DINING GUIDE

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The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce presents a guide of the best restaurants, cafes, delivery, catering and coffee shops in Los Angeles. You’ll find it all: the finest examples of cutting edge California cuisine, authentic flavors from around the world and casual family dining. We list restaurants located throughout Santa Monica and the Los Angeles Westside, with options convenient to attractions like the 3rd Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Montana Avenue, Pacific Palisades and Downtown Santa Monica.

Bangkok West Thai

606 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-6580

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Bangkok West Thai provides diners with traditional and fusion Thai cuisines using original grandma ingredients and the freshest meat and seafood.

Benihana

1447 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310)260-1423

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Prepare for a dining experience unlike any other, where your own personal chef will perform the ancient art of teppanyaki, dazzling your eyes as well as your taste buds. Begin with an exotic cocktail in the loft bar before your meal. Then, take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables while razor-sharp blades slice through tender steak and juicy chicken. Add our signature Hibachi Chicken Fried Rice and finish with our famous banana tempura for a meal that satisfies all the senses.

Benihana in Santa Monica is located on 4th St. between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30-2:00. Dinner is served Monday-Thurs 5:00-10:00, Friday 5:30-11:00, Sat. 12-10:30 and Sunday 12-9. Lunch for two averages $20 and dinner for two averages $40-$60. Valet parking nightly corner 4th and Broadway; self-parking across the street in City Parking #5.

Buca di Beppo

1442 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 587-2782

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The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building. Since then, we’ve grown to over 100 locations worldwide. Our mission is to capture the fun and enthusiasm of an authentic Italian gathering along with delectable food. Every Buca di Beppo restaurant offers an eclectic setting designed to make every occasion a party! Our dishes are inspired by the cuisine enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by the entire table.

Cezanne @ LeMerigot

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1740 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-9700

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Enjoy an intriguing blend of California-French cuisine here on Santa Monica Beach at Cézanne, our signature restaurant. We’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Chaya Restaurant

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110 Navy Street
Venice, CA 90291

(310) 396-1179

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CHAYA restaurants have remained one of the city’s most beloved dining destinations for 30 years. Lead by Corporate Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe, CHAYA restaurants are renowned for their modern Euro-Asian concept and influence on the Los Angeles dining scene. Chef Tachibe creates an inspired menu by infusing exotic ingredients and honored culinary traditions from his native Japanese roots. All CHAYA locations highlight their menu with local and sustainable ingredients fresh from the farmer’s market each week and seasonally refresh their menus based on local availability.

Dhaba Cuisine of India

2104 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 399-9452

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Dhaba, established in 1972, offers healthy, home-style cooking. We use only natural ingredients, free of preservatives, and offer a style of cooking which is light and healthy. In addition to our informal dining room, dinner is also served on our heated garden patio. Average price of dinner including one drink is $20.00.

El Cholo Mexican Restaurant

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1025 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 899-1106

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El Cholo Famous for Award Winning Margaritas & Green Corn Tamales Since 1923. Enjoy our lively bar, comfortable dining rooms or sunny patio for lunch & dinner daily. 11am-10pm M-Thurs., 11am ‚ 11pm Fri & Sat., 11am 9pm Sunday.

Fig Restaurant

101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 319-3111

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Enjoy Chef Ray Garcia’s seasonal bistro, FIG Restaurant. FIG features only the freshest local and organically grown ingredients straight from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. With a charcuterie and cheese bar, communal table, and private dining area, FIG offers a casual and intimate atmosphere for any occasion.

IHOP

1920 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 829-9597

The IHOP is nestled in the heart of Santa Monica, serving the best in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come check out our new menu, featuring our World Renowned Crepes with over 10 varieties, Mediterranean Lemon Chicken, the juicy Tuscan Chicken Griller and Our Savory Slow-Cooked Tender BBQ Ribs. Of course we still have our award winning pancakes including the new Butterscotch Rocks, but most of all, the friendly and warm service that the staff has provided for over 16 years. Come be a part of our family and see why your Santa Monica IHOP is perfect for your family meal. (Prices range from $8 to $16 per entree.)

Locanda Del Lago

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231 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 451-3525

www.LagoSantaMonica.com

Lago spotlights the cuisine of Bellagio on Northern Italy’s Lake Como. Dedicated to providing the ultimate upscale restaurant experience with exceptional flavors and meticulous, friendly service, it’s a favorite of foodies, celebrities, locals and travelers. The freshest seasonal ingredients available from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market are served in traditional and innovative recipes. All pastas, focaccia bread, desserts and gelato are housemade daily. The popular bar offers Happy Hour nightly and a distinctive Artisanal Cocktails menu. Great patio with view of the Third Street Promenade. “Award of Excellence” – WINE SPECTATOR. “Don’t miss the Ossobuco alla Milanese…” – GOURMET. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner (plus weekend brunch), average price of dinner-for-two (excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity): $50

Mariasol

401 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 917-5050

www.mariasol.com

Santa Monica’s best kept secret located at the end of the Santa Monica Pier. A place for young lovers, or lovers young at heart. Live music offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Average price of dinner including one drink is $15.00.

