Playa Del Rey
Get directions | 119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Hours | Sunday 7:30am-, Monday 7:30am-, Tuesday 7:30am-, Wednesday 7:30am-, Thursday 7:30am-, Friday 7:30am-, Saturday 7:30am-
Choose-your-own-adventure books were overwhelming as a kid. Did you pick the right ending? Is there a right ending? Why doesn’t the author just write the ending? Being told what to do isn’t always a bad thing, and that goes for restaurants too.
With four different concepts all under one roof, Playa Provisions is the choose-your-own-adventure book of LA restaurants. But unlike the difficult task of deciding the plot of a book that involves an irritable abominable snowman, the stakes at Playa Provisions are low, and there is no wrong way to do it.
Walk into this bright beachside spot in Playa Del Rey and you’ll see the casual order-at-the-counter cafe with a large seating area, a colorful front patio, and a separate ice cream shop. There’s also a marketplace full of cookbooks, kitchenware, and more bottles of aromatic bitters than you ever thought existed. Go past all that and you’ll get to Dockside, their sit-down restaurant with a dinner menu, a full bar, and another patio with fire pits. Oh, and there’s also a hidden whiskey bar in the back.
At first, you won’t know what to do or where to sit or how to tell if one area is better than the others. But while Playa is broken up into different spaces, with different names, all of which are open at different times of the day, it’s easiest to think of it as one big restaurant. Because at the end of the day, the same solid menu exists in every space. You just get to decide where you want to eat it.