Nine seaside dining and drinking hotspots

Leading tastemakers reveal their favourite restaurants with sea views

Malibu Farm Restaurant, set on the old pier in Malibu
Malibu Farm Restaurant, set on the old pier in Malibu

Rosetta Getty, fashion designer

“If we’re in Malibu, we have brunch at the Malibu Farm restaurant. It’s on the pier, which was decrepit forever and then one day this incredible place popped up, an overnight hit. I love the quinoa oatmeal with berries.” Malibu Farm, 23000 Pacific Coast Highway (+1310-456 1112; malibu-farm.com).

The terrace at Le Vistamar, Monaco
The terrace at Le Vistamar, Monaco | Image: Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

Nick Jones, founder of Soho House

“In Barcelona, one of the best paellas in town can be had at Xiringuito Escribà on the beachfront. If it’s a sunny day you can sit at the tables outside and enjoy the views. But if you’re inside, you can watch the chefs cooking the beautiful rice dishes right in front of you.” Xiringuito Escribà, Avinguda Litoral 62 (+3493‑221 0729; restaurantsescriba.com). 

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Marie-Louise Scìo, creative director of The Pellicano hotel group

“Da Ascanio, on the beach in Maccarese near Rome, is an amazing restaurant. I went when Gherardo Gaetani and the genius Paolo Parisi, a chef-supplier known as ‘the king of eggs’, were the guest chefs, and they cooked the most incredible spaghetti with clams in this huge pan on the beach – their version of vongolata. The process was so old-school, simple and of the highest quality.” L’Archa da Ascanio, Via Praia a Mare 157, Maccarese (+3933-9520 6478).

The Seafood Bar at The Breakers resort, Palm Beach
The Seafood Bar at The Breakers resort, Palm Beach

Jeremy Morris, creative director of jeweller David Morris

“Five minutes from where we live in Mykonos is Agios Ioannis beach – known as Shirley Valentine beach, as the film was made here – where we have lunch at Hippie Fish. I like the sea-urchin salad or grilled halloumi, but they also have these amazing falafel-like zucchini balls served with tzatziki and excellent grilled octopus. The sunsets are incredible. With the palm trees and boats silhouetted against the pink sun, it’s pretty special.” Hippie Fish Beach Restaurant & Bar, Ai Yanni Beach (+302289-023 547; hippiefish-mykonos.com). 

CocoMaya restaurant on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands
CocoMaya restaurant on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands

Lee Broom, furniture designer

“Shelter Island is a little more laid-back than the rest of The Hamptons, and a lot quieter. André Balazs’ hotel Sunset Beach is a great place for a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down. It’s boho, relaxed and quite European in feel.” Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965 (+1631-749 2001; sunsetbeachli.com).

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Alain Ducasse, chef

“In Monaco I often have dinner at Le Vistamar. We dine on the terrace with a view of the sea and Benoît Witz, the head chef, will cook us a perfect John Dory on the bone, a day old so it’s fresh but not too fresh or the fish will be tense. He grills it very slowly with olive oil, dried fennel and organic lemon, and we enjoy it with the local Luc Masurel Château Trians Jean white wine.” Le Vistamar, Hotel Hermitage, Square Beaumarchais (+377-9806 9898; montecarlosbm.com).

Fawaz Gruosi, founder of jewellery house De Grisogono

“In Sardinia, one of my favourite haunts for lunch is La Scogliera – I love the spaghetti all’aragosta. Afterwards I stop at nearby Testa del Polpo beach, which is almost like a natural swimming pool, for a dip in its crystal-blue water.” La Scogliera, Porto Massimo, La Maddalena 07024 (+390789-187 6556; www.restaurantlascogliera.com).

Aerin Lauder, founder of lifestyle brand Aerin

“The iconic Breakers in Palm Beach is one of the town’s best hotels, built in 1926. I’m a big fan of its breakfast buffet, which is served in a massive ballroom that makes you feel like you’re on an old ship. Its Seafood Bar offers some of the best crab cakes on the island. An hour’s drive away in Miami, the new Surf Club is both sleek and glamorous. The restaurant there, Le Sirenuse, serves food just like the food at the original in the famous hotel in Positano. You actually do feel transported to the Mediterranean.” The Breakers Hotel, 1 South County Road, 33480 (+1561-655 6611; thebreakers.com). Le Sirenuse, 9011 Collins Avenue, 33154 (+1786-482 2280; sirenusemiami.com). 

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group

“In the British Virgin Islands I recommend Cow Wreck Beach Bar on the northern coast of Anegada, which does wonderful fresh lobster and fish grilled over wood fires – and some of the most famous conch fritters in these parts. Another must is CocoMaya, which was set up years ago on Virgin Gorda. While it has a really delicious Latin-Asian fusion menu – you should order lots of small dishes and share them; my favourite is their incredible truffle fries – CocoMaya really shines as a spot to watch the sun set, and I don’t think there’s any better bar in the BVIs to have a few after-dinner cocktails.” CocoMaya, Virgin Gorda (+1284-495 6344; cocomayarestaurant.com). Cow Wreck Beach Bar, Anegada (+1284-442 7180; www.cowwreckbeachbvi.com).

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