Do you live in Southern California and feel like you’ve had enough with the overbearing crowded city life of Los Angeles? Do you ever want to get out of your home but also relax away from the busy city life? Well, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach are the right towns for you. After a nice day at the beach, make sure to catch one of the South Bay’s many fantastic food spots. Here are the top 10 best places to eat in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach!
1. Paradise Bowls
919 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 1246 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
What’s a beach city without an acai bowl parlor? Paradise Bowls has the best acai options around. From peach to guava to chocolate, the menu offers a huge selection of all-natural, deliciously healthy fruit bowls. If you’re looking for color, try the pitaya blend for tasty and shockingly pink dragon fruit!
2. Gelato and Angels
308 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Featured on Insiders LA food edition, this vibrant and trendy gelato shop is known for their exciting (and confusing) spaghetti-shaped ice cream dessert that will freak you out! This fascinating dessert makes Gelato and Angels one of the best places to eat in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. If the ice cream and spaghetti combo doesn’t suit your fancy, there are tons of other goodies for you to choose from! Try the “ice cream taco” and the “ice cream donut” for a start.
2516 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Rabano offers a selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options that everyone can enjoy! They are widely famous for their La Bamba bowl (black beans, sweet corn, avocado, cashew-chipotle sauce, pico de gallo) and the pork belly bahn mi wrap (grilled marinated pork belly, hoisin glaze, cucumber, in-house Asian pickle slaw, jalapeño, cilantro, sriracha-jalapeño aioli). If you’re craving a filling meal, but don’t want to overindulge in unhealthy decisions, this is the place for you!
4. Gum Tree
238 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Located on Pier Avenue, this cafe has the perfect beach aesthetic and cute lattes to match. Its atmosphere makes it one of the best places to eat in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. With a focus on Australian food, Gum Tree serves anything from breakfasts to lunches, from avocado toasts to homemade pastries, and from sandwiches to pasta! Sitting outside with beautiful food in the shining SoCal sun guarantees you a good Instagram pic.
5. Ocean Diner
959 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Known for their famous cup of Joe, Ocean Diner is a classic breakfast/lunch diner that brings back the classic 50s. Go back in time with their all-day breakfast and homemade baked goods. I highly recommend the Apple Creme Brûlée Waffles, Chicken Pesto Omelet, Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese and California Chicken!
6. The Kettle
1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Open 24 hours, this restaurant is a local favorite and one of the best places to eat in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. The selection is wide; the menu lists food selections of American, Mexican, and Italian styles! Located in the perfect spot to dine before or after your day trip to the beach and to satisfy your late night cravings. And if you need a recommendation, the French onion soup is a very popular choice.
7. Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ
20 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Silvio’s is a hearty Brazilian restaurant placed directly on the pier. It’s the perfect place for meat lovers to enjoy amazing steaks, burgers, and tacos. Have at it with a nice cold brew next to the beach.
8. The Source
509 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Self-proclaimed “Edible Garden” and known for their delicious gluten-free and vegan options, The Source is precisely a five-minute walk to the beach! The cafe is cute, small, and loving, and excels in its presentation with both food and decor. The meals are a little expensive, but the good taste and health benefits make the price well worth it.
9. Tower 12
53 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Classy, romantic, and beachy, this American restaurant will make you feel as though you’re truly eating at a beach house! The patio overlooking the beach (and the sunset!) is perfect for a beautiful first date or anniversary dinner, and the California-inspired American food brings an incredible taste to go with the atmosphere. We recommend The Frenchie with its thinly sliced roast prime beef, horseradish dijonaise, au jous, and soft roll.
10. Izakaya by Katsuya
1133 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
For all you sushi-lovers, Izakaya by Katsuya is THE place to dine in and another one of the best places to eat in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. The fish is fresh from the sea, and the entrance to the restaurant itself brings the cultural beauty of Japan to LA county. If money’s an issue, the lunch specials save you from spending big bucks while still experiencing the best the restaurant has to offer! Truly a must-go place to eat.