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Must-try restaurants in Rancho Palos Verdes

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Searching for the best restaurants in Rancho Palos Verdes? Whether you’re looking forward to brunch with some friends, a sumptuous meal with the family, or a romantic date, there’s a plethora of incredible dining venues to choose from.

One of the best things about living in Rancho Palos Verdes is that top-rated restaurants are always a few minutes away. Ready to dig in? Here are several must-try restaurants in Rancho Palos Verdes:


100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


Nelson’s is an exceptional cliff-top restaurant nestled right above the ocean coves featured in the classic 1950s action adventure TV show, Sea Hunt. Located at Terranea Resort, the restaurant is named after Mike Nelson, the show’s main character played by Lloyd Bridges.

Nelson’s has received a number of awards and accolades over the past several years, including “Best Oceanfront Bar” from LA Weekly, “Best Ocean View Restaurant” from Daily Breeze Reader’s Choice Awards, and “Best American Restaurant” from the Los Angeles Times.

Diners at Nelson can savor fresh, expertly made coastal cuisine in a laidback bar atmosphere surrounded by cozy outdoor fire pits and unparalleled views of the sunset. If you’re looking for a restaurant that features some of the most breathtaking views in Palos Verdes, Nelson’s is a terrific option.

Avenue Italy

31243 Palos Verdes Drive
West Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Craving authentic Italian cuisine made with the finest and freshest ingredients? Avenue Italy is guaranteed to satisfy your craving. The restaurant boasts excellent service and a lively ambiance that’s perfect for enjoying their mouthwatering dishes including fresh salads, delicious pizzas and pastas, and wide variety of home style sides.

Avenue Italy also offers top-notch nightly specials featuring live music performances, menu specials, free corkage for special occasions, and more. Check out their nightly specials schedule here.


100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


Terranea Resort’s Bashi restaurant offers a range of delicious and innovative wok-style dishes inspired by classic Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian cuisine. Chefs at Bashi use masterful culinary techniques to craft flavorful dishes out of fresh, simple ingredients.

Diners can treat their taste buds to Bashi’s outstanding selection of freshly handmade sushi rolls, yakitori skewer specials, noodles and rice dishes, refreshing salads, and more.

Swan Thai

31206 Palos Verdes Dr. W
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Swan Thai offers a wide array of Thai dishes, vegan options, teas, and cocktails in a lovely location offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor patio seating, which is perfect for those who’d like to enjoy an al fresco dining experience surrounded by gorgeous views.

Thai favorites such as pad thai, spring rolls, satay, chow mein, curry, and crispy noodles are all on point, but one of the best items on their menu is definitely the tom yum noodle soup, which you can order without the noodles if you’d like a lighter meal.


100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


Boasting picture-perfect views of the majestic Pacific Ocean, mar’sel offers an enticing location that’s ideal for a relaxing weekend brunch or an elegant dinner. The restaurant offers an innovative twist on California cuisine and a rotating fine dining menu featuring the top-quality locally sourced ingredients such as hand-ground chocolate, farm fresh free range eggs, and herbs and citrus grown right from Terranea Resort’s grounds.

The award-winning restaurant also delights diners with the “Farm and Vine Dinner Series” which features an incredible five-course dinner crafted by some of the resort’s favorite farmers throughout California. The series also includes a tasting menu prepared by Chef Andrew Vaughan paired with choice wines from the restaurant’s signature cellars and some of the best wineries throughout the region.

Burattino Brick Oven Pizza

29701 S. Western Ave
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

If you’re craving for a tasty, piping hot and fresh-from-the-oven pizza, Burattino is the perfect place for you. Rated #1 Pizzeria in San Pedro and Palos Verdes by, Burattino serves a tasty selection of pizzas made with the finest ingredients and oven-baked to perfection.

If you’re feeling adventurous, feed your wild side by ordering their wild boar pizza, which is topped with real wild boar meat, which is traditionally used in high-end Italian cuisine.

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