lobstser roll and salad on a dish with drinks outside facing harbor and ocean

MDR Restaurants by WaterBus Route

Along the Marina WaterBus route, a treasure trove of culinary delights awaits at Marina del Rey’s waterfront restaurants. We’ve charted a course to delight your taste buds at each of the eight stops. Our guide will help you uncover hidden gems and local favorites that will make your WaterBus ride a gastronomic adventure. Explore MDR restaurants by WaterBus for a fun summer activity with your family or friends!  So whether you’re a seasoned foodie with a discerning palate or a wandering soul in search of new flavors, hop aboard and prepare to feast your way through MDR’s vibrant dining scene. Click here for the restaurant map.

Keep in mind the WaterBus runs now through Labor Day.  

Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m – 11 p.m.

Sundays and Labor Day, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Thursday, August 10, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

and September 8, 15, 22, and 29, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

Fisherman's Village with boats and lighthouse in Marina del Rey

Stop 1: Fisherman's Village

At this stop, we've got El Torito dishing out scrumptious Mexican cuisine, Sapori with mouthwatering Italian classics, and Whiskey Red's serving up seafood and steaks. If you're craving something casual, KC's Crepes , Daniel's Ice Cream shop, and La Serenata's clam chowder will hit the spot! And that's not all – this popular stop is also home to a charming New England-style village, complete with shops, dining, and thrilling attractions like public dining cruises, parasailing and boat rentals. Click button for more information.

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HiHo Cheeseburger exterior, DineLA in Marina del Rey

Stop 2: Burton Chace Park

The 10-acre park is located at the end of Mindanao Way so you'll take a short walk (10 minute leisurely stroll along the harbor) to the closest restaurants at Boardwalk Shops. There, you'll stumble upon Trader Joe's—great for picking up picnic staples. Continue to HiHo Cheeseburger, Kazunori, and UOVO and the newest restaurant, PLANTA Cocina. The best part: all of these places offer water views! Don't forget to grab a coffee at Alfred, just next door to HiHo Cheeseburger.

Looking for more options? Walk a few more minutes across to Waterside Shops and more fast casual restaurants await including Fresh Brothers, Shake Shack, Mendocino Farms and more.

Stop 3: Waterfront Walk

From casual eats to upscale dining, this particular stop offers a variety of waterfront restaurants for every palate. Savor seafood and American classics at Tony P's Dockside Grill. just steps from the stop. Or, indulge in SoCal farm-to-table cuisine at Cast and Plow Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. Walk a bit further to tiki-themed restaurant, The Warehouse Restaurant, offers seafood and live music.

View of hotel pool, palm trees, beach and buildings next to sandy beach

Stop 4: Marina "Mother's" Beach

This next stop features delectable cuisine along Mother's Beach including Beachside Bar & Restaurant, Cheesecake Factory, and Killer Shrimp. On Thursdays through October, enjoy al fresco dining on the beach at the popular "Beach Eats" food truck series at Lot #11 from 5-9 p.m.

MDR restaurant Dear Jane's windows looking out to harbor and boats

Stop 5: Dolphin Marina

The main star steps from this stop is the newly opened restaurant, Dear Jane's. The waterfront restaurant serves classic seafood dishes with a modern twist. Enjoy weekend brunch and dinner or drinks at the intimate bar tucked away on the side of the main entrance. This popular restaurant is brought to you by Patti and Hans Röckenwagner (chef-baker) and Michelin-star Los Angeles chef Josiah Citrin. Click button to visit their website.

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acai bowl with fruit and coffee

Stop 6: Esprit

Plan to take a 10-minute walk along Marquesas Way. When you get to Via Marina, you'll discover The Hive, an organic cafe and superfood bar serving healthy-for-you items like smoothies, bowls, salads and coffee. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click button to view their menu.

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Sashimi platter and drink on table facing harbor and boats

Stop 7: Wetland Park

One of the most conveniently located restaurants along the WaterBus stop is Brizo Bar & Restaurant. As soon as you step off the dock, Brizo welcomes you to its spacious, outdoor patio and rooftop terrace overlooking the Marina. Enjoy cocktails, classic California coastal cuisine including sushi and happy hour, too. Click button to view their menu.

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Mariners Cafe seating and counter

Stop 8: Del Rey Landing

Tucked away inside apartment complex Mariner's Village is Mariner's Cafe. This spot serves a variety of foods daily from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. including breakfast burritos, organic salads, pastries, coffee and smoothies. Enjoy the tropical vibes of this cafe surrounded by the lush greenery and water features nearby. Click button for more information.

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