15 Best Restaurants in Redondo Beach, CA
This article is written by local contributor Lisa Wilsher & edited by the Travel Lens team.
I absolutely love living in Redondo Beach, California, with its picturesque pier and some of the best surfing in the country.
The laid-back beach town vibe in Los Angeles County is perfect for enjoying all the outdoor activities the area has to offer, like sailing, kayaking, playing beach volleyball, fishing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
And when it comes to satisfying my appetite,
I'm never disappointed with the wide variety of dining options available.
Here are my top 15 favorite restaurants in Redondo Beach:
Want to enjoy seafood while taking in the picturesque view of the harbor and ocean? Bluewater Grill is the best place to be.
I often stop by this restaurant in Redondo Beach on my way from King Harbor, and it never disappoints.
They serve delicious seafood in a laid-back seaside setting, and the fantastic atmosphere on the water's edge, close to the pier, is always a treat.
The harbor air makes for a refreshingly pleasant environment.
Dining options include both indoor and waterside alfresco settings.
The sunset view from the patio is breathtaking, and the interior is just as lovely.
As soon as I'm seated, a server comes over to present the appetizer and beverage menus.
I usually go for the calamari and ahi tuna, which pair well with daikon, wasabi, ginger, and soy sauce.
For the main course, I can't resist their delicious prawn linguini or bluewater surf and turf.
The cioppino is also reliably excellent, and the New York steak and lobster tails are top-notch options.
On my last visit, Rhianna was my waitress, and she was the best! Very attentive and super funny.
The food was amazing from the hot bread to the delicious New England clam chowder. I will definitely be back!
Bluewater Grill is a picturesque old seafood restaurant right on the harbor, tucked away on the Lido Peninsula.
Servers dressed in white and wearing aprons bring out wide plates of oysters or fresh fish or cioppino.
Heat lamps are available for when it's chilly out, and string lights come on at night. It's that kind of place.
The Maryland style crab cakes were a step up from most places, made colorful with the remoulade and making for a memorable dining experience.
Samba by the Sea
At Samba by the Sea, I always enjoy the clubby atmosphere and live samba dance performances.
This waterfront churrascaria stays true to the Brazilian tradition of rotating the cuts of meat being brought to each guest's table.
The amount of patrons visiting during peak hours attests to the quality of their food, so I usually try to avoid the rush hour crowds.
On the menu, you'll find pepper steak, Brazilian sausage, pork loin, garlic beef, tri-tip steak, lamb, pork ribs, and seafood.
The meat is always served tender and juicy. I love to complement my Brazilian dinner with a selection of fresh gourmet salads and side dishes.
Their red sangria, samba margarita, and pineapple caipirinha are some of my favorite drinks.
The gastronomic experience I have at this restaurant is always well worth the bill.
Plus, there's no denying that the sunset views are fantastic.
You can find Samba by the Sea at North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California.
I remember visiting this place last weekend to hang out for lunch and some brew.
I absolutely loved the fish n chips, and my friend enjoyed her burger and fries.
They have a big alcohol selection in the bar, but I had to limit my drinking since I was the designated driver.
The food is excellent, and the staff are cool. I always try to make this a go-to place of mine.
I often visit Malibu Eatery for a straightforward and hearty seafood meal.
It's a casual seafood eatery that serves sandwiches, pasta, and tacos from the counter.
Their Taco Tuesday specials are better than most nearby restaurants, and I always enjoy trying their delicious dishes.
One of my favorites is the fish tacos, skewers, and salad, which are tasty, nutritious, and freshly made.
I also love their burger, grilled chicken, arugula avocado salad, and salsa bar.
The rainbow trout here is delicious and comes in large portions.
The staff is prompt and efficient in delivering the service, which is always appreciated.
The Redondo Beach location is a decent seafood corner spot with very limited parking, but it's worth the visit.
They're easily accessible on North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, California.
When I'm feeling lazy, I usually order takeout from here, and it never disappoints.
I like to order a starter like the Hummus or Crab Cakes and also the Sweet Corn Bowl and the Chicken Avo Wrap if I'm in the mood for a quick bite.
Their signature fish sandwich is also a must-try. They even offer breakfast bites all day, so I can't really go wrong with that either.
