Manhattan Beach is one of the three celebrated beach communities on Los Angeles' South Bay, the other two being Hermosa Beach (which is rolled into this guide along with Manhattan Beach) and Redondo Beach. Real estate in Manhattan Beach is among the most expensive per square foot in Los Angeles County. Almost immediately to its north, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)—the 6th-busiest airport in the world—is four miles away but largely unheard, due to diligent anti-noise laws, patrols and community activism. Manhattan Beach meeting venues are likewise discreet—but groups can let off steam in Hermosa Beach. And how!
Hotel venues in Manhattan Beach include the 385-room Manhattan Beach Marriott (with 25,000 square feet of meeting space), with the 176-room Residence Inn Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach in second place, at least in room count. Two trendy boutiques are the 38-room Shade Hotel, a very cool spot with wonderful group spaces, such as the Skydeck for 100 persons; Green Room for 60; Zinc Lounge for 150 (with a patio for a further 80), and an interior Courtyard for 80. The 127-room Belamar has seven meeting rooms for groups ranging from 6 to 200. In Hermosa Beach, the 96-room Beach House Hermosa Beach has 2,600 square feet of function space, including the Pacific Room that opens to a large patio garden.
Event venues are mainly found in Hermosa Beach, except for Verandas, a Cape Cod-style event space in Manhattan Beach with a garden, ocean views (functions can spill out onto the beach itself) and room for 250 guests. In Hermosa Beach, group options include Club 705, a hip restaurant and club with live music that can be rented out; the Lighthouse Cafe, also with live bands, good food, a relaxed vibe and plenty of party space; and Cafe Boogaloo, which is known for blues and Zydeco music. Two other jumping joints are Sainte Rocke, which has space for 250 persons in four rooms and for up to 300 in its largest room.
Dining venues in Manhattan Beach include, Rock n' Fish, which occupies the site of the former, beloved Hibachi restaurant, has a mezzanine that hosts up to 34 guests, while its patio can host a further 40. Mucho Ultimo Mexicana has room for private parties of up to 20 in the banquette and 26 on the terrace. On Rosencrans Avenue, Paul Martin's American Bistro has two private rooms that together can host 80. Parties craving steak (but also New Orleans and barbecue options) and unique beer should head to the Union Cattle Brewhouse & Grill, while, lastly, Mangiamo's is a beloved Italian restaurant that after a very good meal it is possible to walk one minute to Manhattan Beach's 928-foot-long pier.
See more area venues by browsing all Los Angeles meeting venues.