Café del Rey Marina Los Angeles | A Taste of Good Life

“Oh, the good life; full of sun, seems to be the ideal” – As Tony Bennett sang these lyrics Marina del Rey may have come to mind. 

Renowned as the premier waterfront playground of Los Angeles, this charming seaside community with year-round sunshine and a laid-back California Vibe offers a true taste of the good life!  All the elements that Southern Californians expect, and visitors are looking for are here, including incredible cuisine and an attitude that acts as a gentle reminder — slow down, enjoy the present, and spoil yourself!

A man-made phenomenon, Marina del Rey is the definition of a one-of-a-kind luxury living. Just six miles from LAX, this California neighborhood is 1.5 square miles of seaside promenades, bike paths, palm tree sidewalks and its most dominant presence, the Marina which was officially dedicated in 1965. The picturesque harbor is a home port to 6,500 small craft boats, perfect for local sailors, fishermen and boat enthusiasts.

The marina-centered community includes restaurants, shops, hotels, and multi-family residential housing in both low- and high-rise buildings. It is a veritable treasure trove of 1960s architecture, ranging from the Polynesian-style to pristine Mid-Century Modern apartment buildings. The area exemplifies the ideals upscale seaside resort living at mid-century and is fascinating from a cultural perspective as well as from a planning perspective. The affluent community that resides here appreciate a small-town atmosphere, leisurely pastimes and a sophisticated high quality of living.

WILD SCALLOPS | English pea puree, roasted corn, pea tendril, peaches, oregano honey

If you’re a foodie, Marina del Rey should absolutely be on your bucket list.  At the top of that list is Café Del Rey, which will unquestionably elevate your Marina experience and immerse you in a taste of the good life!  Café Del Rey is the perfect spot for dinner at sunset or brunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Inspired by the coastal towns of the Mediterranean and known for serving the freshest seafood, favorites include barramundi with pomegranate gastrique, tahini cauliflower, fruit relish and pistachio gremolata; wild cod with plum kombu brother, shrimp balls, pickled mustard greens and fried lotus root.  The crisp Caesar salad packed with whole juicy white anchovies and delectable truffle pizza with truffle cream and caramelized onions are the best in town, and justifiably menu classics.  The Sunday Brunch is three-course prix fixe which includes sparkling wine, mimosas, sparkling cider or Bloody Mary’s.

The bold blue accents reflecting the stunning adjacent yacht-filled Marina create the perfect ambiance to indulge in the daily raw bar.  Not a seafood lover? There is plenty of choices for carnivores too, the New Zealand lamb chops with honey-glazed carrots, fennel, saffron-lime yogurt demi-glace; or the Colorado lamb burger with homemade bun will completely satisfy.  In addition, house-made pasta, citrus, olives and market fresh vegetables are all bursting with flavor.  Luscious desserts and an intelligently structed wine list make your experience complete.

NEW ZEALAND LAMB CHOPS | Honey-glazed carrots, fennel, saffron lime yogurt, demi~glace

Upon entering the restaurant, you are warmly greeted by the hostess and the entire waitstaff.  General Manager Craig Porter’s hands-on leadership is evident as he introduces himself to new guests and catches up with returning guests, making all feel at home and uniquely special.

The main dining room takes advantage of the layout by offering a relaxing harbor and marina view with just about every table.  The fireside lounge is cozy and inviting, stop by at sunset to enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail and savor the moments as the light of day slowly fades the colors, leaving you with an equally stunning nighttime view.  Don’t miss Social Hour – serving drink specials and lite fares daily from 3:00 p.m. to close.  Another highlight of Café Del Rey is the live music performed on Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm.

Following your wonderful dining experience and perhaps overindulgence in the delicious food may require you to head over to Fisherman’s Village, a replica of a New England seaport and fishing town, for a tranquil stroll along the harbor front.  This waterfront oasis has it all, a piece of paradise without leaving the convenience of Los Angeles.  Café Del Rey in Marina del Rey, a very special place to relish in a taste of the good life!
Cafe del Rey Marina Livestream | The View From Table 18
Photography Courtesy Cafe del Rey Marina