8 Fine Dining Experiences in Palos Verdes

8 Fine Dining Experiences in Palos Verdes

  • Gerard Bisignano
  • 08/18/22
Palos Verdes offers a host of dining options to suit every taste, style, and dietary need, all with unique Southern California flair. Whether you’re craving Asian, Italian, French, or Modern-American fare, you’re sure to find your ideal restaurant near Palos Verdes. Whether you’re out visiting friends around the South Bay region of Los Angeles, or taking a break from touring Palos Verdes, CA, homes for sale, below are eight restaurants in the area that are sure to please.

1. Café Pacific at Trump National Golf Course

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Café Pacific is one of two dining options at the Trump National Golf Course. Make a reservation for a table near a window to enjoy ocean views while you dine on upscale fare. While relaxing with friends, try the oysters Rockefeller or charred octopus. Delectable entrées include pan-seared scallops, filet mignon, or bourbon-glazed pork chops. Chef Peter Dente also offers an enviable Sunday brunch, featuring a number of stations where diners can select their own pastas, crêpes, or omelets, as well as sample a host of other hearty brunch fares.

2. Catalina Kitchen

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Terranea Resort’s restaurants have developed a reputation for excellent dining among their neighbors residing in Rancho Palos Verdes real estate. Catalina Kitchen offers a blend of modern American and California coastal dishes in a contemporary and breezy environment. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offering both indoor and outdoor seating, Catalina Kitchen strives to serve something for every appetite. Begin your day with bananas foster pancakes or a BLT eggs Benedict. For lunch, their pizzas are not to be missed. In the evenings, enjoy seasonally and locally sourced entrées made with the freshest ingredients.

3. Aliotta’s Via Firenze

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If you can make the trip up to Torrance, California, you’re in for a treat. Chef and owner Michele Aliotta welcomes patrons to this wonderful restaurant that hearkens back to her Sicilian childhood with an Old World Italian ambiance. Begin your evening with carpaccio de Manzo or Caprese Rustica — and be sure to pair them with one of Aliotta’s 325 bottles of wine. All breads, desserts, and pastas are made from scratch at the restaurant. Additionally, Aliotta’s Via Firenze gladly accommodates any dietary needs, with vegan and gluten-free options— they’ll even custom-make a dish to suit your personal preference.

Michele returns to Italy often to discover even more savory dishes to add to her menu — so diners will always have something new to try. If you find yourself taking up permanent local residence in one of the stunning Rancho Palos Verdes homes, consider signing up for Michele’s cooking classes and learning to make these authentic Italian dishes in your own home.

4. Compagnon Wine Bistro

Bonjour and welcome to the south of France, where restaurateur and chef Thomas Compagnon draws his inspiration for his newest bistro. At Compagnon Wine Bistro in nearby San Pedro, you’ll find flavorful comfort foods meant to soothe and satisfy in the way only grandma’s cooking can. Enjoy mussels mariniere, muscovy duck leg confit, ratatouille, or chicken provencal paired with an array of French and Californian wines. You can’t forget to save room for their delicious crème brûlée.

5. La Bocca Felice

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San Pedro’s La Bocca Felice takes pride in its customer service and strives to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all its guests. Here, you can sample the incredible signature dishes like capesante, pappardelle short ribs ragù, or linguine vongole. Finish out the evening with a cannoli or tiramisu while enjoying some live jazz music, which is offered Thursday through Sunday.

6. mar’sel

Mar’sel is the elevated counterpart to Catalina Kitchen and is one of Terranea Resort’s incredible restaurant offerings. One of the best views among all of Rancho Palos Verdes real estate can be taken in from mar’sel’s terrace. Indoors, vaulted ceilings, and a large fireplace create a cozy yet opulent atmosphere. The seasonally rotating menu, envisioned and executed by Chef Andrew Vaughn, provides guests with a broad wine list and diverse entrées, from sea bass to lamb chops, as well as some of the best gelato around. Mar’sel seems to top all the award lists, including Top 10 brunch restaurants, South Bay’s most romantic dining, and a 4-star rating by Forbes Travel.

7. Pacific Standard Prime

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Chef Christine Brown invites guests to enjoy a fine steakhouse dining experience that is guaranteed to impress even the most discerning taste buds. Redondo Beach’s Pacific Standard Prime is proud to offer organic, quality products from family-owned vineyards and distilleries, and the list is impressive: they offer over 200 whiskeys and bourbons alone. The same attention and care are given to the selection of meats, including antibiotic and hormone-free Wagyu beef from Australia. If you’re not in the mood for steak, consider the wild Scottish salmon or portobello pappardelle.

8. The Rex

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Gather with clients or a group of friends at The Drift, the newest addition to The Rex’s recent renovation. The Drift is The Rex’s new outdoor cocktail lounge — a perfect place to begin or end the evening. Once you step into the chic and modern dining room, prepare to be allured by Chef Walter Nunez’s steak tartare, rack of lamb, and perfect filet Mignon. If you can’t decide which entrée to try, you’ll be delighted to know that The Rex offers a Tour of Beef and a Tour of Wagyu, allowing you to sample a variety of steakhouse favorites. The choices don’t end there, either. Select from a variety of toppings and sauces sure to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.

Hungry for Palos Verdes, CA real estate?

Once you’ve seen and tasted the best of what Palos Verdes has to offer, it’s time to find a home in this luxurious corner of Los Angeles County. If you’re interested in buying real estate in Palos Verdes Estates or Rancho Palos Verdes, reach out to experienced local realtor Gerard Bisignano and his team. Gerard specializes in the most upscale of luxury estates and has over 30 years of experience finding clients their new dream homes in Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Rolling Hills, and Belmont Heights. Contact him today when you’re ready to find your new paradise in coastal luxury.

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