best restaurants

With its over the top homes, beautiful scenery, and lavish lifestyle, Manhattan Beach, California is straight out of a storybook. Those who live here love it and those who visit never want to leave. Its 35,722 residents enjoy plenty of fun in the sun and delicious dining.

As a new resident of Manhattan Beach, there is a lot to discover. With so many experiences to be had, the best place to start is with the food. Here are 10 of Manhattan Beach’s very own best restaurants for you to try.

Even in the wake of COVID-19, many local spots still offer outdoor dining, take out, delivery and curb pickup options to keep these local gems serving.

Arthur J Steakhouse

If you’ve got a taste for great hamburgers and steak, Arthur J is your place.

Decorated with a vintage Palm Springs feel, Arthur J opened its doors in 2015. Wet and dry-aged USDA prime and certified Angus beef are prepared on a wood-fired grill for optimal flavor. As one of the best steakhouses in town, Arthur J continuously leaves customers coming back for more.

Another great aspect of Arthur J’s is that they help support local hospitals. Local emergency room staff members receive free meals on a donation basis. Customers are encouraged to donate to support both medical staff and Arthur J employees.

Love & Salt

With many Italian restaurant options in Manhattan Beach, Love & Salt is one of the best. Located in the heart of downtown, Love & Salt offers upscale Italian dining in a laid back setting. We recommend their roasted chicken or Creste di Gallo.

If someone in your party happens to be craving a burger at Love & Salt, never fear. Ask for the Downlow Burger and you’re good to go.

Also, be sure to save room for their fluffy English muffins. While this might sound like an odd choice at an Italian restaurant, just trust us. You won’t regret it.

The Belamar Hotel’s Second Story

Located at The Belamar Hotel, the Second Story Restaurant is a must-visit. With a trendy setting and affordable, delicious food, Second Story is a Manhattan Beach hot-spot.

Second Story is dedicated to serving high quality, tasty food. Chefs prioritize serving sustainable, hormone-free, and organic food. If you like dining with family, Second Story has a great breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner that all members of the family will love.

Be sure to also stop by for happy hour and try their wide range of wines, craft beers, and cocktails.

Fishbar

If you’re a true local, you know and love Fishbar. Tucked away in the Northside away from downtown crowds, Fishbar is a casual and fun spot with top-notch seafood. With a sports bar feel, the food certainly impresses.

As their crowd favorite, the lobster mac and cheese is a must-have. If you’re not a lobster fan, you can’t go wrong with the blackened fish tacos or the 50/50, a bowl of clams and mussels perfect for sharing.

Zinc

If you love eating Asian food, Zinc will become one of your go-to places. Located in the Shade Hotel, Zinc offers an extensive menu of food and alcohol that hits the spot every time. Be sure to try the coconut curry shrimp or pork-belly buns that will satisfy every Asian food enthusiast.

Zinc also has a live DJ, fire pits, and a club-like vibe on weekends. What more could you want?

Little Sister

Another favorite spot for Asian food is Little Sister. With Vietnamese, Singaporean, and Malaysian influences, this diverse menu also comes with a vibrant atmosphere. Since its opening in 2013, crowds flock to Little Sister, in part due to its upbeat hip-hop feel.

With traditional recipes and a modern twist, this spot is truly a Manhattan Beach staple. We recommend the lemongrass beef noodles or pork crepes. If you’re looking for an upscale yet fun restaurant for date night, be sure to try Little Sister.

Petros Greek Cuisine and Lounge

If you’re in the mood for Mediterranean food, Petros Greek Cuisine and Lounge has you covered.

With relaxing music and an elegant vibe, Petros has an ambiance that matches their dishes. Top-quality appetizers, entrees, and desserts will keep you coming back for more. As one of the unique vendors at the annual Bite at the Beach, Petros is a favorite for Manhattan Beach locals.

Be sure to try their Greek sea bass paired with one of their many wine choices.

Manhattan Beach Post

While spending a day at the beach, Manhattan Beach Post has got all your breakfast and brunch needs covered. A local favorite and just steps from the beach, Manhattan Beach Post will wow you with their incredible dishes. From ricotta-stuffed French toast to bacon cheddar biscuits, this spot has it all.

Whether taking your family out or having a date, Manhattan Beach Post is a great option. Some customer favorites are the duck prosciutto and honey-fried chicken.

El Sombrero

For a deliciously authentic Mexican fix, El Sombrero is the spot. El Sombrero has been known to Manhattan Beach for over 40 years, and its Mexican meals with California infusion will show why it’s such a favorite. If you’re spending a day at the beach, stop in and try the wet burritos or enchiladas.

With all its traditional Mexican dishes and California flavors, you’ll love the cheap prices, too.

The Kettle

Did you think we’d forget to include some amazing options for dessert? Open all night and family-owned, The Kettle has delicious comfort food after a long night out with friends. Whether you’re looking for a full course meal for dinner or a sweet treat, The Kettle has it all.

With such a long menu, one of our favorite dishes is the braised pot roast. We recommend the chocolate banana milkshake or house-made bread pudding & whiskey for dessert.

Try Manhattan Beach’s Best Restaurants Today

As a newcomer in town, you’re likely overwhelmed with all the great spots that Manhattan Beach has to offer. While this list is only made up of ten of the best restaurants, there are a ton more to discover.

So what are you waiting for? There’s food practically begging to be eaten. For more helpful Manhattan Beach information straight from locals, contact us.