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Admiral Risty
Admiral Risty
  • Address:
    31250 Palos Verdes Drive West
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
    Neighborhood:
    Rancho Palos Verdes / Rolling Hills Estates
  • Cuisine:
    Seafood
    Price: $31 to $50

Admiral Risty Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.admiralristy.com
  • Email: wayne@admiralristy.com
  • Phone: (310) 377-0050
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Bar: Monday - Saturday 4:30pm, Sunday 10:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Rudie Young
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Admiral Risty can accommodate up to 26 guests for a semi-private dinner party.
    Monday through Saturday available during the day time hours for private functions from 50 to 150 guests. Function must be complete by 4:00 pm.
    Ideal for wedding receptions, anniversary parties, birthdays and other special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Tim Roderick (310) 377-0050
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment 6 nights per week. Tuesday, Scott Grillo from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday, Tom Bellizia from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday, Charles Lamont from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Tom Bellizia from 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday, Charles Lamont from 7:00pm - 11:00pm and Sunday, Richard Leach from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. NFL Sunday Football games now live on Satellite TV during Sunday Brunch. Monday Night Football watch the game in our seaside lounge, featuring $1 hot dogs, $2 Bratwurst, complimentary soup of the day.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hawthorne Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Admiral Risty is located in the Golden Cove Shopping Center with free parking for our guests.
A word from Admiral Risty
Admiral Risty was established in 1966, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a view of Catalina Island. This award winning upscale American restaurant features fresh fish, aged steaks, lamb and poultry dishes, along with assorted appetizers including oysters, clams, house-cured Salmon Gravlax and house baked sour dough breads.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food, generous portions. Does the swordfish particularly well (I know of only 3-4 places that do it correctly)--and even my child (who doesn't like fish much) LOVED this."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "As we are new to the neighborhood and from a location where great restaurants abound, we are grateful to have found a place that more than meets the standard that so spoiled us."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My friend has been going to this restaurant since the 70's and introduced me to it in the 80's. My family loves this place and we love the food and atmosphere . We go as often as we can. It's great for special occasions and the service is fantastic. The views are always good and the sunsets are beautiful. Have taken many friends through out the years. ."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Reservations, but had to wait in the bar/lounge area for 45 minutes. Excellent food and service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great seafood, yummy steaks and the cocktails are always strong. It's been open for decades but instead of feeling "old" it feels charming. The view at Sunset is beautiful and parking is easy and free!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent portions, taste, presentation and service. Go there often. A true PV gem"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We have been going there for years and have always had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I came in with my boyfriend for Valentines Day - having made reservations via OpenTable I had requested a table with a view. Upon arrival I was told that they could not meet this request - but is I wanted to wait for a table with a view it may take a long time. I agreed to take another table (I think I had the only table with a view to the kitchen however. The wait staff personable quick and friendly. Food selections: Oh My - such choice, seafood, chicken, beef, lamb. The clam chowder was delicious also. I had the shrimp/scallops with a baked potato. The shrimp and scallops were good (not amazing however) and the potato (loaded) great. My boyfriend had a brochette with mixed seafood which he enjoyed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our service was excellent as was our food. We had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently fabulous and the service is great. Love the view of the ocean and the sunsets are beautiful. You will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We allowed an hour to go the 20 miles on a Friday night/Valentine's Day, - ha! After going 8 miles in 1/2 hour we knew we were not going to make it and called. Thinking they'd laugh at us on such a busy night, they adjusted the reservation and we didn't have to wait one minute when we arrived 30 minutes late. Our server was outstanding in every way. He made suggestions which were good, was funny and pleasant and made the dinner even more special. The food was really good. My husband said it might be the best steak he'd ever eaten. There was so much we both took some home, which is really unusual. Go early and enjoy the sunset which we missed!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "the drinks were not good and they don't their steaks. I asked for well-done and the first trip out I could see blood on my plate. I ended up sending my steak back a few times, they never got it right. I told waiter to leave it, I will take it home and cook it. I ended up giving it to my dog and I grilled me a ribeye, bursting with flavor. The waiters were friendly and the water was good. Can't screw up water."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Beautiful sunset with some clouds from previous day's rain but air was crystal clear. Catalina Island as sharp as I have ever seen it. Had the cioppino appetizer portion as a main course. It is enough for two. Great mix of seafood and the broth was excellent. Waiter did not rush us in any way. Service was professional. Would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "They greet you as though you are friends and seat you wherever you feel best suited to your occasion. The food is expensive. But worth every Penny. A spectacular evening and scrumptious and mouth watering food!!! Would recommend to anyone looking to indulge!! Great service as well!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I love Admiral Risty's Restaurant and have gone here several times to celebrate birthdays. The food was terrific. Our waiter was very attentive and assisted with dinner choices which were well received. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions, a romantic dinner or just a night out."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "15 of us had dinner here, after finding the prices at our resort, The Terranea outlandish. The prices were very reasonable, the food was good and the staff did a great job managing 15 of us. We were not the only large group here, as other people chose to escape the Terranea and eat here. It's not spectacular food, but everything was done well. Our portions were large, and not everyone could finish their meal."