Tower 42
Tower 42
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Tower 42

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.tower-42.com/
  • Phone: 3108236800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:

    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am -3:00pm


    Dinner:

    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Happy Hour Tuesday - Friday 4 pm - 7 pm

    Closed Mondays
    Closed Sunday Nights
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Thomas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a room that will seat up to 16 and a room that will seat up to 40. Both rooms have multi-media capabilities.
  • Private Party Contact: Chad Leatherman 3108236800
  • Entertainment: Call for weekly updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vista Del Mar
  • Public Transit: MTA line 115 stops right across street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
A word from Tower 42
Tower 42 is Playa del Rey's newest restaurant, specializing in Califronia comtemporary cuisine. We offer a broad variety of American favorites with an eclectic flair, in a casual but lively beach environment. Our bar features an extensive wine-by-the-glass menu as well as multiple craft draft beers and small batch liquors. We also have a separate music room offering live entertainment three to four nights a week.
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Tower 42 reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Just Okay...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    I REALLY wanted to like this place. They're fairly new to the neighborhood. They're decor is beautiful! But the service leaves much to be desired. I had a reservation... I waited 15 minutes... No one acknowledged me... I had to ask the waitress if I had to seat myself... I did... I ordered the pulled pork sliders. The bread was DELICIOUS. the horseradish sauce meh... The pork was a bit overlooked and tough. Nothing chaaresteristic of slow cooked pulled pork. For dessert I had the molten lava cake... It arrived cooler than warm but warmer than cold. The "molten" was a congealed mass of dark chocolate. Maybe if I hadn't waited 26 minutes for it to arrive it may have glowed a little more like lava... Who knows. I may give it another try...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Del Guido
    csalapatasVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Would go again only to see , Del Guido the band. Food was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So So at Sunset
    opentablevipVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    The space and location are amazing! I had hoped the food would have been on par with those but it wasn't. Special appetizer of octopus carpaccio with sea grasses was too one-note. Needed some citrus to add to it. Pasta ragu was flavorful but the meat overcooked. The deconstructed softshell crab BLT was quite good, but overall it was not that impressive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    It was a very special occasion and I could not be more disappointed. It was like eating in a barn. We were from out of town and should have checked it out a little better before we went there. It had no ambiance . I should have gotten a clue when the front of the place was nothing but weeds. Never again
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Brunch
    Cathleencdm
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The staff was very accommodating for our group at a recent graduation brunch. They moved us to a private room and provided excellent service. The brunch menu was brief but covered all the basics. The food quality was very good, highlights being the benedicts and brioche French toast. As we were celebrating, we requested dessert menus and enjoyed a beautiful cheese tray, butterscotch bread pudding, wonderful sorbets and ice creams. I can't wait to return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great but the
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    The food was great but the atmosphere was extremely noisy. We chose the dining room because the bar was to loud but the dining room was just as loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Their burgers are AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Their burgers are AMAZING and our server, Brooke, was awesome. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were at Tower 42 for an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    We were at Tower 42 for an impromptu bridal shower and it was perfect. The location, the space, the view, the bottomless mimosas, even the food. The staff were very nice and tried to be helpful. However, the only downfall was that the service in terms of actually taking orders, bringing drinks, delivering food - took a really long time. Once the actual food service part began, it felt like the staff got too busy for us. If they can take the service up a notch, Tower 42 will become the go-to for Playa del Rey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While the food was good, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    While the food was good, the service was abysmal. It took at least 10 mins after being seated before our waiter came over & another 20 mins to get water. When our beers were delivered, one of them was wrong. Rather than simply replace it & apologize, our waiter actually argued with us. We were only checked on once more throughout the meal and when we didn't order another round, our waiter disappeared until we had to hunt him down for the check. Not even a question if we'd like to look at a dessert menu! I will be fair in that the back room is far too large for one server if all the tables are filled (as was the case). That being said, there was another server just standing around not doing anything. Feeling like an inconvenience won't do.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very easy going and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Very easy going and friendly waiters and waitresses. Very good food and good prices. Especially liked the valentine special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hopping this will become a
    DewolfpVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Hopping this will become a neighborhood gem, considerably better than the first attempt but still not overwhelming for the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Playa Del Rey needed this.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Playa Del Rey has needed a better sit down restaurant for sometime. Tower 42 raises the bar in this part of town and finally gives residents an alternative to Penguinis, which has some great Italian food. Tower 42's menu is creative and interesting. Our server knew the menu well and gave great advice on dishes. There is an outside patio with a fireplace that would be perfect on warm summer nights when the Santa Anas are blowing, think romantic, sunset dinner. Pricing was good for the quality and portion of food served. We ordered 6 small plates and two glasses of wine and spent under $90, including 20% tip. Those complaining about portion sizes can go elsewhere for large portions of bland, tasteless food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was a bit slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    The service was a bit slow. The clam pasta did not have much taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place. Its been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Love this place. Its been a long time since Playa has had a GREAT place to go...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A work in progress, I think
