current summer hours
 
 everyday  8 am - 8 pm

 
map to back on the beach cafe
445 pacific coast hwy
(aka palisades beach road)
santa monica ca 90402
t: 310.393.8282

info@backonthebeachcafe.com

Our catering team works closely with you to design the perfect catered event,
from menu planning to highly-skilled staffing, rentals, party decor, entertainment and much more.  


hor d'oeuvres   tray passed  &  stationary
warm

spanikopita   flakey filo dough triangles with spinach & feta
baked brie
     with walnuts and caramelized sugar brulee
mini quiche       bite-sized classic lorraine or baby spinach
skewers   thai shrimp,  chicken sate with teriyaki glaze,  bbq chicken with pineapple
sweet & sour meatballs
suppli         saffron-infused arborio rice balls with mozzarella
crab cakes
sliders  fresh-ground angus beef with caramelized onions,  pulled pork with napa cabbage slaw,
      house-made veggie slider with veganaise,  shrimp blt slider with thousand island dressing,
      new england lobster slider with corn and celery on brioche bun,  or  crab cake slider with tabasco aioli

cool
smoked salmon     on mini potato latkes, dill cream cheese, spinach capers
salad cups     our famous signiture 'fred's salad' or caesar salad, finely chopped, in filo shells
passing spoons      squid ink polenta cake with charred squid,  celery root puree with poached salmon and salsa verde,
    parsnip pudding with port-glazed short rib,   or  creamy polenta with roasted oyster mushroom

mission figs     gorganzola and drizzled with balsamic reduction,   june - september
deviled eggs    with smoked sole mousse with chives
charred ahi tuna on crispy wonton  with avocado mousse

udon noodles   with shaved vegetables in ponzu dressing with chopsticks in mini chinese take out containers,
     or    dressed with sweet & spicy miso with tobiko caviar

caprese skewers
     fresh mozzarella, whole leaf basil, grape tomatoes, xv olive oil
sushi      with wasabi and marinated ginger slices
ceviche shooters   scallop & shrimp in bloody mary sauce
lobster salad tartlets   simply  delicious lobster salad in savory mini tartlets
marinated shrimp  wrapped in puff pastry with thai aioli 
butternut squash chips   with maple-crusted pork belly and green apple slaw
 
spreads     hummus,  olive tepenade,  red pepper puree;    toasted flat bread triangles
chips & salsa   house-made salsas & guacamoles
vegetable crudite    with chilled curry dijonaise,  classic ranch,  or caramelized onion dip
crostinis      chicken liver pate with pickled vegetables;     classic tomato basil;       goat cheese & marinated shrimp;   
        brie & caramelized onions;     creamy goat cheese,  fig &  honey,   tuscan white bean & sage,    eggplant parmesan,
        burrata with tomato confit,   spanish white anchovie with cucumber salsa,   salmon rillette with preserved lemon

shrimp coctail       jumbo prawns, extra tangy cocktail sauce
cheese board        a selection of fine imported and domestic cheeses, marcona almonds, grapes, dried fruits, crackers & toasts

antipasta bar    marinated long stem artichoke hearts, black & green olives, fresh bocconcini mozzarella,
                                    grilled eggplant, sliced meats and salamis, marinated mushrooms, fine assorted cheeses

 

salads
green salads
fred's salad      romaine hearts, chicken salad, grilled potatoes, bleu crumbles, house dressing
insalata ricci
         organic field greens, toasted almonds, tomatoes, lemon herb dressing
marion davies salad      organic field greens, cranberries, caramelized walnuts, bleu crumbles, dressing
caesar salad        romaine hearts, house croutons, special dressing, shaved parmesan
greek salad      romaine hearts, tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, multi-color bell peppers,
red onion, feta cheese, greek dressing
cobb salad      romaine, tomato, house-roasted turkey breast, egg, bacon, creamy blue dressing
garden salad       organic baby greens & seasonal raw vegetables
'steak annie' salad    marinated flank steak, field greens, dijon vinaigrette
arugula salad     shaved parmesan, lemon, xv olive oil

savory salads
mango curry chicken salad       with grapes, apples, walnuts and jicama
orzo pasta with marinated shrimp      sweet peas and mint
cucumber yogurt dill salad
penne checca      tomato, basil, garlic, xv olive oil
tabouleh    currants, mint, chopped tomatoes
lentil salad     chopped tomato, carrots, scallions, vinaigrette
fusilli with pesto     with chunks of house-roasted turkey breast, walnuts, celery
roasted corn salad    with arugula and red onion

entrees
wild alaskan salmon    roasted crispy,  side dill creme faiche
chicken piccatta     lemon, wine, caper sauce
chicken milanese     breaded boneless breast topped with tomato basil checca
tenderloin of beef      horseradish whipped cream
rack of lamb      savory herbs
new zealand baby lamb chops     rosemary garlic
black cod        miso marinade
boneless beef short ribs      maple bbq sauce
sand dabs      sauteed and breaded with japanese bread crumbs
spinach cannelloni     light crepes filled with spinach, ricotta, pine nuts;  mushroom cream or marinara sauce
seafood paella       saffron rice
pork tenderloin         apricot caramelized onion glaze
stuffed portabello mushrooms     ground vegan veggie patties, soy mozzarella, fresh herbs, marinara
herb-encrusted halibut
stuffed cabbage     with ground angus beef, rice
beef wellington        filet mignon, mushroom duxelle wrapped in pastry

accompaniments
sides
roasted asparagus    garlic & sea salt
saffron rice
mashed potatoes
grilled vegetable provencal
sticky brown rice    surrounded by asian vegetables
haricot verts
whole roasted tomatoes   filled with couscous
quinoa   sauteed scallions and herbs
lentils   with finely chopped tomato, herbs
antipasta bar   sliced meats, olives, hummus, cheeses, marinated eggplant, pepperoncini
pastas
fusilli bucati  italian sausage, basil, marinara, onion, peas, parmesan
rigatoni bolognese
'mama lillys' meatballs
pasta greco   feta, basil, tomato, olives, garlic, toasted almonds

desserts
chocolate mousse cake
strawberry shortcake
walnut brownies    house-made
mini choc chip & oatmeal cookies    house-made
pecan  or  tangy lemon bars
berries & fresh whipped cream
ice cream sundae bar    ben & jerry's

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sample menus    ideas to help you get started, then call us!

evening buffet
tenderloin of beef  carving station
wild alaskan salmon
spinach cannelloni     or    mediteranean chicken
      arugula salad  shaved parmesan, lemon, xv olive oil    or   marion davies salad
      mashed poatoes     or    rice pilaf
      grilled winter vegetables
           rolls & butter
               walnut brownies  house-made   &   fresh fruit platter

sit down dinner
to begin
  insalata ricci     with tuscan bread rolls
entree choices
  black cod    sticky brown rice & asian vegetables
  chicken piccatta   garlic mashed potatoes & haricot verts
  stuffed portabello mushrooms   quinoa,  lentils,  braised zucchini
dessert choices
  chocolate mousse cake
  lemon hazelnut meringue cake

luncheon buffet
cold poached salmon    alaskan, wild
mango curry chicken salad
caesar salad
haricot verts with cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta, vinaigrette
    rolls & butter
        mini cookies and brownies  house-made
             iced tea & lemonade

luncheon break 
sandwich platters
    albacore tuna salad 
    chicken salad
    turkey breast
    roast beef
    grilled vegetable
           red jacket potato salad with sour cream
           cole slaw  with mandarin orange segments
           greek salad
                 lemon & pecan bars
                      iced tea & lemonade

continental breakfast
orange juice    fresh-squeezed
coffee & teas   organic
mini muffins & scones    house-made
bagels
fresh fruit platter
granola sundaes   layered house-made granola, vanilla yogurt, berries

kids party
chicken fingers
french fries
carrot & celery sticks
fresh fruit
    juices & natural sodas
          birthday cake

 

additional charges
9.25 % sales tax
20 % service       This fee covers all pre and post event labor, workers comp and liability insurance, and other costs
          incurred in the planning and production of your event.  This is not a gratuity which is left to the discretion of the client.
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