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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 WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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 ...."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant - great food with a special view!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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