Best Torrance Restaurants

This South Bay city, with its laid-back vibe and lively shopping centers, provides plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure. This town, like most upbeat cities in California, is packed with cafes, bars, old-school diners, and eateries. So, begin your culinary adventure by perusing our list of the best restaurants in Torrance.

21 Square Bar & Kitchen

3635 Fashion Way
Torrance, California 90503
Cuisine: Modern American

21 Square offers handcrafted, coastal, comfort cuisine and a hyper-local design concept. The menu items may seem familiar (tacos, fish & chips, flatbreads), but the executive chef and his team have created inspired versions of these popular dishes. The menu also features local craft brews and a Private Label beer appropriately named ‘21 & Over’ from Absolution Brewing. There are several seating options – guests can dine in the Great Room or on the patio, or enjoy a drink around the fire pit on the veranda.

El Torito Grill

21321 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 543-­1896
Cuisine: Mexican

I always order the specials because they sound so good and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Full disclosure: I’m a sucker for the warm tortillas with orange butter.

Local Kitchen, The American Tavern

1321 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
(424) 337-1321
Cuisine: Gastropub

Local Kitchen is located in Old Torrance, a classic ‘downtown’ offering every service and shop imaginable, and one of my favorite South Bay neighborhoods. The menu offers a bit of everything, including items ranging from appetizers, salads, soup, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, tacos, steaks, fish and more. It’s a comfortable, casual space where you can sit a spell and relax. The bar features a fantastic selection of craft beers, specialty cocktails and sippin’ stuff (Bourbon! Whiskey! Tequila!). The dishes are generous – try as I might, I can only get through two of the three shrimp tacos!

Lucille’s Smokehouse & Bar-B-Que

Del Amo Fashion Center
21540 Hawthorne Boulevard, #401B
Torrance, CA 90503
Cuisine: Southern American, BBQ

You can’t go wrong ordering anything off this menu. This is my go-to spot for BBQ and old-fashioned Southern cooking. I limit myself to eating here only once each month otherwise I would weigh 400 pounds. It’s that good.

Primo Italia

24590 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, Ca 90505 (Hillside Village)
Cuisine: Heritage-based Italian

Primo Italia offers fine dining with an intimate, supper club-like ambiance. It’s stylish yet comfortable and proprietors Lou and Grace Giovannetti treat guests like family with a touch of old world hospitality. It’s a terrific spot for a romantic dinner – particularly if Lou pics up the mic and treats the crowd to a few tunes from the Great American Songbook. The bar has a convivial air and is the perfect spot for catching up with old friends and making new ones. Lou is a Bronx boy but he’s got the whole California good vibration thing happening!

Red Car Brewery

1266 Sartori Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
Cuisine: American

I like everything about this casual eatery: the building, the concept – and the menu has something for everyone. Oh, yeah, don’t let me forget the beer!

Restoration Kitchen & Wine

1437 Marcelina Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 328-8100
Cuisine: American/Californian with Asian and French influences

Restoration Kitchen & Wine is located in the heart of historic, highly walkable, Downtown Torrance and has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. The chef, Camden Hershberger, hails from Bouchon in Beverly Hills and his provenance is apparent with a quick peek at the menu. The dishes are as sophisticated as you would expect, offering an array of unique taste profiles, but the ambiance is classic, South Bay casual. I particularly appreciate the portion size – I’m able to enjoy an appetizer, entree and dessert without feeling that I overindulged. They make the most of the intimate space with a couple of communal tables to complement the 2 and 4 tops. I highly recommend making a reservation as the place fills up fast and early. It’s already a hit with locals and with easy access from the 405 and 110, will surely draw patrons from all over Southern Cal.

Rock & Brews PCH

6300 Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
Cuisine: Casual American

This is my go-to spot for beer and a burger…..but sometimes it’s a glass of wine and artichoke appetizer. The extensive menu features American comfort food as well as regional favorites like fish tacos and Santa Maria Tri Tip so there’s something for everyone – including Fido. Yep, they have a special menu for our four legged friends and, wait for it…..Bowser Beer! It’s the perfect spot to grab a beer, kick back and watch a game (or games) on multiple screens while the kids entertain themselves on the patio jungle gym. Oh, did I mention they offer over 100 craft brews?

Tender Greens

Village Del Amo
21247 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
(424) 488-0639

Tender Greens just opened their new location in Torrance but they already had a huge local fan base that would travel to the Culver City or Santa Monica locations for their fix. Named one of the “10 Best Chain Restaurants in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, the food is truly addictive. The Torrance location features a veg-friendly menu with new protein options and plant-based sides, in addition to the mouth-watering Backyard Steak, Thai Shrimp, Tuna Nicoise and other favorites. I’m already hooked on the Lifestyle Drinks – veg and fruit blends that are unlike any ‘green’ drink I’ve ever tasted. Tender Greens is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood and conveniently located across the street from the brand new Del Amo Fashion Center.

