Ragin Cajun Café – South Bay (Redondo Beach)

Ragin Cajun Café – South Bay (Redondo Beach)

Ragin Cajun Cafe and Moonshine Bar

What: Ragin Cajun Café

Where: South Bay (Redondo Beach)

For: All Ages

We first went to this restaurant for Dine LA, and we not only fell in love with the food but the atmosphere is very fun and inviting as well.  Although there was another location shortly open in Hermosa Beach, the Redondo Beach location makes you feel like you’re being transported back to New Orleans for some authentic Cajun food.

Cajun Dining Options

The Restaurant

Ragin Cajun Café gives the South Bay authentic Cajun food from Lafayette Louisiana.  There is a parking lot outside for patrons with a short wait time if you don’t have a reservation.  The restaurant is decorated with a Mardi Gras theme mixed with Bourbon Street and New Orleans.  The mascot is an alligator, and it is present along the walls and in the menus.  License plates, beads and décor surround guests while they’re eating.  A kids’ menu is available for the younger patrons, and there is a mix of locally made and Louisiana craft beer selection for the adults.

Seafood Boil

At various times throughout the year, Ragin Cajun Café has seafood boils for the community to attend at a ticketed price.  Generally, the restaurant books an area at the Seaside Lagoon for these Seafood parties.  Brunch is also offered on Sunday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  Happy hour is from Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Dining Options

The Food

Every time I go to a Cajun restaurant, I have to try a few things including the gumbo, jambalaya and the beignets.  After trying all three, I have to say that the jambalaya is my favorite.  Although I do love a good beignet, the ones offered here were not as fluffy and soft as the ones I’m used to in New Orleans.  Ethan ordered the shrimp po’boy (a shrimp Cajun sandwich) that was spiced to perfection.  There are also a variety of hot sauces to try on each table.  So far, we have eaten at this restaurant four times, and we always love to come back when we’re in the mood for some Cajun comfort food.

Shrimp Po’Boy

The Crowd

There is a very homey feel to the restaurant, and the owner is often there greeting guests like family.  Many of the patrons are regulars and locals of the South Bay area.  The restaurant is very family-friendly.

Bloody Mary

Cost

$2 Margarita Tuesdays and Happy Hour is offered for those who want to save some money.  You can expect to spend from $20 to $30 per person when dining at Ragin Cajun Café.  I think that it’s worth every penny spent.  Drinks are also heavily poured and very tasty.

Seafood Boil

Ragin Cajun Café Information

525 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 92626

(310) 540 – 7403

www.ragincajuncafe.com

Dining Options

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Corvette Diner – Mission Bay (San Diego)

Corvette Diner-Mission Bay (San Diego)

Sky and Emma at the Entrance of Corvette Diner

What: Corvette Diner

Where: Mission Bay (San Diego)

For: All Ages

My cousin recommended that we try out Corvette Diner when we told her that we were taking the kids to San Diego for a few days.  It was a short drive from the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, and it exceeded all expectations.

Corvette Diner

The Diner

When you walk into the diner, you’re immediately transported to the 1950’s.  There is a beautiful classic corvette behind the host stand, and the wait was about 40 minutes long.  We didn’t mind the wait because there was a full-service bar that we ordered drinks from before taking the kids to the back of the restaurant to play as many games as they could before we were called to be seated.  The restaurant also boasts a DJ booth with DJ spinning tunes from the 50’s and checkerboard dance floor.  Another dessert bar is in the back of the restaurant, and patrons are allowed to sit and order floats, Sundays, etc. 

Inside the Diner

Old movies, cartoons and music videos play in black-and-white in the back dining room.  Booths and tables are in the two other rooms, and there is ample space for everything from two-somes to large parties.  There was even a balloon artist that came around to each table and made balloon sculptures for each of the kids (he worked on tips!). 

The Kids with their Balloon Butterfly Wings

The waiters and waitresses were dressed appropriate to the decade, and the waitress really had a great connection to the kids.  She not only brought everyone at the table ‘Corvette Diner’ hats, but she brought extra for their baby dolls also.  After some online research, I was able to see that there are options to book our rooms for parties and corporate events.

Sky and Emma with their Corvette Diner Hats

The Food

The food was very much American Comfort food.  Ethan and I both ordered burgers that were so large we couldn’t finish them.  The kids ordered a hot dog and macaroni and cheese, and the portions were large for them as well. 

Ice Cream Floats

When the waitress brought the kids their lemonade, she put a top on the cup and put sprinkles and a cherry on top (which blew their little minds).  The food was made well, and we left with full stomachs and the desire to come back.  The second day we were there, I ordered an Oreo shake that was to die for.

The Fun Zone

The Fun Zone

We were super surprised that there was an entire arcade in the back of the diner.  A few party rooms were available for rental and dining as well.  Party eat and play packages were offered to patrons for an affordable price.  You’re able to play using a card instead of tokens, and you need to pre-pay prior to sitting down at any games. 

Ethan and the Kids Playing Pinball

Ethan ended up purchasing the most expensive play card, and the kids not only had enough credits to play the entire night, but we came back the next day to finish playing.  There is also an area where the kids can redeem their tokens.  I would compare this to a higher-end and cleaner Chuck-E-Cheese with affordable pricing.

Shakes

The Crowd

The clientele is definitely family-centric with the theme, staff and arcade.  It is very loud and busy, although that’s what we would expect coming to this diner.  The area is also very safe and clean, and we came out earlier in the day to take the kids around and look out at the bay before finishing using our gaming credits.

Other Dining Areas

Cost

Our bill was only $50 (including tip) for dinner.  We tipped the balloon man $5, and the highest level play pass was $50.  Drinks ranged from $10-$12 with desserts costing from $6 to $10.   The experience was so good that I convinced my cousins and parents to come down the following week to experience the magic of this diner.

Corvette Diner Information

2965 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

(619) 542 – 1476

https://www.cohnrestaurants.com/corvettediner

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Habana – Orange County

Habana-Orange County (Costa Mesa & Irvine)

The Bar

What: Habana

Where: Orange County (Irvine and Costa Mesa)

For: All Ages

Outdoor Seating

Habana is a Cuban restaurant in Orange County that I was introduced to by my coworkers.  I’ve been here a few times, and it not only has authentic décor but the food is amazing.  They also make pretty strong drinks!

Coconut Mojitos

The Restaurant

When you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted with a beautiful authentic Cuban setting.  Both indoor and outdoor seating is provided for guests.  Although I’ve never been to the Irvine location, I can only imagine it’s just as beautiful as the Costa Mesa location (please note that there is no bathroom in the Costa Mesa location). 

Paella

A gorgeous bar with dim lighting creates a posh ambiance in Habana. On Friday and Saturdays in the Costa Mesa location, they have ‘Habana Nights’ where live musicians play music for patrons from 10:00pm to 2:00am.  The Irvine location entertains from Wednesday nights to Saturday nights. 

Sunday Brunch

The Food

On Sundays, Habana offers a brunch from 9:00am to 3:00pm with picks of all types of food from seafood to paella.  Mojito Mondays offer $6 mojitos all day.  Specialty cocktails are also offered.  We ordered a ton of different appetizers and entrees, each one seemingly tasting better than the rest. 

Specialty Cocktails

The food combined with the lush atmosphere of the restaurant really transports you to Cuba.  The wide variety of choices for food gives an option for everyone.  My favorite drinks were the mojitos that came out in fresh cut coconuts…which we ended up eating after our meal!

Outdoor Brunch

The Crowd

I’ve been to Habana for both lunch and dinner, and I can’t decide which time is better.  If you go to the Costa Mesa location, beware of parking…you will probably be forced to valet (which is complimentary if you show them your receipt from the restaurant).  The crowd consisted mostly of adults, assumingly because of the complexity of the dishes that required a more refined palate.

The Amazing Food of Habana

Cost

Sunday brunch is $45 per person with kids under ten years old costing $19.  Without drinks, we spent about $35 per person, with drinks costing about $10 to $13 each.

The Indoor Seating Area

Habana Information

Costa Mesa: 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 556- – 0176

Irvine: 708 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 419 – 2500

www.restauranthabana.com

Sunday Brunch

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Fire + Ice – Anaheim

Fire + Ice – Anaheim

What: Fire + Ice

Where: Anaheim

For: All Ages

My family took me to Fire + Ice for my birthday three years ago, and it was a very interesting experience.  It’s right across the street from Disneyland, and it’s the perfect place to go as a group for some good food and company.  We’ll probably go again to eat after stopping in at Disneyland since they’re in such close proximity.

The Restaurant

Fire + Ice is a create-your-own-meal experience that serves Brunch, Dinner and Lunch at fixed prices.  Guests grab a bowl and fill it with their favorite ingredients before heading over to the sauce bar to add some extra flavor.  There is an assortment of toppings, sauces, spices and herbs for plates.  After patrons have mixed their perfect concoction, they bring it on over to the grill to watch the chefs cook their food.  It takes from five to ten minutes to gather your food and for the chefs to complete your plate, and you can come back as often as you want.  The chef was very personable, and it was nice to chat with him while he was preparing our meal on a huge grill in front of us.

