The former Avenue Restaurant is transformed into an intimate space serving upscale California cuisine with global flair.. In Short Manhattan Beach welcomes this small date spot that has fast become a favorite for a romantic evening or a small gathering of friends. The restaurant features dark wood floors and wood ceiling beams, which contrast with the modern paintings and floral-inspired decor. Chef/owner Darren Weiss' menu features seasonal ingredients to create French and Californian dishes with some Asian inspiration, like the broiled salmon with Thai peanut crust. Dishes are creative, playful and flavorful, including the lamb empanadas and the pink shrimp ravioli.