Local Highlights

Marina del Rey Neighborhood Guide


Welcome to Marina del Rey, Los Angeles. This gorgeous, waterfront neighborhood in Southern California is home to some of the city’s best shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation. This guide can help you navigate Marina del Rey and discover what makes this neighborhood so special. Below you’ll find our selection of local favorites, and in-depth articles about the area, interviews with local businesses..

Where to eat

From waterfront views at sushi restaurants that bring the freshness of the ocean directly to your plate, there’s plenty to taste and try in Marina del Rey’s culinary scene. Grab a group of friends for a night out at SALT restaurant, where the food is only matched by the stunning views of the Marina. If you’re looking for something more casual, head over to Mendocino Farms, which serves some of the area’s best sandwiches and salads perfect for a picnic. And for a unique happy hour experience, you have to try The Warehouse Restaurant — built in 1969 and located right on the water, this local favorite is known for its rum cocktails and live music. There is a variety of Marina del Rey restaurants to suit all tastes!

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The Marina

Marina del Rey’s eponymous waterfront is one of the most popular in Los Angeles County, and for good reason. If you’re looking for things to do in Marina del Rey, just head to the water. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from breezy strolls by the sea, to exploring the scenic shores on your own with a rented boat, jetski, or kayak. If you’re a bigger fan of dry land, the Marina also hosts a variety of festivals, like the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series, and art and food festivals. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to discover gorgeous views of the beach and surrounding area. 

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Sports bars and speakeasies 

Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated cocktail, a great happy hour, or a bite to eat and a beer, there are plenty of options when it comes to bars Marina del Rey nightlife. Stop by local favorite Alley Lounge favorite for craft cocktails and delicious tacos, or head over to Killer Yacht Club on Admiralty Way for a speakeasy atmosphere – just a short walking distance from the water. If you’re looking to catch the game, look no further than 90 West Lounge, where the bartenders are friendly and the game is always on.

Where to shop

A balanced combination of local boutiques and national chains makes Marina del Rey an incredibly convenient neighborhood for both leisurely shopping and essential services. The waterside shopping district is home to nail salons, blow-out bars, dry cleaners, and grocery stores, mixed with places to find unique pieces from swimwear to office attire. Abbot Kinney, one of the city’s most unique blocks for shopping, is also the perfect spot to shop till you drop. 

Grocery stores and essentials

Getting Around

While Los Angeles is well known for its highways (and traffic), Marina del Rey offers a wide variety of public transportation options. For a unique experience, hop on the Waterbus, which takes you to six seaside locations across the Marina with a gorgeous ocean view. You can also travel locally for free using Circuit, an electric shuttle program that takes you around Marina del Rey and to Venice. For transportation across the city, Marina del Rey also has several bus lines, and is nearby the Metro Rail E Line in Santa Monica.

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