Brent Reichard, owner of The Habit restaurants and Hook Burger Bistro in Oxnard, gave me a tour yesterday of his newest restaurant: the extensively renovated Padaro Beach Grill at 3765 Santa Claus Ln in Carpinteria.
In addition to being a seaside eatery, Padaro Beach Grill is now an event and wedding destination. Reichard added a large, elevated patio with lava rock fireplace that overlooks the ocean, a stage for live music, an outdoor bar and prep area to cater events, a patio with couches, a double barbecue pit, a huge sand box for kids, a pond, a waterfall and new palm trees throughout the property. The tall hedge on the west side of the property has been trimmed way down to offer a fabulous view of the ocean that previously had been obstructed.
“We want to get the locals back,” said Reichard. “We want to have a place that locals want to come to, and for families. The next thing is to get travelers back and tourists coming up and down the coast. It’s a great place to stop for families. It’s a great place to drive from the Ventura area to come and have lunch. The third thing is events: weddings, corporate events, family reunions, birthday parties, soccer parties, baseball parties and all that. We’ll try having live music on the weekends. The whole emphasis is catering to the locals.”
The menu includes appetizers (quesadilla, nachos, beer boiled shrimp, calamari, the trio), salads (house, bbq chicken, chicken caesar, cobb, shrimp & avocado), burgers (prime burger, hickory burger, maui burger, California burger), sides (fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, cole slaw, side salad/caesar), sandwiches (grilled chicken, beach club, veggie, tuna melt, fresh fish), fish specialties (fish & chips, fish tacos, mahi mahi wrap, shrimp tacos), kids menu (burger, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, quesadilla), and shakes/malts (vanilla, strawberry, caramel latte, oreo, chocolate fudge).
Hours are Mon-Fri 11am-8:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm.