Two of my favorite things in Southern California are the amazing restaurants we have and the magnificent beaches that surround us in every direction. Add those two things together and what do you get? Beachside dining! If you want to eat, drink and be merry near the sand, here are 9 beachfront restaurants in SoCal with stunning views and mouthwatering meals that will wake up your senses. Which one will you head to first?
1. Geoffrey's Malibu
For a day or night of romance and stunning beachfront views, look no further than Geoffrey's Malibu. The rush of crashing waves makes for a great soundtrack while you dine on a gourmet feast at this eatery that overlooks the Malibu beachfront.
2. Back on the Beach Café -- Santa Monica
Want some sand in your toes? Back on the Beach Café is literally on the beach, so bring your flip flops so you can squish your toes in the sand at this awesome beachfront eatery in Santa Monica.
3. The Shores Restaurant and Bar -- La Jolla
Impress that special someone and take them to The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla where you can dine on the beach in style. The beachfront view isn't the only thing that's impressive. Ordering seafood here is a must! The menu here features some of the finest sustainable ingredients in the area.
4. East Beach Grill -- Santa Barbara
This casual American grill serves up a scrumptious breakfast and lunch in a location with a killer beachfront view on East Beach. While there, make sure to order a burger as they are known for having one of the best burgers in town.
5. Paradise Cove Beach Café -- Malibu
Located on the beach in Malibu, Paradise Cove Beach Café is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat on the patio right on the sand. Mornings here are perfect for breakfast and a Bloody Mary. Later in the day make sure to order some fresh seafood.
6. Pacific Coast Grill -- Cardiff
Oh the romance! What a perfect spot for a table for two right on the beach. Crashing waves and fresh ocean air are the perfect accompaniment for a meal to remember. Menu tip: You can't go wrong with the seafood at Pacific Coast Grill. It's always fresh and cooked to perfection!
8. The Beachcomber Café at Crystal Cove -- Newport Coast
The Beachcomber is a necessary stop for anyone making a visit to Crystal Cove Beach. This special spot is tucked away on a picturesque beach in a glorious setting right on the sand. Show up at sunset and you'll be in awe of the vibrant sky as the sun disappears behind the ocean.
9. SEA 180 Coastal Tavern -- San Diego
You can count on the Cohn Group in San Diego to deliver some of the best restaurant experiences in America's Finest City. That includes this magnificent spot in Imperial Beach that serves the finest cuisine just steps away from the beach. Want to save a few bucks? Show up for happy hour and snag some cheap eats and drinks and enjoy the view.
These beachfront restaurants look absolutely dreamy! I know there are a ton more to choose from in Southern California, but for now these 9 gems are a great place to get started. Where are your favorite spots in SoCal to dine with your toes in the sand?