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A Tale Of Two Restaurants

Charles Dickens began his book with the famous phrase, “It was the best of times and the worst of times.”

This applies to restaurants and to a lot of businesses, for that matter.

They can have great food or wonderful products that you’re drawn to, but their customer service repulses you.

So, you use them, time and again, but you feel queasy about it, and far less than 100% satisfied.

This is my experience with a seafood company in Santa Monica, California.

It’s in a key location, parking is plentiful, and the food is good.

But their rules are utterly insane.

For example, if you walk in and there are plenty of open tables, no one is waiting, and there are no imminent reservations that are going to show up, they’ll still make you wait up to fifteen minutes to be seated.

The other day, I asked “Why?”

“We want to give our waiters a chance to catch up.”

“To catch up with what?” I wondered. Believe me, these slugs are not overworked.

If you want a nice open booth near a window, they won’t let you have it unless you’re so insistent that it spoils your appetite.

The logic?

They just gave the server in that part of the place another party, so they’d prefer to seat you in the cave like darkness in the rear to give another server some business.

Why not let that underserved server serve you in that nice booth?

Today, I saw crawlers, bug-like beings in the lettuce that accompanied my Oysters Rockefeller.

I summoned the waiter, who said he’d speak to the manager.

In a few minutes the waiter came back and said: “They’re not bugs, they’re sea shrimp, and my manager says they’re always on oysters.”

Later, I summoned the manager and said, “I want to meet the manager who says bugs on food are normal.”

He reiterated the sea shrimp tale, but added, “We try to wash them off, and the wholesaler says they can’t get them all off before we get them.”

“Change wholesalers!” I thought.

He removed them (the oysters, not sea shrimp) from the tab.

I’m interested in hearing the health department’s take on these beings.

Anyway, wouldn’t it be nice if places like this could put a stop to their schizophrenia, purvey great food and great service, and eliminate the bull along with the other critters?

Choosing Water Front Restaurants in Marina Del Rey For Any Occasion

Venice Beach is recognized around the world as the quintessential Southern California getaway location where visitors can lift weights on the beach, roller skate along the shore, and watch for movie stars and music legends at every turn. Restaurants on the water in Marina del Rey have something for everyone: succulent steaks, fresh-from-the-sea sushi, organic vegetarian entrees, burgers dripping with flavor, and the ever popular smoothies and tropical cocktails.

Vacationers enjoy a variety of casual dining options, local favorites, and breath-taking romantic getaways. There are dining opportunities for every budget and every appetite. After enjoying one of the many activities available, whether it is surfing, shopping, a luxurious spa treatment, or just strolling along the shore, diners are sure to find unique and flavorful mealtime options at the water front restaurants in Marina del Rey.

Casual Dining

Cafe Mermaids is an excellent Venice Beach diner where you can grab a gourmet toasted sandwich while on foot or while boating. Visitors also enjoy casual dining at Cafe Petra, with an eclectic menu overflowing with inexpensive international dishes.

Cousin Cheryl’s is a great place to go for food and gifts. They build bountiful gift baskets that everyone is sure to enjoy. This is one of the most popular water front restaurants in Marina del Rey and the traditional American menu reflects this family owned and operated bakery’s dedication to fun and quality. If you prefer gourmet burgers, Islands Restaurant is the place to go. Here, they specialize in tropical cocktails, the freshest salads, and televised sports.

Local Favorites

Rainbow Acres Natural Foods is the epitome of Southern California cuisine with its healthy and hearty sandwiches, soups, and salads, and the must-have smoothie. For a relaxing and enjoyable meal, Sapporo Italian Restaurant specializes in fine Mediterranean and Italian entrees. For the brunch aficionado, Shanghai Red’s is a must see. Diners enjoy watching koi as they tantalize their taste buds with an unmatched weekend brunch menu.

Romantic Getaways

Of course, many vacations are taken with that someone special, which means there has to be at least one romantic evening out, at the water front restaurants in Marina del Rey. Marina del Rey’s longest running food establishment, the Polynesian themed Warehouse Restaurant is an excellent choice for fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and one of the finest wine lists in the region.

Cafe Del Rey is another excellent choice for a romantic dinner. They offer Australian lamb, Niman Ranch pork, and excellent seafood entrees. Their fireside lounge is sure to create some sparks of romance after your elegant dining experience. For the ultimate in romance, Hornblower Cruises & Events must be considered. Their luxury yachts provide romantic couples with an elegant dining and dancing cruise. Wine tastings, live jazz, and sunset cruises are all available.

Clearly, there are more restaurants on the water in Marina del Rey than any one could make time for in a single visit. Casual, formal, fun, or romantic, the water front restaurants in Marina del Rey are prepared to serve visitors and locals alike only the best.