Favorite Restaurants ~ Los Angeles area

Crème de La Crepe

A terrific restaurant for breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner;  French food; marvelous selection of crepes and so much more; very good champagne, wine, cappuccino and deserts (Crepes Suzette is great!). Several locations, highly recommend the restaurants in Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes. http://www.cremedelacrepe.com/

Cheesecake Factory, Redondo Beach

This location has a terrific outdoor patio, looking over the Redondo Beach Marina. Good place for brunch, meet friends, enjoy sitting outside …http://locations.thecheesecakefactory.com/ca/redondo-beach-3.html

Fritto Misto Italian Café

Very good place for fabulous Italian food; nice wine variety; extensive pasta selection, including a marvelous Sweet Potato Ravioli in a sage cream sauce with wild mushrooms; home-made desserts, cappuccino. https://www.frittomistoitaliancafe.com/

Hennessey’s Tavern, Hermosa Beach

Great place for breakfast or drinks / dinner later in the day. It’s on the beach, sit outside or upstairs and watch beach volley ball and the activity on The Strand as you indulge   … https://www.hennesseystavern.com/hermosa_beach.html

Marmalade Café, Malibu

Nice place for lunch when you want a good salad, sandwich, burger or pasta There are other locations, but this one, in a small shopping center is a favorite.  https://marmaladecafe.com/locations/malibu/

Parker Lighthouse, Long Beach

Nice menu, you will enjoy sitting outside, taking in the splendid view, including the Queen Mary.  http://parkerslighthouse.com/

Paisano’s Pizza, Hermosa Beach

The Best Pizza west of NYC! NY Style pizza and good southern Italian favorites; NY style cheesecake for desert. http://www.paisanospizzahb.com/

Tea at Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Have fun trying new restaurants and foods when you travel. Enjoy discovering new restaurants and coffee shops and returning to your favorites.   Bon Appetit!

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Tea at Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Enjoy your magnificent Afternoon Tea in beautiful surroundings at the beautiful, inviting Café Pacific. Sip your complimentary glass of champagne as you gaze out at the spectacular scenery. The staff are very attentive and know what you desire before you ask.

I went with three friends so the photos below show Tea for four. Along with impeccable service, the food is excellent. Your serving tier will have a marvelous variety of mini sandwiches, scones and dessert. A sample menu is below.

Would I recommend this Tea? Most definitely. For me, it will be on my list of “must do” when revisiting the Los Angeles area.

After indulging, walk about the beautiful grounds and adjacent public park with walking trails, some leading to the ocean.  Photos ~ Trump National Golf Club and vicinity, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Afternoon Tea is available Monday thru Saturday and all reservations are to be made 48 hours in advance. www.trumpnationallosangeles.com

Sample Menu

  • Sandwiches: Cucumber, Mint Cream Cheese on Sourdough, Curry Chicken, Celery Mayonnaise on Croissant, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper, Chives on Wheat Prosciutto, Swiss, Lettuce, Tomato, Grain Mustard on Sourdough Egg and Watercress Sandwich
  • Scones: Cranberry and Apricot Scones. Served with Homemade Jam Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream
  • Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Fresh Lemon Squares, Double Fudge Chocolate Brownies, White Chocolate Mousse Cups
  • Beverages: Featuring a selection of exquisite loose leaf teas and one choice of the following: a glass of champagne, white wine or sherry


Another Tea to try in the LA area is at the Getty Villa: Tea by the Sea ~ The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA

Tea by the Sea ~ The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA

When you plan your visit to The Getty Villa, check their web site for information about making reservations for Tea by the Sea (currently offered twice a week). The web site has extensive information about the menu, price and parking. Reservations must be made in advance.  Check their website for hours of operation, parking, special events and calendar: http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/

You will enjoy walking about the magnificent art collection in the villa and the gardens both before and after your Tea. After the Tea, you can join a docent tour of the gardens. Browse their interesting Museum Shop with a terrific collection of books, jewelry and unique gift items.

The Tea is in a function room, on the third floor, overlooking the Villa. When I went, there were 10 tables set up for various size parties, from solo dining to a group of eight.

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South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

When visiting the LA area, check out this beautiful oasis, located on the Palos Verdes peninsula. The 87 acres have over 2,500 species of plants so that there is always something in bloom. For me, it is always a must visit place.

When you pay your admission, you will receive a welcome map detailing the gardens,  collections and walking paths. There is tram service offered on weekends.

Your walk starts at the Japanese Garden and Koi Pond. From there, you can meander through the Children’s Garden and the nearby, newly designed Rose Garden. Enjoy exploring the California native plants.

There are benches located throughout the garden, many in shade. Guests enjoy bringing food and having picnics in the lovely surroundings.

There is information on their web site how you can plan your event in this beautiful garden setting. Check also for upcoming events https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/

Enjoy your journey. Additional photos:  Photos ~ South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes, CA