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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
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Many favorites on this menu, a dilemma. Seafood is accomplished, fresh and well prepared. Seafood brochettes still a favorite and servers are well trained & knowledgeable. Liked the seasonal vegetable(s) on our entree, nice touch."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Took my wife to the Admiral Risty for a birthday dinner. Neither of us or any friends had been there before. The only exposure we had was from their web site. We had an excellent experience. We arrived earlier than our reservation time, so we took a seat at the bar. The bar area was nice, and conversation with the bartenders was cool. We were collected by the host to head to our table, where he carried my wife's drink, a nice touch, within 5 minutes of our reservation time, and taken to a table by the window overlooking the pacific ocean. We watched the sunset as the server was pouring our wine. Dinner was excellent with my wife having their halibut while I had the Mahi Mahi. The service was great, we never felt interrupted or left waiting."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had eaten at the Admiral Risty for the first time 48 years ago. We now live near Las Vegas, NV. Since this was our favorite restaurant back then, my wife suggested it as the perfect place to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The Maitre D’ had selected a table for us right next to the windows with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Everyone made us feel right at home. The waiter was very attentive and helpful with our dinner selections. He encouraged us to take our time and enjoy the evening. We did. The food was superb. From our table, we enjoyed an unbelievable sunset over the ocean. It was a perfect evening. It proved that on occasion “you can go home again”. The Admiral Risty was the best 48 years ago and still is."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Best fish dinners and served with sides. The dinners are a little pricy but it never leaves you feeling like you got ripped off. The atmosphere,view, and food are top notch"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Adriana was our server and she was AWESOME... As always food was great, can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "While the reviews of this place are consistency high our experience was anything but. The food was mediocre, bland, no layers of flavor expected at the prices charges and the reviews. Plating was what you'd experience in an Outback. Service was unprofessional bordering on surly. Don't go here expecting anything more. Reminded us of the restaurant in the movie Chef, riding on it's laurels and completely disappointing."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The restaurant was crowded, but our service was perfect and the food delicious. Our waiter was pleasant (wish I could remember his name) and wonderfully efficient."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have enjoyed many a good meal at Admiral Risty over the years, and once again we were not disappointed. We requested a table at a window for a view of the sunset over the water and they were able to fulfill our request. The food was delicious and cooked exactly as we like. This is one restaurant that understands what "medium rare" should be. We were able to relax and enjoy the evening, we never felt rushed even though the restaurant was very busy. We had a perfectly wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "From beginning to end, this restaurant experience was fabulous. The food was amazing, the view was spectacular, and the service was excellent. Our waiter James was funny, friendly, and knowledgable. I overheard another table compliment him, and his jovial respond was, "I am the second best waiter in the entire world … everyone else is tied for first place." The restaurant filled our request to seat us side-by-side next to a window, so we could enjoy the ocean view while feasting on an amazing brunch. Highly recommended—we can't wait to go back. It was absolutely worth the drive from L.A."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is truly one of the best restaurants of the South Bay. Great location, view, service, and menu."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The sunset was wonderful and the food was great! They have the best bleu cheese dressing. For salad people this is the place. The lettice is dry and fresh the way it should be."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had Father's Day dinner celebration & the Service was outstanding. We had window seating for 8 people in our party as we had requested. Our waiter "Noa" (spelling?) was excellent. Very attentive & always checked on us frequently. Will definitely return. Thanks for the great service !"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I hesitate to tell everyone how great Admiral Risty is, it is such a great local restaurant, if word gets out it will be impossible to get a reservation. It is my favorite place to take visitors or just to go for dinner with family, always perfect!!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent view and service, real professionals. Four of six fresh oysters were good, a couple were of, moderate effects came four hours later, in waves. Steak had to be sent back, over done. Replacement was sinewy (sic). Baked potato real tasty. Lobster great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had a table next to the window for a great view of the ocean. We ordered seafood that was very tasty indeed. Gets awfully crowded on Saturday night, you need reservations or you will probably have to sit at the bar."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Surly and unfriendly host . Typically,in the past there always are friendly welcoming hosts. This time, not at all the case . Didn't set the mood or tone for our evening! Possibly on Tuesdays he is the " back up host" Food and service excellent as always!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We have been going to the Admiral Risty since it opened in 1966. The food is consistently excellent and the service, no matter how busy the restaurant, exceptional. On a weekend, however, it is better to dine early if you want a window table or if you prefer less noise. A great family place as well. There will be graduation celebrations as the end of school draws near."