Overall, Malibu Eatery is a dependable place to grab takeout or a quick bite from if you're looking for healthy options.
They also offer delivery and takeout options for those too busy to pass by.
Captain Kidd's Fish Market & Restaurant
If you're looking for a beachfront seafood restaurant with breathtaking views, look no further than Captain Kidd's.
Located at North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California, this restaurant is consistently considered as the best in the South Bay by us locals for fresh seafood.
It has a wide variety of fried seafood combinations, a large market, and plenty of air-conditioned and outdoor seats.
The food is excellent and well worth the price.
They provide fresh and prepared-to-order seafood like lobster, shrimp, grilled red snapper, salmon, and other seafood in a casual counter-service setting.
You can expect excellent service and delicious food when you dine on their crab cakes, Baja-style tacos, and other seafood offerings.
Customers can order from their menu or choose their fish filet from the display.
You're even allowed to bring your pet on one of their three patios as you watch the sun go down.
I recently visited Captain Kidd's and was beyond pleased with how incredible the fish was!
I had the shrimp cocktail, fish and chips, fried fish, and clam chowder. Some of the best fried fish I've ever had!
The clam chowder was good, not great, and the shrimp cocktail was good as well. I can't wait to go back and try other options!
Jersey Mike's Subs
Jersey Mike's Subs is a counter-service sandwich chain known for its giant subs stuffed with meats and vegetables.
Established in 1956, it has become famous for its freshly baked bread and authentic East Coast-style subs.
They pride themselves on having the freshest produced subs in the business and being actively involved with the communities in which they operate.
I recently visited their location at North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, California, and I must say, Mike's Famous Philly with grilled onions, black pepper, and white American cheese is a must-try.
The super sub, the original Italian, and the Jersey Shore's favorite subs are equally delicious.
The place is often bustling with customers, but the staff is always friendly and helpful.
One thing I love about Jersey Mike's is that they use fresh, high-quality ingredients and slice their meats and cheeses right in front of you.
Their salads are made with fresh ingredients like lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and seasonings.
The bread is also made in-store, and the overall experience is authentic.
On my last visit, I ordered the Original Italian on the rosemary Parmesan bread.
The rosemary bread is better than the white, in my opinion! It adds more flavor and saltiness to the sandwich.
Overall, my sandwich was delicious, and my love for Jersey Mike's continues!
This place is always clean, and you are greeted by friendly faces who are happy to serve and look like they enjoy their jobs.
I always get the turkey and provolone, and it has always been super fresh and tasty. I love the red chili sauce – I use it as a condiment instead of mayonnaise.
Eating out on the porch is also a great experience.
If you're in the area and craving a fresh and tasty sub, I highly recommend stopping by Jersey Mike's Subs in Redondo Beach.
The Boy & The Bear Special Coffee Roastery
I've been a regular at The Boy & The Bear Special Coffee Roastery since their first brick-and-mortar shop opened in 2016 at North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, California.
As a local, I can't help but feel proud that this amazing coffee place started in Villavicencio, Colombia, back in 2012.
The atmosphere here is always relaxed and suitable for families.
I love sinking into their comfortable leather couches or enjoying the outdoor tables on both sides of the street.
The gluten-free pastries and savory croissants are a must-try, and they always have a wide variety to choose from.
What sets The Boy & The Bear apart is that they roast their own coffee, offering a refreshingly high-end experience.
Their premium pour-over coffee is excellent, and I can't get enough of their espresso, cappuccino, and latte, which all have a well-balanced and pleasant coffee flavor.
I've visited 3 out of their 4 locations, and I really enjoy the consistent interior design and dark ambiance.
It's always a treat to bring guests here and see their immediate astonishment at the setting.
My go-to order is usually on the traditional side because I want to taste the coffee for itself.
However, if you're looking for something a little more flavorful, I highly recommend their orchard mocha!
It's vegan, slightly sweetened dark chocolate mixed in with your latte.
Every time I visit The Boy & The Bear, they serve single-origin espresso, something I absolutely love.
I'm a sucker for lighter roasts, but they also roast their beans medium, just nothing too dark!
Ample seating is always available, and the staff is charming.
As for parking, this location is literally in a residential area, so it can be a bit tricky, but it's worth it for the amazing coffee experience.