There is both indoor and outdoor seating on the patio.  The patio includes a fire pit and live entertainment on the weekend.  Happy Hour is available all week from 3:00pm-6:00pm.  There is also a full bar available for adults.

The Food

The restaurant offers a variety of Asian, American, Latin and Italian flavors.  I made a few smaller dishes so I could try everything.  This is probably why we ended up staying in the restaurant so long (since it takes 10 minutes to make one dish).  The Asian food includes noodles, eggs, siriracha sauce, bok choy, soy and ginger (just to name a few!).  The American culinary experience includes wings, ribs and burgers.  Latin flavors give choices such as beans, rice and tacos.  The Italian experience focuses on pastas, sausage, meatballs and various herbs and spices.  Each dish that I threw together was cooked to perfection and tasted amazing.

The Crowd

The first time I came here was in the middle of the week during lunch time, so there was no wait.  The second time we attempted to come, there was a 90-minute wait.  I would suggest calling the restaurant to make a reservation or putting your information in online.  If you are able to get in, the experience lasts about an hour to 90 minutes.  Another thing to keep in mind is parking.  When we tried to get in at 5:00pm on a Saturday, we were circling the parking structure for 20 minutes trying to find a spot after finding out about the hour-and-a-half late before ultimately leaving and going somewhere else.

Cost

Brunch costs $14.99 per person for adults and $9.99 for kids ages 4-11.  Lunch costs $11.00 for adults and $7.99 for kids, with dinner coming in at $18.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids.

Fire + Ice Information

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(714) 808-9757

fire-ice.com

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Tony’s on the Pier-South Bay

Tony’s on the Pier-South Bay

What: Tony’s on the Pier

Where: Redondo Beach

For: All Ages/Ages 21+ at Night

Tony’s on the Pier (aka ‘Old Tony’s’) is a restaurant and bar that allows guests to have an amazing seafood meal while sitting on the Pacific Ocean.  I’ve been here a few times, once for the afterparty of a good friends’ wedding and once for a night out in Redondo Beach with Ethan.

The Restaurant

The restaurant is situated on the pier and has large glass windows overlooking the ocean.  It was especially nice that the décor of the restaurant was completely ocean themed.  There were lobster traps, fishing nets and various sea creatures lining the walls.  Tony’s is open for lunch and dinner, and menus are on the website.  We had a pre-fixed course with soup and entrees.  The chowder was amazing, and the clams were perfect.  I really enjoyed the way Tony’s cooked and seasoned their seafood.  It wasn’t too heavy so that we felt extremely full when I was finished, but it left us completely satisfied.

Top O’ Tony’s

If you walk up the stairs from the restaurant, there is a rooftop bar with live entertainment.  The rooftop offers a full bar and a small amount of seating for guests.  The bartenders were very kind and personable.  There was trail mix on each table for patrons to enjoy while sipping their cocktails.  The view of the Redondo Beach Harbor is best from the rooftop. Happy hour is offered during select dates and times (please check the website for specifics).  The live entertainment has always been a great addition to the bar.  Although the area is small, it felt very intimate with the musicians singing and playing their instruments close by.

The Crowd

The restaurant is open for all ages, with the rooftop bar reserved for ages 21 and over.  The crowd is quieter at Tony’s, with most guests coming to enjoy the live music and ambiance of the restaurant.  Parking for the restaurant is in a prepaid parking structure east of the pier.  Keep in mind that if you decide to take an Uber or Lyft to the Redondo Beach Pier, cell service becomes extremely spotty (no matter which network), so you’ll have a difficult time getting out.

Cost

Lunch costs about $20 per person, excluding drinks.  Dinner will run about $30 per person, again excluding drinks.  At the top bar, cocktails are about $12 each.  Since Tony’s is one of the few restaurants that overlooks the ocean, the price is definitely paid along with the location and quality of the food makes the restaurant and bar worth the price.

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Tony’s on the Pier Information

210 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 374-1442

oldtonys.com

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The Grove/The Original Farmers Market-Los Angeles

The Grove/The Original Farmers Market-Los Angeles

What: The Grove/The Original Farmers Market

Where: Los Angeles

For: All Ages

The Grove and Farmers Market is literally somewhere you can spend all day.  Not only may you catch a celebrity sighting or two, but there are always so many things to do.  I used to take Skylar all the time when she was younger.  We loved watching movies, going into the stores and trying out the amazing food at the market.

