The VU in the Jamaica Bay Inn, is the Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, CA

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 The VU in the Jamaica Bay Inn, is the Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, CA  where we decided to celebrate Diane's 19th Anniversary.

In Marina Del Rey, the investors of a recently rebuilt small seaside hotel called the Jamaica Bay Inn had opened a new restaurant called the VU. I was watching the first year with mild curiosity, and then I heard that the Chef who opened the Restaurant called the VU had been replaced by Chef Allyson Thurber. Now my interests were immediately peaked.


Chef Allyson Thurber was a name I was familiar with, she was the Chef at “Water Grill” downtown Los Angeles (one of my favorite restaurants downtown).  I have been following her with great interest where she was moving. Then I heard she went on and re-mastered “the Lobster” at the Santa Monica Pier. Again my curiosity was fully peaked.  She has a resume dating back to working with one of my all-time favorite Chef’s Thomas Keller the creator of French Laundry and Bouchon.  Hence I could not wait to get an excuse to go to dinner.

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So nothing better than Diane’s nineteenth anniversary of putting up with me was the best opportunity to experience her cooking a meal.

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The staff and their service treated us fantastically. We went on a Friday night which was clearly very busy, never the less we were treated like royalty. I had a special request to surprise Diane when she got there from work with a chilled bottle of Krug non vintage to put her in a nice mood after all it was her anniversaryJ. I bought the bubbly since I did not think it would be on the menu and I was right.


The food preparation and the platting were great. We both had some fantastic food; we took a few pictures not all of it, since we were so focused on enjoying the food ourselves. Needless to say we have to go back again. On a side note I was a bit disappointed with their selection of wines, but those of you who know me, know that I like a bigger selection to choose fromJ. We went for the exceptional cooking and were not disappointed.

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 It was also a special treat to know that on the patio you can bring your pet. So next time we will go for lunch with Diane’s DogJ.


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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Very nice piece on a great new restaurant.  Happy Anniversary to Diane and of course her partner, lol.

Oct 07, 2013 09:41 PM #1
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Wow! You two certainly know how to celebrate! That looks and sounds wonderful!!

Oct 07, 2013 11:12 PM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Endre -- the big news for me -- Diane has a dog.   I don't recall knowing or ever seeing a photo of a dog in your posts.   Nice write-up for The Vu at the Jamaica Bay Inn and congratulations.   

Oct 07, 2013 11:25 PM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This looks like a wonderful restaurant. It is always great to have favorites for return visits.

Enjoy the colors of the season with your camera in hand.

Oct 08, 2013 02:45 AM #4
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Endre - The UV was the perfect place to take Diane to celebrate 19 years together.  I also think it's great that the next time you go, you can take your dog (or should I say cat?)!  Pet friendly is a winner in my book!

Oct 08, 2013 06:05 AM #5
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Endre - It's really hard to go wrong with any of Thomas Keller's graduates - they have spawned excellent restaurants everywhere. Glad the VU didn't disappoint.

Oct 08, 2013 06:06 AM #6
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Endre - great food and pet friendlly - give me driving directions, please.  

Oct 08, 2013 07:16 AM #7
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Endre - Happy Anniversary! It sounds like the VU is a fantastic restaurant.

Oct 08, 2013 10:21 AM #8
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Looks like a lovely time had by all.. and i must say, it almost looks vegetarian? You are quite the gourmet.

Oct 08, 2013 11:44 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That looks delicious. I can tell the chef knows what he is doing and makes each meal a real creation.

Oct 08, 2013 01:37 PM #10
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Endre~ I respect your 19th wedding anniversary more then you know & I say with total respect "congratulations" that's AWESOME....

Also, thanks for the inside tip "the UV sounds perfect for a romantic dinner" I hope you had a blast, and by the looks of things, you did have a blast...."I can't wait to take my girlfriend their" It sounds perfect for us....& BTW my girlfriend & I love going to the newly opened Marina Del Ray AMC theater, if you have not been their yet "WOW" there's NO better place in SO Cal to watch the big screen, every seat is a 100% reclining ULTRA comfortable double-wide full length chair. And I really like that we get to pick our seats in advance, there's no more rushing to get a good seat because it's waiting for you when you arrive to the movies..  (BTW it's a 21 & over theater, no kids allowed.)

Oct 09, 2013 03:45 AM #11
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Hi bender, congratulations on your 19th anniversary. It looks like you celebrated in style and with good food!
Oct 09, 2013 12:30 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Endre, What a great place to celebrate your anniversary!  Loved the restaurant AND the views - simply spectacular!  Our room overlooked the marina and the sunsets were amazing too!

Nov 01, 2013 12:00 AM #13
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