The Best Ocean View Restaurants on the Westside of L.A.

Where the Surf meets the Turf!

Photo: Henry Hargreaves, Nobu Malibu

Nothing quite tops off a great meal better than a spectacular coastal view. There’s just something about the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean that sets the perfect tone for a light lunch or an evening out. The organic ambiance of a breathtaking sight truly enhances one’s dining experience and adds a touch of sophistication to any date or casual outing. These beachfront L.A. restaurants are worth seeking out, even if it’s only just to take in the beautiful views.

Catch at sunset | Photo: Hotel Casa Del Mar, Facebook


Soak in Santa Monica’s sultry rays at Catch, a seafood restaurant located inside Hotel Casa Del Mar. This spot specializes in sushi and simply grilled fish. Catch knows the basics of succulent seafood and what better way to enjoy the smooth flavors of the raw bar offerings than here, with the Pacific Ocean in the background? Escape into the sunset views over your glass of sake.

Photo: Geoffrey's Malibu


Geoffrey’s in Malibu is what happens when a beachside New American restaurant serving seafood is done right. Surrounded by waterfalls and tropical plants, daydream over the panoramic ocean views and multimillion-dollar homes as you dive into their fantastic brunch options. You may even brush shoulders with some of Hollywood’s elite, who have dined at Geoffrey’s for the better part of three decades – adding to its charm, class and effortless appeal.

Photo: The Lobster, Facebook

The Lobster

There’s nothing quite like a day spent on the Santa Monica Pier, taking in the fresh ocean air, vibrant sights and the scent of freshly caught seafood. Located at the historic pier’s entrance, The Lobster offers unparalleled views and delectable seafood dishes to its hungry guests. Relax your day away in this 1923 establishment, known as one of L.A.’s most romantic restaurants. After dinner, hit the beach for a sunset stroll. You’ll be dipping your toes in the water just minutes after you leave the table - that’s a perk that just can’t be beat!

Malibu Farm Restaurant & Malibu Farm Cafe

Malibu Farm Restaurant & Malibu Farm Cafe

Malibu Farm offers two dining options at the landmark Malibu Pier. Located at the start of the pier, the full service restaurant offers farm-to-table cuisine and specialty cocktails. The counter service cafe is situated at the end of the pier, over the Pacific Ocean. No matter which one you choose, you're guaranteed breathtaking views of one of the world's most famous beaches and surfing destinations.

Mar’sel at Terranea Resort


Imagine a dining experience so delightful you’ll be pinching yourself as if it were a dream. Mar’sel at Terranea Resort, a stunning restaurant overlooking the Pacific, is just that. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing evening or an afternoon of reflection looking out over the sandy shore, nothing beats the seasonally rotating menu and extensive wine list at mar’sel. Grab a cozy seat at the fire pit and start daydreaming.

Nobu Malibu | Photo: Henry Hargreaves, for Nobu Malibu

Nobu Malibu

One of L.A.'s most acclaimed restaurants, Nobu Malibu certainly lives up to the hype for a number of reasons. Indulge in Nobu Classics such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Tiradito "Nobu Style," and the iconic Black Cod with Miso, while you gaze at blindingly beautiful ocean views from every seat. You’ll be swept away by the simple elegance of the setting and will want to get your hands on all the dishes you can. Reservations are essential.

Penthouse at The Huntley

The Penthouse at The Huntley

The Penthouse at the Huntley in Santa Monica sits pretty 18 stories above Southern California’s gorgeous coastline. A treasure of the hotel, this restaurant gives a 360-degree view over the coastal cliffs and straight out where the sky meets the water’s edge. Treat yourself like a celebrity for a night with a creative cocktail and a contemporary dish. After all, you’re living the Penthouse lifestyle.

The Strand House

The Strand House

The Strand House in Manhattan Beach overlooks the Pacific and offers its diners a “modern heirloom” of traditional dishes. With produce hand-selected from local farms, and drinks like the Sunset Cocktail and classic Bloody Mary, The Strand House’s magical setting gives you a reason to enjoy the simple things in life. Hit the beach today, you’re in Los Angeles after all!

Whiskey Red's | Photo: Whiskey Red's

Whiskey Red's

First-time visitors to the family-owned Whiskey Red’s are stunned by the unobstructed views of Marina del Rey’s open waters from the restaurant’s ideal spot in Fisherman’s Village. Diners come to Whiskey Red’s to just “kick it” and do you blame them? There are fire pits, patios and complimentary parking to complete your experience. You might even see some regulars docking their boats alongside the coast to grab a bite to eat. No matter how you get here, plan to stay awhile to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in L.A.