McDonalds

1315 3rd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-7112

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Since 1955, we’ve been proud to serve the world some of its favorite food. And along the way, we’ve managed not just to live history, but create it:  from drive-thru restaurants to Chicken McNuggets to college credits from Hamburger U and much more. It’s been quite the journey, and we promise this is just the beginning-we’ve got our hearts set on making more history

Real Food Daily

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514 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 451-7544

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Real Food Daily is Southern California’s premier organic plant-based restaurant serving a quality, authentic, creative, and nutritionally balanced menu. Since 1993, RFD has been a cherished destination where community happens around education, connection and hospitality, over delicious, accessible food that’s real

Stefano's New York Pizza

1310 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica CA 90401

(310) 587-2429

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Stefano’s Pizzerias take great pride in serving the local community with a casual, friendly vibe.Our pies are New York in style and vary from your basic mozzarella cheese to full Gourmet, multi-topping pizzas. The sauce and dough are made fresh daily and each pie is made to order with care. We also offer up Sicilian, Stuffed and Gluten-Free pizzas, Toasted Sandwiches and Calzones – all accompanied with a variety of fresh, local Farmers Market salads.

Sushi Roku

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1401 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-4771

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Sushi Roku is known for its high profile clientele from the Entertainment Industry and is considered a favorite for LA’s tastemakers. Sushi Roku has transformed the traditional sushi bar into a hip and cutting edge dining affair. Featuring only the freshest fish, luscious salads, and an extensive selection of hot entrees. Our bar / lounge offers Asian Specialty Cocktails and LA’s largest selection of hot and cold sakes.

Tiato Cafe & An Catering

2700 Colorado Ave. #190
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Owner Catherine An chose to name her restaurant concept and event space TIATO as an homage to her family’s rich heritage and her mother’s cooking philosophy. The name is a play on the Vietnamese herb tía tô, a favorite ingredient of both Catherine and her mother, Chef Helene An. Known as the An family matriarch who established the renowned Crustacean restaurants, Chef Helene An has used the tía tô leaf in her cooking for more than a decade, and it has become a staple ingredient at various House of An concepts. The tía tô herb, chosen not only for its rich health benefits but for its bold and distinct flavor, reflects the sensibility of Catherine’s creative menu.The colors on the two sides of the tía tô leaf, purple and green, are expressed in TIATO’s logo and repeated as a motif throughout the restaurant itself. Like the tía tô leaf after which it was named, TIATO has two sides: a full-service restaurant and a gourmet, quick-service market area. This allows for a wide range of dining options. The TIATO menu can be savored in our elegant dining room, at our bar seating, on our outdoor communal table or relaxing umbrella tables, or at our juice and coffee bar, where you can order “grab ‘n’ go,” house-made items to enjoy in our quick-service seating area or to take with you to your desk or home.

Urth Caffe

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2327 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 749-8879

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Urth Caffe is widely considered America’s first exclusively organic coffee company, founded in 1989. Come and sample Urth wide selection of organic coffees and rare teas. Now Urth is so much more with its award winning pastries, desserts, wedding cakes and also perhaps the best breakfast and lunch in Los Angeles County using organic and fine quality ingredients.

Whist @ the Viceroy

1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 260-7500

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Michelin recommended Whist, located at Viceroy Santa Monica, was named as one of America’s 50 best hotel restaurants by Food & Wine magazine. Whist’s culinary team creates Modern American cuisine with an artful twist and distinct preference for fresh local produce and talent for simple, straightforward presentations. Whist’s whimsical interior decor is the creation of design maven Kelly Wearstler. Guests seeking a more dynamic dining experience are welcome to reserve one of Whist’s charming Private Dining Cabanas. One of Viceroy’s signature features, the Whist dining cabanas are ideal spots for intimate celebrations and offer a sophisticated alternative in a stylish environment.

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

1733 Ocean Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(424) 292-5222

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Our menu features popular regional dishes from around the country, but approaches them from an ‘Artisanal’ point of view with food that is freshly prepared, hand crafted, in small batches, using high quality ingredients, and employing traditional methods. From our half-pound Jimmy’s Burger, with Applewood Bacon and Jalapeño Jelly to our Buttermilk Beer Batter Onion Rings with housemade Chipotle Ketchup, our goal is to feed you with delicious food and leave you with the feeling that you had the best American food experience in your whole life.

