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(credit: Daxiao Productions/shutterstock)


Nothing quite says the weekend like a Saturday or Sunday brunch. But, to make your weekend special meal just a little more special, nothing beats dining by the Marina! Locals and tourists flock to the Marina for delicious buffets, flowing mimosas and waterfront views. So, if you are looking to kick off the weekend or cap your weekend festivities, check out these top brunch spots in Marina Del Rey.

(credit: Beachside Restaurant & Bar)

(credit: Beachside Restaurant & Bar)


Beachside Restaurant & Bar
14160 Palawan Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 439-3033
www.pacificahotels.com

Located right on Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey, Beachside Restaurant & Bar offers fresh Californian cuisine, genuine service and gorgeous waterfront views. Guests can enjoy a beautiful morning on the marina and a variety of fresh breakfast delights thanks to Executive Chef Allyson Thurber. Popular items include the crab cake Benedict; double cream brie, asparagus and sun dried tomato omelet and the beachside scramble. Enjoy a relaxing brunch any day of the week from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. located on the sand at the Jamaica Bay Inn.

(credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey)

(credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey)


Cast & Plow
The Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 574-4333
www.ritzcarlton.com

Situated within the Ritz Carlton, Cast & Plow offers panoramic views of the marina and features farm-to-table cuisine for an a la carte menu. Executive Chef Umit Kaygusuz presents small plates that are meant to be shared and frequents local farmers markets each week to ensure seasonal produce is being used. The restaurant is an ideal brunch spot because of its views, Spanish guitar duo performance during brunch and bottomless mimosa offering ($20 per person). Brunch favorites include the house-made chorizo & potato hash, red quinoa bowl and shrimp and polenta.

(credit: Cafe del Rey)

(credit: Cafe del Rey)


Cafe del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-6395
www.cafedelreymarina.com

Overlooking the picturesque marina, Cafe del Rey is a great option for seaside brunch as guests may chose from a pre-fixe option that includes three courses and your choice of sparkling wine, mimosas, sparkling cider or Bloody Mary for $44 or dine a la cart. Cafe del Rey’s brunch options range from breakfast favorites like classic eggs Benedict and brûléed grapefruit to the restaurant’s signature seafood dishes such as the steelhead trout with charred Brussels sprouts. Brunch is available Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

(credit: Joni's)

(credit: Joni’s)


Joni’s Coffee Roaster Café
552 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 305-7147
www.joniscoffee.com

A café and coffee shop that’s been a neighborhood staple for 20 years, Joni’s Coffee Roaster Cafe uses an antique roasting machine and creates its own brews one cup at a time. Their coffee is fresh roasted on-site daily and mix their secret batches with their very own 1950’s 30 kilo German coffee roaster. Located in the Marina Beach Shopping Center, Joni’s features breakfast (served all day) or lunch options with huge portions. Diners can sit in their casual dining room or at a table on the sidewalk patio and enjoy drip coffee drinks and comfort-food.

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(credit: Killer Shrimp/Killer Cafe)


Killer Café
4213 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 578-2250
www.killershrimp.com

Along with those who walk, bike or drive to Killer Cafe, the restaurant offers the only waterfront dock-n-dine restaurant with a private dock for their boat-in guests, where diners will be able to enjoy generous portions, great prices and waterfront-row views of the Marina Harbor. Dine on their pet-friendly patio and enjoy brunch hits which include the Killer Shrimp Benedict, a beach dog with ‘all the fixin’s’ and their peach sangria or a specialty cocktail. For those with a sweet tooth, try their thickly blended premium ice-cream shakes, freshly baked apple pie from their bakery and old school banana splits from their lunch counter.

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(credit: Mercede’s Grille)


Mercede’s Grille
14 W Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 827-6209
www.mercedesgrille.com

Known for classic Nuevo Latino cuisine (a mash-up of Brazilian, Caribbean, Cuban, Latin American, Jamaican, Mexican, Portuguese, and Spanish influenced dishes), Mercede’s Grille offers diners sidewalk patio or the cozy indoor patio seating. Owner Mercede Ahrablou, who also serves as the Executive Chef, serves up generous portions of menu favorites including the chorizo con heaves, fried chicken and waffles and traditional and non-traditional Benedict’s. And what is brunch without something to drink? They offer a selection tropical cocktails including blended banana Mojitos or new fresh watermelon features.

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(credit: Marina Del Rey Hotel)


SALT Restaurant & Bar
13534 Bali Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(424) 289-8223
www.pacificahotels.com

SALT Restaurant & Bar at Marina Del Rey Hotel serves a California cuisine and a spirited cocktail menu with signature drinks utilizing fresh ingredients with names such as Salt, Midnight Run, Rosemary Martini, Skyliner and Autumn Harvest. The brunch menu includes a decadent fare of traditional breakfast offerings and Chef Gold’s appetizing Buenos Dias Chilaquiles. The menu includes the freshest fare of seafood with a jumbo shrimp cocktail, fish and chips, Scottish salmon and Baja fish tacos. Whether guests join for a brunch or dinner in Marina Del Rey, you’ll discover an innovative menu that features only the finest locally sourced ingredients with the a scenic view overlooking the sparkling marina.

(credit: Tony P's)

(credit: Tony P’s)


Tony P’s Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-4534
www.tonyps.com

Tony P’s Dockside Grill, a neighborhood staple since 1997, is an award-winning restaurant that serves seafood specialties and American classics in a large open space that includes a dining room, a shaded waterfront deck with a great view and a sports tavern with several big-screen TVs. The large menu offers everything from array of pizza, pasta, and charcoal-grilled meats to seafood specials and breakfast food. For breakfast/brunch, Tony P’s serves eggs made several ways, pancakes and French toast along with one of a kind items like the No Bones about it Chicken Hash, the Caprese Scramble and Cappacola and eggs Scramble.

(credit: Whiskey Red’s)

(credit: Whiskey Red’s)


Whiskey Red’s
13813 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-4522
www.whiskeyreds.com

Whiskey Red’s offers the largest waterfront patio on the marina overlooking the harbor. Enjoy their Saturday a la carte brunch menu from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or their award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Their Saturday brunch menu features lite bites, rise & shine breakfast items and $18 bottomless mimosas, while their Sunday Brunch features a number of indulgent options including made-to-order pasta, omelets, fresh seafood, carving stations, decadent desserts and much more. Sit back and relax with mesmerizing 180-degree views of the harbor all while enjoying an extensive whiskey collection and mouthwatering seafood dishes.

Article by Jarone Ashkenazi