Admiral Risty
Admiral Risty

Admiral Risty

  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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 3103770050
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Admiral Risty reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (72)special occasion (55)romantic (43)neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (23)good for groups (17)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • My favorite place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Each person in my family gets to choose where they want to go on their birthday. I always choose Admiral Risty's. I love the warm ambiance and the sunsets. The food and service are outstanding and it is quiet so you can hear each other talk. Love this place. Always pick it for my BD, always will. PS. We also go at other times of the year and invite friends and family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful location and the food
    Thea
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We have dined there several times and are always impressed with the quality of the food and the friendly impeckable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service with a smile
    DJIcemanVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The Admiral Risty is one of those restaurants that could get by on its priceless ocean view alone, sacrificing food quality and service excellence. Luckily for us, it doesn't do either. This is a restaurant staffed by professionals who really seem to care about their customers and the experience they have. This is matched by a kitchen that puts out consistently excellent fare. Add it all up, and the Admiral Risty is a surprisingly good restaurant!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Risty's Rocks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Excellent dining experience as always. Ordered flowers on line with my reservation & at my request they were sitting on our table when we arrived for dinner. HUGE hit with my wife.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Outstanding
    JoyR
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was my grandparents "go to place" most of my life(I'm 64).They built a home in PV about 5 minutes away.they probably ate here at least once a week. For about 20 years! I remember going here when I was a teen and successively all family members coming as a family and individually and as we grew up coming here, then bringing our children and now grandchildren.We had lots of milestone family events celebrated here - new lives , my oldest son's wedding day, ( goodbyes of family members too) . The fish is the best I've had anywhere. Everything is great-entrees , salads- to desserts- consistently. The Sunday brunch is tremendous too! - always wished I could eat more! We live in Northern CA now but always eat here when we're in town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    BeachbarbVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I have never had a bad experience n the 40+ years that we have been going there. Though there are other great choices, the halibut almondine remains a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter was horrible
    Trev102582
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I come here all the time because the food is great, but this was probably the worst service I've had here. Our waiter was not good. Service was slow and we had to ask everyone else for things we needed. Our waiter took our cups for refills and never came back. But when it came to the check, that was dropped off and taken quickly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dootsie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Always outstanding with huge list of postive marks for food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Fish & Great Service
    luvinglife
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We had the pleasure of going to dinner with out-of town friends on a week night. They enjoyed the ambiance and a wonderful sunset. Our server Jimmy gives outstanding service every time we dine here. We have dined at this restaurant since 1969. Now that is saying a lot! They continue to be our favorite place to go to for fresh fish, ambiance, and great service- How can you go wrong/??!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    Buddy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I love everything about Admiral Risty, the food, the staff, the view, the ambiance, its history, and the location -- even if it is 50 miles from our home. The trip is well worth the dining experience. Hands down, Admiral Risty is our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The Admiral Risty not only met our expectations, it exceeded them! The ambiance was wonderful, the food was delicious and our service was wonderful! Could be fun to go earlier, like 5:30pm so that you can see the sunset! Very nautical too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katrina
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went for the first time ,we loved it and the food was great too .scenery was nice .pleasent server we had we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jolly
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great service and great food. The baked potatoes are a potato lover's delight!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • magpie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a 6pm reservation and were seated instantly and Mother Nature provided an epic sunset. Always check to see what time the sun goes down. Sure, the food and drink are great, but the sunset was the best! Got lucky, not too cloudy/foggy so it was a great sunset
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    BeachbarbVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We have been going to the Admiral Risty since it opened in the sixties and I cannot remember ever having anything but the best food, best view and best service. On our last visit we had a friend with us who now suffers from a variety of challenging health problems. Everyone at the Admirable Risty worked hard to accommodate us and make the evening most enjoyable as we celebrated our friend's 76th birthday. Our waitress was a marvel and the efforts made by all were deeply appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunset in Palos Verdes
    reynoldsphoto
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    There's a very nice view of the ocean off Palos Verdes. The wait staff at Admiral Risty's were helpful and friendly. We were served warm bread and sipped our cocktails before our appetizer arrived. They have a very good and tempting variety of appetizers (we had the Oysters Rockefeller). There was a wide array of sea food choices as well as steaks with variations on how to prepare your entree. We watched the sun set as we ate our meal, it was wonderful. I highly recommend Admiral Risty's, a beautiful dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Old School
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and service was very good. The staff and waiter were very friendly. It's definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD-SPECTACULAR VIEW
    GoddessOfDarkChocolate
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was an early Saturday dinner (5pm)... The view was spectacular of the setting sun over the ocean... Our server, Martin, was friendly, helpful, and soooo attentive throughout the meal...The menu offers a somewhat unique array of ways to prepare and finish fish... and Martin promised NO BONES... Soooo... I tried the trout "poached" (Simmered in dry vermouth with capers & tarragon, then finished with lemon & hollandaise)... It was superb!!! My husband's mussels on linguini was equally good... We shared excellent chocolate mouse stuffed crepes for dessert
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 48 Years of excellence
    BeachbarbVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have been coming here since it open in 1966 and cannot think of anytime that the food and service have been anything short of excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding!
