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About three blocks north of Pier Plaza sits a converted diner with arguably the best food in Hermosa Beach. Chef Melba cooks right there, in full view of everyone and keeps the dishes coming. You might start with Griddled Kobe Beef with Avocado Puree, Black Caviar and White Truffle Oil; then move to a salad of Spinach with Blackberries, Spicy Caramelized Almonds and Poppy Seed Dressing; an entree salad, pasta, seafood, steamer, poultry or meat such as Grilled Ribeye Bistecca Basted with Orange Barbecued and Gluten Free Onion Rings. My personal favorite dessert is the chocolate bag.
There is an ample wine list and corkage is available ($15) if you have a special bottle you want to bring. Limit one per table.
The napkins are cloth, the tables are nicely arranged, the service is attentive but not overbearing, and large parties can be accommodated. Reservations are definitely recommended but it's worth dropping in if you've forgotten.
The Bistro is open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. Lunches are for private parties and special events only.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the Grilled Ribeye Bistecca Basted with Orange Barbecued and Gluten Free Onion Rings. Fabulous. Melts in your mouth.
Written May 19, 2011
Address: 1501 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach
Phone: (310) 376-2084
Dim lighting, oversized booths and lots of wood create the ambiance at Brix. I've been there twice; once just to enjoy a really nice bottle of wine with my boyfriend and once for dinner with my friend.
They have a really extensive wine selection - which is awesome if you love to try new boutique wines or old standbys. The menu is pretty solid as well , with hearty food with classic flavors.
When I went with my friend, we ordered a meat risotto (I think it was pork), which was really delicious, and we also enjoyed a steak. We both also ordered a cup of tomato lavender soup, which sounds like an odd pairing but it was really delicious. The lavender really dressed up the tomato soup, which was also served with a tasty little crouton / piece of toast.
A bonus: It's one of the few places in Hermosa where parking ISN'T a problem! You just park in the 24 hour fitness building, right on the corner of PCH and 16th.
Favorite Dish: I think this place is best for wine, but the risotto was pretty good.
Written Mar 31, 2009
Address: 1601 Pacific Coast Hwy #175, Hermosa Beach, CA
Fritto Misto is a great little joint on the very happening Pier Ave in downtown Hermosa Beach. The prices are great and the food is good, so this small little Italian restaurant is a popular destination for groups on Friday and Saturday nights.
There's usually a wait to eat there on the weekends and it can get quite loud /crowded; I'm not sure if they take reservations, but it's definitely worth it if you're in the mood for some inexpensive Italian food and a tiny corkage fee. It's only $2.50 per person (Buona Vita in Hermosa has $0 corkage) - which is cheap in comparison to most.
The menu offers extensive choices, and also features quite a diverse selection of ingredients to "Create Your Own Pasta." Their other dishes are good as well. I had Ravioli with jalapeno cilantro cream sauce, topped with pico de gallo and some red pepper. Sounds like an odd combination, but it was pretty tasty. My friend ordered the gnocchi and was very pleased with it as well.
You can get in and out with dinner, wine and a tip for under $20. Not bad around these parts!
Favorite Dish: The bread and the pasta - try something new!
Written Mar 31, 2009
Address: 316 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA
Phone: 310 318-6098
Club Sushi is located right by the bustling Hermosa Beach pier, the nightlife hub of Hermosa Beach. This is a full-service restaurant and bar on the corner just across from where the walk street begins. They serve a variety of Japanese fare, from cooked foods to special sushi rolls. I went there on a Thursday night for dinner, and ordered a variety of sushi rolls. Their signature rolls are large and very filling. They are moderately priced- so/so for the quality and the amount of food that you receive. Among the rolls I ordered was the chef's special roll; I imagine this changes either weekly or monthly depending on what is in season. It was a baked roll with crab, salmon and it had a sweet sauce. It was great! Also, you can never go wrong with a rainbow roll and fresh tuna sashimi. The tuna was a little more expensive than I thought it would be, but certainly worth it! There's a full bar as well, with an interesting-looking cocktail menu.
The ambiance is sort of a sushi restaurant meets sports bar... does that make sense? The interior has a lot of black, there are several TVs, as well as a sushi bar and regular bar, with a few high tables and booths mixed throughout. I wouldn't classify this is a "date" restaurant, but instead a good place to go grab food and drinks with friends.
Favorite Dish: It's fun to be adventurous! Try the chef's special, and if you save room, order a mochi ice cream afterward as a dessert. It's just the right amount of dessert to hold you over.
Written Dec 10, 2007
Address: 1200 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA
Phone: (310) 372-5939
Buona vita is a cute Italian restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Located along the main street, Pier Avenue, its a very small place that is well-known for its zero corkage fee. That means you may bring your own wine to have with dinner for no price at all. This is a very popular place for locals in the beach cities; on weekends the wait can be quite long, considering they do not take reservations.