The Grove

During the summer, they have a concert series with some pretty famous singers.  There is a nice grassy area that families can set up with a blanket and picnic while they’re watching the concert.   Every so often there is a fashion show as well (check the website for special event information). There is also a double-decker trolley that’s on a track.  It allows you to jump on and off whenever you please while it makes its way from one end of The Grove to the other.  A movie theater plays all the new releases and sits right in the center of the venue.  A dancing fountain shows at regular intervals and is beautiful to watch.  If you’re a regular visitor to The Grove, make sure to sign up for the kids club so you can be first to find out about special family-friendly events.

The grove has a variety of stores, ranging from common chains that you would find in any mall to higher end luxury boutiques.  What’s interesting about the stores is that they’re truly glamorized to reach the Hollywood crowd.  For example, the Abercrombie and Fitch is three stories high and has fit shirtless male models that welcome shoppers.  There are also a variety of sit-down restaurants around The Grove.  Although I would suggest saving money and exploring the Farmers Market, some of the restaurants have outside seating that allow guests to people watch (and, as I said…maybe have a celebrity sighting!)  One of our favorite dessert places is Sprinkles (I’ll probably post about this later).  They have the most amazing cupcakes we’ve ever had…we even grab ‘pupcakes’ for the dog when we go there.  There is always something to do at the Grove by yourself, as a couple or with the family.

The Farmer’s Market

Although not affiliated with The Grove, the Farmers Market is attached to the huge outdoor mall.  There are two separate parking lots specifically for the Farmer’s Market.  The merchants include an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants.  Seating is outside on a first-come first-served basis.  Generally if we go with a group, we make sure that we have a table to sit at first (these fill up easily) prior to getting our food.  Since there is such a large variety of food offered, many times people in our group all go to different places to eat.

At the shops, you will find a variety of odds and ends.  There is one place that more types of hot sauce than you can imagine.  Another only sells hats.  All in all, there are about 100 shops and restaurants to choose from in the Farmers Market.  Please check the website for days and hours of operation.

The Crowd

As I mentioned before, I’ve been to the Grove alone, as a couple and with my family.  Every time it has been amazing, and the crowd has been a joy to interact with.

Cost

Parking at the Grove has various options.  Self-parking is a maximum of $24 per day (make sure to get validation if you don’t want to pay so much).  Valet parking is offered, and there are specific drop-off areas for Uber and Lyft.  Please check the website for more information.  Parking at Farmers Market is $30 maximum per day for self-parking, but it offers validation as well.

The Grove/The Original Farmers Market Information

The Grove: 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 900-8080

thegrovela.com

The Original Farmers Market: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 939-9211

farmersmarketla.com

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Din Tai Fung-Multiple Locations

Din Tai Fung-Multiple Locations

What: Din Tai Fung

Where: Multiple Locations

For: All Ages

Din Tai Fung is one of our favorite places to take our guests when they’re in from out of town.  Awarded a Michelin star for its Hong Kong branch, we love to come here on Sundays for an amazing meal.  We just had a restaurant open in the mall near our house, and we’ve already been there five times.

The Wait

Ethan and I have waited upwards of 90 minutes to eat at Din Tai Fung.  You can make reservations online or by calling the restaurant.  If you walk up, there is a separate line for putting your name in for a reservation and for waiting to be seated.  After you give the hostess your name and phone number, you are free to roam around the mall until you receive a text to come back.  It takes about 10-15 minutes from the time you receive a text for your reservation until the time you are seated.

While guests are waiting in the line to be seated, there is an open window that shows employees making dumplings.  It’s very interesting how quickly they are able to make little blobs of dough into beautiful dumplings. There is a full bar in the middle of the restaurant for patrons waiting to be seated.

The Restaurant

When you’re seated, the waiter/ress will ask if anyone in your party has ever been to Din Tai Fung before.  If it’s a guest’s first time, then they are taken through the menu (that’s no less than 15 pages long).  Each table is given a piece of paper and pen where they can check off what they want to eat.  Din Tai Fungis a family-style restaurant.  You’re meant to share all of the dishes with your party.  After the waiter/ress confirms your order, she takes it to the kitchen and brings it back to your table.  When a dish is ordered and brought to the table, the employees cross it off on a piece of paper at the table.

