There's something comforting about enjoying a thick and juicy burger and gulping down an ice-cold beer at the end of the day. Add a cool atmosphere like the beach and what could be better? This list features delicious coastal burger joints from Malibu to Redondo Beach where beautiful ocean views and breathtaking California sunsets coincide with mouthwatering burgers and frosty mugs of crisp beer. Note that while most of these spots are near or on the water, some might be a short walk away.Read More
12 Great Beachside Burgers in Los Angeles
When you want a burger by the sea.
Big Dean's Ocean Front Cafe
For a classic burger done right, check out Big Deans underneath the Santa Monica Pier. The oceanfront café boasts the double meat and double cheeseburger known as the “burger that made Santa Monica famous.” Smother it with Big Dean’s sauce and get the half fry, half onion ring combo to seal the deal. For ocean views, find a seat by the front patio, or head to the back patio for a more local vibe.
Hinano sits just a few steps from the Venice pier. This classic burger joint has been around since 1962 and is known as one of Jim Morrison’s favorite spots. Hinano's burger, a staple in Venice, is perfect after a late night of drinking or really any time hunger strikes. Don’t forget to add a hot link and guzzle it all down with a cold beer as you enjoy a friendly game of pool with the locals. By the way, it’s cash only.
For all the tourists on the Santa Monica Pier wanting an All-American burger experience, Pier Burger is situated at the perfect location. With very simple options, you can grab a classic cheeseburger, fries and a super creamy shake, without breaking the bank. While In-N-Out isn’t nearby, Pier Burger could potentially kill that quality, non-pretentious burger craving. Best part? It comes with a beautiful ocean view.
Malibu Farm Cafe
Nestled at the end of Malibu Pier, Malibu Farm Café has some of the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and a rustic, organic cuisine, which makes it a great addition to the to-do list. Not to mention, its grass-fed burger with Havarti cheese, pepperoncini aioli, and mashed broccoli makes for the perfect pairing, while watching the sunset or waiting for PCH traffic to die down.
For a classic thick and juicy burger, check out Ercoles in Manhattan Beach. At this dive, you’ll find nice staff, drinks with none of the frills, and plenty of South Bay locals. Plus it's practically stumbling distance to the beach. Note that Erc's is cash only, as these dives tend to be.
It seems like beachy dives, burgers and beer go hand in hand. Yards from the beach in Playa Del Rey, The Shack has been around since 1972. With so many different burgers to choose from, it’s good to come with a group and split a couple different ones. Options include the Island Burger with a teriyaki glaze and grilled pineapple rings or the Thunder Humper, an open-faced chiliburger.
Chef Brooke Williamson and chef husband Nick Roberts have taken Playa Del Rey by storm. While their successful four-in-one concept Playa Provisions is right by the water, their other restaurant, The Tripel, is where you want to go for mouth-watering burgers and craft beer. Although there is limited seating, these burgers are worth the wait. Good luck choosing between the ½ pound aged rib eye pretzel burger or the tripel burger, which consists of duck confit, pork and aged beef, truffle sottocenere, and a house made apricot jam. There may not be ocean views, but walking off those burgers as you head to the beach is never a bad idea.
Stout Burgers & Beers
Even though Stout in Santa Monica isn’t right by the water, it happens to have a roomy patio with ocean views. You’ll find a plethora of beer choices and pretty interesting burger options as well. Choose between the Stout burger with blue cheese, rosemary bacon, Gruyere and horseradish cream and the Six Weeker with Brie, fig jam, arugula and caramelized onions, among others. Also, Stout has one of the best happy hours in Santa Monica with the entire food menu 50% off, from Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Simmzy’s in Manhattan Beach is a gastropub with 24 rotating beer handles to pair well with its two burgers. Whether you get the bacon blue deluxe with candied bacon and a garlic aioli or the Simmzy’s burger, neither will disappoint. With a fun and beachy feel, kids are welcome. Don’t forget to order the apple filled donut for dessert.
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Naja’s Place is a laid back waterfront spot at the end of the Redondo Beach pier, mostly known for boasting an extensive beer list with 88 thirst quenching options on tap. Food options are limited here, but luckily Najas offers the build-your-own burger option on its menu to make the decision easier. Enjoy many nights of live music while you look out into the harbor with beer and burger in hand.
Cast & Plow
For a swankier vibe, check out Cast & Plow at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey. You’ll find beautiful marina views, while enjoying fancy cocktails and the Cast & Plow Burger with all natural prime beef, provolone cheese, crispy onion and arugula pesto.
Venice Ale House
Only steps away from the Pacific Ocean, Venice Ale House is a fantastic beachy restaurant to people watch while eating organic, sustainable and locally sourced food. Whether you’re local or a tourist, enjoy a grass fed burger, Niman Ranch all natural lamb burger or a healthy veggie burger. Next time you’re in Venice and want a guilt free burger, Venice Ale House’s fresh ingredients make for an easy choice.