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Eat and Play in Marina del Rey

Updated on July 13, 2014

Over 6,500 boats in Marina del Rey


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In the 1970s and 80s, Marina del Rey was THE PLACE to live for flight attendants and pilots based at LAX. Since its proximity is only four miles from the airport, they lived in low and high rise apartments offering views of sailboats, yachts and the marina.

One of the most popular apartment complexes was the Marina City Club. The project was financed by multimillionaire Howard Hughes. He owned part of the land that Marina del Rey was built on. It was built in the late 1960s and became a popular living community for singles and couples.

According to an article in the LA Times, Marina del Rey was kitschy in design with nautical and Polynesian themes in the late 1960s. Developers took note of the picturesque location and built Towers rising around the water, followed by denser apartment complexes and ritzier hotels. Then condos arrived in the 1980s and Marina del Rey became famous as a hub for the L.A. singles scene — mostly men in their 30s and 40s who came for the trendy bars and restaurants.

Marina del Rey's reputation as a tourist destination and a weekend hot spot for locals started to wane in the 90s as the marina aged. The Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica became a more popular hot spot for dining and meeting people. Later the restaurants on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice stole visitors away.

Real Estate developer Rick Caruso renovated Waterside, Marina del Rey, a shopping plaza redeveloped that features a cocktail-themed blow-dry salon and hip eateries like Mendocino Farms and the Counter.

Now with Tech Start-Up companies flocking to Southern California, Marina del Rey and the surrounding communities are becoming the new Silicon *Beach" Valley.

Part of this information was found from the book: Howard Hughes: His Life & Madness – By Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steel

Riding Bikes is a Fun Way to Explore


Beach and Harbor View Bike Paths

The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, also known as The Strand, is a paved bicycle path that runs mostly along the shoreline from Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades to Torrance. The midpoint is in Marina del Rey.

The path eventually veers off of Washington Boulevard and takes riders around Marina del Rey running alongside the main channel of the marina, and connects with the Ballona Creek bicycle part to Dockweiler State Beach, past LAX to see the jumbo jets fly overhead, El Porto Beach, Manhattan Beach and the Manhattan Beach piet, Hermosa Beach, through Redondo Beach, passing through the Redondo Beach Pier parking structure, to Torrance Beach and the base of Palos Verdes hills.

Bike Path Map

Marvin Braude Bike Trail in Marina del Rey:
Marvin Braude Bike Trail, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA

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Bike trail in Marina del Rey:
Marvin Braude Bike Path, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, USA

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Dining in Marina Del Rey

Marina View Dining
Celebrity Chef
Ethnic Dining
Cafe del Rey
Ricardo Zarate - Paiche - Peruvian
C & O Trattoria - Italian
Tony P's
Uncle Darrow's - Cajun
Beachside Restaurant & Bar
sugarFish - Japanese

Great Cheeseburger


Harbor View Dining at Cafe del Rey

Executive Chef Chuck Abair loves working at Cafe del Rey, because every time he walks out of his kitchen he looks out a wall of glass windows at a harbor filled with sail boats.

Previously a sous chef to Chef Michael Cimarusti at Providence, Abair brings his seafood-driven background to CAFE del REY, crafting menus that highlight the bright flavors of the season and emphasize an abundance of seafood paired with housemade ingredients.

For lunch one day I enjoyed chef Abair's wild caught Hawaiian Moonfish with chanterelle mushrooms, roasted purple peal onions with a chickpea cake topped with pan jus.

He also makes an incredible cheeseburger with Brie cheese, moist oven dried tomatoes, arugula, caramelized onions and a mustard aioli. Of course they are served with crisp on the outside and soft as a baked potato on the inside French fries and ketchup.

With unparalleled views of the harbor provides diners with a casually sophisticated dining experience. It's just a 10-minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport which is convenient for both visitors and locals alike.

Cafe del Rey

4451 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292:
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, USA

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Wild Caught Hawaiian Moon Fish


Menu Highlights at Cafe del Rey

Dungeness Crab Cakes
Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
Wagyu New York
Maple Berry Pie
Poached Salmon Salad
BLTA Sandwich
Grilled Swordfish
Chocolate Tower
Frito Misto
Lamb Burger with Harissa spiced fries
Cinque Terre - Daily Chef selection of five small dishes
Butterscotch Flan

Cafe del Rey offers a wide selection of California and Mediterranean Wines


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Summer Concerts at Burton W. Chace Park

This 10-acre park is a great gathering place in the Marina. Jutting out into the main channel, it offers one of the best vista points to sit back, listen to live music in the summer and watch the sunset.

Attracting stellar musical talent, four classical music concerts featuring the 75-member Marina del Rey Summer Symphony alternate with four exciting pop concerts on select Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.

Audiences are invited to picnic in advance of each concert. Bring your own low beach chairs and blankets for first-come, first-served seating, and a limited number of chairs are available for rent on site. Come early for best seating, and bring along a jacket or sweater to stay comfortable at night near the water. Burton Chace is located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

Concert Schedule:

Thu, Jul 11 - Opera at the Shore Sat, Jul 20 - Billy Ocean
Thu, Jul 25 - American Influences Sat, Aug 3 - Taylor Dayne
Thu, Aug 8 - Imaginary Places Sat, Aug 17 - Poncho Sanchez
Thu, Aug 22 - Russian Reprise Sat, Aug 31 - Rose Royce

Hotels in Marina Del Rey

Jamaica Bay Inn
The Inn at Marina del Rey
Ritz Carlton
11 Rooms near Mother's Beach
68 Rooms with Free Hot Breakfast
304 Rooms overlooking the Marina
4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (888) 823-5333
737 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (800) 821-8277
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (800) 542-8680


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