The Depot

1250 Cabrillo Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
Cuisine: Euro/Asian Fusion & Continental

The Depot is located in the restored historical Southern Pacific Railway Depot of Torrance – such a cool space! Long considered the best fine dining establishment in the city – the Zagat review describes it as “imaginative, exceptional, eclectic cuisine” – Chef Shafer and his team never fail to impress. This is adventurous, fine dining at its best!

More Best Torrance Restaurants Resources

THE 10+ BEST Restaurants in Torrance – Updated July 2022 – Tripadvisor
Some of the best restaurants in Torrance for families with children include: Kings Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant; Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar; The San Franciscan

THE BEST 10 Restaurants in Torrance, CA – Yelp,+CA
Best Restaurants in Torrance, CA – Local Kitchen, Aunty Maile’s Hawaiian Restaurant, Madre, Fatto a Mano, The Pasta Shop, Din Tai Fung, Kagura, Kotsu Ramen & Gyoza, Dominique’s Kitchen, Red Rock-Torrance, The Pan

15 Best Restaurants in Torrance, CA for 2022 (Top Eats!)
So, start planning your culinary adventure here by checking out our list of the best restaurants in Torrance. 1. Dominique’s Kitchen 522 S Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (424) 247-9054 Ideally positioned on the South Pacific Coast Highway, this French eatery has been a fixture in South Bay’s dining scene since 2012.

9 Best Restaurants in Torrance, California | Where To Eat in Torrance
One of the best restaurants in Torrance for sushi is Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, a chain from Japan known for just that, the Revolving Sushi Bar. The most unique feature about the restaurant is there are no servers here to take your orders. When you go inside, you can sit at a sushi bar type table, or a booth.

The Best Restaurants in Torrance – Los Angeles – The Infatuation
Cho Dang Tofu is a strip mall Korean spot in Torrance, serving everything from sizzling bulgogi platters to soft tofu stew. While meat dishes like their beef ribs and pork belly deserve your attention, vegetarians can also find a bunch of great options here outside of just banchan.

Top 8 Restaurants in Torrance, California
Bombay Tandoori & Banquet Another traditional restaurant on our list is Bombay Tandoori & Banquet. This spot is the best place to go to in Torrance if you’re craving Indian food. The interior sports a classic design with traditional decorative pieces, giving a setting that’s suited for banquets on top of casual dining.

12 Fabulous Restaurants To Try In Torrance – TravelAwaits
Here is my pick of the top 12 restaurants in no particular order. Discover Torrance hosted me, including Yorkshire Square Brewery, King’s Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant, Red Car Brewery & Restaurant, Torrance Bakery, Madre Oaxacan Restaurant, and Mayabi Uni. All opinions are my own. Janie Pace 1. Yorkshire Square Brewery

Best 30 Restaurants in Torrance, CA with Reviews –
Torrance, CA 90504 7. Gaetano’s Restaurant Restaurants Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants Italian Restaurants (15) Website View Menu 27 YEARS IN BUSINESS (310) 326-3354 2731 Pacific Coast Hwy Torrance, CA 90505 OPEN NOW On Sunday we had an early dinner with friends. The food was all fantastic. The pear, cranberry, nut etc. salad was delicious.

10 Torrance Restaurants that Locals Love – Bacon is Magic
Red Car Brewery & Restaurant. Red Car is located in historic Old Torrance and was named after California’s Red Car Line. The first brewery in Torrance, it was opened in 2000 by Bob and Laurie Brandt in the former Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. building.

The 19 Best South Bay Restaurants, From Torrance to … – Eater LA
Gardena and Torrance boast plenty of old-school Japanese restaurants, from the breakfast trays at Fukagawa to the incredible noodles at Ichimiann and Otafuku. Kotohira still masters the bento,…

8 best American food restaurants in Torrance and the South Bay
Hot n’ Tot. 2347 Pacific Coast Hwy., Lomita; 310-326-9626, This classic American has been feeding locals since 1946. And there’s a wonderful photo on the cover of the Hot n …

THE 10 BEST Dinner Restaurants in Torrance – Tripadvisor
1. Dominique’s Kitchen 255 reviews Open Now French, European $$ – $$$ Menu 2.5 mi Redondo Beach “our favorite restaurant in the South Bay” “Fabulous French cuisine” 2. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar 356 reviews Open Now American, Bar $$ – $$$ Menu “Fantastic Staff and Good Food” “Good vibes, basic food” Order online 3. Kings Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant

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