By Coastal Living

BELMONT SHORE
Belmont Brewing Company, 25 39th Place, Belmont Shore, CA;562/433-3891 or belmontbrewing.com. Ifyou're craving an ocean view, try here for Tuscan tomato soup andseafood marinara. (April 2008)

CATALINA ISLAND
Harbor Reef Restaurant and Harbor Reef Saloon, CatalinaIsland, CA; 310/510-4215. Fresh seafood entrées, steaks, andunique cocktails. We recommend the signature Two Harbors "BuffaloMilk"-a sweet (and strong) concoction of liqueurs, vodka, andwhipped cream. (January-February 2008)

CRYSTAL COVE
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 thesummer. (July-August 2007)

The Beachcomber Crystal Cove, 15 Crystal Cove, NewportCoast, CA; 949/376-6900 or thebeachcombercafe.com.Local hangout open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. (July-August2007)

DEL MAR
Jake's Del Mar, 1660 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA; 858/755-2002or jakesdelmar.com. Guests wouldneed towels if they were any closer to the water. A mainland cousinof the popular Duke's chain in Hawaii, Jake's offers a Californiatwist 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 pacificadelmar.com. Acrossthe street from L'Auberge, this restaurant wins raves fromrestaurant critics and customers for its award-winning seafood anduse of produce from acclaimed organic purveyor Chino Farms. Set onthe rooftop of an open-air plaza, Pacifica Del Mar makes a finespot at sunset. (May 2007)

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

Hama Hermosa, 844 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA;310/374-7758. Vibrant orange walls, sleek chairs, and large paperlanterns set the tone at Hama Hermosa, in the heart of downtown.Sushi costs half what it would fetch in Los Angeles proper, and therestaurant 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-growningredients. (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 viewsand outdoor seating. (January-February 2005)

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

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

LAGUNA BEACH
Café Zoolu, 860 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA;949/494-6825 or cafezoolu.com. A funky,out-of-the-way restaurant with a devoted local clientele. (March2005)

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

LA JOLLA
George's at the Cove, 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA;858/454-4244 or georgesatthecove.com.Gather on the rooftop Ocean Terrace for an early supper andthirst-quenchers as compelling as the waves crashing on the rocksbelow, 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 lavalencia.com. Off the lobbyat La Jolla's historic La Valencia Hotel, this spot offers a cozyclub-chair ambiance. (September 2003)

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

LONG BEACH
Yard House, 401 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA;562/628-0455 or yardhouse.com. Sip brews withlocals. (September 2007)

MALIBU
Duke's Malibu, 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA;310/317-0777 or dukesmalibu.com. Kick offyour shoes and dig your toes into the sand at Duke's Barefoot Bar,where waves crash against the windows. Umbrella drinks abound, butinstead order a chili pepper-spiced Bloody Mary and a round oftasty 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 geoffreysmalibu.com. Thisupscale restaurant offers romantic ocean views and an appealingmenu. It serves a powerful mai tai, which, combined with the view,is a powerful experience indeed. (September 2003, January-February2006)

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

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

MISSION BAY
The Atoll Restaurant, Catamaran Resort Hotel, 3999 MissionBlvd., Mission Bay, CA; 858/539-8635 or cataranresort.com. Servesbreakfast, lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch featuring Champagneand sushi. Scrumptious dinner choices include the Asian pestoskewered 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 paradisepoint.com]. (June2007)

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

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

Dolce Restaurant and Steakhouse, 800 W. Coast Hwy, NewportBeach, CA; 949/631-4334. Delicious Italian cuisine near the BalboaBay 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 woodyswharf.com. Dock, andlunch on crab enchiladas. (December 2006)

PACIFIC BEACH
Seaside Cantina, 4111 Ocean Blvd., on Pacific Beach adjacentto Mission Beach, CA; 858/273-0775.

PALOS VERDES PENINSULA
The Admiral Risty, 31250 Palos Verdes Drive W., Palos Verdespeninsula, CA; 310/377-0050 or admiral-risty.com. Boasts agrand ocean view, nautical décor, and satisfying surf-and-turffare. (September 2006)

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

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

SAN DIEGO
Fiddler's Green Restaurant, 2760 Shelter Island Drive, SanDiego, CA; 619/222-2216 or fiddlersgreensandiego.com.Seafood dominates the menu. Half-hull boat models and nauticalgadgets scattered around the dining room contribute to theambience; it feels like a comfortable homeport for anyone bewitchedby the siren song of water. (December 2006)

SANTA BARBARA
Brophy Bros. Clam Bar & Restaurant, 119 Harbor Way,Santa Barbara, CA; 805/966-4418 or brophybros.com. The harbor hotspot where spirits levitate and seafood shines. Ever-long linesevidence the fresh fare that draws fans for repeats of theperfectly cooked fish and silky-smooth chowder. (November-December2004)

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

The Endless Summer bar-café, 113 Harbor Way, SantaBarbara, CA; 805/564-1200 or endlesssummerbarcafe.net.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 pierrelafond.com. This deliproffers hearty picnic provisions. (November-December 2004)

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

SANTA MONICA
The Veranda, Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, SantaMonica, CA; 310/581-5533 or hotelcasadelmar.com. Thisbeachfront lounge is perhaps the prettiest of Los Angeles venues.(September 2003)

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