Guidebook for Torrance

Carla

Guidebook for Torrance

Food Scene
Greater Los Angeles area has food for every body and every palate. You can find Oaxacan, Schezuan, and Pakastani food and everything in between. Here are a few locally-owned places we have enjoyed that you may give a try.
Small cozy space. Reservations a must. Also do takeout. French comfort food.
Dominique’s Kitchen
522 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Small cozy space. Reservations a must. Also do takeout. French comfort food.
Approachable menu for those wanting to try Japanese small plates. Nice atmosphere.
Japonica
1304 Pacific Coast Hwy
Approachable menu for those wanting to try Japanese small plates. Nice atmosphere.
Small bistro tucked away in a strip mall. Standard Southern Italian fare done right. Early bird menu.
Scardino's Italian Restaurant
4803 Torrance Blvd
Small bistro tucked away in a strip mall. Standard Southern Italian fare done right. Early bird menu.
Good locally-owned Pizza that delivers!
Georgio's Pizzeria
4964 W 190th St
Good locally-owned Pizza that delivers!
Fancy Mexican food in great atmosphere. Margaritas are rico and you can't go wrong with the shortrib chile relleno!
Ortega 120
1814 South Pacific Coast Highway
Fancy Mexican food in great atmosphere. Margaritas are rico and you can't go wrong with the shortrib chile relleno!
Great takeout rotisserie chicken with Mediterranean twist. Lentil Soup also worth trying.
Chicken Maison
3901 Pacific Coast Hwy
Great takeout rotisserie chicken with Mediterranean twist. Lentil Soup also worth trying.
Standard seafood and steakhouse. We like happy hour and sitting on the patio for a view of the waves. Try the lobster bisque!
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Kincaid's Fish, Chop & Steak House
500 Fisherman's Warf
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Standard seafood and steakhouse. We like happy hour and sitting on the patio for a view of the waves. Try the lobster bisque!
Casual spot on grounds of Terrenea Resort, which offers a beautiful view amidst beautiful surroundings.
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Nelson's
100 Terranea Way
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Casual spot on grounds of Terrenea Resort, which offers a beautiful view amidst beautiful surroundings.
Best donuts around!
Moon Donuts
1000 Torrance Blvd
Best donuts around!
Breakfast/lunch spot with nice patio and fresh OJ.
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Wildflower Cafe
600 South Pacific Coast Highway
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Breakfast/lunch spot with nice patio and fresh OJ.
Drinks & Nightlife
Hermosa Beach Pier usually has the liveliest night scene near here.
CHEAP happy hour with retro, neighborhood vibe.
Hey 19 Public House
4525 Calle Mayor
CHEAP happy hour with retro, neighborhood vibe.
Popular, small gastro-pub. Good for happy hour and meeting up and chatting.
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Hudson House
514 North Pacific Coast Highway
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Popular, small gastro-pub. Good for happy hour and meeting up and chatting.
Hermosa Beach location. View is great for people-watching or just catching a fantastic sunset.
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Hennessey's Tavern
8 Pier Avenue
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Hermosa Beach location. View is great for people-watching or just catching a fantastic sunset.
Dive bar on the pier with over 100 beers on tap. They often have live music on the weekends.
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Naja's Place
154 International Boardwalk
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Dive bar on the pier with over 100 beers on tap. They often have live music on the weekends.
Essentials
Need some groceries? Be sure and take tote bags or you will need to pay for bags. Here, we list some places that offer a bit of interest.
Tuesdays and Saturdays before 1:00 p.m. Also adjacent to a nice park. Other nearby cities, (i.e. Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, etc.) offer Farmers' Markets on different days.
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Torrance Certified Farmer's Market
2200 Crenshaw Boulevard
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Tuesdays and Saturdays before 1:00 p.m. Also adjacent to a nice park. Other nearby cities, (i.e. Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, etc.) offer Farmers' Markets on different days.
Grocery store with a focus on health foods at a lower cost than Whole Foods.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
4230 Pacific Coast Highway
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Grocery store with a focus on health foods at a lower cost than Whole Foods.
Grocery store that sells goods from all over the world at fair prices.
Jons International Grocery Store/ Smokin BBQ Meats
4848 West 190th Street
Grocery store that sells goods from all over the world at fair prices.
Sightseeing
Here are some local, at times off-the-beaten path, suggestions.
Designed by Frank Wright, Frank Llyord Wright's son. Beautiful view through a glass chapel.
