Top Ocean-View Restaurants
Who wouldn’t want to have fresh California cuisine, seafood, and cocktails while enjoying views of the surf, sand, and sunset? Below are ocean-view restaurants in Southern California. Some offer fine dining experiences while others offer a casual, laidback atmosphere, but they all offer delicious food, beverages, and spectacular views of the Pacific.
Our favorite ocean-view restaurants in Southern California:
Driftwood Kitchen | Laguna Beach
When they say “any closer and you would have to swim,” they really mean it! This waterfront restaurant is new to Laguna Beach and features an ocean-to-table dining experience. Driftwood Kitchen has a casual ambiance and provides the perfect backdrop for weekend brunch or a nice dinner with friends or family.
The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove | Newport Coast
If you’re looking for a fun place to bring out-of-town guests, or you are an out-of-town guest, The Beachcomber should be one of your first stops. The quaint, cafe-style restaurant opens up to a deck that sits right on the beach and overlooks the sand, sea, and beach-goers.
C Level Lounge and Island Prime | San Diego
You couldn’t ask for a more perfect view of the city and water than the one from C Level Lounge and Island Prime. Walls made of glass and an open outdoor patio allow you to overlook the city skyline and Coronado, and experience beautiful San Diego weather while enjoying seafood, steak, and craft cocktails. Located on Harbor Island, this is definitely one local hot spot you will want to see for yourself.
The Marine Room | La Jolla
At the Marine Room at La Jolla Shores, you’ll experience waves coming right at you as you dine. The glass-walled dining room is so close to the water that waves actually crash into the windows during unusually high tides, a delight for anyone dining window-side. The Marine Room has welcomed celebrities, world figures, locals, and visitors for more than 70 years, so you won’t want to miss out on dining at one of the most iconic ocean-view restaurants in San Diego.
Nobu | Malibu
Views of the ocean are available from nearly every seat in this beachfront restaurant, which includes outdoor patio seating, an exterior lounge, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Reservations are strongly encouraged, though the Sushi Bar and bar area offer first-come, first-served seating if you happen to be in the area.
The Boathouse | Long Beach
Style, class, and romance can be found at this unique Long Beach restaurant. In addition to beautiful ocean views, the steak and seafood restaurant is owned and operated by locals, and has a warm and inviting atmosphere. Head over for happy hour, from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and enjoy live music and dancing seven nights a week.