3765 SANTA CLAUS LANE
For years, the oceanfront Padaro Beach Grill has been the family-friendly spot to enjoy delicious, well-made burgers, sandwiches, salads, fish and chips, fish tacos, barbecued tri-tip and more in an unbeatable setting that defines the SoCal lifestyle. Come as you are, order at the counter from the super-reasonably priced menu, find a table on the grass under the palm trees - they all come with ocean, island and mountain views - and wait to be called. Service is fast, and while you enjoy a glass of wine, a mimosa or a draft beer, the kids can hit the big sand play area, then cool down with a smoothie, an ice-cream float or a milkshake made the old-fashioned way.
Recently, more tables and umbrellas were added, plus a pond, more tropical plants, a tiki bar that’s open on weekends and a raised brick fire-pit area that’s a prime sunset location. All the enhancements serve one purpose, says co-owner Will Ransone, “to encourage people to stay a little longer.”
With more than an acre of land, a couple of enormous grills, and a catering service, PBG easily handles all kinds of events, from birthday parties and rehearsal dinners to wedding receptions and corporate outings.