The Manhattan Beach former home of Beaches has been completely remade into a new restaurant, bar and lounge called appropriately enough The Strand House, as it sits on the Strand at the intersection of Manhattan Beach Blvd. The chef is Travis Lorton, formerly of Gjelina, and Neal Fraser of Grace consulted on the menu. This is the second significant recent opening in the neighborhood, following the debut of David LeFevre's M.B. Post, perhaps leading to a renaissance in dining options for the South Bay.
As at M.B. Post, The Strand House has been popular from opening day; on my recent visit the wait for a table was an hour or more at prime time. The Strand House has multiple levels, including a lower level bar (pictured above) that was busy when I arrived and only got busier. During dinner (the dining room is above the bar floor), I noticed that the stairs leading to the bar now had a velvet rope and bouncer guarding the entrance. The restaurant is very loud, which lead to some amusement when a waitress commented to us how much quieter the dining room was than the bar downstairs.
|Braised Rabbit Gnocchi|
|Sauteed Tai Snapper|
|Hand Torn Pasta Rags|
|Roasted Brussels sprouts|
Until The Strand House team executes on its proffer I can't recommend the restaurant as it is all potential, no delivery. With a reported $10 million investment in opening it, I hope they decide what they want to be when they grow up.
This meal was hosted.
The Strand House: 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Phone: (310) 545-7470. Website: http://www.thestrandhousemb.com/