You simply write your name on a dry erase board outside and the server crosses out names as tables free up. There's a tiny bar inside with about 6 stools where you can wait for a table to free up, but those seats generally have a wait as well.
People can be seen drinking wine right outside the restaurant with plastic cups as they are waiting for a table! The later it gets, the longer the wait.
We went around 8:30 and probably waited about half an hour; the wait increased dramatically after we were seated around 9 PM.
Favorite Dish: I had the pasta with salmon and a light cream sauce. It was good! Also the bread was quite tasty. People come here for the ambience and the free corkage more than the food. We also had the tiramisu and that was great as well.
The portions are large.. enjoy!
Written Dec 6, 2007
Address: 425 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA
Phone: (310) 372-2233
Hennessy's Tavern is a great beer, good food, and constant laughs kind of bar/restaurant. The quality of food is consistent and the atmosphere is always cheerful and lively.
Favorite Dish: Mimosa's are $3 on weekends until 12pm.
Written Aug 17, 2007
This historic Italian restaurant is nestled on a quiet Hermosa Beach side street and has been serving great wines and amazing food for over 35 years! The staff is competent and polite, the food delicious and slightly decadent, and the atmosphere is beach side cozy. For an especially romantic evening, request a table in the restaurant's wine cellar, and gaze upon the rows of Pinots, Cabs, and Chardonnay as you nibble your courses.
The restaurant has a four star wine list, including great bottles of hard to find Bordeaux and several choices of Opus One.
Favorite Dish: ~Started off with the "Insalata della Casa" A mix of romaine, artichokes, hearts of palm, red onion shavings, mushrooms, and house dressing. Light, crisp, and clean...and very fresh!
~Main entree was the chicken parmigiana, the breaded chicken breast was thin and cooked to perfection. The side of angel hair pasta was the perfect compliment.
~Simple desert: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
~Special Winemaker events, Sunset Dinners.
Written Jul 28, 2007
Address: #26 22nd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA
Mediterraneo is a tapas-style restaurant along the walk street at Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. It has a more upscale, lounge feel to it than some of the surrounding restaurants and bars along the street; you will feel comfortable if you are a little dressed up or a little more beachy. Has a nice outdoor patio with heat lamps (makes for a great outdoor dining experience) in addition to a cozy inside area. We sat at the bar to enjoy tapas.
The service from the kitchen was a little bit slow, but if you're chatting with friends and sharing dishes, it shouldn't be a problem.
Favorite Dish: The roasted veggies were great. I also loved the shrimp that I got; they were cooked very well...tender on the inside, crispy on the outside! I'm also a huge fan of bacon-wrapped dates...they were pretty good at Mediterraneo, but they are better at the Courtyard in West Hollywood. Drink a glass of sangria (fruit was a little soggy for my taste, but still had a good flavor) or a glass of red Rioja to have a more "authentic" experience.
Updated Jul 9, 2007
Address: 73 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach, CA
Phone: (310) 318-2666
I am not sure why, even though they do serve lunch and dinner here, I have only come for breakfast. I have been coming here for years and the food is delicious. The restaurant is directly in front of some volleyball courts and I usually eat breakfast and watch a game or practice of volleyball (practically all year round).
This place is not fancy at all but the food is good, the place is clean and the service is good as well. The prices are good too and they always have good specials.
Updated Mar 17, 2007
Address: The Strand in Hermosa Beach
Filed Under Food or Sports-Spectating
Well, this is a very particular tip if you are a fan of Boston Red Sox baseball or if you are from Boston and want to connect with your Boston-ness while being in the Los Angeles area to enjoy the usually better weather and good times. What the f--- is FFFF? Funny name for a bar but this is not your typical local one. OK, food is not what to mention so much here-rather the atmosphere. FFFF is one of two bars that are specialty Boston Red Sox bars , just at Hermosa alone! If you are in the LA area but miss Boston, come here especially in the spring and summertime to enjoy the "Sawks!" and experience the whole "Baaston" thing. I have a very strong martini here which is more on the fancy side. Beer is always favored and poured. Ask for the head guy here who will remind you of one of the regulars on the show, Cheers. Here, I feel as though I were in Beantown. The environment is raucous. Crowds flock in from the first pitch of the game and the bar gets deafening- though it wasn't as much so when I went in due to the Bo Sox trailing miserable. 2006 was not a great year for the team but expect the team and their loyal, passionate followers to keep pushing on-hopefully knocking the damn Yankees down in the process.
Favorite Dish: Dish? What dish? Hee Hee...
I will have to try the fish here sometime!
Updated Mar 14, 2007
Address: 53 Pier Ave, 2nd Floor
4 Reviews and 312 Opinions This hotel had a very nice comfortable room with a view of the ocean and the volley ball players on...