Barney's Beanery

1315 3rd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 656-5777

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Barney’s Beanery has been Los Angeles favorite local place to hang out for over 90 years and counting. First founded in West Hollywood in 1920, Barney’s Beanery has later branched out across Southern California, including our very own Santa Monica! Located at the famous 3rd St. Promenade, what’s better place to hang out and relax after a long day? You’ll be spoiled for choice with over 200+ beers, 700+ menu items, and a plethora of varied seating from booths, stadium seating, to couches!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

301 Santa Monica Pier, Building 9
Santa Monica CA 90401

(310) 393-0458

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Located on the Santa Monica Pier with beach front views, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. brings the world of Forrest Gump to life! This fun restaurant combines quality seafood in a casual family atmosphere, just the way Forrest’s “best good friend” Bubba would have done it. Enjoy a variety of entrees including our Bourbon Street Mahi Mahi, All American Hamburger, and of course, Fried Shrimp. Featuring a full bar and a fabulous kids menu it is perfect for all ages. The fun restaurant with down-home warmth! Large parties, special events, and groups welcome! Enjoy our All-American BREAKFAST from 8am – 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. Open from 11am – 10pm Sunday – Thursday, and from 11am – 11pm Friday and Saturday.

California Pizza Kitchen

210 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica CA 90401

(310) 393-9335

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Home to the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, California Pizza Kitchen provides a range of creative California dishes, from the signature California-style, hearth-baked pizzas to creative salads, appetizers, pastas, soups sandwiches and desserts. The menu features all of the CPK favorites including the Jamaican Jerk Pizza, Kung Pao Spaghetti and the Waldorf Chicken Salad.

A full bar offers an extensive beverage menu with a great selection of wines along with more than 40 specialty drinks, including CPK’s original California Cosmo, and an extensive list of martinis, margaritas and cocktails.

Guests can dine-in, take-out or use CPK’s Curbside Service and have the restaurant’s curbside server deliver their order right to their car!

Chez Jay

1657 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-8118

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Legendary Chez Jay (established 1959) is a Santa Monica Historical Landmark located on Ocean Avenue across from the Pier. Known for its steaks, fresh seafood, generous drinks and comfortable atmosphere, Chez Jay is one of the best celebrity hideaway taverns in all LA. With peanut shells on the floor and its famous jukebox playing, Chez Jay is a place to soak up stories, enjoy a great meal, and have a good time.

Duke's Malibu

21150 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 317-0777

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Perched on the water’s edge in the heart of the Malibu beach community, relax and take in the endless ocean views while enjoying the freshest premium seafood and prime aged steaks, uniquely prepared and thoughtfully served. Private banquet facilities and off site catering service available for parties from 10 to 200. Dinner and lunch daily, Sunday brunch.

Enterprise Fish Company

174 Kinney Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 392-8366

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For over 20 years we’ve been serving the freshest fish and seafood broiled on charcoal. We offer patio dining. We have an oyster bar and a sushi bar. Casual warehouse atmosphere. Average price of dinner including one drink is $22.00.

Fritto Misto

601 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-2829

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Great food at rock bottom prices. Casual dining. Fresh homemade pastas, salads and desserts.

La Vecchia Cucina

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2654 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 399-7979

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For over 20 years, La Vecchia Cucina has been Santa Monica’s best neighborhood Italian restaurant. When brothers Mark and Anthony Mollica took ownership in 2006, new life was breathed into this local favorite. Combine Chef Mark Mollica’s world-class training with Sicilian recipes passed on from his mother and grandmother and the result is sublime. General Manager, Anthony Mollica, along with the entire La Vecchia Cucina team work to ensure the utmost quality, making every guest’s experience a memorable one. The Mollica brothers have worked to create the same sense of community that began years earlier around their family dinner table. Step into La Vecchia Cucina to find a gracious welcome, a warm and inviting atmosphere, and unparalleled service that will make you feel right at home.

Marmalade Cafe and Catering Company

710 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 395-9196

www.marmaladecafe.com

Marmalade gourmet food cafe. Full of country charm. This cozy cafe with large displays of fresh salads, sandwiches, entrees, home made pates and cheese. Fresh baked goods, create your own gift basket – choose from homemade jams and foods from all over the world. Full service catering – we personalize your menu, arrange the flowers, decor, service staff – we do it all! Delivery available. Other locations: Malibu, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Palos Verdes and the Original Farmers Market.

