A hidden gem community tucked into the San Fernando Valley, Calabasas is quickly gaining a reputation for luxury that attracts A-list celebrities, business moguls, and others willing to pay the premium to live in a quiet, upscale area just 20 miles from Los Angeles. In addition to magnificent views, easy access to both the beach and mountains, and a focus on privacy, Calabasas real estate also benefits from several fantastic restaurants. If you’re going to be in the area to look at Calabasas houses for sale, visit one of these stellar eateries.
Porta Via Calabasas
This neighborhood bistro and bar is pure California, from its patio seating to weekend brunch and multiple special events. When you make reservations to dine at Porta Via Calabasas, you can enjoy steamed mussels, Parmigiano crusted halibut with grilled asparagus and beurre blanc, an orange ginger chicken stir fry, and a hearty selection of pasta (with gluten-free and vegetarian options). You can also choose from one of their many wines available by the glass or carafe, a craft beer, or a specialty cocktail like the Pali Spritz or Dr. Feelgood. If you decide to hit weekend brunch before looking at Calabasas real estate, you can fill up on breakfast burritos, French omelets, or a smoked salmon plate with a Mimosa or Morning Buzz (espresso, Kahlua, vodka, and cream).
Rosti Tuscan Kitchen Calabasas
Tucked away under climbing foliage and red parasols, Rosti’s location in the Parkway Calabasas Shopping Center makes it an ideal last stop after an afternoon of shopping. Tuscan cuisine is characterized by its simple elegance, relying on garden freshness and high-quality ingredients for a truly artisanal experience, and Rosti has taken this philosophy in its stride.
Settle down for a rustic pizza packed with gorgeous toppings or a hearty pasta dish with vibrant seasonal ingredients. If you want something a little lighter, check out their selection of refreshing salads, with dressings made from scratch at the restaurant every day. It wouldn’t be an authentic Tuscan experience without a rich glass of wine swirling around in your glass, so be sure to check out Rosti’s stock of Chiantis, Cabernets, and Moscato d’Asti.
King’s Fish House
You can’t go wrong with fresh seafood in the vibrant and lively atmosphere at King’s Fish House. Whether you dine on the patio, in the dining room, or at the bar, you’re guaranteed great food and an attentive server whose primary goal is to ensure a wonderful time. Open for lunch and dinner, King’s has a wide-ranging menu packed with seafood like oysters, hand-cut sushi, grilled swordfish, panko fried shrimp, and crispy calamari. Non-seafood options are also available, like the Southwest chicken salad, cheeseburger, and top prime sirloin. You can up the fun factor even further by checking out the extensive drink menu. Go for a Two If By Sea (grapefruit vodka, elderflower, honey, lemon, and orange flower essence), the bartender’s special Patio Weather (gin, fresh lime, and sparkling wine), or one of the many wines and beers available. Not feeling the booze? The restaurant also has several zero-proof options.
Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa
Need a quiet, intimate environment where you can discuss your offer on Calabasas real estate with your realtor or significant other? Head to Sugarfish, an upscale sushi restaurant with beautiful presentation, top-notch service, and only the freshest ingredients. Sugarfish doesn’t take reservations, but any wait is well worth it—especially if you opt for one of the “Trust Me” meals that the chef designs. There are several selections offered with an array of sushi and sashimi. The truly adventurous can go for the “Don’t Think. Just Eat. Trust Me” meal, chosen by the chef and is the most similar to what they serve the regulars. You can also ask the staff which beer, wine, or sake on the menu would pair best with each course for a complete experience.
A local scratch kitchen serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Pedalers Fork is a unique locale that doubles as a bike shop, coffee house, and bar. If you go for lunch during the week, you’ll need to order from the counter, but don’t let that stop you! You’ll still enjoy delicious food like the 10 Speed Egg Sandwich, Kale Caesar salad, and house-smoked bbq wings or brisket.
More of a brunch person? Get ready to feast on Eggs Benedict, customizable scrambles and omelets, and smoked brisket hash. If you plan to dine after a full day of looking at Calabasas real estate, you can reward yourself with chimichurri chops, grilled bbq salmon, or herb-grilled chicken served with couscous, veggies, and a lemon white wine reduction. In the mood for a drink? The bar aims to be one-of-a-kind with its selection of rye whiskeys and a list of locally inspired cocktails that changes seasonally.
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A popular place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Marmalade Café has a casual vibe many Southern Californians seek out in their dining destinations. It has something on the menu for everyone to enjoy from the breakfast/brunch menu (frittatas, Benedicts, and pancakes), lunch selections (roasted chicken, lobster pot pie, burgers, and chicken piccata), and dinner offerings (lamb chops, New York strip, garlic shrimp linguine). The Café also has an excellent selection of featured cocktails (American Mule, Marmalade Rosemary Gimlet), wines by the glass or bottle, and beers/ciders.
Do you plan to be in the area to start looking at homes for sale and want to get a taste of the local flavor? You can’t do better than dining at one of the restaurants on this list! Haven’t found a realtor you want to work with yet? Reach out to trusted Calabasas real estate expert Jamison Malone for expert assistance.