Santa Monica California Restaurant Reviews
For Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner!
Santa Monica restaurants reviews; the best restaurants in Santa Monica California for seafood, restaurant by cuisine type. That what’s this page is all about.
We love dining and eating out in Santa Monica Southern California and frequently eat at the Santa Monica Pier restaurants, such as The Lobster and Bubba Gumps Shrimps there.
Great ocean front dining with stunning Southern California coastline views, and the best seafood to choose from.
Most restaurants in Santa Monica are located on Ocean Blvd, Santa Monica Blvd, Main Street, Montana Ave and Third Street Promenade.
The Santa Monica restaurant selection below are our own very favorite places to eat in Santa Monica California. We know you will like them also.
ANISETTE: French. One of our favorite Santa Monica restaurants, chef Alain Giraud creates fabulous dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Locals and Angelenos are swarming the place, so expect to wait for a table. We love the charming and authentic ambience and the classic French food, including the oyster bar serving towering seafood platters, as well as a la carte items. Our favorite dishes are duck confit, moules frites and beef tartare, all made with the freshest ingredients. They also have delectable French desserts to choose from. Phone: 310-395-3200. Address: 225 Santa Monica Blvd.
BAY CITIES: Italian Deli & Bakery. A wonderful deli in Santa Monica since 1925. The best Italian deli, outside Little Italy in New York. Since my husband, Tony Piccino, is Italian, we are regulars here, and feel lucky to have such a great Italian deli nearby. Fresh pasta made daily on premises. Breads and rolls freshly baked all day long. They have an espresso bar, olive bar and an outstanding large selection of gourmet cheeses, along with a full service deli. Fine imported liqueurs and wines from all over the world. Pick-up catering available. Closed Monday. Phone: 310-395-8279. Address: 1517 Lincoln Blvd.
BISTRO OF SANTA MONICA: Italian. A Northern Italian restaurant in Santa Monica that’s located in a historical 1890′s building. We adore their chocolate suffle dish. It’s their signature dish for a reason. Full bar. Valet parking available, but you can also park on the street. Phone: 310-453-5442. Address: 2301 Santa Monica Blvd.
BORDER GRILL: Mexican. One of the top Santa Monica restaurants. The well known chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger serve up boldly flavored Mexican dishes. We love the conchinita Pibil, an achiote marinated roasted pork, deliciously spiced with cumin, smoked chiles, orange zest and cinnamon. This place is packed at night, so call ahead for reservation, or be prepared to wait for a table. Lunch and dinner daily. Phone: 310-451-1655. Address: 1445 4th Street.
CAPO: Italian. A delightful romantic restaurant with a personable chef-owner. Their open almond wood fired grill is used for cooking many featured dishes with fresh ingredients. We love the zucchini blossoms stuffed with goat cheese and served with roasted tomatoes and garlic, and the scrumptious large grilled shrimp with a medley of seasoned Tuscan beans. Simply delicious!
CEZANNE: French. A casual upscale Santa Monica restaurant where French cuisine reflects Asian influences. Start with one of the many appetizers, such as shrimp and crab cakes, or tuna tartare. The entrees are everchanging with choices of roast king salmon, sauteed New Zealand John Dory, herb-crusted Colorado rack of lamb, and grilled veal chops, as well as beef and chicken dishes. There is an outside patio for dining. Valet parking. Phone: 310-395-9700. Adress: 1740 Ocean Ave.
DRAGO: Italian. The dining room is decorated with leather and suede in muted colors, and is attracting a sophisticated business crowd for lunch. We love their panzanella, a rustic Italian salad of toasted bread cubes, mozarella, heirloom tomatoes and olives, and the pumkin tortelloni in a fragrant sage cream sauce. Mon – Fri lunch and dinner, Sat – Sun dinner only. Phone: 310-828-1585. Adress: 2628 Wilshire Blvd.
THE HUMP: Sushi. This Japanese Sushi restaurant in Santa Monica is overlooking the main runway at the Santa Monica Airport. You can watch the planes land while enjoying our favorite Hama Hama oysters, Seka aji, and ahi tuna, flown in fresh from the Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. Full bar. Closed on major holidays. Phone: 310-313-0977. Address: 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S.
IZZY’S DELI: Deli. A casual Santa Monica Deli restaurant with pastrami, beef, chicken and delicatessen specialties, serving beer and wine. It’s open 24 hours a day. Phone: 310-394-1131. Adress: 1433 Wilshire Blvd.
THE LOBSTER: Seafood. One of the most popular Santa Monica restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic evening with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier.
We always order the specialty of the house, the fabulous pan roasted lobster with lobster mashed potatoes and Jim Bearn sauce. Simply delicious! Full bar and valet parking. Phone: 310-458-9294. Address: 1602 Ocean Ave, next to the pier.
LOCANDA DEL LAGO: Italian. The menu centers on pasta, seafood and poultry from the Bellagio region of Italy. The patio overlooks the Third Street Promenade. Full bar. We like their Saturday and Sunday Brunch very much. phone: 310-451-3525. Address: 1602 Ocean Ave.
MICHAELS: American. One of the most popular of the Santa Monica restaurants. Their upscale dining room is decorated with modern art which is very beautiful. The chef Michael McMarty prepares delicious, seasonally changing California cuisine. We love the steamed black mussels, seared salmon with potato leek puree and tomato confit, and the pan roasted Eastern halibut with eggplant puree. There are prime Angus beef and poultry entrees on the menu. Full bar. Phone: 310-451-0843. Address: 1147 3rd Street.
OCEAN AND VINE: California. This upscale Santa Monica restaurant overlooks the beach and the pier. They serve California – Mediterranian dishes, such as New Zealand snapper, venison mignon, and grilled lamb. Full bar. Phone: 310-576-3180. Address: 1700 Ocean Ave.
OCEAN AVE SEAFOOD: Seafood. Their menu changes daily to reflect current availability of quality seafood. We enjoy their excellent oyster bar serving appetizers and lighter fare. We also enjoy the ocean views from the enclosed patio. Phone: 310-394-5669. Address: 1401 Ocean Ave.
P.F.CHANG CHINA BISTRO: Chinese. The trendy upscale decor provides a pleasing atmosphere to enjoy the New Age Chinese dishes served here. Apetizers, soups and salads are a meal by themselves. Vegetarian plates and side dishes, noodles, meins, chicken and meat dishes have excotic, fresh ingredients. Full bar. Phone: 310-395-1912. Address: 326 Wilshire Blvd.
VALENTINO: Italian. One of the most upscale and elegant of the Santa Monica restaurants, with a reputation that has stood the test of time. The wine list, over 2,500 labels is superior, but it’s the beautifully prepared cuisine that keeps this restaurant booked. We adore the warm caprino cheese flan, made to order, with wild mushrooms and fava beans, and the milk-fed veal loin, served with wilted greens and porcini mushrooms. So good! Full bar. Phone: 310-829-4313. Address: 3115 Pico Blvd.