DINING GUIDE

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.

41 Ocean Club

 

1541 Ocean Ave. Ste. 120,

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 879-4141

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An upscale yet inviting lounge in the heart of Santa Monica, 41 Ocean is a destination venue that celebrates life without limits.

The event space offers its exclusive clientele a charming atmosphere over several different Spanish-style rooms, including a screening room, club lounge, and open-air courtyard for a true Southern California experience. With golden tones, vintage crystal chandeliers, and rich wooden floorboards, 41 Ocean’s flexible layout caters to any type of event from corporate receptions, concerts and fashion shows.

Big Dean's Ocean Front Cafe

1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 393-2666

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Sun, fun, great food, beer, wine, music, sports TV, outdoor patios, and reasonable prices are what you’ll find at the world-famous Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café on the Santa Monica Boardwalk in Santa Monica, California. This is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax and sip a beer or have a burger. We offer seventeen TV’s that are always broadcasting all major sporting events. Bring the children, they are always welcome. In 1902, Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café was known as Laring’s Lunch Room and was a landmark for years.

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.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Santa Monica

 

2309 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 995-2956

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TimeOut called Astro an “exemplary fryery” and one of the top-21 best fried chicken restaurants in America. Thrillist named Astro among the “21 best donut shops in America,” and the Washington Post crowned the Crème brûlée doughnut “the city’s best.” But as in any great fairy tale, such notable accolades stem from humble beginnings.

Benny's Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie

915 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 451-0210

Mexican Dining in LA

 

Come in to Benny’s Tacos and try our specials including Taco Tuesdays, breakfast specials, student discounts, and LAX employee discounts.

Back On The Beach

445 Pacific Coast Hwy.,

Santa Monica, CA 90402

(310) 393-8282

http://www.backonthebeachcafe.com/

Nestled on a wide stretch of sandy beach, Back on the Beach Café offers appetizing meals featuring local and seasonal cuisine with breathtaking views of ocean, mountain, pier, and Catalina Island. Generations of Angelinos have been coming to our landmark restaurant since 1989. Both indoor & outdoor seating is available along with extensive catering services and event planning. Come and enjoy the beach with us!

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 – BOOK YOUR NEXT EVENT OR HOLIDAY PARTY NOW!

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

3108665228

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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.

Tocaya

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Bru's Wiffle LLC

 

2408 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 453-2787

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Bru’s Wiffle – A Waffle Joint is unlike any other Waffle Eatery… menu items pique the curiosity of its patrons and the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting – a reflection of its warm and endearing creator and owner, Ebru Fidan Caplan.

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.

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.

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