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The Ambiance is kind of throwback and special in a way that you don't mind how outdated the interior is. The server we had barely spoke to us and felt like he was under incredible pressure and overworked. I felt bad for the guy. The food...well...the food was pretty bland and expensive for what it was. The NY steak was tough and unseasoned. Like, literally no seasoning, not even salt or pepper. The lobster...if you could call it a lobster, was fine. Butter makes anything fine. Yet, 60 + plus dollars for a lobster that just looked like a tail( seriously, when I think I'm getting a lobster, I think I'm getting the body, the tail AND the claws) and for a steak with no flavor, even the mashed potatoes lacked a flavor of any sort. /Sad"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My family and I love Admiral Risty's and recommend it to anyone who asks for a great restaurant in LA/South Bay. The view is amazing, food is fabulous and atmosphere is fun. Seafood is fresh and the steaks are tender! It is a must try."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "This restaurant is perfect for special occasions. My husband and I came to celebrate our Anniversary. The food was excellent and our waiter was the best. He made our dinner very special. We will be back next year for sure. Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The service is great, food is good, but way over priced for two people....."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Really a lovely setting with good food and a beautiful view!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Admiral Risty is a gem on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, known for their flank Steak, which is to die for, the food in general is excellent. We come here for special occasions, this was an anniversary. Make your reservation for around sunset as this restaurant has a SPECTACULAR view of the Pacific Ocean, Request a window table when you reserve your table. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We have dined here for several years on New Years Eve. The restaurant is well organized on this busy night. The food is always served hot. Service is very attentive and the evening dining on this special evening is a pleasant dining experience. The hots and owners are always there. This restaurant is very traditional. The menu never changes nor do the desserts. I'm sure their philosophy is" if its not broken do try and fix it.""
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were a party of 6. Had a great dining experience. Everyones entree was outstanding and the service was very good"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We have eaten there about 10 times and have consistently had a wonderful meal. This is an old school restaurant that has remained current. Many of the servers have been there over 20 years. Many repeat customers who grew up celebrating special occasions as a child and now are bringing their children. Not the cheapest place you'll find, but the quality of the food completely justifies the price. Great view during the day of the ocean."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Very few restaurants survive the test of time. Not only does the Admiral Risty do this but continues to evolve and elevate. It is a timeless friend that still has surprises. Wayne the owner has been such a welcoming host it would be difficult to find a better owner. Roger Caldwell"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Having dined at Admiral Risty many times, it is always consistently good. I have never been disappointed"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I had family in from out of town and I took them to the Admiral Risty. They loved the food and the ambience. It was a wonderful time for all. They were really busy and I was impressed how great the service was. During the week and on weekends they have live music in the bar."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Enjoyed New Year's Eve celebration at Admiral Risty's. Was a great, enjoyable evening. Food was delicious, the service was quick and helpful and prices very fair. All of the employees are very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "For the 35 years I have gone to Risty's, this has been and still remains one of my favorite restaurants. Great, personalized service. Can't be beaten."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We had a great meal. The was only one issue. I called ahead to make sure I could bring a birthday cake for my daughter. They said that would be fine. I brought the cake in, gave to the gentleman that I had talked to on the phone earlier. He forgot to inform our waitress. I had to ask the waitress about it. There goes the surprise. Other than that over-site, the dinner was wonderful."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "My wife and I always enjoy our visits to the Admiral Risty. Being local it is nice to have a great meal with great service in our neighborhood. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and were treated extremely well. The food was especially good. What a great place to celebrate!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We had brunch there and it was fine, but not great. it was very warm in the area (back) where we were sitting. The food was ok but not terrific. I've had better brunches there. Mine eggs were not really hot."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "The food is always Good!! We have been going to for over 25 years... We ordered the Lobster… We forgot how good it was!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "We met friends for dinner for our annual Christmas get together . The food was to die for. Everyone commented how wonderful their food was. The service was excellent. We had a glimpse of the setting sun at 5:30 (after all, it is December). We plan to return as soon as possible."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "This restaurant has lasted over 50 years because locals think it is great. Good food, service, and ambiance are noteworthy. The owner cares about his customers and is present to see that all goes well. I have eaten at Admiral Risty many times over a 40-year period and always had a good experience."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Our experience was extremely pleasant and very romantic. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and were very impressed with the friendly service. The steak and lobster was amazing and the entire meal was fantastic. We loved the atmosphere and comfortable surroundings and will be recommending Admiral Ristys to all of our friends and family."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Have been going here for years. No surprises. Standard menu but consistent experience. Everyone is so nice!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Made reservations online and when we arrived the table was set and ready to go right at the window. Spectacular view, great food, great time."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "This is the first time in all the years I've been eating at Admiral Risty the meal disappointed me. Two people in the my party had chicken and both were tasteless and chewy. At this time I would not recommend this for any type of occasion or even a evening out for dinner."
    Dined on 11/23/2013