Michael's Restaurant

1147 Third Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 451-0843

www.michaelssantamonica.com

Widely acclaimed since its 1979 debut, and considered a pioneer of California cuisine, Michael’s presents contemporary American cooking inspired by the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients. Our food is prepared simply and presented beautifully, with exceptional service, in art-filled dining rooms and a garden patio considered one of the most beautiful dining spots in Southern California. (Average dinner price with one drink, is $70.) We’re renowned for our award-winning wine list with 600 labels from California, France, Italy, and elsewhere—plus the latest vintages from proprietor Michael McCarty’s own The Malibu Vineyard. Three upstairs rooms are ideal for business dinners and other private events for 6 to 40 guests.

Panera Bread

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501 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 566-3080

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Thirty years ago, we started with one goal: to bake fresh bread from fresh dough every day in every bakery-cafe. No artificial preservatives or short cuts, just our bakers and hot ovens. And at the end of the day? We donated what was left to our neighbors in need.Now, with over 1,900 bakery-cafes in the U.S. and Canada, we still pay attention to the important things. Like serving food that’s free of the artificial stuff (see our No No list) and making sure you have a great experience (have you tried online ordering?). All of this, what it all comes down to, is wanting for our guests exactly what we want for our own families. Simply: good food.

Rusty's Surf Ranch

256 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 393-7437

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When the sun sets over the Pacific, Santa Monica Pier’s most popular restaurant becomes the city’s favorite nightclub, featuring live entertainment and dancing. Rusty’s Surf Ranch has been selected both the area’s top music club and is a multiple winner of the California Restaurant Writer’s association ‘Distinguished Restaurant’ Award. Dance to live music on Friday and Saturday, or dine on the award winning cuisine in an authentic California beach setting. Rusty’s vintage surfboard collection, pool tables, heated covered patios and casual atmosphere are fun for visitors of all ages. Available for private parties.

Stop 'n Cafe

1237 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-1932

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Greek Cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of few remaining restaurants that are original to the Promenade. Indoor and outdoor dinning with friendly service. Amazing Kabobs and Greek appetizers.

The Lobster

1602 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-9294

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Serving classic American seafood, specializing in live Maine lobster.
The Lobster has been famous for generations.
The restaurant is surrounded by floor to ceiling glass on three sides,
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Pacific Ocean all the way from Malibu to Manhattan Beach.

True Food Kitchen

395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.593.8300

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True Food Kitchen is an innovative eatery developed in partnership with Fox Restaurant Concepts and best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil. Under the guidance of Chef Michael Stebner, True Food Kitchen offers a globally inspired, seasonal menu appealing to anyone seeking a more balanced lifestyle. True Food Kitchen celebrates high quality, locally and regionally sourced ingredients to create a pure, simple menu that tastes great while nourishing mind, body and spirit.

Vienna Pastry Inc.

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1215 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 395-6728

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A family owned business for over 52 years, Vienna Pastry takes you back to the warm and intimate feeling of European cafes and bakeries. Each day, we bake everything from scratch using the finest ingredients – from our famous chocolate mouses to our delectable fruit tarts. We have an array of beautiful wedding cakes, European-style tortes and pastries, freshly baked breads, costume decorated cakes and delicious pies, cookies, muffins,cakes, brownies and cupcakes. We use only fresh, high quality ingredients and do not use any preservatives, mixes or frozen items.

Wilshire Restaurant

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2454 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 586-1707

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What is Red-Hot, Zen Cool and Green All Over? Wilshire‚ a stylish and sophisticated restaurant in Santa Monica that fuses an inventive, organic menu with sexy, eye-catching design and comfortably chic outdoor space. The culinary team at Wilshire proves that going green has never been more indulgent. Plan your next Corporate Event, Business Meeting or a Wonderful Social affair in one of our many Event spaces. To name a few; The Tree House, The Suite with it’s own Powder Room or our Agate Room ‚there are also many outdoor locations with billowing fire, trickling water and the wonderful elements of being outdoors.

Wokcano

1413 5th Street
Santa Monica CA 90401

(310) 392-1661

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The Wokcano Restaurant Group is a contemporary Asian Restaurant and Lounge venue with six locations currently operating throughout Southern California. Featuring fresh sushi and creative maki rolls as well as modern riffs on traditional fare, Wokcano offers guests a broad and savory tasting tour of popular Asian cuisines. Innovative signature incorporating the vivid regional and multicultural currents that make up modern Asian cuisine highlight the menu and are available for delivery, take out, and corporate dinning. Design elements at all locations reflect a chic and relaxing atmosphere perfect for everything from solo dinning at the sushi bar and large groups at a communal table to happy hour drinks in the lounge that offers a host of Asian-inspired cocktail selections and an inclusive yet reasonably-priced wine and sake list.

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