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.


1447 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


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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.

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.

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.

Locanda Del Lago

231 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 451-3525


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

Marmalade Cafe and Catering Company

710 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 395-9196


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.

Mendocino Farms

Address:  631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 395-5273

Creative gourmet sandwiches, soups & salads, made with local & seasonal ingredients.

Pono Burger


Pono Burger has several options for the perfect space for your next event. We can accommodate parties up to 100 for a personalized dinner in either our private outdoor patio space, our unique and historic WWII-era Quonset hut or, for the best of both worlds, the entire restaurant!

Enjoy Chef Makani’s Organic, Grass-fed burgers, beautiful Farmer’s Market salads, vegetarian and vegan options as well as our tray passed appetizers, made fresh and unique to fit your event. We can also do wine and beer pairings with each delicious dish.

Now available our new autumn menu for catering to your event or office space!

Please contact our Director of Special Events, Andrea Heindel, for more details at andrea@ponoburger.com or (310) 870-1801.

→ Group lunches or dinners
→ Corporate holiday parties & team building events
→ Receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, showers and more!
→ Personalized menu options
→ Wine / Beer pairings
– Catering/Offsite events
→ Location filming/photo shoots

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.


Address: 507 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (424) 268-8219

Locally sourced organic produce is the foundation of our chef driven menu. Underscoring our commitment to serving natural and sustainable ingredients, Tocaya Organica only serves meats and fish that are fresh, never frozen, and are 100% percent free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics. Above all, we believe in making choices that have a positive impact on our health, our communities, and future of our planet.

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.

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


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.

La Vecchia Cucina


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.


401 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 917-5050


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.

Meat on Ocean

Address: 1501 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 773-3366

Surf & turf steakhouse serving a carnivore’s delight of charcuterie, chops & seafood.

Michael's Restaurant

1147 Third Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 451-0843


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.

Rustic Canyon

Phone: (310) 393-7050

Address:  1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Rustic Canyon opened in December 2006 and is the first in our family of restaurants. It grew from a series of dinners that founder Josh Loeb held inside his family’s beautiful tree house of a home nestled in Rustic Canyon, an intimate neighborhood carved into the mountains of Santa Monica. Every month lovers of quality food and wine gathered around a long, candlelit table to share the joy of a meal created with thought and passion. New friends were made, stories were told and favorite wines were discovered. Rustic Canyon is an extension of this. It’s a neighborhood restaurant where friends near and far can come together and celebrate the best things in life: great food, great wine, and great people.

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,
which provides a panoramic 180-degree view of the
Pacific Ocean all the way from Malibu to Manhattan Beach.

Urth Caffe


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.

Vienna Pastry Inc.


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.

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