December 19th, 2017


The merriest holiday of the year is upon us with all of the holly, jolly, jingle-bell cheer we can handle…and we love every minute of it, don’t we? The beautiful Marina Lights are dazzling passersby, a “joy to the world!” feeling is in the air, we’re shopping up a storm, and yes, hurriedly making plans for an amazing holiday dinner. Now, if you’re a true domestic hero who loves the fun of cooking and hosting a fabulous meal for family and friends—we bow to your greatness (and your boundless energy).

But for those of us who would rather sit back, have dinner served to us, and feel no need to clear a table or wash a dish—there is true holiday magic in the world…and it’s called “DINING OUT.” To take advantage, all we need to do is choose a spot (on land or at sea), peruse some menus, book our reservations and enjoy a carefree day/night filled with friends, family, cheerful servers and expertly prepared food. So easy!

And to simplify the process even more for you, we’ve listed 5 of the most out-of-this-world great holiday dining options in and around Marina del Rey—and yep, we’ve even included highlights of their menu to save you time. It’s just our way of sharing the holiday love. Enjoy—and remember to book reservations soon. These hotspots are filling up fast.


CAFÉ DEL REY—December 24
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Call 310.823.6395 for reservations or book online

The Deal: A scrumptious, exquisitely prepared, four-course Christmas Eve Buffet.

The Story: Stunning waterfront setting, awesome chef, delicious cuisine, great service—it’s impossible to be a Scrooge when Café del Rey is in your holiday picture.

The Price: $69 per person (not including tax or tip)

The Highlights: Parsnip Soup, Prime Rib, Cedar Plank Herb Crusted Salmon, Three Cheese Ravioli, Saffron Risotto, Bananas Foster, Goat Cheese Cake.


WHISKEY RED’S—December 25
13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
Call 310.823.4522 for reservations or book online

The Deal: Massive Christmas Champagne Buffet with all the fixings from 10am to 5pm.

The Story: Whiskey Red’s is known for their amazing buffets—add the huge, beautiful patio, complimentary champagne and surprise visits from Santa to the mix, and you have the perfect holiday outing.

The Price: $54.95 per adult/$22.95 per child

The Highlights: Apple-Cinnamon French Toast, Fried Chicken & Biscuits, Carving Station, Roasted Salmon, Made-to-Order Pasta Bar, Kid-Friendly Food Station, Hot Chocolate Bar.


ONE PICO AT SHUTTERS—December 24 & 25
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
Call 310.587.1717 for reservations or book online

The Deal(s): Offering Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch & Christmas Day Dinner* (*4pm to 10pm)

The Story: The always-amazing One Pico is the place to go if you really want to put the razzle-dazzle into your holiday. Gorgeous setting, ocean view, lavish menu items and since you’re at the fabulous Shutters, plenty of good selfie opps.

The Price: $110 per person

The Combined Highlights: Slow Baked Pear with Champagne, Prime Beef Filet Mignon, Tagliatelle with Porcini Mushrooms, Maine Lobster Benedict (brunch only), Roasted Mediterranean Branzino (aka: Greek sea bass), Semolina Cranberry Pie, Chocolate Yule Log.


4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Call 310.823.5333 for reservations

The Deal: Super yummy Christmas Eve Dinner Menu (in place of their regular menu) + a Christmas Day Special

The Story: The Jamaica Bay Inn’s updated Beachside Restaurant has become a go-to spot for great food and beautiful beachy views—and their Xmas Eve menu looks absolutely fab.

The Price: Varies per dish

The Highlights: King Crab Legs, Roasted Baby Beets, Mushroom Ravioli, Fish n’ Chips, Cornish Game Hen, Beef Duo Petit Filet, Baby Kale & Caesar Salad, and a host of veggie-friendly sides. (Christmas Day menu special is a Prime Rib with classic sides, plus a variety of $12 mimosas and $14 Bloody Marys.


13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
Call 888.467.6256 for reservations or book online

The Deal: Christmas Eve Champagne Brunch (boards at 11:30 am) & Christmas Day Brunch* (*already sold out!)

The Story: Treating yourself to a two-hour Hornblower dining cruise always feel like a holiday…but when the ship is all decorated and glimmering with Christmas cheer—it’s even more magical.

The Price: $68.95 per adult + tax and fees/$41.37 per child + tax and fees

The Highlights: Free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider; Cinnamon Swirl French Toast; French Crepes; Scrambled Eggs; Quiche; Chilled Prawns; Carving Stations; Harvest Pasta Salad; Fresh Fruit; Cream Puffs, Fruit Tartlets.


How are you spending the holidays? Will you be a domestic hero or a carefree restaurant patron? Let us know where you’re indulging in the holiday cuisine—we want to know!

P.S. Happy Holidays to one and all!