Although beach towns like Malibu and Santa Monica are beloved for their amazing restaurants, there’s another locale just a few miles away that’s become quite the foodie destination: Manhattan Beach. To fully experience all that the lively town’s burgeoning food scene has to offer, take a day trip to the South Bay and enjoy every single meal there. From brunch to after dinner drinks, here’s how to have the most delicious day in Manhattan Beach.
Start off your day with weekend brunch at this Italian-inspired restaurant. Order something sweet like ricotta pancakes, Nutella toast, or Italian donuts. Or, go straight to main attractions like wood oven baked eggs, duck egg pizza, or the hearty wagyu beef Downlow burger. Whatever you order, don’t miss the crowd-pleasing house-made English muffins. Trust us, they are divine. And if you’re in the mood to make it a boozy brunch, say bottoms up to bottomless tequila-filled Micheladas. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-5252
Next up is a sumptuous seafood spread for lunch at chef David LeFevre’s Fishing With Dynamite. We highly suggest planning ahead and making a reservation to ensure you snag a seat at this cozy 35-seat restaurant. Look forward to Peruvian scallops, New England clam chowdah’, grilled octopus, shrimp po boys, and rockfish and shrimp ceviche. And if you really want to make it a memorable meal, order the Mothershucker platter filled with oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, lobster, and king crab legs. 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-893-6299
Little Sister’s romantic and relaxed vibe makes it ideal for a dinner date night. The Asian fusion spot will impress your palate with decadent offerings like Balinese-style fried meatballs, Singapore curry noodles, and Vietnamese beef stew. Wash it all down with a beer, wine, or sake. 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-2096
If Chef LeFevre blew you away at Fishing With Dynamite, wait until you try his mouthwatering desserts at sister restaurant Manhattan Beach Post. Satisfy your after-dinner sugar cravings with The Elvis—a gooey dish of chocolate pudding and peanut butter mousse topped with bacon brittle and slices of bruleed bananas. Or, wrap up your day with chai tea soft serve sandwiched between two warm brioche beignets. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-5405
Last, but not least. Offering sweeping views of the dazzling sea, the sexy oceanfront Strand Bar is the perfect place to end your food-filled day in Manhattan Beach. Watch the fiery sun dip past the horizon while you sip on the aptly named Sunset Over Manhattan cocktail made with vodka and fresh tangerine juice. Then hit the dance floor and work off all those extra calories you consumed. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-7470