While Hermosa Beach might be known more for nightlife than fine dining, the city's downtown is playing host to restaurants that give its northern neighbors in Manhattan Beach plenty of competition.
In Hermosa, great meals come with a laid back atmosphere so that diners truly have the best of both worlds. We know we probably left out some great ones, so please let us know your favorites in the comments below. Here are 10 of the best Hermosa Beach restaurants.
Dia de Campo
Combining traditional Mexican cuisine with an elevated new school style, Dia de Campo has everything a fine diner can ask for in Hermosa Beach. It's West Coast-style fish house and raw bar give the restaurant a distinctly California feel while staying true to its roots with classic favorites located just a block off The Strand.
1238 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA | 310.379.1829 DiaDeCampoHB.com
For upscale dining in the beach cities, Zane’s is a perfect option, across the street from party-hearty Pier Plaza, but worlds away. Enjoy the pumpkin or lobster ravioli or Chilean sea bass with a nice bottle of wine (no corkage fee!) in the cozy, but classy establishment.
1150 Hermosa Ave., H.B. (310) 374-7488 ZanesRestaurant.com
the Hook and Plow
The Hook & Plow restaurant on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach has attracted a strong local following since its opening in early 2014, with its concept of “Farm to table, ocean to plate” cuisine, featuring the freshest ingredients possible.
425 Pier Ave, H.B. (310) 937-5909 TheHookandPlow.com
One of the newest establishments on Pier Plaza is Tower 12 which not only delivers a down-home casual place to chill but offers excellent food choices as well. Popular for its poke and burgers, you can also find top notch entrees such as a 12-hour braised short rib and pan seared scallops.
53 Pier Ave. H.B. (310) 561-6008 Tower12HB.com
Featuring a small plates menu made from locally fresh food, Abigaile restaurant combines flavors from around the world. House-brewed draft beers and hand-crafted cocktails are a unique plus here. Individual tables as well as communal dining, so meet a friend for drink or gather a group for a fun night out; you’ll feel an electric ambience here.
1301 Manhattan Ave., H.B. (310) 798-8227 AbigaileRestaurant.com
At Chef Melba, the menu features organic natural products and wild seafood that fluctuate with the seasons so what you see on the menu might not be exactly what's offered that day. Located a few blocks north of Pier Avenue near to The Strand, Chef Melba's offers a bit of peacefulness from the crowds. Run by head chef and owner Melba Rodriguez, the menu offers exquisite seafood, pasta and steak.
1501 Hermosa Ave, H.B. (310) 376-2084 ChefMelbaBistro.com
Steak & Whisky
Steak and Whisky, as the name implies, offers aged cuts of steak and an extravagant whiskey menu served among rustic leather booths and exposed ceiling beams. But that's not the only thing making this one of Hermosa Beach's best restaurants. There's an ambition to every dish that you don't always get in other places, from the beef tartare to its stuffed chicken breast with white polenta and truffle jus.
117 Pier Ave. H.B. (310) 318-5555 SteakandWhisky.com
Palmilla Cocina y Tequila
Palmilla brings fine dining right to Pier Plaza with home-style Mexican cuisine featuring the freshest seafood and the finest cuts of beef, along with an amazing selection of premium tequilas and globally inspired wines. Palmilla is brought to you by Greg and Ron Newman, the owners of Baja Sharkeez Restaurant Group, and designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of Rick Bayless’s ‘Red O’ fame. Executive Chef Christina Cipres brings a passion for Latin foods and her amazing culinary skills will impress every guest.
39 Pier Avenue H.B. PalmillaRestaurant.com/
For 14 years, Mediterraneo has been a go-to spot for those who enjoy good food and good vibes. It's easy to see why. The dining room is comfortably lit with walls of exposed brick corralling cozy leather booths and two-tops. A slender partition separates diners from the bar, softening the sounds of TV and chatter, making it possible to hold a quiet conversation.
73 Pier Ave, H.B. (310) 318-2666 TheMedHB.com
If you are unable to take that European vacation this summer—you might want to check out Casa Vincenzo. Here the Deshayes family, French transplants who had been living in London, serve an Italian menu with European charm and the sort of relaxed, laid back service you'd expect from the bistros and trattorias of western Europe.
439 Pier Ave, H.B. (310) 379-7626 Casa-vincenzo.com