"Rancho Palos Verdes--The AdmiralRisty still at flank speed after 50 years


By The Editor

What does it take for a restaurant to prosper for 50 years? We can name one and it is The Admiral Risty located in Rancho Palos Verdes.

For the Admiral Risty it is a combination of a breathtaking location, the outstanding quality of the food and the service staff headed by Owner Wayne Judah and the expertise of the Founder Ralph Wood who passed away last year. Wayne has been with the Admiral Risty since 1972 and it is not uncommon for other members of the staff to have been with the restaurant from 25 to 30 years.

The restaurant recently staged a 50th anniversary luncheon to honor the occasion which was attended by political and restaurant industry leaders as well as prominent local city personalities. And this writer was there as one of four Southern California Restaurant Writers. Proclamations lauding the occasion were presented including one from Governor Jerry Brown, as well as the California and National Restaurant Associations.

As for the Southern California Restaurant Writers the Admiral Risty has enjoyed a five star rating for as long as most members can remember.

The Admiral Risty has kept up with the times over five decades. The restaurant has been remodeled five times over the years. Perhaps most important of all is that this restaurant represents value. There is that fantastic view of the ocean along the most scenic portion of the Southern California coast line. The menu has always offered an excellent selection of both seafood and meat entrees. Presently some 65 per cent of the restaurant orders are for fresh seafood that arrives daily from almost everywhere in the world.

Risty's Flank Steak is famous and year after year continues to be the most popular meat order. The menu changes daily for fresh fish selections often with favorites like Mahi Mahi, Salmon, Ahi, Halibut, Sea Bass and Swordfish.

Besides the famed Flank steak there is New Yorks, Filet Mignon, Pepper New York and rack of lamb. A choice of chicken dishes are also shown.

The restaurant has a very large wine list mostly from California but some imports from Europe and Australia as well. Many of the wines are available by the glass.

The official festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary started on January 17 and will continue until Saturday December 31, 2016 with weekly winners earning a $50 gift certificate. There will also be free desserts for couples celebrating a 50th birthday or wedding anniversary.

Throughout the 50 years The Admiral Risty Restaurant has offered support for many community endeavors.

The Admiral Risty, as it continues in its 50th year, is located at 31250 Palos Verdes Drive West at Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes. The restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week from 5 p.m. with a Sunday brunch as well. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations call 310 377-0050.

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