Southern California Eateries

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Harbor Reef Restaurant and Harbor Reef Saloon, Catalina Island, CA; 310/510-4215. Fresh seafood entrées, steaks, and unique cocktails. We recommend the signature Two Harbors "Buffalo Milk"-a sweet (and strong) concoction of liqueurs, vodka, and whipped cream. (January-February 2008)

Ruby's Shake Shack, 7703 East Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA; 949/464-0100. Local hangout open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the summer. (July-August 2007)

The Beachcomber Crystal Cove, 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA; 949/376-6900 or Local hangout open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. (July-August 2007)

Jake's Del Mar, 1660 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA; 858/755-2002 or Guests would need towels if they were any closer to the water. A mainland cousin of the popular Duke's chain in Hawaii, Jake's offers a California twist on the classic shrimp cocktail, adding layers of lobster, avocado, and orange-chili sauce. (May 2007)

Pacifica Del Mar, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA; 858/792-0476 or Across the street from L'Auberge, this restaurant wins raves from restaurant critics and customers for its award-winning seafood and use of produce from acclaimed organic purveyor Chino Farms. Set on the rooftop of an open-air plaza, Pacifica Del Mar makes a fine spot at sunset. (May 2007)

Aloha Sharkeez, on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA; 310/374-7823 or sports bar. (January-February 2005)

Hama Hermosa, 844 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA; 310/374-7758. Vibrant orange walls, sleek chairs, and large paper lanterns set the tone at Hama Hermosa, in the heart of downtown. Sushi costs half what it would fetch in Los Angeles proper, and the restaurant features an interpretive cocktail list. (January-February 2005)

Lappert's Hawaiian Ice Cream and Café, Hermosa Beach, CA; 310/937-1904. Laces rich concoctions with island-grown ingredients. (January-February 2005)

Martha's 22nd Street Grill, 25 22nd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA; 310/376-7786. Tucked off the beach but with clear ocean views and outdoor seating. (January-February 2005)

Patrick Molloy's, 50A Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA; 310/798-9762 or (January-February 2005)

The Poop Deck, 1272 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA; 310/376-3223. Located on The Strand. (January-February 2005)

Café Zoolu, 860 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA; 949/494-6825 or A funky, out-of-the-way restaurant with a devoted local clientele. (March 2005)

Mosaic Bar & Grille, Montage Resort & Spa, 30801 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA; 866/271-6953 or You can sit by the pool and tuck into a red snapper seviche, served in a coconut shell, while sipping a crisp Lucien Crochet Le Chêne Sancerre. (September 2003)

George's at the Cove, 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA; 858/454-4244 or Gather on the rooftop Ocean Terrace for an early supper and thirst-quenchers as compelling as the waves crashing on the rocks below, or dine in their fine dining restaurant or Pacific View Bar. (September 2003)

La Sala, La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA; 800/451-0772 or Off the lobby at La Jolla's historic La Valencia Hotel, this spot offers a cozy club-chair ambiance. (September 2003)

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA; 858/453-4420 or Artisan-table dinners served each Thursday.

Yard House, 401 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA; 562/628-0455 or Sip brews with locals. (September 2007)

Duke's Malibu, 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA; 310/317-0777 or Kick off your shoes and dig your toes into the sand at Duke's Barefoot Bar, where waves crash against the windows. Umbrella drinks abound, but instead order a chili pepper-spiced Bloody Mary and a round of tasty Sonoran-style fish tacos. Fresh seafood and beachy drinks. (September 2003, January-February 2006)

Geoffrey's, 27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA; 310/457-1519 or This upscale restaurant offers romantic ocean views and an appealing menu. It serves a powerful mai tai, which, combined with the view, is a powerful experience indeed. (September 2003, January-February 2006)

Gladstone's, 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA; 310/454-3474 or Try its popular seviche in a noble glass chalice, or go with a group and order the seafood platter. Its large portions of crab legs, calamari, shrimp, and mussels wash down nicely with a chilled bottle of beer. (2001, September 2003)

Neptune's Net, 42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA; 310/457-3095 or Fried seafood. (January-February 2006)

The Atoll Restaurant, Catamaran Resort Hotel, 3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay, CA; 858/539-8635 or Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch featuring Champagne and sushi. Scrumptious dinner choices include the Asian pesto skewered scallops and sesame-crusted seared ahi. (June 2007)

Barefoot Bar & Grill, Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, CA; 858/581-5960 or]. (June 2007)

Baleen San Diego, Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, CA; 858/490-6363 or Juts into the bay and rightly claims to serve "serious food with a whimsical mood." The lobster martini with mashed potato and shaved truffle is a menu favorite. (June 2007)

Bluewater Grill, 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, CA; 949/675-3474 or Offers not only docking, but also (when the restaurant's not too busy) dockside service. (December 2006)

Dolce Restaurant and Steakhouse, 800 W. Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA; 949/631-4334. Delicious Italian cuisine near the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. (December 2006)

Galley Café, 829 Harbor Island Drive, Newport Beach, CA; 949/673-4110. Great frothy, old-fashioned root beer floats. (December 2006)

Woody's Wharf, 2318 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA; 949/675-0474 or Dock, and lunch on crab enchiladas. (December 2006)

Seaside Cantina, 4111 Ocean Blvd., on Pacific Beach adjacent to Mission Beach, CA; 858/273-0775.

The Admiral Risty, 31250 Palos Verdes Drive W., Palos Verdes peninsula, CA; 310/377-0050 or Boasts a grand ocean view, nautical décor, and satisfying surf-and-turf fare. (September 2006)

Café Cego's, 777 Deep Valley Drive, Palos Verdes peninsula, CA; 310/541-2600. Features an eclectic menu and shaded sidewalk tables. (September 2006)

Restaurant Christine, 24530 Hawthorne Blvd., Palos Verdes peninsula, CA; 310/373-1952 or Chef/owner Christine Brown blends Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences in a color-splashed dining room. (September 2006)

Fiddler's Green Restaurant, 2760 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA; 619/222-2216 or Seafood dominates the menu. Half-hull boat models and nautical gadgets scattered around the dining room contribute to the ambience; it feels like a comfortable homeport for anyone bewitched by the siren song of water. (December 2006)

Brophy Bros. Clam Bar & Restaurant, 119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA; 805/966-4418 or The harbor hot spot where spirits levitate and seafood shines. Ever-long lines evidence the fresh fare that draws fans for repeats of the perfectly cooked fish and silky-smooth chowder. (November-December 2004)

Eladio's, Harbor View Inn, 28 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA; 805/963-4466 or On the corner of State and Cabrillo, Eladio's wins kudos for its fresh, simple seafood and sweet views of the sea. (November-December 2004)

The Endless Summer bar-café, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA; 805/564-1200 or Serves up root beer floats packed with a local favorite, McConnell's ice cream. (November-December 2004)

Pierre Lafond Bistro, 516 State St., Santa Barbara, CA; 805/962-1455 or This deli proffers hearty picnic provisions. (November-December 2004)

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA; 805/966-6676 or Serves oyster shooters (with horseradish and tomato sauce) to those brave enough to down the bivalve tequila-style. Oysters Lucky-feller-a dash of Pernod and some secret ingredients-go like hot cakes. Nothing, however, sells as quickly as that captivating harbor view. (November-December 2004)

The Veranda, Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA; 310/581-5533 or This beachfront lounge is perhaps the prettiest of Los Angeles venues. (September 2003)

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