My name is not Zagot, as you know, but judging from my girth you know I’ve enjoyed a meal or two.  I don’t claim to have tried every restaurant in Southern California but here are my picks for the best I’ve enjoyed.

(R) = Reservations Required, (M) = Several Locations, * = Pricey


Nichols, Marina del Rey
Huckleberry, Santa Monica (Saturday and Sunday – long wait)
John O’Groats, Rancho Park
Fairmont Hotels Buffet (M)
One Pico, Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica
Cheesecake Factory, Marina del Rey (M)
Café Vida, Culver City
Killer Café, Marina del Rey (outdoor patio)


Umami (M) – outstanding
Father’s Office (M)
Burger Lounge (M)


Cobb at Cheesecake Factory (M)
Balsamic Chicken at Sammy’s, El Segundo
Cobb at Flemings (M)


Xian, Beverly Hills (R)
Fin, Culver City (Asian Tapas)


Mastro’s, Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa* (R)


Seasons 52 (M) (R)
Il Fornaio (M) (R)
Playa Provisions, Culver City


Dantano’s, West Hollywood (R)
Il Fornaio (M) (R)
Laconda Positano, Marina del Rey
Il Moro, West L.A. (R)
Antenello’s, South Coast Plaza
Modo Mio, Pacific Palisades (R)
AR Cucina, Culver City


Abbott’s Pizza, Venice
California Pizza Kitchen (M) (R)
Pizzarito (by the slice), Marina del Rey and Huntington Beach


Jerry’s Deli (seafood chowder—red), Marina del Rey (on Sunday)
J. Nichol’s (basil tomato), Marina del Rey


Gulfstream, Century City (R)
Water Grill, Downtown and Santa Monica (R)
Santa Monica Seafood Co.
Akasha, Culver City
Enterprise Fish Co., Santa Monica


Lenny’s, Westwood

Flat Bread:

Seasons 52 (lobster and mozzarella)
California Pizza Kitchen (spinach and mushroom)
Akasha, Culver City

Reasonably Priced:

Café Bizou, San Fernando Valley (R)


The Wallace, Culver City (shared dishes)
Palamino, Westwood (R)

Consistently Good:
(if they come back)

Seasons 52, Century City (M) (R)
Gulfstream, Century City and Newport Beach (R)

All Around:

Café del Rey, Marina del Rey (R)
Parker’s Lighthouse, Long Beach (R)
L’Opera, Long Beach (R)
Parkway Grill, Pasadena (R)
The White House, Anaheim (R)
Tin Roof, Manhattan Beach

Ambience and Food:

Casa del Mar, Santa Monica (R)

South Orange County:

230 Forrest Ave, Laguna Beach
Hotel Laguna (outside for lunch)
Harborside Café, Dana Point Harbor
Sapphire, Laguna Beach

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One response to “GOOD EATS

  1. Julie wamsley

    There’s quite a few places that I think you should try that belong on your list!

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