soulful, highly personal restaurant by Chef and co-owner David LeFevre brings a playful, artisan menu of small shared plates, hand-crafted cocktails, and small production wines to the South Bay. M.B. Post is the culmination of 15 years of work, travel, and finely honed technique in the world's most vibrant culinary communities by Michelin-stared chef, David LeFevre. Renowned for his fine-dining experience and seafood mastery at Water Grill, LeFevre returns to his culinary roots with a more rustic menu, built to be shared and served in a gracious and welcoming environment.

Reviewed By Diane L - New York City, New York

My sister the foodie recommended we go to this restaurant for dinner before we took the red eye home from LAX. It has a youngish, hip clientele. The bacon cheddar biscuits were superb. The scallops with creamed corn was delicious. Portions are on the smallish side. The lighting was kept a bit too low for my taste. Our waitress completely disappeared for 15 minutes before finally showing up to give us the check, which was anxiety provoking because we had to catch our flights. Check before you order refills of tea -- they were not free during our visit which caused a bit of sticker shock.

6. The Strand House

117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5431 Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 33 - SGD 72 +1 310-545-7470
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 629 reviews

The Strand House

Down at the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean,The Strand House rises elegantly and iconically above the breakers. Like in an oceanfront home, friends become family and strangers become friends.

Reviewed By SDMB2014 - Manhattan Beach, California

We had out-of-town company staying with us over the holidays and chose the Strand House for its location and spectacular view. The view didn’t disappoint but the food and the service were also excellent. We ordered a variety of brunch dishes, all of which were perfectly prepared and brought out together. Everything was delicious. Great coffee too. As a local, I’d been to the Strand House several times before, but never for brunch. It is now at the top of my list.

7. Uncle Bill's Pancake House

1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-4719 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 +1 310-545-5177
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 462 reviews

Uncle Bill's Pancake House

Reviewed By OldNavy1961 - Holland, Michigan

We stopped her before our flight back to Michigan. It was a sunny Sunday morning, we got an outside table without any wait... we arrived around 815. I had the French toast and bacon. Very good. The view to the pacific was a pleasant reminder of a great vacation. Nice location and solidly good food. You won’t go wrong.

8. Fishbar Manhattan Beach Seafood Restaurant

3801 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3130 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 310-796-0200
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 303 reviews

Fishbar Manhattan Beach Seafood Restaurant

Reviewed By Jimrez - Adelaide, Australia

Got brought here by some local friends after landing at LAX from Australia only an hour before. Had a nice, relaxed vibe. Football (NFL) on TV, locals at the bar drinking, tables full of diners. Very attentive and friendly service from all the staff we had. Special mention to the blackened fish tacos, they were delicious & exactly what I needed with a Big Wave Golden Ale to wash it down after a long flight!

9. Brewco

166 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5432 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 310-798-2744
Excellent
51%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Brewco

Reviewed By sdrnek22 - Manhattan Beach, CA

The waitresses are so pleasant and willing to accommodate in any way. We are still loving the calamari and dip. It's about the best we've tried in the South Bay. The hamburgers are excellent...juicy and favorable. We also like their fish tacos. I am not much of a beer drinker so I order their Hard Cider. My husband enjoys their IPAs. When we have beautiful sunsets we slow down eating and enjoy the beauty. After enjoying our meal we walk through the town of Manhattan Beach and just enjoy the little shops. It's truly an enjoyable town.

10. The Kettle

1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5330 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Diner, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 310-545-8511
Excellent
48%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 686 reviews

The Kettle

Reviewed By Phil W

Can’t beat it for a late nite or early morning meal. Great breakfast! Ten times better than Dennys. Lots of tables and counter space so wait time is minimal.

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