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Wayfarers Chapel
5755 Palos Verdes Drive South
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Designed by Frank Wright, Frank Llyord Wright's son. Beautiful view through a glass chapel.
Whale-watching museum. Look for whales migrating to Sea of Cortez December-April! Beautiful view and picnic area next to a lighthouse that is open once a month to visitors.
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Point Vicente Lighthouse
31550 Palos Verdes Drive West
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Whale-watching museum. Look for whales migrating to Sea of Cortez December-April! Beautiful view and picnic area next to a lighthouse that is open once a month to visitors.
Of course you can look up everything the LA metro area has to offer and there is so much! If you are looking for something off the beaten path, try one of LA Conservancy's walking tours. They are great for history and architectural buffs! Reservations required.
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Los Angeles Conservancy
523 West 6th Street
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Of course you can look up everything the LA metro area has to offer and there is so much! If you are looking for something off the beaten path, try one of LA Conservancy's walking tours. They are great for history and architectural buffs! Reservations required.
XMAS LIGHTS Neighborhood area known as Sleepy Hollow is decorated for the holidays. Festive, neighborly atmosphere. Streets get very busy, so parking and walking is suggested.
Seaside
XMAS LIGHTS Neighborhood area known as Sleepy Hollow is decorated for the holidays. Festive, neighborly atmosphere. Streets get very busy, so parking and walking is suggested.
Nobody knows about this place! Be sure and check hours of operation.
Chen Art Gallery at Sunrider International
1625 Abalone Ave
Nobody knows about this place! Be sure and check hours of operation.
Parks & Nature
Botanical Garden featuring many California native plants, as well as desert landscape. There are many family-friendly activities, including family movie nights and a special Fairies vs. Trolls event through August 31st. Check website for more details.
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South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
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Botanical Garden featuring many California native plants, as well as desert landscape. There are many family-friendly activities, including family movie nights and a special Fairies vs. Trolls event through August 31st. Check website for more details.
Only beach close by where you can light campfires legally.
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Dockweiler Beach
12001 Vista Del Mar
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Only beach close by where you can light campfires legally.
Nice little area just a few minutes walk around the corner. The park has a few ponds with Koi fish and ducks you can feed. It's a favorite spot for young children.
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Hopkins Wilderness Park
1102 Camino Real
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Nice little area just a few minutes walk around the corner. The park has a few ponds with Koi fish and ducks you can feed. It's a favorite spot for young children.
Ride bikes from Torrance Beach to Santa Monica! Bike rentals are nearby.
Marvin Braude Bike Trail
Ride bikes from Torrance Beach to Santa Monica! Bike rentals are nearby.
Check out the numerous hiking trails on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
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Portuguese Bend Reserve
Ishibashi Trail
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Check out the numerous hiking trails on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Entertainment & Activities
Be sure and check out free concerts during the summer most days of the week! https://www.southbayevents.com/summer-concerts-south-bay/
Bad news: the shopping center is empty...Good news: the shopping center is empty. No lines, reclining chairs, ample parking? Yes, please!
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Regal Promenade
550 Deep Valley Drive
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Bad news: the shopping center is empty...Good news: the shopping center is empty. No lines, reclining chairs, ample parking? Yes, please!
Seasonal spot for swimming, open during summer, with a sandy beach, snack bar & a play area.
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Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
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Seasonal spot for swimming, open during summer, with a sandy beach, snack bar & a play area.
All your favorites super close! Brio and Frida are great restaurants to try.
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Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 West Carson Street
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All your favorites super close! Brio and Frida are great restaurants to try.