It is essential to order the dumplings.  The soup dumplings (XiaoLongBao) have a little bit of soup wrapped up with meat in the bottom of the dumpling.  The shrimp and pork wonton soup is especially tasty.  We also love to order the dumplings, spicy noodles, shao mai and fried rice.  Don’t forget the Thai Tea and Coffee!

The Crowd

There are locations in Glendale, Torrance and two in Arcadia.  There is also a location in Orange County and San Diego.  The restaurant gets very busy on the weekends.  The crowd is a mix of people, all craving dumplings.  Make sure to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait 45 to 90 minutes.

Cost

We always order about 5-7 dishes with drinks and walk away paying just less than $100 for three or four people.  For the two of us, it’s about $60…and believe me…every penny is worth it.

Din Tai Fung Information

21540 Hawthorne Blvd, Ste 519, Torrance, CA 90503

(310) 214-1175

dintaifungusa.com

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Goofy’s Kitchen-Anaheim

Goofy’s Kitchen-Anaheim

What: Goofy’s Kitchen

Where: Anaheim

For: All Ages

Since the girls’ birthday is one week apart, for the past two years we have been going to Goofy’s Kitchen for a buffet brunch before celebrating inside Disneyland for the day.  We not only enjoyed the family-friendly food, but the photo ops with the characters walking around every few minutes was a great addition.

The Restaurant

Guests can set reservations for Goofy’s Kitchen online (I suggest that you make reservations as soon as possible to ensure the tables don’t fill up) for breakfast and dinner.  The hostess won’t seat your party until all guests are present, which is something to keep in mind.  When you get to the front of the restaurant, they take your name and give you a photo op with Goofy in his chef’s outfit.  After seating, the waitress will bring you a printed-out photo of your group with Goofy that you can choose to buy.  There is a pass option to purchase where you can download pictures from the entire day in Disneyland and get the picture of Goofy which we decided to opt into.

Buffets are all-you-can-eat and include adult favorites (we’ve only gone for breakfast) such as a create-your-own omelet station and eggs benedict (cocktails are also provided at an additional cost).  The kids enjoyed the pizza, pancakes and bakery sweets.  There is also a huge dessert area and ice cream station.

Since we celebrated Emma and Sky’s birthday, the kids were each given a birthday button and special birthday cupcake with a candle to blow out.  The workers and characters also came around to sing ‘Happy Birthday’, which made the girls feel like VIPs.

The Characters

Every thirty minutes, the characters have a parade around the restaurant where they wave their napkins in the air.  The kids loved interacting with the characters and waving their own napkins.  Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale were the only characters that we were able to see.  The great thing is that they walk around to every table to interact with the children and pose for pictures.

The Crowd

There are a lot of families here since it’s a character restaurant affiliated with Disneyland.  Although it was kind of loud, we didn’t mind since the girls were having a great time. Because the restaurant is located inside the Disneyland Hotel, many hotel guests came here prior to hitting the pool or theme parks.  The dress code is very casual.

Cost

The breakfast buffet costs $36 per adult and $21 per child.  Although the food isn’t gourmet, you’re really paying for the novelty of the restaurant along with the character experiences.  There is an automatic gratuity added to guests’ bill.  If you have an annual pass, there is a discount on your pricing.

Goofy’s Kitchen Information

Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA 92802

(714) 781-3463

disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/Disneyland-hotel/goofys-kitchen

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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken-DTLA

Astro Doughnuts  & Fried Chicken-DTLA

What: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Where: DTLA

For: All Ages

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken opened up by my old work place in Downtown Los Angeles a few months ago.  I went with a coworker one day for lunch and brought home some doughnuts for the family.  Although I still think that the local doughnut mom and pop shops by our house have better cake doughnuts, the novelty of the shop was fun to experience.

The Sandwiches

I ordered a spicy fried chicken sandwich with the bun as a glazed doughnut cut in half.  Although it took over 30 minutes for my sandwich to come out, it was not only good but it filled me up really quickly.  I paired it with the siracha buffalo sauce and ate it as my desk and was making yummy sounds while I consumed everything.  I even ordered tater tots on the side but was too full to eat all of them.

The Doughnuts

This place is famous for its unique take on doughnuts.  I ordered the maple bacon, pb&j, crème brulee, chocolate covered strawberry and other assorted doughnuts to bring home.  Although Ethan liked the doughnuts, he said that it wasn’t worth spending the large amount of cash that they charged me for.  The next day, the doughnuts were hard and not very good.  Despite this, the display that they had for the doughnuts was very aesthetically pleasing.  There was a wood board at the front that they put the specialty doughnuts on so that patrons could see exactly what they were ordering.