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    We dined nearly alone at Tower 42 Sunday evening; just one other table occupied when we arrived, and a few others during the course of our dinner. Service: patchy; initially wait staff was cordial, but then was snippy and rather inattentive throughout. For 4 guests, we got 3 small slices of bread (had to request more). One diner was served two different items at the same time, had to request to send one back. Crab cake was awful - tasted like something was wrong with it, but all other food was pretty good. I had trout, a little overcooked, supposedly stuffed, but not much filling. Another had squid pasta with seafood - very good. Ambience of restaurant is nice - we were told it is very busy on Fridays/Saturdays, has a young, hip feel.
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  • Needs work!
    StarcruiserVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    We arrived for an early dinner around 5 PM and there was only one other party eating there. They have valet parking in a parking lot that cause you to wait longer then as if you had parked yourself. We ordered a bottle of red wine form a list of around 25 reds. They were out of it. We made three more attempts at ordering a bottle of red, but they were out. FInally asked what they had and just took what they had. It was listed as a seafood restaurant; however, the entrees were very strange with no basic dishes. It is kind of an eclectic tapas / seafood menu. The entrees varied from good (shrimp) to poor (smoked fish & gumbo dishes). The waitress was really friendly and very good; however, the restaurant management failed.
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  • Go with the appetizers...the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Go with the appetizers...the shrimp w/batbard and mussels make this spot a destination. The dining room is so cavernous that they should invest in in some sound dampening surfaces... They'fe impreoved the wine list and we found a delicious, juicy pinot grigio that complemented the shrimp, spicy thai mussles and miso glazed cod. We enjoyed the cod but the preparation was disappointing. The serving was the the leftovers and there was no glaze but a over salted broth that destroyed they dish The serivce was friendly and apologetic for the short staff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and Underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    My girlfriend and I went with another couple on a Sunday evening. We chose Tower 42 because all of their seafood is "sustainable and responsibly caught." I don't think I would go back again. The food was nicely presented, but it wasn't consistently good. I ordered the Day Boat Scallops. The scallops were great, but the pesto couscous that they rested on was way too oily and had an overpowering flavor that clashed with the scallops. The portion size of my meal was way too small for the price and was much smaller than the other three meals ordered by our party. My girlfriend ordered the Seared Sturgeon, which was supposed to have mushrooms but didn't. The ambiance was bad: very cold despite a fireplace and loud TVs blaring at the bar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tower 42 needs improvement
    marc
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    the restaurant was quiet on a cold and rainy night.... but the food fell under our expectations.....some work is needed in the kitchen while the shrimp and grits were pretty good, it is an acquired taste..the rainbow trout needs some work as it was not cooked as well as it could be..... there is no kid friendly food menu or list.......the mac and cheese to a kid was too experimental....and underwhelming..... however, they liked the bread.. last but not least, i had written that it was a birthday dinner but received nothing more than a mention for what was supposed to be a festive evening for my girlfriend..it was so beautiful on the way home that the planes landing from the west over the ocean distracted us the mediocre dinner expe
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We sat outside and it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    We sat outside and it was absolutely beautiful. Although we were the only ones outside, the staff was very attentive (and very friendly). Water was filled frequently and plates were cleared as soon as we had completed each course. We were apprehensive at first, as the prices seemed slightly high for what we were hoping would be a regular dining experience in Playa del Rey. We were thrilled however by the quality of the food. We had the flat iron steak, the hamburger, the mac and cheese and two seafood dishes. Everything was absolutely delicious and we will definitely be going back regularly. We are thrilled to have Tower 42 as part of our community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So glad to have Tower 42 in
    jordanwf
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    So glad to have Tower 42 in the neighborhood. After several attempts, this is by far the best place to inhabit the restaurant at the end of Culver Blvd. I really hope it sticks. Food is amazing, and the redesign is quite impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just fantastic. We will definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    Just fantastic. We will definitely be back. We had a group of eight and had everything from the burger to the steak. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot for Playa del
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Great new spot for Playa del Rey. Something for everyone. Lots of small plates to share. And Saturday nights there are amazing fresh oysters. Chef Mark is always changing up the menu and has some wonderful specials. Love the grilled ceasar salad and the scallops are amazing. Tried the salmon this time on the lemon risotto cake. Loved it. And don't forget the chocolate bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This new restaurant in Playa
    ToinetteVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    This new restaurant in Playa Del Rey is very attractive with an interesting menu. However, food was very slow in coming out after ordering despite not being busy on a Sunday evening. chairs are too low for the tables. Get some cushions please. Overhead lighting in the main dining room is rather harsh. Bar looks cozy, will definitely request that next time.There's great potential here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to sleepy playa.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Great addition to sleepy playa. Good food, friendly staff a fun neighborhood spot w/ a more upscale feel. I'll be back :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but Ambianance needs work
    AdrienneVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2012
    The wait staff were very friendly and accommodating. The flat iron steak was so tender and delicious! The special of the evening, the Sturgeon came with a sauce that was too sour and it was quickly replaced with a moist and perfectly cooked salmon. This place still seems to be finding its way, though. The music in the dining room was loud and seemed more like "happy hour" than dining background music, and the lights could be a little dimmer. It was also very loud inside when the main dining room filled up. If they had more heaters on the patio that would be the perfect place to be!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • if they wanna survive and
    biffVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    if they wanna survive and thrive, they need to work on their wait and serving staffs. it leaves much to be desired. also, they don't pour a very generous drink, which is important in building a bar business. noise is quite overwhelming but food is quite good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our second visit and we enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Our second visit and we enjoyed the food and ambiance. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second visit. I want to love
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2012
    Second visit. I want to love this place but I don't. I like it because it's close to where I live and it has a beautiful view. The drinks are not expensive compared to other westside restaurants. We started with a fried oyster appetizer that was very good. I got a burger. I thought it was a little dry. I asked for it without the blue cheese mousse & they put cheddar cheese on it. The cheese wasn't even melted.It was 2 slices of cheese, side by side, just cut & dumped. No mustard or mayo or sauce. There was a seasoning like cayan on the burger. French fries are delicious. Hot & plentiful. My friend had the pork, it was ok. I would recommend this place because of it's proximity to the beach or just for apps and drinks
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    Went to Tower 42 last night with some friends. We had an amazing experience. We were greeted at the door by the Manager and hostess. Asked if were we would like to sit. We chose the bar as it was still happy hour. The bar was hopping and our server was excellent. We had a few small plates off the happy hour menu which were all excellent. The green beans are amazing! The Chef came out and asked to see how everything was, thought that was great. My friends and I will definitely be back again to try out some other dishes and some desserts. We were too full to try any but all looked so good. I highly recommend this place and what a great local place to come too, such a nice change for Playa Del Rey.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh. Service was a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    Meh. Service was a little over eager. Food was spare - with a $20 main protein you still needed to add a vegetable. Hopefully they last until it warms up again, the patio will be great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoying a new restaurant.
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Fun place to go to. It is new and it will get better as it goes along.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really like the new look and
    Kristine314
    Dined on 10/15/2012
    Really like the new look and the ambiance on the patio. We had a large group of 9 and despite a couple of hiccups (a couple burgers came out well done instead of medium rare but they fixed it right away), the experience was pleasant. I personally had the pan seared Florida snapper with cauliflower puree and it was fantastic. Checked out the Happy Hour menu in the bar and the food and drinks looked very good - we'll be back to try it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The good news is that this
    DewolfpVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    The good news is that this new neighborhood resturant is within walking distance from our home and the food/ambiance are OK; the bad news is that the place is a bit pricey and the portions small (comments I've heard repeatedly from others).For a resturant that purports to be a life-guard tower it's all a bit "fussy", it's a beach place after all and should more refect that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • for a new place still finding
    biffVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    for a new place still finding its legs abit, it was generally pretty good. but you gotta like noise - in any of the rooms. my shrimp and grits were very good; the waitress tried hard but kinda overreached. and there are upscale amenities (your car waiting when you leave). we'll go back but perhaps not on a fri. or sat. nite.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It hasn't been open but 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    It hasn't been open but 2 weeks but already I'm loving it. It's a great, hip spot with a pretty interior and a nice place to grab a drink if you're looking for something other than the typical college, low key places already in PDR. Coming is music in the back room and a rooftop deck with an ocean view. Very exciting!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our third time since
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    This was our third time since the opening. Food is delicious with such a nice variety from small plates to nice entrees. The fried oysters and the crab cake are wonderful. My husband had the snapper that was perfectly cooked with flavors that were perfect together. I had the jidori chicken so tender and the plating is so beautiful. Playa del Rey has been waiting for a place like this. Very reasonably priced for the quality of food. And don't forget the sunsets on the patio. We will be going back again and again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was really excited to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Was really excited to try the new restaurant in town! The food was good. I think they are still working out some kinks. Will def. try again. Very loud! Need some plants to stifle the noise level!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is too new to really review.
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    It is too new to really review. We will have to try it another time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The interior is very bright
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2012
    The interior is very bright and welcoming. There is a new patio with a view of the ocean. The Front Desk was a little disorganized but they are nice. The sauteed shrimp appetizer is very tasty and the shrimp are large. I had the miso glazed black cod. The fish was good, light and moist, but whatever was under the fish was very thick and not that enjoyable. The menu says it's a broth. My friend's salmon was perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate