When you want sushi with a view, it’s impossible to beat Nobu Malibu. The iconic restaurant perches over Surfrider Beach with views of the sea, the sand and the nearby Malibu Pier, and while it offers scenery galore, that doesn’t mean it’s just a pretty face. Nobu Matsuhisa’s cooking is world-class, and it’s here that you’ll find sushi, Japanese classics and the chef’s signature fusion bites (yes, we do mean those tuna tacos). With a minimalist aesthetic, the focus is all on the food and the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean and all that salt air. Just be sure to ask for patio seating when you make a reservation (and you will be needing a reservation).
L.A. is home to scenic beauty in every corner of the county, but the coastline is undeniably some of the best. Fortunately, a few of our favorite restaurants offer a place to perch next to (and sometimes directly over) the shoreline, giving us dinner or lunch or brunch with a view. Whether you’re looking for high-end, world-class sushi, a casual seafood fry with a pitcher of beer, or simply a spot to sip a mai tai and take in some ocean air, here are L.A.’s best waterfront restaurants. (And if you’re looking for the ultimate in casual waterfront dining, consider stocking up on picnic food and taking it to the beach.)