The Rockefeller in Manhattan Beach


Hey now!

The Rockefeller Gastropub just a few blocks away from the beach and many cute shops nearby. I sat right by their large open window, which is perfect for observing people watching. On my way to the Rockefeller Gastropub, I had a lovely view of the beach and even had a quick glance at some of the Manhattan Beach homes for sale that were there. I was so surprised by the beauty that these homes portrayed that I was really tempted to book a viewing. Even on the rest of my journey to The Rockefeller, I was still contemplating on whether I should have a better look at these houses. I might be able to decide better after I had got some food and drink in me.

The Rockefeller Gastropub
1209 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Guava Mimosa

When it was brought to my attention that they have 3 types of Bottomless Mimosas for only $15 per person (watermelon, peach and guava) my eyes instantly lit up. I first tried the watermelon, and it was very refreshing. Then I sipped on the peach, which I would say was “peachy keen”. It’s very similar to a classic peach bellini, but not as purée heavy. Then I loved onto the guava mimosa, which is tropical and not too sweet.

Chicken Fried Steak Burger

I had been craving a burger for the last week, but I believe my eyes were bigger than my stomach. The Chicken Fried Steak Burger comes with a crispy fried patty, pepper jack, country gravy, sunny side up egg, and brioche bun. I knew this wasn’t going to be great for my waistline, but at that moment I didn’t care. I took one bite into this juicy, mouth-watering burger and my tastebuds took over for my brain in that moment. So worth it though!


How can this be the first time I am trying Chilaquiles? I’ve lived in LA for a longtime now, I’m shocked it hasn’t happened sooner! It’s like a more gourmet version of nachos, but instead there’s eggs, corn chips, chorizo, pepper jack, onion, tomatillo, queso fresco, cilantro and lime crema. This could become an addiction for me.

Braised Short Rib Tacos are perfect for Taco Tuesdays

These Braised Short Rib Tacos are marinated, stuffed into a tortilla, then covered with napa cabbage, guacamole, and roasted tomato salsa with a side of black beans. It’s a little spicy, but hey we need flavor in our life.

Lobster Stuffed Avocado

Talk about keeping cholesterol down while eating a crustacean! Here you have the Lobster Stuffed Avocado which is stuffed with tomato, green onion and black pepper, with a side of baby greens citrus vinegar, and crostini.

Surprisingly made with Banana and Cloves

I was curious about the La Trappe beer, since the GM, Robert Mauck, said it’s brewed in a Belgium Monastery and is not sold within a 30-mile radius of The Rockefeller. I am not a beer drinker, but I can convert since it’s pretty smooth and has a banana and clove finish.

Another reason for me to come back here is their $1 Oyster Mondays and 99 cent Burger Tuesdays. You can’t beat that those kind of deals in the South Bay! I’m already planning out my calendar to make it for both of these promotions!

Christine Beligan

I was born in the Philippines and came to live in Los Angeles with my family when I was 3 years old. I grew up mostly eating Filipino Food, Asian Cuisines, and some American comfort foods. I remember us hosting so many parties when I was kid because my Mom was a well known cook amongst our family and friends. Plus, she is from a province in the Philippines called Tarlac and they are known to be great cooks. I started learning how to cook Filipino food in my 20’s, and creating my own versions of adobo, pancit, lumpia, turon, and pineapple chicken. Then I started to create dishes in my mind and cook from there. It wasn’t until my teens that I developed a palate for Italian cuisine, which is my favorite. I began to taste any Italian restaurant that was recommended to me. In the last few years, I have developed a love of going out to dine, and trying new places. It keeps it interesting. I met fellow foodies in the last year who have helped me to develop my palate. I would have never tried Octopus on my own, but there is this one restaurant that turned me on to Grilled Spanish Octopus, Citizen Kitchen by Chef Zach Geerson. I think by attending his wine pairing dinners that I have gone to, it has helped me to enjoy wonderful flavors that I may not have thought would go together. It’s those types of dining experiences that made me hunger for more. It has created this passion inside me to be more bold and daring to accept what is not the norm. With that said I am looking forward to future encounters with Chefs that will blow my mind with their work of art and vision.