1212 Santa Monica

4.3
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363 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
1212 Santa Monica is a unique New California Cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. Our menu, crafted by Chef Luca, highlights the palette and diversity of the SoCal landscape. Complimenting the food, our beverage program includes select wines and creative cocktails to enhance your dining experience.

The space is multi-faceted, with vintage-chic decor and mixed media art. Enjoy the beautiful beach weather in the patio, gather with your large group in our massive dining room, or plan a private event/meeting at our balcony, private dining room, or board room.

On weekends, we heighten the sonic senses every Friday and Saturday with the best DJs and selectors in the west side, setting the vibe for the evening.

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Service was very bad. She was rude and wasn’t concerned with ensuring we had a great experience.

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enjoyfinedining
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Sea bass was good and cauliflower soup was yummy. My market salad had too much dressing and was very acidic. Good ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Ricky and Christian are the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

I was excited to try this place due to the reviews. Unfortunately our service was poor. I was surprised considering it was early and there were very few tables. Our server came to our table once almost 15 minutes after arriving and once more to drop off our food; she never once asked if we needed anything else or to at least offer to refill our drinks. Our food came out cold and the temperature on our burgers was wrong. Unfortunately I would never come back. If we got such bad service when it’s slow I can only imagine on a busy night.

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VaniaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Food is very average

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vipLizM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff at 1212 were amazing. My son was hit by a motorized scooter right out in front of the restaurant while we were just finishing our dessert. The hostess ran out right after us and told us that one of her staff was an EMT. Ella (the EMT) appeared almost immediately and checked out my son’s hurt leg. She gave us wonderful advice and was just so kind and gentle with my 9 year old. She also made a makeshift ice pack with a plastic glove and secured it with plastic wrap! I am so very grateful for the kindness. It was a scary situation and she was simply wonderful.

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SAnn
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We had a party for 20 here and 1212 was one of the few places in Santa Monica that could accommodate the size. Overall it was a good location with really tasty food and drinks. Good atmosphere. Service was very slow at times but somewhat expected with a large party (plus they were gearing up for an event at the same time). I’d definitely recommend trying it.

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vipBevhillssiren
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1212 was wonderful! We had a great lunch there and the food was excellent! They have a Happy Hour every day from 3pm to close. This is the BEST Happy Hour in the entire city!! In addition the place is immaculate and the food-everything we ordered was exceptional. They have a Chinese Chicken salad on the menu and I think it is the best I have ever had and I don't even like chicken! Great drinks, outdoor seating and great service make this a neighborhood favorite. Hailey was our bartender and she is so sweet. We love Gretchen the hostess. Max the bartender is wonderful. Garrett looks like James Dean says my best friend. Go and have the best food & drink here at 1212!

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Foodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience5

I love the food here and it’s the only thing really saving this review. I made reservations for a birthday dinner at 8:00. Upon my arrival was informed I had to be out by 9 due to a private party. They claimed I had been called by the hostess. I was not. No call no message. Just embarrassed at the door. I had to practically argue with the host to make the accommodation for my party and eventually they did. After the fact our server was super nice and caring which also made up for the rather tough start to the evening. For what I considered a quality establishment they have a poor process around events like this. I understand a lot of money is made on private parties. However, it’s your day to day patrons that keep your business going. Think on that.

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HenryW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was amazing and the ambiance was pretty nice (quiet enough to have a conversation)
That being said the service was absolutely terrible. Despite having a reservation it took almost half an hour for the table to be ready.
Then we had to wait another 10 min for the waiter to finally show up.

Everything went smoothly until desert. Another 20min and I had to finally wave down a busboy to see if it was actually on the way. He said the wait staff totally forgot about it...

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IanSummers
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Foods came out cold and risotto wasn’t good at all and 1212 burger was ok. Dont bring your kids, it’s as loud as a club. Service was excellent as he apologized many times for bringing the food out so late although it wasn’t his fault at all. You want casual dining with friends and get some beer with not much expectation on food quality then this place should work for you. I don’t think this place represents true spirits of “so-cal” foods in any way. Again, this is just my humble opinion for your consideration.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

The service is very well, but some food could be improved.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Not one order was right. Table was cluttered with empty glasses and dishes all night. It was Valentines night, but the floor was about 40% full. No excuse

They offered a discount because they were aware. They discount our warm raw oysters 10%. $3.30 off of a $165.00 tab. Hope others experiences are better.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food good service A++ thank you 1212

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vipLAwoman
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always dependable menu and consistently great meals-they do nothing wrong!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

Service is horrible. Food is very good.

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vipIsland2016
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

We came for the big screen Super Bowl. The food was good tailgate food: non spicy wings, pork and cheeseburger sliders, tacos and good Sancerre. What was not good were the Profitroles with cheap watery ice cream. Service was good. The big screen and sound was good. Losing the game was not good.

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vipMothernlaw
Sacramento
52 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were here for dine la. They were very accommodating letting us both get two starters and no dessert. The sea trio and land trio were both delicious and unique in flavors and presentation.
My husband's lamb shank was exploded with flavor and we were glad to have a wine, although not the one suggested, to balance the flavor. I enjoyed my Branzino. It was very flavorful and perfectly cooked.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Gmez
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our Janet was outstanding. She was friendly, attentive, and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food and service was exactly what we needed! Only thing I wish the host was a bit more attentive to the notes.. It was a surprise birthday dinner and as soon as I checked in she pointed to my table and said your party is over there.. Kinda not what I was going for when I called three times trying to make sure everyone was aware that it was a surprise dinner.. But oh well! Not the end of the word. Otherwise everything was perfect! Would definitely go here again.

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vipSFgirl
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The pop corn shrimp and mushroom arancini were delicious. The burger with the bacon jam was a disappointment. Could not taste it.

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vipJudyjo
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The only problem was a very loud party in the private room upstairs and their music was booming. It would have been nice if they had kept the doors closed upstairs. Food was delicious!

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Foodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and wine selection and excellent service.

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vipSusan
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Visited for the first time foe January DineLA 2020. Everything was great. Waiter provided caring and thoughtful service. Food was well presented and fresh to order. Flavor was memorable. I ordered the grilled salmon and loved it very much!! Would return again for another positive experience!

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JimS
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing meal. Even the bread is amazing, with subtle flavors of Parmesan and garlic. Definitely get the 3 course menu, it’s the best value in town

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vipnancyg
Los Angeles
85 reviews