Here on the Westside our affinity for the ocean runs deep. What better way to celebrate the bounty of the sea than a boat drink at one of the few nautical-themed bars and restaurants still around. We would like to pay homage at this time to the drinking holes that made our list of top spots to pretend like you’re on a boat.
The Galley Restaurant – Santa Monica
This unsuspecting neighborhood bar and restaurant even looks like a boat from the outside with its portal windows and canoe mounted above the door. Inside, this is one of the best places to get a late night meal or to just gather around the booths with friends. It’s also reportedly Santa Monica’s oldest restaurant, established in 1934 by a man named Captain Ron. Go figure. On its web site there is an even an in-depth story on the restaurant’s salad dressing.
The Galley Restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica. Photo by Westside People
Chez Jay Restaurant – Santa Monica
Chez Jay has been a neighborhood staple for the past 44-plus years. As one of LA’s premier steak and seafood restaurants in Los Angels, it’s also well known as a dive bar hangout for celebrities. Back in the day Jim Morrison, Judy Garland, Henry Kissinger and even the Manson Family were known to have dined there. And guess what else? Chez Jay has a ship wheel right in the barroom.
Chez Jay 1657 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica (310) 395-1741
The Warehouse Restaurant – Marina Del Rey
First and foremost is the granddaddy of nautical themed restaurants located in the Marina Del Rey harbor. Walking up to the front door to this establishment feels like you’re entering Disneyland’s Pirates of the Carribean. Inside, oversized dock lines line the staircase, large crates and wine barrels are stacked along the wall and all the servers wear Hawaiian shirts. And come in each Monday night for stand-up comedy.
The Warehouse Restaurant in Marina Del Rey. Photo by Westside Peope
Reel Inn – Malibu
Finally, we look toward Malibu. While it’s more like a fisherman theme than a nautical one, we wanted to recognize one of the funkiest neighborhood haunts for good seafood called the Reel Inn in Malibu. A restaurant in some form or fashion since the 1950s, the Reel Inn is one of the most popular stops for fresh seafood along Pacific Coast Highway.
Reel Inn 18661 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 456-8221