    sanpedropv
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I had heard so much about this restaurant over the years, I finally decided to try it. It more than lived up to my expectations! The service was wonderful, our waiter was very knowledgeable, and the food was delicious! A great place for a romantic dinner or special occasion!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scallops were Great
    TrishasTemptations
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best Scallops I have had in 30 years! I had the fried Shrimp and Scallops.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    Clearwater
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is the best Restaurant you could ask for great food,service and atmosphere. Try to time dinner with the sunset!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Admiral is not rusty
    Occasionalgourmet
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is one of those out of the way places in a shopping center in Palos Verdes Where Hawthorne meets the sea. They have been ther about 50 years and they still deliver a fine dining experience with the most spectacular sunset view imaginable. Gazing out over the ocean Catalina visible on clear days. The green beans were a perfect al dente. The Sea Bass was delicious. A great date night for a grown up couple. There were kids there but mostly folks over 50. My people.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been coming to the Admiral Risty for years...I always know I can bring out of town guests and they will be so happy .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WE WERE THRILLED!
    CheriW
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary, made a request for a table by the window via Open Table, and that is exactly what we got. The food was delicious, our server, Jimmy, was fantastic. We loved the ambience; and even though it is a lovely restaurant, people were dressed fairly casually. The portions were huge. We could have ordered one meal between us with a split charge and that would have sufficed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always "Good" But That's About It
    Pd2Prty
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    You know what you are going to get, and this day and age - that can be enough for a good dining option. Same menu, same presentation, same staff (that's a good thing too), same entertainment, same consistent quality - isn't going to blow anyone away but no one's going to complain either. The view is spectacular and you don't have to fight with that terrible Terranea parking situation to get there. I think they may be missing out on an opportunity in the bar - the classics should be better - unfortunately, very basic. But, I knew that going in ....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch; beautiful view
    ssmantis77
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My friend and I celebrated her birthday with a delicious brunch at the Admiral Risty. We were warmly greeted by Tim and then escorted to our window table with a spectacular view of the ocean. I ordered my favorite brunch meal "Hot Flank Steak Salad" and shared the decadent, delicious "Bread Pudding" for dessert. Both items were excellent as usual. We had excellent service and a very enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to all at the Admiral Risty. See you soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Risty
    Hoepie46
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My wife and I were entertaining out of town friends and took them to the Risty. We love the food and the service at the Risty, which I why we took them for dinner and to enjoy the sunset as well. We all enjoyed our food, wine, and the service. Each of our dining experiences has been very enjoyable, which is why we keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • whizzy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Celebrated a 41 wedding anniversary just the 2 of us-wanted to see a great sunset by the clouds where to low- great service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never again!
    Disgusted
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were regular customers of Admiral Risty in Golden Cove, RPV. However after booking several days in advance, for my boyfriends up and coming birthday, I won't be back. Firstly I asked for a table with an ocean view. Then I also added it was a birthday celebration. We arrived and were asked by the manager, for the name if the birthday boy. No ocean view and no mention of my bf's birthday at all. Service was mediocre. I told the manager as we left how upset I was. His reply? "Oh well, it happens!" After years of giving them business this is how I was treated, not to mention our elderly 93 year old mother. We have been residents our entire lives and will look for another restaurant that has courteous staff!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Great
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Admiral Risty has been a land mark in Palos Verdes forever. It is an excellent place for dinner with family or someone special. The menu is more than generous and the cost is reasonable. A must for those who have never been.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Special Occasion Meal
    Grateful
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Because it's on the pricey side, this is where our famy enjoys special meals. The food is consistently delicious, the service is outstanding, and the atmosphere is relaxing. Great value for all!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, food, service, $$$...
    Eatgreatfood
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Hadn't dined there in a couple years.. My parents favorite restaurant "dinner treat" became "ours" when the bill arrived! My dad squirmed when he saw the prices & ordered chicken - he doesn't like chicken... But he enjoyed his clam chowder. Our sea bass was delicious. Do you have an early bird or senior price so they could dine there more often? The service was great.. beautiful sunset.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Good Food Old School
    GingerEats
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Risty is a consistently good place and while a bit high priced, you get a lot for your dollar. The service is excellent and the staff have mostly been there for many years. Jimmy is a tribute and his recommendations are not to be ignored.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is a great restaurant - great food with a special view!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly
    lovenyc
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After all the years I have coming here, this place never disappoints, in its quality or service. A throwback to the past in dining experience or very old school.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 692 reviews are from the Admiral Risty reviews archive.
  • Admiral Risty
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was o.k. nothing special,especially for the price, Service was terrific. Was greeted at the door and we choose to wait awhile for a window table that we requested. Had a fun night with our friends..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Risty preserves admirable dining
    4ever
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 50th Wedding Anniversary
    GoHomeAgain
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet