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Tar & RosesTar & Roses
1976 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Visiting from out of town. Food was delicious! Service and attention to detail awesome. Definitely recommend. Fun restaurant! More

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Robata Bar - Santa MonicaRobata Bar - Santa Monica
23 reviews
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Japanese | Santa Monica, Westside

Great first date spot! Food was incredible and the service was great! More

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ManchegoManchego
522 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Monica, Westside

Great food, amazing staff. This place is definitely a somewhere I enjoy going to! More

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LunettaLunetta
150 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Bouillabaisse night. Outstanding fish soup with a brilliant grilled bread/garlic aioli schmear and butter lettuce salad with perfect vinaigrette. Hope they do this again! More

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Orto Santa MonicaOrto Santa Monica
60 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Visiting out of town and found this local Italian place. Small and cozy with great food and delicious Roma Mule. More

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Vito RestaurantVito Restaurant
643 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Vito's is the most authentic "old school" Italian restaurant in the Westside. Excellent long-time waiters and terrific food and drinks. It never disappoints. More

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Stella Barra Santa MonicaStella Barra Santa Monica
70 reviews
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Pizzeria | Santa Monica, Westside

great food, delicious pizza. Love all the flat screen TVs, will def come back solo for time at the bar. More

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Chinois on MainChinois on Main
1773 reviews
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Chinese | Santa Monica, Westside

It was very quiet as we were the first guests! On a Saturday night, it gets loud. The SEA BASS is an excellent dish, every time! And, the duck fried rice is amazing. More

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True Food Kitchen - Santa MonicaTrue Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
789 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Amazing food and all healthy options. The ancient grain bowl was outstanding! More

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Upper WestUpper West
1792 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

If you want to sample as many dishes as possible, order all starters/teasers. We had the broiled cauliflower on tahini dressing, the amazing wild shrooms, lamb crepes & crispy glazed chicken. Plenty for two and delicious. It's a little on the noisy side, so be advised More

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Caffe DelfiniCaffe Delfini
73 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

We were celebrating daughter’s 6th birthday here More

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Via VenetoVia Veneto
539 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Always a great time in this cozy, intimate restaurant with excellent food. More

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La Vecchia CucinaLa Vecchia Cucina
1428 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Family visiting for birthday More

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The Dining Room at Shangri-LaThe Dining Room at Shangri-La
252 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Excellent service and great value! More

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The RoosterThe Rooster
68 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

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The Penthouse RestaurantThe Penthouse Restaurant
2667 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Monica, Westside

I took my wife to the Penthouse Restaurant for her birthday and we had an outstanding experience. (We had dined here a few years ago and had not been back since then.) On this most recent visit we ordered the Fish special and the Ribeye Steak. Both were well seasoned and hot upon arrival at our table. We also ordered the macaroni and cheese as a side dish, it too was superb. We both feel that The Penthouse has upped its game when it comes to both the service and the food preparation. We basically booked this reservation because of the fantastic ocean view but to our good fortune the service, the atmosphere and the food were all outstanding. We will be going back soon. More

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Lula CocinaLula Cocina
180 reviews
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Mexican | Santa Monica, Westside

Brunch items on website were not available at restaurant. When I asked for a brunch menu, they only had their main menu that did not list any breakfast items like the website, in fact it didn't list any at all, the waiter only mentioned a few items available. Very disappointed that I was mislead but for what they had, food and service was good overall. More

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1 Pico1 Pico
1869 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

Improved menu is appreciated. I tell all of my friends who visit Los Angles to dine at One Pico It is always very good and you can't beat the atmosphere! More

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EstateEstate
510 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Monica, Westside

We loved the vibe, decor, food and service here. We were celebrating a special occasion and they didn't disappoint. The Ahi tacos, mushrooms and pad Thai were all great appetizers, not heavy, greasy or overcooked, and the miso Cod, Paella and lobster fettuccine were all terrific as well. Big, perfectly done scallops on the paella, and the fettuccine was so delicious. Waiters were attentive but not overbearing. Noise level was a bit higher than we expected, but still able to hear each other. Try the flour less chocolate cake for dessert! More

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Sushi Roku - Santa MonicaSushi Roku - Santa Monica
939 reviews
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Japanese | Santa Monica, Westside

Birthday celebration More

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BOA Steakhouse - Santa MonicaBOA Steakhouse - Santa Monica
1874 reviews
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Steak | Santa Monica, Westside

Awesome food and staff service! More

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CapoCapo
778 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Excellent friendly service an enjoyable atmosphere and food that is consistently superior thank you Bruce Marder for always bringing your A game More

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Water Grill - Santa MonicaWater Grill - Santa Monica
2493 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Monica, Westside

The two fish meals that we had were first rate: sea bass and European style sea bass (a branzino). Both were delicious and perfectly prepared. The prices were so high that we forewent drinks or wine. We had a window seat with the window tilted open. That was great until sun was low enough to cause trouble. More

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Catch at Hotel Casa del MarCatch at Hotel Casa del Mar
1164 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Excellent experience all around View was spectacular Had a very interesting experience as I had Faux pasta ( was told by server that the pasta was made from “reconstituted mushrooms “ very tasty and texture was good too More

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FIGFIG
1709 reviews
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Mediterranean | Santa Monica, Westside

Just wrote a review but somehow my computer skipped out of it before I finished. I was almost finished, sorry that I didn't finish it. Mainly it was about our disappearing waitress and a long wait for our salads. All of my other experiences at The Fig have been great. This was the first time it seemed to take forever to get served. Love the food there and of course being greeted by the great fig tree. More

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The Golden BullThe Golden Bull
69 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Monica, Westside

Great local steak place. Cozy interior and bar is fun although small. Staff are all terrific...super friendly and helpful. More

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Buffalo ClubBuffalo Club
264 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Monica, Westside

We loved the quiet elegant surroundings. The music was wonderful but unnecessarily loud (despite not being nearly as loud as many places). So conversation was still easy.. We did small plates (5) and 1 drink each - surprisingly pricey; though each plate was both small and delicious! More

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The IndependenceThe Independence
204 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Went to The Independence on a busy Saturday afternoon for Happy Hour. Enjoyed the chicken wings, fried calamari, fish and chips and the Caesar salad. The salad had actual anchovy! Great value with great food and great service. Will definitely make another trip back. More

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Ivy at the ShoreIvy at the Shore
1795 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

Convenient location. Good food, good service. Fancy. But it was loud, and we were crowded. Not much space on the table for our food. More

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TerrazzaTerrazza
199 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Great experience for Mother’s Day More

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Art's TableArt's Table
23 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Monica, Westside

Casual dining in the neighborhood. Nice variety of dishes that are prepared attractively and are just the right size. It can get quite noisy! There is also outside seating that is very popular so best to have a reservation. More

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Michael's - Santa MonicaMichael's - Santa Monica
1357 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

Staff and owner very welcoming an and friendly. However the waiter disappeared after the first course for awhile even thoug More

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Osteria BIGOLIOsteria BIGOLI
119 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Excellent food! Wonderful staff. It feels like being in Italy. More

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Obica Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina - Santa MonicaObica Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina - Santa Monica
341 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Sevice great , food very authentic Italian. More

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Meat On OceanMeat On Ocean
716 reviews
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Steakhouse | Santa Monica, Westside

The food was excellent, great place to hang out & grab a drink or settle down for a romantic dinner! One of the best steaks I’ve ever had! Not to mention our server was very knowledgeable on meats & cuts! 5 out of 5! More

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Wilshire RestaurantWilshire Restaurant
1472 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

Excellent roast and wonderful music More

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CoastCoast
835 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

A perfectly informal and relaxed seaside venue. A competent kitchen, dedicated staff, and extraordinary house made butterscotch make it a SoCal gem. More

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Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa MonicaYe Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica
63 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

This decor in this place was cool. Service was quick. Servers were extremely friendly and the food was delicious! I will definitely be back. More

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Locanda PortofinoLocanda Portofino
582 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Great neighborhood restaurant. We go all the time! More

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Ashland HillAshland Hill
21 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Nice outdoor space on Main St. in Santa Monica. Good beer selection and generous food portions. The cornbread fritters were delicious. I'm all for dogs at outdoor restaurants but several were barking and lunging at customers. Maybe seat them toward the front and not in the back section. More

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North Italia - Santa MonicaNorth Italia - Santa Monica
617 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Great food More

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The GalleyThe Galley
623 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Monica, Westside

The Galley is a proven performer. Great bar, solid food, constant as the sun. More

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Daily Grill - Santa MonicaDaily Grill - Santa Monica
698 reviews
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Steak | Santa Monica, Westside

The restaurant is a bit tired but the food is familiar. Our server disappeared and we had to get up and find her. Never want to do that. More

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RIZE Thai SushiRIZE Thai Sushi
60 reviews
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Thai | Santa Monica, Westside

Casual restaurant with tasty food! Very prompt service. Delicious vegetables, curry and silky sea bass. Of course we shared every dish and got to enjoy all the different flavors. Amazing that their happy hour goes until 7 pm, and includes sake at half price. More

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En SushiEn Sushi
63 reviews
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Japanese | Santa Monica, Westside

It's a great fun place with great food and service. We love Richard!!! More

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Enterprise Fish Co. - Santa MonicaEnterprise Fish Co. - Santa Monica
2493 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Monica, Westside

Great lobster. More

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The Veranda Restaurant - Georgian HotelThe Veranda Restaurant - Georgian Hotel
76 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

The service is excellent! The tea and food ilare exceptional. I recommend Georgian High Tea for any ladies afternoon outing. More

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Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa MonicaSonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica
812 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

Amazing service. Bottomless mimosas. And excellent food. More

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Herringbone - Santa MonicaHerringbone - Santa Monica
617 reviews
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Seafood | Santa Monica, Westside

Great food!!! More

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Barney's Beanery - Santa MonicaBarney's Beanery - Santa Monica
10 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

It’s one of our favorite go to spots when we visit Santa Monica. They have a huge variety for the menu with unique spins on dishes. More

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Del Frisco's Grille - Santa MonicaDel Frisco's Grille - Santa Monica
927 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Food was outstanding!!!! Service was impeccable. I would highly recommend. More

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Opaque - Dining in the Dark, LAOpaque - Dining in the Dark, LA
478 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Took a friend here for his birthday. I like the concept of this restaurant and I love the ideology behind it and the community it supports. Takes you out of your element and thrusts you into the world of the visually impaired. Senses are heightened, the experience is surreal, and you leave with a great meal and a bit of enlightenment on how the sightless thrive without the use of vision. Definitely recommend. Our waiter, Rafael, was charming. More

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MassiliaMassilia
122 reviews
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French | Santa Monica, Westside

Great restaurant but the food could be better. Portions are on the small side for the main course. More

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Izzy's DeliIzzy's Deli
70 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Good, friendly, fast service More

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Umami Burger - Santa MonicaUmami Burger - Santa Monica
118 reviews
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Burgers | Santa Monica, Westside

Delicious vegan options as usual I wish they still carried the "get up offa that brown" beer. That was an awesome pairing. More

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Bazille - Nordstrom Santa Monica PlaceBazille - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place
19 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Monica, Westside

I would highly recommend Bazille! From making our reservation online to our departure, everything went great. We were there on a Friday night at 6pm. The hostess was pleasant. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure that we were satisfied and our meal was excellent. He worked hard around our allergies to make sure that we could eat something as close as Possible to the dishes we had selected! The chef also did an excellent job. Excellent presentation, cooked to perfection. They were out of scallops so they replaced them with shrimp which also worked. My friend really liked the fish and chips. My sister enjoyed the fish tacos. The girl who saw that our check was ready to pay, grabbed it up and took care of it promptly. It was a nice atmosphere. Thank you for a great experience! More

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Margo'sMargo's
56 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

The spring soup was amazing: light, fresh and delicate with interesting blends of flavor in each bite. The black cod was so delicious my sister and I nearly swooned, each bite making us look at each other and cast our eyes heavenward in delight. Our server was adept, personable, and recommended the correct wines. A wonderful dining experience. Margo is now at the top of my list. More

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P.F. Chang's - Santa MonicaP.F. Chang's - Santa Monica
32 reviews
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Asian | Santa Monica, Westside

We had a great time! More

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Belcampo- Santa MonicaBelcampo- Santa Monica
604 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Love it - great staff, awesome food. LOVED the butcher shop!! More

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Benihana - Santa MonicaBenihana - Santa Monica
2166 reviews
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Japanese | Santa Monica, Westside

An excellent meal More

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Plan Check Kitchen + BarPlan Check Kitchen + Bar
39 reviews
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Burgers | Santa Monica, Westside

Very loud but the food was great. More

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El Torito - Santa MonicaEl Torito - Santa Monica
13 reviews
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Mexican | Santa Monica, Westside

The food was amazing! Our waitress was the best! Really enjoyed our dinner More

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CAST at the ViceroyCAST at the Viceroy
678 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Monica, Westside

Excellent food, great ambiance and above average customer service More

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Brick+Mortar (Santa Monica)Brick+Mortar (Santa Monica)
82 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

It’s a good date or friend group vibe for drinking. More

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Ocean and Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach HotelOcean and Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
540 reviews
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Californian | Santa Monica, Westside

Beautiful atmosphere mixed with casual beach dining. More

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Seaside on the PierSeaside on the Pier
11 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Seafood pasta taste good,but the chicken wings are too sour More

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Burgers N BrewsBurgers N Brews
2 reviews
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Burgers | Santa Monica, Westside

Good place to watch a game More

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Rosti - Santa MonicaRosti - Santa Monica
Reviews coming soon
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Ro – STI; pronounced (Row-stee) Short for Rosticceria, An informal Italian countryside kitchen or restaurant. It all started as a love affair with smell of fresh herbs and feel of hand-picked garden vegetables. Rosti Cuccina Italiana is a transplant of simple Tuscan countryside cooking where fresh herbs and wholesome ingredients will marry one another and create a delightful experience. Our trained chefs start with Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Sweet Basil, Garlic and Marjoram as our star ingredients and then add the finest Meats, Seafood, Pasta and Cheeses to complete the picture allowing all those flavors to do their dance on the palate.More

Cabana LoungeCabana Lounge
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service | Santa Monica, Westside

A unique blend of lavish and laid back, our indoor cabanas are the ideal spot for creative work space during the day, small gatherings, celebrations, and happy hour in Santa Monica. These semi-private cocoons combine the vibrant atmosphere of the Casa del Mar lobby with the personal energy of your own intimate affair. Best of all, bottle service is available for a flawless evening by the sea.

Sundy through Thursday $250 and Friday though Saturday $500. Food and Beverage minimum applies per cabana, prior to taxes and gratuity. Bottle service and private bartender available upon requests. Please contact restaurant for details.More

Santa Monica Diners' Choice Winners

Santa Monica's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Tar & RosesTar & Roses
1976 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Visiting from out of town. Food was delicious! Service and attention to detail awesome. Definitely recommend. Fun restaurant! More

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Robata Bar - Santa MonicaRobata Bar - Santa Monica
23 reviews
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Japanese | Santa Monica, Westside

Great first date spot! Food was incredible and the service was great! More

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LunettaLunetta
150 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

Bouillabaisse night. Outstanding fish soup with a brilliant grilled bread/garlic aioli schmear and butter lettuce salad with perfect vinaigrette. Hope they do this again! More

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ManchegoManchego
522 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Monica, Westside

Great food, amazing staff. This place is definitely a somewhere I enjoy going to! More

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Buffalo ClubBuffalo Club
264 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Monica, Westside

We loved the quiet elegant surroundings. The music was wonderful but unnecessarily loud (despite not being nearly as loud as many places). So conversation was still easy.. We did small plates (5) and 1 drink each - surprisingly pricey; though each plate was both small and delicious! More

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Stella Barra Santa MonicaStella Barra Santa Monica
70 reviews
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Pizzeria | Santa Monica, Westside

great food, delicious pizza. Love all the flat screen TVs, will def come back solo for time at the bar. More

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Upper WestUpper West
1792 reviews
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American | Santa Monica, Westside

If you want to sample as many dishes as possible, order all starters/teasers. We had the broiled cauliflower on tahini dressing, the amazing wild shrooms, lamb crepes & crispy glazed chicken. Plenty for two and delicious. It's a little on the noisy side, so be advised More

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Chinois on MainChinois on Main
1773 reviews
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Chinese | Santa Monica, Westside

It was very quiet as we were the first guests! On a Saturday night, it gets loud. The SEA BASS is an excellent dish, every time! And, the duck fried rice is amazing. More

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Caffe DelfiniCaffe Delfini
73 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

We were celebrating daughter’s 6th birthday here More

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Orto Santa MonicaOrto Santa Monica
60 reviews
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Italian | Santa Monica, Westside

Visiting out of town and found this local Italian place. Small and cozy with great food and delicious Roma Mule. More

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