Top 35 South Bay Date Night Restaurants
Date night is very important when you have kids and we have great local restaurants to help. It allows you to take a break and have some special time with your special someone. I don’t know about you, but it’s sometimes hard to get away. Schedules are crazy and childcare can be expensive, but it’s important for your relationship.
We’ve asked our parents in our Facebook groups what restaurants they recommend and here’s what they had to say. Let us know your favorites and why in the comments below!
Manhattan Beach Restaurants
The Strand House, New American Restaurant
The Strand House is a sophisticated yet comfortable family-owned restaurant conceived by a small group of South Bay families out of their love for great food, wine and friends. Restaurant and Lounge Overlooking the Ocean
The ultimate Manhattan Beach neighborhood steakhouse specializing in prime steaks grilled over a wood fire, featuring an incredible wine list.
The Tin Roof Bistro embodies my vision of a wine country local’s hangout – casual, fun atmosphere combined with chef inspired cuisine and professional, detail oriented service.
Mangiamo Ristorante & Bar, Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant with a romantic wine room & classic Italian offerings.
Manhattan House, American Restaurant
Manhattan House is a Neighborhood Gastropub with an award-winning Chef Juan Torres! Farm-to-Table Italian Inspired Cuisine • Craft Cocktails • Largest Selection of Beers on Tap in the South Bay!
SLAY Steak + Fish House, American Restaurant
The restaurant will feature grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and multiple vegan options, as well as a locally sourced vegetables. In fact, it will get its vegetables and produce from its own organic garden.
Manhattan Beach (MB) Post, American Restaurant
Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), a soulful, highly personal restaurant by Chef and co-owner David LeFevre brings a playful, artisan menu of small shared plates, hand-crafted cocktails, and small production wines to the South Bay.
Fishbar, Seafood Restaurant
Serving only the freshest quality seafood, hand crafted cocktails & world class clam chowder. All of their fish is flown in daily from around the world.
Little Sister, Vietnamese Restaurant
Dishes blend and balance the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia with French techniques and Dutch and British colonial influences. The menu is continually and progressively evolving, reflecting inspiration and the seasons. Chef Tin curates the restaurant’s wine and beverage program with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around the world.
Love and Salt, New American Restaurant
Love & Salt is a philosophy: that food needs only two ingredients to be great. It’s a sensibility that informs the feeling in the restaurant and the dishes on the menu — Italian-inspired with Southern California soul. An approachable wine list and classic cocktail program similarly reflect the vibrant SoCal setting of the restaurant, located just steps from the Manhattan Beach pier.
Fishing with Dynamite, Seafood Restaurant
Oyster-focused seafood cafe with classic & creative eats served amid wainscoting & lobster buoys.
Nick’s Manhattan Beach, American Restaurant
Modern taverna serves up classic American comfort food in a simple but elegant setting.
Hermosa Beach Restaurants
Abigaile Restaurant, New American Restaurant
Abigaile is about sharing and exploring food without boundaries, gimmicks or pretense. Our dishes are always evolving based on the availability of quality market ingredients, and often, a creative whim. We believe one of life’s greatest sources of joy is what happens when people come together to share a meal. So gather. Trust us. Step just a little outside your comfort zone. And enjoy food without order or rules.
the Hook & Plow, Seafood Restaurant
They focus on sourcing their seafood, meats, produce, and other ingredients as locally and organically as possible, without compromising on taste. All of their wines and craft beers also come from California, some are just miles away. Enjoy their open air restaurant in beautiful Hermosa Beach that has a casual feel that is warm and inviting.
Tower 12, American Restaurant
Wanting to create a welcoming, truly unique space for friends and neighbors to kick back and enjoy incredible food and drink, the Tower 12 team called on Consulting Chef Brendan Collins to create California-inspired, updated spins on American classics. Located on a second story deck with interconnected rooms that overlook the ocean and pier, Tower 12 is the ultimate beach-side spot for sunset sessions, après surf and always-welcome vibes.
Steak and Whiskey, Steakhouse Restaurant
Join us for nightly dinner or weekend brunch, a cozy night out with friends or simply a weeknight meal, Steak & Whisky brings exceptional ingredients and attention to detail to every dining experience. Each cut of meat has been hand-selected from a single-source herd of cattle to give you the highest quality meat available. Smoked Pork Meatballs, S&W Dry Aged Burger, as well as a selection of quality steaks.
Chef Melba’s Bistro, New American Restaurant
Californian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, seasonal ingredients & healthy meals.
