Travel and Leisure — May 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

7 Best Beachside Restaurants

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After a long, sunny day working up a serious appetite by the sea, there isn’t much better than a top-notch eatery that’s located steps from the shore. From seafood shacks to fine-dining establishments, here are some of the best beachside restaurants out there.

Nobu (Malibu, California)
Oh Nobu, is there anything you can’t do? This West Coast outpost of chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famous Japanese joint is situated right on the Pacific ocean and offers the kind of views that you have to see to believe. The only thing rivaling the excellent location? The incredible food. Sushi, sashimi, Wagyu beef, and special dishes exclusive to the Malibu restaurant are expertly prepared out of the best and freshest ingredients and it shows. Everything tastes amazing and can be paired with Nobu’s exclusive sakes. If you’re looking to make your trip to Malibu one to remember, dinner at Nobu is the way to do it.

Flying Fishbone (Savaneta, Aruba)
Flying Fishbone takes the concept of beachside dining one step further by actually setting up shop on the beach. Seriously, each table is on the sand, right up against the water which means that you can feel the sand in your toes while you eat fish that was still swimming just hours before. If you want to make this special meal even more memorable, call ahead and ask for a bottle of pre-chilled champagne. They’ll be happy to get it ready and it’ll be waiting for you once you arrive. As if being in Aruba weren’t amazing enough

Lamont’s Smith’s Beach Tavern (Yallingup, Australia)
Situated in the heart of wine country, Lamont’s Smith Beach Tavern is the kind of place that will make you wonder why anyone would eat anywhere else. The laid back vibe and spectacular views of the lake lend to the perfect atmosphere for sipping a glass of local wine and sampling the delicious food. Special events such as the Tapas & Jazz evening are worth going out of your way for, you’ll be happy that you did.

Santa Marta (Barcelona, Spain)
If you’re looking to try a slice of authentic Barcelona, you definitely want to head to Santa Marta. This chill spot is extremely popular amongst the locals who regularly convene to sip on spritz (Aperol and sparkling water) and nosh on simple fare. The restaurant is located right beside the beach, making it a great spot to head to once you’ve gotten your fill of Spanish sun.

Coco 51 (Hua Hin, Thailand)
Thailand is well-known for its incredible street food but restaurants like Coco 51 make it clear that they’ve got more formal establishments down pat, too. The restaurant’s waterfront location makes the experience worth it in and of itself so the fact that the food tastes great is just icing on the proverbial cake. If you can, try to go for dinner—the evening breeze and gorgeous lighting make for a spectacular ocular feast.

Lola’s (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
Totally unpretentious and 100% delicious, Lola’s is the spot for the beach bum in all of us. Named after Lolita, the owner’s pet pig who used to wander the beach at her leisure, this is the ideal place to sit back and relax under the shady palm trees. Tables not your thing? No problem- feel free to lay in one of the hammocks and watch surfers dominate the waves while you nurse a smoothie. The staff at Lola’s is extremely accommodating and are always happy to help make your visit an amazing one.

Beachhouse (Devon, England)
England may not be known for it’s beaches but one meal at this relaxed restaurant will change that quickly. Beachhouse is a small spot known for its long, lazy lunches and sunset dinners. Try some of the local seafood dishes and relax with friends while taking in the idyllic scenery. Do be sure to check ahead if planning a later meal—Beachhouse tends to wind things down relatively early in the summer and you don’t want to have to rush through this wonderful experience.

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