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and chose the Admiral Risty. I noted that in my opentable comments when I reserved our table and requested a window view table. Much to our delightful surprise they sat us at a corner table with sweeping views of the ocean and the Peninsula. The sunset was magnificent. Our server was fabulous and tended to our every whim. I had the easy cajun trout which was an epicurean dream. It was fresh and melted in your mouth - outstanding. My husband had the flank steak which he ordered medium rare and it came more on the well done side. The flavor of the meat was incredible - just a little overdone. This is a dining experience not to miss...and the view - heavenly!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent ambiance. Excellent variety of selections from seafood to steaks. Enjoy window seat and watch the ships!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is fish restaurant .. at least that is what my party ate and it was all wonderful. swordfish, halibut, scallops and boulebase all delicious, fresh and cooked to perfection. A reasonable wine list and well crafted martinis. A lovely not inexpensive evening that i plan to enjoy again. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. I would have liked a little more seasoning on my filet, though."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "From the minute we walked in the door were treated as if we were family. It was our first visit, our table was ready, our waiter Jimmy introduced himself, took us under his wing and guided us through the menu, the specials. Took our drink order and when he delivered them also brought a comp. appetizer of Calimari for us to munch on, along with the delicious bread basket. The four of us never really ordered from the menu, just listened to our waiter and took his suggestions. The entire meal was served with comfortable precision that allowed us to dine in comfort. The food was delicious and we finished off with a shared dessert and after dinner beverages. It was a very enjoyable experience and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service nice and friendly. Tables are fairly close together.nice view of sunset over the water. Food is what I would expect of a menu from the70s. sea bass good, halibut slightly overdone. Oyster and clam appetizer was indifferent. Side dishes are something out of a school cafeteria. Tasteless broccoli and green beans. Bland rice pilaf."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "absolutely fantastic...going back soon. Live music in the bar on Wed & Fri. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Fantastic selection of fresh fish and seafood. Service very professional and non-obtrusive. Unbeatable ocean views throughout restaurant. One of the best restaurants on the coast."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "As always, our dinner was excellent...the service was flawless and the view...unbeatable! We dine here often with our family and have never been disappointed. Great place for a celebration, a night out for dinner or to take someone special for a wonderful meal. Looking forward to the next outing!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had a great sunset dinner, Johnny provided wonderful service. The good was very good, not crafted, but very good... and a good value. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "My mother and and I had a lovely Mothers Day dinner at Admiral Risty. The view was perfect and the service was just right. I applaud Admiral Risty for adding a vegetarian dish to their menu some time ago-we enjoyed it. I will be going back to Admiral Risty again in the future."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My parents started taking us to the Admiral Risty back when Marine Land (now Terranea) was our playground. The staff is marvelous, they hire local students that add youthful goodlooks to their long time experienced wait staff. Great for Sunsets The Seafood Brochettes are the BEST!!! Juicy choice fresh fish with scallops and shrimp, get two and take one home! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We booked our anniversary dinner at Admiral Risty's because we love that restaurant on many levels. The food was outstanding. I had the rack of lamb and my husband had an evening special which was salmon and shrimp. We booked early to avoid any crowds and had the best window seat in the house. Everyone was so attentive. It is truly one of the best gems on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and we are so fortunate to have it..........we especially like that it is not cold and modern but warm and inviting like the classic Lawry's in Los Angeles. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We have been going to the Risty for 30 years.. since I was a little girl!! I don't know what they do - but they cook/broil the best lobster around - to perfection!!! Te service is always spot on.. and the food is always top notch... consistently - We have Never had a bad meal at Admiral Risty!! We Love the Risty!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "the food was excellent and the oysters Rockefeller are a great way to start the dining experience completed by their exceptional bread pudding for dessert. I highly recommend the sea bass almondine for the entree as it was exceptional."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Love the old school feel. Food and service always good. Try to grab a window seat if you can and enjoy the sunset."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Been going here for years, since I was a child. Was always our place for special occasions. I'm now bringing my kids and continuing the tradition. Amazing service, great food and beautiful views. Love it! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to eat here- even on a busy day like Easter, Service and Food were outstanding. Didn't feel rushed at all- Love this restaurant! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We've been going to this restaurant since the 70's and it is still one of our favorite places on "The Hill". We never get tired of the view and the ocean always looks fantastically different. A table at the window is best but the ambience is delightful from the wooden whale sculptures in the bar area to the shells tastefully hanging in the lights around the entire restaurant. All of the waiters are so pleasant and always have smiles on their faces. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Reservations, but had to wait in the bar/lounge area for 45 minutes. Excellent food and service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014