Zane’s offers a sophisticated menu and premium cocktails unique to downtown Hermosa Beach. Signature appetizers, entrees and desserts are prepared fresh, daily and served to guests in a stylish, comfortable atmosphere. Prime people-watching perch near the beach for Italian fare & steak plus sophisticated cocktails.
Blue Water Grill, Seafood Restaurant
Come in and get hooked on the best in fresh, sustainable seafood. Enjoy a waterfront patio, full bar, happy hour, private event rooms and a pet friendly space. Located in King Harbor amidst the sailboats and palm trees, Bluewater Redondo Beach offers spectacular seafood with a splendid view.
R10 Social House, American Bar & Grill
A neighborhood gastropub offering farm-to-table food, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of intriguing, affordable artisan beers and wines. Guests can find a scenic spot for a quick bite or linger over a meal while taking in panoramic waterfront views and indulging in picture-perfect California sunsets.
Dominique’s Kitchen, French Restaurant
Euro-French home style food in a cozy setting. Our goal is to make good food an everyday occasion for the neighborhood.
Sister’s Barn, Crafted BBQ Eatery & Artisan Market
Our seasonal, chef-inspired menus and fine selection of artisan market offerings will enlighten and satisfy the barbeque connoisseur in you, and will have you indulging in your own creations at home.
Bettolino Kitchen, Italian Restaurant
Handmade pasta dominates the menu of this family-run spot with a spare, casual ambiance.
HopSaint Brewing Company, American Restaurant
Chill, lofty space with BBQ & other gastropub fare, plus rotating house-brewed beers & TVs.
Baran 2239 – New American Restaurant
Buzzy, family-owned nook in a strip mall with a diverse, seasonal menu, weekend brunch & craft beer.
The Bottle Inn Riviera, Italian Restaurant
The Bottle Inn Riviera is an exciting eating and gathering place featuring the time proven authentic, traditional Italian cuisine, and award winning wine list originated by the Bottle Inn Ristorante, Hermosa Beach in 1974.
Kincaid’s, Seafood Restaurant
Artfully serving quality steaks, and fresh and innovative seafood since 1986. Enjoy daily lunch, dinner or perhaps a special business or romantic occasion in our warm and inviting dining room.
El Segundo Restaurants
North Italia, Italian Restaurant
North Italia is more than just an Italian restaurant. We’re a group of folks who have become family, bonded by our mutual affinity for all things Italian. We’ve come to understand that there’s an art to the handcrafted experience, especially when it comes to Italian cuisine—something that we aim to perfect every day. Our kitchen is as open as it gets because we’re proud to show you our menu is handmade from scratch, with love, daily. To us, nothing is quite as satisfying as sharing a dish of homemade pasta and basking in post-meal bliss together.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Steakhouse
The vision was to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the very finest aged USDA Prime beef. In addition to inspired service and expertly prepared Prime Steak, our founders focused on an exceptional selection of wines for guests to explore.
Sausal, Mexican Restaurant
Our Nuevo Rancho Cuisine pulls history forward by blending traditional Hispanic ingredients with contemporary farmers’ market fare. The menu borrows inspiration from the foundational elements of Rancho cooking: Wood Fire, Smoke, and Slow-Roasting; it celebrates the bold flavors of Mexican cuisine in combination with the elemental flavors of Spain – citrus, olives, figs – that were brought here by the missionaries; and just as importantly, it revels in contemporary bounty — where fresh vegetables and produce are given a more prominent place at the table.
Primo Italia, Italian Restaurant
From the region of Campania, home of the Amalfi Coast and Naples, to the island of Sicily, we bring you the heart and soul of our roots, tradition and cuisine. From the moment you walk in, we invite you to be transported — as our family photos illustrate our colorful past, and our menu expresses our living cuisine.
Brio Coastal Bar and Kitchen, American (new) and Italian
Our extensive dinner menu offers a wide selection of ﬂavors. Whether you are looking for a juicy char grilled burger, fresh market fish, or a delicately hand tossed salad, we are sure we have something that will tempt your palette. So sit back, relax and let us do the cooking. Experience the fresh flavors and relaxed atmosphere of Coastal Bar & Kitchen. Recipes for everyday life.
Eatalian Cafe, Italian Restaurant
Spare, industrial setting for thin-crust pizza, pasta, panini & gelato, plus housemade pastries.
What are your favorites and why? Let us know in the comments below!
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