Backed by the same big-name restaurateurs that brought the classic Culver City steakhouse Dear John’s back to life, Dear Jane’s serves as its seafood-driven sister, inviting all of the glamour of Old Hollywood to a waterfront destination in Marina Del Rey, complete with tableside presentations of Shrimp Louie Salad and fileted Whole Fish. The restaurant is equally appealing during LA’s version of winter, with views of the sparkling Pacific through floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a brick fireplace and plush velvet seating to keep you warm while you tuck into the bougiest version of Fish Sticks that you’ve ever seen, topped with caviar and served alongside a luscious seven-layer dip. The Seafood Tower is also a must—stacked with oysters and clams on the half-shell, shrimp, a half lobster, a stone crab claw, and Hokkaido scallops, with all of the requisite sauces and sides. But beyond the raw bar, there’s pasta dishes like Scampi and Vongole, Clams Casino with chorizo and Meyer Lemon crumbs, Oysters Rockefeller, New England Clam Chowder, and even a handful of turf options, plus a selection of vegetables like Creamed Spinach and Whipped Potatoes. Cocktails are booze-forward with a similar attention to ingredients—start your meal with the Fonda 75 featuring Jimador tequila, grapefruit, lime, rosemary syrup, and champagne, and end it with Smokey Jane, with Old Forester, Demerara syrup, angostura, and orange and black walnut bitters.
How to book: Seating at the bar is first-come, first-served.