Thanks to a slew of noteworthy restaurant openings across the county’s piers, an on-the-water culinary experience is a must on this summer’s to-do list. In Malibu, Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar opened its doors just in time for summer with a menu of sustainable seafood. At the end of the pier, Malibu Farm Cafe, now nearing its first anniversary, offers farm-fresh fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner—including Swedish pancakes and a not-to-miss chicken-ricotta-bacon burger. Down the coast in Santa Monica, The Albright, formerly known as SM Pier Seafood, boasts an all-new look, an outdoor patio and an equally impressive menu. Take in the sounds of the Twilight Concerts series Thursday nights as you dine alfresco and nosh on the likes of shrimp and chips. A few steps closer to the carousel, Ristorante al Mare serves Italian comfort food, including pizza and pasta, with a generous helping of ocean views from its rooftop deck and balcony terraces. And in the South Bay, beloved sports bar institution Barney’s Beanery is making waves on the local dining scene with the debut of its sixth location, on the Redondo Beach Pier.
The Albright, 258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.394.9683
Barney’s Beanery, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, 424.275.4820
Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8820
Malibu Farm Cafe, 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.1112
Ristorante al Mare, 250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.4448