The Crowd

When we went during the work day, the crowd consisted of a lot of business men/women coming in to take out food.  I would suggest that guests call in or order online if there is a large order, as the sandwiches and doughnuts take a longer time to make.  We waited for a while since they forgot that we ordered sandwiches and we had to remind them twice.

Cost

A dozen doughnuts cost $38 here, which is very expensive for a doughnut shop.  For comparison, when we go to the place down the street and can get a dozen doughnuts for $10.  Sandwiches cost between $6 and $10, and each sandwich (that includes glazed doughnut!) can fill one person up pretty substantially.

Astro Donuts & Fried Chicken Information

516 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 622-7876

astrodoughnuts.com

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Terranea-Rancho Palos Verdes

Terranea-Rancho Palos Verdes

What: Terranea

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes

For: All Ages

I’ve been to the luxury resort Terranea in Palos Verdes twice so far.  The great thing is that it’s only a 20-minute drive from our home in Torrance.  Once, Ethan sent me for a spa day where I spent my time at one of the outdoor pools overlooking the ocean and an hour with a masseuse in an oceanfront room.  The other time, we went for a round of golf on the 9-hold par three then ate at Nelson’s restaurant at the resort and walked around the tide pools.

The Hotel

Terranea is located on a peninsula and surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean.  If you come on a clear day, you can see Catalina Island on the horizon.   Every time I’ve been here, there have been lavish weddings with gorgeous themes (one even had a baby African Elephant!).  This is truly paradise in our backyard.  For rooms, reservations are around $360 a night depending on what time of year you book (reservations can go up to $600 per night).  We never stayed here because of the price, but the other offerings of the resort will keep us coming back.  The rooms offered include guestrooms, suites, bungalows (only for ages 18+), casitas and villas.  Many guests come here to spend their honeymoon.  Check in is at 11:00am with check out at 4:00pm.

The Spa

There is a spa in the middle of the hotel.  A large pool overlooks the crashing waves of the ocean.  The spa is the epitome of luxury.  Patrons can utilize fluffy robes and slippers and drink fruit-infused water while they await their spa treatment.  My massage was amazing and made me feel like a noodle when I was finished.  If you book a spa treatment, you are able to utilize all the amenities the hotel has to offer for that day.

The Golf Course

Ethan and I used a Groupon ($59) for both of us to play on the Par-3 Nine-Hole course that Terranea offers.  When you walk up, caddies take your information and give you a cart for your bag with their five-star treatment.  We didn’t rent a golf cart which ended up being fine since there was such a short distance to walk on the course.  Everyone was very friendly, and we will definitely be coming back for another round.  Every hole on the course has amazing views of the ocean and city below (good for Instagram pictures!).

Dining

Dining areas include Mar’sel, Catalina Kitchen, Nelson’s, Lobby Bar & Lounge, Bashi, the Spa Café, Sea Beans and Cielo Point.  At the spa, I ate at the Lobby Bar & Lounge.  Live music is offered Thursday-Saturday starting at 7:00pm.  Ethan and I ate at Nelsons following golf, and there is an indoor and outdoor area that has a picnic-bench set up and firepits at night.  We sat at the picnic-like benches in the outdoor area and ate American food (burgers) that were pretty good but not something to write home about.  The ocean front views are what makes the location worth the price.

The Tide Pools

There are trails that lead from the resort down to the ocean and tide pools.  We walked for about an hour out and around the peninsula where we were able to see a variety of small ocean life and take some pictures.  With the amazing Southern-California weather, it allowed us to really enjoy our time exploring the area.  Please keep in mind the tides, since if you go during high tide you might get stranded on one of the cliffs.

The Crowd             

Everyone that came here was dressed up in classy beach attire.  As I said before, there were many lavish and extravagant weddings taking place.  You truly feel as if you’re stepping into a beachfront paradise with people waiting on you at every corner.  The lavish décor of the hotel makes everything feel more glamorous.

Cost

Along with the varying prices for rooms, there is a $35.00 resort fee per room per night.  Deposits for the casitas and villas are 50% of the total room cost plus tax due at booking.  Valet parking is offered at $38.00 per night, with non-resort guest parking coming in at $20 for weekends and $10 for weekdays.  Additional adults per room are charged $50 per night.  I spent $14 per drink at the Lobby Bar & Lounge.  We spent $60 total for food and drinks at Nelson’s.

Terranea Information

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90075

(866) 802-8000

terranea.com

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