The Chart House on Yacht Club Way in Redondo Beach, California, is a historic watering hole that has been serving us locals and visitors since 1969.
It's a fancy chain restaurant known for its excellent seafood and steak.
Chart House is gorgeous and offers a unique experience with breathtaking sea views.
I love enjoying their excellent seafood while admiring the spectacular sunset from the restaurant's ocean-facing patio.
Every dish they serve is excellent, and the service is swift and friendly.
For my appetizer, I usually go for the coconut shrimp and lobster bisque.
Their menu also comprises delicious dishes like their Alaskan king crab, coconut crunchy shrimp, mac nut mahi, and prime rib.
It's on the pricey side, but if you're looking for a memorable meal, Chart House is well worth it.
I recently visited Chart House for a special occasion, and it was above my expectations.
Our server John from Chicago was so personable and professional.
He added so much to our experience with a great sense of humor, and he was very attentive to making sure all dishes arrived and were cooked to our satisfaction.
John is a real asset to the Chart House.
Our old fashions were too sweet to our liking, but we added a nice Pinot which mellowed us out.
Their bread is very tasty, as is their Caesar salad. My prime rib was perfectly medium rare and delicious (not too salty) with some nice mashed potatoes.
The filet and salmon were also well prepared. Our cream spinach did not arrive with the meal, but John hopped on it, and it arrived quickly.
The ambiance and setting were very nice at sunset, making it the perfect spot for a special evening.
Creamistry is where I had an ice cream experience unlike anything else.
Their ice cream treats are made from scratch and are absolutely mouthwatering.
They use liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze each ice cream order, creating a rich and delightfully creamy ice cream with almost no overrun compared to traditional ice cream.
What really stood out to me at Creamistry was not only the silky texture of the ice cream but also their extensive range of flavors.
I tried the mango and pineapple flavors, and they were delicious.
I also couldn't resist sampling some of their more unique offerings, such as the Captain's breakfast, chocolate combustions, and tropical paradise.
Although their personalized nitrogen ice cream can be a bit expensive, it's well worth it.
The atmosphere at Creamistry is fantastic. It's such a big open space with seating around the edges.
The working space for when they make your ice cream is behind big glass screens, so you can safely watch the show as they do their magic.
Watching the liquid nitrogen in action is really fun, and it might take a little longer than a store where the ice cream just needs to be scooped up and put in a cup or cone, but that's what makes it special here.
The staff were friendly, and the process wasn't really all that long. There were plenty of flavors to choose from, and the ice cream itself was beautiful and creamy.
I couldn't even finish it all – it was beyond heavenly. I would thoroughly recommend Creamistry for a treat sometimes.
Parking can be a teeny bit problematic, but trust me, it's worth it.
I love going to Jus' Poke when I want that fresh poke taste.
I usually do delivery from there, but I've walked there from my house and it has a great selection and the workers are very nice.
The delicious food, quick service, and friendly staff make it a great value, and it's conveniently close to my boyfriend's house.
One day, I stumbled across Jus' Poke from an Instagram reel and decided to give it a shot.
Parking was sparse, but there is some street parking available.
I ordered a large plate with shoyu and spicy tuna, and got sides of spicy edamame and pickled cucumbers.
The tuna was nice and fresh, and nicely seasoned.
The pickled cucumbers were very refreshing (no wonder it's a favorite), and I really liked the spicy edamame (covered in some sort of sweet and spicy sauce).
All in all, it was an ample portion, enough for 2 people.
Maderos Cocina Mexicana
Maderos Cocina Mexicana is a charming restaurant that honors traditional Mexican cuisine and culture.
As someone who lives in the area, I can confidently say that it's one of the best Mexican restaurants around.
It's located on Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach, right before Torrance Boulevard.
What I love about Maderos is its authentic Mexican cuisine and the rich flavors of its food.
The restaurant provides Mexican food and drinks, including margaritas and brunch specials, in a chill atmosphere, with a bar and outdoor seating.
The outdoor patio is perfect for families, as it evokes a tropical setting similar to that of Mexico.
On the menu, you'll find standard options like taco plates and burritos.
