The Strand House/Strand Bar-Manhattan Beach
What: The Strand House/Strand Bar
Where: South Bay
For: All Ages/21+ At Night
The Strand House and Strand Bar is the place that Ethan and I like to go to under certain circumstances (a) if there is a birthday/anniversary/special occasion, (b) if we’re trying to impress someone from out of town and (c) if we feel like going to a place that’s upscale and close to the beach. Keep in mind that each time we come here we expect to spend upwards of $150 for the two of us throughout the night.
The Strand House Restaurant
The Strand House
To enter the restaurant, you check in with a hostess on the first floor where you’re also greeted with floor-to ceiling wine bottles leading you up a staircase into The Strand House. Brunch, lunch, dinner and desserts are served in the restaurant. I’ve come for lunch and dinner. For lunch I took a client who wanted to eat on the beach, and we ended up spending about $35 per person (excluding drinks). He ordered the tacos which were laughably small (think two-bite lunch tacos) that left him feeling hungry. We actually stopped for fast food on the way back to the office. For dinner, you can expect to spend $35 to $60 per person (excluding drinks). We sometimes order the pizza (thin crust and made with fresh ingredients) along with some appetizers to share. Entrees range from $28 to $95 depending on what you order.
There are indoor and outdoor seating areas at The Strand House. I only sit outdoors when there isn’t too much wind chill. Indoor seating offers you a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean. There is also a full bar with bar stools upstairs if you want to just catch a drink and watch the sunset.
Dining Table Set Up
Cocktails and bottle service are offered on the first floor of the Strand House (called the Strand Bar). There is a main bar in the center of the venue that gets very busy later on into the night.
A small dance floor is at the opposite end of the entrance. No drinks are allowed on the dance floor (we were reprimanded for this on numerous occasions). A DJ booth sits in the corner of the dance floor. The music is hit and miss here. Sometimes we go in on a great night when they’re playing a mix of hip hop, top 40 and house music. Other times we feel like we’re in a wedding reception or at a family reunion (oh well, to each their own). We usually will end our night here after hitting a few bars on Manhattan Beach’s main street.
At 10:00pm there is security placed at the door to card guests and ensure they are 21+. Depending on the event and time that you go, there could be a cover charge. Re-entry is allowed provided that you have a stamp on your wrist or colored wristband (alternates). There is more of an older crowd here, so this is definitely a place where you can avoid the college students (see: Cost).
Entrance to both The Strand House and Strand Bar
Lunch runs about $30 per person (excluding drinks) with dinner hitting anywhere between $35 to $60 per person (excluding drinks). The cover charge has ranged from $10 to $20 depending on the event. Cocktails are almost all $15 each. Bottle Service costs from $350 to $800. I don’t think we have left The Strand House spending any less than $150 on a good night. Sometimes we can spend upwards of $200 on a special occasion. If you’re looking for a place to impress visitors that is overpriced and by the beach, this is the place to go.
The Strand House/Strand Bar Information
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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