The Strand House: Best of the Beach 2018 Outdoor dining, best view
The Strand House has a fantastic view of the ocean from almost every table, but a few people each night get to enjoy it from a unique perspective: the four tables perched on the outside balcony. They enjoy the ocean breeze, or for the few weeks of winter we get, they bundle up against it. It has to be worth it even if you have to wear gloves and a scarf, the better to contrast untamed nature and the area’s ultimate civilized dining experience. To watch the sunset from this vantage point makes you feel like the luckiest person in the world, and in that moment, it’s just possible that you are.
The Strand House
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
Runner-up: Blue Water Grill
665 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach
by Teri Marin