I personally recommend trying the ceviche with fish, shrimp, and a side of Mexican street corn as a starter.
Their chicken burrito, fried shrimp burrito, black bean burrito, and carne asada are all must-tries.
The drinks are tasty, and the taco dishes don't disappoint. You can also enjoy beer, margaritas, and other mixed beverages typical of Mexico.
One of the things that stood out to me during my visit was the warm and friendly staff.
The owner, Rudolfo, is a gem of a nice guy and made my dining experience truly wonderful.
I also noticed that the restaurant seems to have a loyal following of happy, smiling regulars who genuinely enjoy the food and atmosphere.
I often drove by Maderos and didn't think much of it, but after reading some positive reviews online, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did!
The fantastic food, cozy dining room, and outdoor heated area in front of the restaurant make it a must-try spot.
I'm looking forward to trying their weekend brunch soon.
If you're in the mood for authentic Mexican food that tastes exactly like you were in Mexico, Maderos Cocina Mexicana is the place to go.
The simplicity and authenticity of the dishes might not be for everyone, but as a local resident, I appreciate the genuine care and attention that the owners put into their restaurant.
Phuket Thai Restaurant
Whenever I'm craving some Southeast Asian cuisine, I always head to Phuket Thai Restaurant for their signature sweet and sour meals and a delectable selection of authentic Thai flavors.
I love sitting back and enjoying their mouthwatering curry dishes, fresh seafood, and a variety of beef, chicken, pork, and vegetarian options.
Their pad thai, pineapple rice, and yellow chicken curry are some of the best in town.
I remember trying their shrimp and mushroom dinner and the spicy basil chicken, and they were absolutely delicious.
You can find this gem of a restaurant on North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, California.
On one of my visits, I ordered the fried rice and vegetable noodles, and I was blown away by the flavors.
I would honestly recommend everything on their menu. The food is always wonderful, and the prices are reasonable.
Plus, there's parking available, which is a huge bonus.
What keeps me coming back to Phuket Thai Restaurant is not just the delicious food, but also the great service.
I'm tired of overpaying for trendy places where I have to read a menu on my phone, order my meal, and charge myself with my phone, only to be auto-tipped for service that I did half of myself.
During one of my visits with a friend, the owner recognized my friend right away despite not having visited for a while.
She was super friendly, taking our order and checking in with us periodically.
We ordered the sizzling beef, som tum, pad kee mao, and fried rice, and everything was just perfect.
As someone who loves supporting local businesses, I'm always happy to stop by Phuket Thai Restaurant.
Nestled in the heart of Redondo Beach, the Hudson House, conceived in 2008 by culinary duo Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts, is a gastropub that flawlessly marries a laid-back beach culture with an exquisite dining experience.
This coastal gem, aptly named after the couple's newborn son, Hudson, has since evolved, with a shifted focus that manifests in the venue's distinctive flair - a beautiful medley of local artistry mirroring the vibrant, sun-soaked Southern Californian lifestyle.
Upon setting foot in the Hudson House, the inviting ambiance strikes one immediately - an eclectic indoor space brimming with character, extending to a simple yet cozy outdoor haven, accentuated by twinkling hanging lights.
The backyard patio is expansive, comfortably accommodating large gatherings and adding a delightful al fresco twist to the dining experience.
The gastronomic journey at the Hudson House is truly a memorable one.
The pretzel bun burgers, a revered specialty, are an absolute delight, matching perfectly with their wide-ranging beer selection.
Their fish tacos, another crowd favorite, can only be described as a triumph of flavors, not to be missed.
And for those visiting on a Tuesday, do take advantage of the 'Taco Tuesday' offers, with reduced prices on their exquisite mezcal cocktails.
The Hudson House, indeed, offers a seamless blend of casual comfort and gastronomic delights, making it a beacon for food connoisseurs and casual diners alike, under the radiant Southern Californian sun.
The horseshoe-shaped pier at Redondo Beach is one of my favorite spots for fishing. It's a great place to unwind and enjoy the ocean breeze.
There are plenty of parks, cafes, watering holes, bars, and restaurants around, making it easy to find something to do or grab a bite to eat.
I highly recommend visiting Redondo for the stunning ocean vista and delicious cuisine.
Trust me, you won't be disappointed!