Marina Del Rey’s World Famous Warehouse Restaurant

Situated right on the shore of Marina Del Rey looking out upon the variety of boats moored on the water, is the Warehouse Restaurant. This weatherbeaten warehouse looks like it has stood on the beach since at least the 1920s, but turns out, it was built to look like that…in the 1960s.

The sign to The Warehouse, made of wide pylons, the text is in a stencil style, and yellow reading "The World Famous Warehouse Restaurant Since 1969 Lunch Dinner Cocktails Weekend Brunch Great Entertainment"

The outside of the Warehouse, a massive, distressed wooden structure, with a faux pier over a manmade lake, and tall palm trees loom over the building and pond.

Standing on a small pier over a manmade pond, wearing a green chiffon scarf, and matching two piece sleeveless top and skirt, a dark purple with orange and green shells and starfish.

Large wooden crates that now house half circle booths stand in the middle, a ship's wheel atop one, several suitcases, crates, and tikis also sit atop. Large whicker baskets line the wall, and other crates and barrels hang from above, some sit in large nets.

In 1969 former cinematographer Burt Hixon built the Warehouse using old wharf posts for the framework, and then made-up the inside to look like an old shipping warehouse from days gone by, using old wine and whiskey barrels, shipping crates, nautical rigging, fishing nets, and a plethora of old lumber from abandoned shipyards. There is some serious Disneyland level work done here.

In a 1973 interview Hixon said “I think that what it is that people like about this place is that it doesn’t look decorated. Everything is authentic.” And I would agree with that. The few loose items, such as tikis, tall totems, and even a rickshaw feel less like decor, and more like exotic items waiting shipment.

The menu for The Warehouse, a tan faux leather, embossed with black, text reading "The Warehouse" and an illustration of the front of the building.

Standing on a small pier over a manmade pond, wearing a green chiffon scarf, and matching two piece sleeveless top and skirt, a dark purple with orange and green shells and starfish.

A view from above, wooden barrels line the wall, with neon reading "Live Music" and below that a large blue marlin hangs. In the center a massive disco ball. Also hanging from the ceiling are multiple boxes, some in large nets.

A view from the upstairs, overlooking large wooden crates, wicker barrels hang from above. A canoe hangs along the left.

Standing on a small pier over a manmade pond, wearing a green chiffon scarf, and matching two piece sleeveless top and skirt, a dark purple with orange and green shells and starfish.

The window outside reads "Steak Pasta Fish" in gold letters.

Large shipping crates now create intimate half circle booths, upholstered in a tan fabric. A large table is in the foreground, with massive bamboo chairs with leafy upholstery of green.

Standing on a small pier over a manmade pond, wearing a green chiffon scarf, and matching two piece sleeveless top and skirt, a dark purple with orange and green shells and starfish.

Inside: A ship's engine order telegraph stands next to a tall black tiki totem, in front of a cage elevator.

Inside: Two half circle booths of tan upholstery, cream patio umbrellas hang, on the wall rows of canvas bags hang.

Standing on a small pier over a manmade pond, wearing a green chiffon scarf, and matching two piece sleeveless top and skirt, a dark purple with orange and green shells and starfish.

Standing on a small pier over a manmade pond, wearing a green chiffon scarf, and matching two piece sleeveless top and skirt, a dark purple with orange and green shells and starfish.

A large craved piece of wood features a massive sailing ship.

Standing on a small pier over a manmade pond, wearing a green chiffon scarf, and matching two piece sleeveless top and skirt, a dark purple with orange and green shells and starfish.

Last weekend The Warehouse played host to a new tiki bazaar, Shipwrecked. The shopping took place on the second level, overlooking the booths and rattan seating below, while live music poured from under a massive disco ball and marlin. After taking a gander at the tiki wares we dined below. Now, if I’m totally honest, I positively loathe seafood, so sometimes I end up never eating at places like this, however they had a burger on their menu, and it was one of the best burgers I ever had! So I highly recommend visiting this place. Oh, and they even have a tiki mug for you tiki mug collectors!

Visit the Warehouse at 4499 Admiralty Way, in Marina Del Rey. And learn more by visiting their website.

Outfit
Seashell Set: Gift
Scarf: ???
Earrings: A Rolling Stone, Redlands, California
Bangles: Here and there…
Shoes:Β Re-Mix

 

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