Inside information from locals, celebrities and tastemakers who work, play and live in Marina del Rey, California.

Marina del Rey is a little gem just south of Venice, California.  It is a short bike/walk/skate from Venice.   Marina del Rey’s the Marina  houses a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, bars, boats and a beach.  In addition to great entertainment options, one can find fishing and whale watching tours, parasailing, stand up paddle boarding and more.

To find the best of the best, you have to talk to the locals.  We caught up with  Tony P’s Dockside Grill co-owner Tony Palermo, to ask him a few questions about the Marina.   If you’re looking for a source of information about Marina del Rey, you can’t do much better than  Tony Palermo.


Tony P’s Dockside Grill‘s Tony Palermo

  • Co-owner of Tony P’s Dockside Grill in Marina del Rey.  This year, Tony P’s is celebrating their 19th year of operation and has become the place to be!
  • Tony P’s Dockside Grill  wins an unprecedented seven Best of the Westside  in 2015
  • Tony P’s Dockside Grill recently earned its eighth consecutive California Gold Award from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association
  • Tony P’s Dockside Grill was awarded the 2012 Business of the Year Award from Senator Ted W. Lieu
  • Tony served as Chairman of the Board of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce for the 2012 / 2013 year
  • Founding member of the Santa Monica College Trade and Tourism Advisory Committee, the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club and the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station Support Unit
  • Boys and Girls Club of Venice’s 2006 Community Leader of the Year
  • Click here for more of Tony’s story.  The list goes on!


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Tony Palermo at the LAX Chamber 60th anniversary


1. Two things we should know about you?

  • I am a great dancer and love throwing parties!

2. What is your perfect day in the Marina?

  • Early in the morning when the water is like glass and scary quiet, you can look east to the hustle and bustle of L.A. and be glad that you are here!

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3. If a visitor  had only one day to experience the Marina, what would you suggest as Marina essentials?

Hit the bike path in the morning from Tony P’s to the Santa Monica Pier and back, it is about 8 miles. Then, go to lunch at Tony P’s, rent a small boat from Marina del Rey Boat rentals and tour around the marina. It is a whole different Marina from boat level.   Hit happy hour back at Tony P’s  and then go out on the late boat from Marina del Rey sports fishing and watch the sunset and the lights go up over Los Angeles!  It’s something very special.



4. What are some interesting or unusual destinations in Marina that even locals might not be aware of?  Hidden Marina treasures?

  • At Chase Park, if you walk out to the Helmsmen Statue at the end of the park, there is a great cross wind. You can throw a kite in the air and takes off!! I used to take my kids there and put up 4 or 5 kites and have big fun! When they were little they would go with other people to different parks and couldn’t figure out why it was so hard to fly a kite!  LOL

Tony with daughter Nicolette

5. What are a few of your favorite Marina things?

  • The proximity to L.A. and the airport, but it’s like a totally different country. I like kayaking around and letting the day float by!

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6. Where are your Marina happy places?

7. Favorite annual Marina event?

  • The “Cruise N Brews” event.  40 different Brewery’s on the 550 passenger cruise ship The Entertainer.  An afternoon of great beer and friends cruising around the Marina!  2016 date tbd.  Visit   Click here for photos from our last “Cruise N’ Brews” event.

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8. Anything else about Marina that you would like to say?

  • It’s great to be a part of L.A.’s Marina, Marina del Rey!  Make sure you say hi when you are at Tony P’s Dockside Grill.  See you soon!
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Tony Palermo with daughter Francesca Palermo, Suji Kim and Tony P’s co-owner Dan Ringwood


About Tony P’s Dockside Grill: 

Dine and drink at Tony P's Dockside and Grill



Dine and drink at Tony P’s Dockside Grill!

Tony P’s Dockside Grill is fantastic!  Where else can you chill out, eat crab legs, sip on an Old Chub, and watch the sunset over the Pacific with boats sailing by?  Not only is the menu super deep,  the beer  selection is the best on the Westside, and the staff is superb!  Smiling faces, and huge portions is the standard at this neighborhood favorite!

Tony P’s Dockside Grill & Tony P’s Tavern.  4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA. 90292.


In this photo:  Tony P’s co-owner Dan Ringworld,  Tony P’s co-owner Tony Palermo , General Manager  Paul Macklin, Best of the Westside’s Best Bartender Eric.  Front and center:  little Eric.

  • Best family restaurant
  • Best family restaurant
  • Best Steak
  • Best Seafood
  • Best Outside Dining
  • Best Beer Selection
  • Best Restaurant Service Team
  • Westside’s #1 Sports Tavern
  • Westside #1 Happy Hour
  • Best Bar Food
  • Best Bloody mary
  • Best Bartender Eric Travis 2015
  • Voted Best Buttermilk Pancakes Marina del Rey
  • Favorite Wine List
  • Favorite business lunch spot Favorite Restaurant atmosphere
  • Favorite Date Night Restaurants
  • Favorite Fish and Chips
  • Favorite American Barbecue
  • Favorite Martinis

Check out Tony P’s happenings and menus!

  • Every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 11:30 am is Tony P’s famous Weekend Breakfast!  Try their award winning Bloody Mary’s, and buttermilk pancakes, voted best pancakes in the Marina!
  • Happy hour goes late on Friday’ at Tony P’s!  Starting at 3:30 p.m and going until 7:00 p.m. 

View menus!

Tony P’s Dockside Grill.  4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA – 90292. 


Click here for more things to do and see in the Marina!

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