Hottest New Restaurants Around the Palisades

Hottest New Restaurants Around the Palisades

The Pacific Palisades, situated along the beautiful Southern California coast, is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and luxury real estate. The Pacific Palisades, an enclave of luxury along the Southern California coast, stands as an emblem of scenic beauty and leisurely living. Beyond the charming beaches and celebrity sightings, you can always count on an excellent meal dining out.

In this blog, we'll guide you through new restaurants in the Palisades and some new spots you can visit just a short drive away. Let’s get to it!

Palisades Village

Palisades Village has undergone a remarkable evolution over the years, transforming from a quaint suburban center into a vibrant and sophisticated destination in the heart of Pacific Palisades. Initially established as a community hub featuring local shops and essential services, Palisades Village has evolved into a premier lifestyle destination offering upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences. The evolution of Palisades Village reflects the changing landscape of Pacific Palisades, embracing a modern aesthetic while preserving its small-town charm and community spirit. Today, Palisades Village features a variety of gourmet dining establishments, catering to the discerning tastes of residents and visitors alike.

Jemma Pizzeria - Pacific Palisades

1061 North Swarthmore Ave.

Palisades locals might be familiar with square-slice pizzeria ROCA Pizza, which used to occupy a space in Palisades Village. Now, thanks to the efforts of chef and restauranteur Jackson Kalb, a new pizzeria has moved into the spot vacated by ROCA. 

In contrast with national chains and most pizza restaurants, Jemma Pizzeria serves personal-sized pies. This new restaurant in the Palisades is committed to using high-quality ingredients, traditional recipes, and a wood-fired oven to create flavorful and perfectly crafted pizzas. The menu features a variety of pizza options, from classic Margherita to inventive combinations, all prepared with a focus on quality and taste. With a cozy ambiance and a dedication to the art of pizza-making, Jemma Pizzerie invites patrons to savor the rich flavors of Italy in the heart of the Pacific Palisades.

Delizioso Cinque - Pacific Palisades

970 Monument St. #103

Another local favorite, Cinque Terra West, welcomed a sister restaurant when owners Marlo and Gianba Vinzoni opened Delizioso Cinque next door in the Gardens at Palisades. Delizioso occupies a space formerly held by Sweet Rose Creamery; these days, instead of sweets, passersby step into Delizioso for its deliciously savory items. The deli serves salads, sandwiches, pizza, and charcuterie boards whose quality stacks up with more fancy establishments (while you’re there, stock up on pantry items like olive oil and balsamic vinegar). 

Gladstones - Pacific Palisades

17300 CA-1

Full disclosure: Gladstones is by no means a new restaurant. It was built in 1972 and was a community fixture for decades, cooking pregame meals for Palisades High School’s football team and providing the community with a consistent source of food, drinks, and camaraderie.

But recent developments cast doubt on the restaurant’s future, reporting that Gladstones would close to make way for a yet-unnamed restaurant by Wolfgang Puck. In 2018, Puck and architect Frank Gehry won the bidding to run a new restaurant on the former premises of Gladstones. The project’s momentum, however, ground to a halt with the recent global pandemic. Gladstones closed in March 2020 — possibly for good. Its longtime employees braced for the worst.

Then Gladstones got a reprieve. It will stay open for at least the next two years, albeit under different management than before the pandemic. Residents have a new chance to enjoy drinks and food with glorious views of sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

Near Pacific Palisades

For those who wish to extend their culinary exploration beyond the Palisades, the surrounding area holds hidden gems. Whether it's a short drive to neighboring Malibu, Brentwood or Santa Monica, the options are as diverse as the landscape. Check out the three restaurants located less than a half-hour drive from Pacific Palisades.

Locanda Capri - Brentwood

Opening this past November 2023 on Oak Street, Locanda Capri is an Italian restaurant nestled in the charming neighborhood of Brentwood. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, Locanda Capri offers a taste of authentic Italian cuisine infused with Mediterranean flavors. The restaurant boasts a diverse menu featuring classic Italian dishes such as pasta, risotto, seafood, and flavorful meat entrees, all prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients and a touch of culinary expertise. Locanda Capri's cozy ambiance and attentive service make it a favorite new spot for locals and visitors alike seeking a delightful dining experience in Brentwood.

Teleferic - Brentwood

Teleferic is a vibrant Spanish restaurant that opened in Brentwood/Beverly Hills in February. It brings the rich flavors and convivial atmosphere of Spanish cuisine to the heart of Los Angeles. The restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring traditional Spanish tapas, paellas, and grilled meats, along with a curated selection of Spanish wines and cocktails. The ambiance is lively and modern, with a chic yet inviting decor that reflects the spirit of Spain. Teleferic aims to provide guests with an authentic Spanish dining experience, complete with warm hospitality and memorable dishes.

Jemma - Brentwood

Jackson Kalb’s Jemma opened this past October on the ground floor of the Aster Hotel. With a focus on Italian-inspired cuisine, Jemma's menu showcases fresh, locally sourced ingredients crafted into creative dishes that celebrate the region's diverse flavors. The restaurant's chic and welcoming ambiance makes it an ideal spot for both casual lunches and special occasions. From seasonal salads to innovative entrees, Jemma promises a culinary journey that delights the senses and leaves a lasting impression.

Zinque - Malibu

Zinque Malibu is a trendy and chic café that opened in the scenic coastal city of Malibu this past November. Situated along the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Zinque offers a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere where patrons can enjoy a variety of coffee drinks, fresh pastries, and light meals throughout the day. With its laid-back vibe and stunning ocean views, Zinque Malibu has become a popular hangout spot for locals and visitors seeking a casual yet sophisticated dining experience in the heart of Malibu. Whether grabbing a coffee to-go or lingering over brunch with friends, Zinque offers a welcoming ambiance and flavorful menu options that capture the essence of California's coastal lifestyle.

Modern Bread and Bagel - Santa Monica

Modern Bread and Bagel in Santa Monica is a favorite, especially among residents with daily commutes east of Pacific Palisades. Its focus on the freshest bagels and baked goods differentiates Modern Bread and Bagel from the competition. The spot bakes its own bread using ancient grains in lieu of wheat flour. Modern Bread and Bagel has a devoted local following thanks to its delicious bagels and vegan options. The casual, inclusive, and inviting atmosphere makes it a go-to for anyone.

Sweet Maple & U Dessert Story - Santa Monica

Sweet Maple in Santa Monica is a delightful dining destination that caters to those with a sweet tooth. This charming eatery is renowned for its delectable selection of sweet treats, including mouthwatering pastries, desserts, and specialty beverages. With a cozy and inviting atmosphere, Sweet Maple provides the perfect setting for indulging in a delightful array of sugary delights. Whether you're a local or a visitor, Sweet Maple offers a sweet escape in the heart of Santa Monica.

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