Café del Rey
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Michele Stueven Tuna
- Mon.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; happy hour, 2:30 p.m.-close.
- Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
- Full bar
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Prix Fixe
Hidden in the middle of Marina del Rey, surrounded by seagulls and sailboats, Café del Rey is the perfect spot for dinner at sunset or brunch on a lazy Sunday. Just about every table in the restaurant enjoys relaxing harbor and marina views. The Mediterranean coastal–inspired cuisine comes from executive chef David Vilchez, who began his culinary career as a cook in the U.S. Navy before going on to become a classically trained French chef at Le Cordon Bleu. Known for seafood dishes, Café del Rey favorites include wild sea bream with sunchoke confit, fennel, walnuts and ginger lemongrass sauce and squid ink pasta. The Caesar salad is among the best in town, with plenty of whole briny anchovies. There are choices for carnivores, too, like the New Zealand lamb chops with baby turnips, celery root puree, coffee and currant demi-glace, or the lamb burger. If the Laura Chenel goat cheese cake with pistachio crust, Bing cherry compote, caramel sauce and Chantilly sets it over the top for dessert, you can always walk it off with a stroll through the marina. —Michele Stueven
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