Santa Monica Restaurants

Chances are you will only eat out a handful of times while you are here so eat like the Santa Monica locals. Our guide to Santa Monica Restaurants makes it easy to decide. We don't put together an exhaustive list of every restaurant in Santa Monica, just the ones that are you are most likely to enjoy. There is a brief review of each restaurant and the links to the web site so you can get more information. We tried to put a variety of restaurants on the list, including Fine Dining Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Steakhouses, French Restaurants, Seafood and more. Let us know what you think about our Santa Monica Restaurants guide.

Restaurant Reviews


Santa Monica Restaurant Melisse French Restaurant
1104 WILSHIRE BLVD
Santa Monica, CA
310.395.0881

Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica has won numerous awards, some of which are; 5 Star Forbes Travel Guide, Michelin 2 Stars, Zagat Guide #1, Zagat Guide #1 American-French Restaurant. This is a result of the restaurants remarkable attention to detail when it comes to preparing contemporary French meals by the inspired Chefs. The atmosphere is superb as is the award winning service. Melisse restaurant makes you feel special and regal. It is hard to find a better dining experience among the Santa Monica restaurants. Think of it as a dinning destination, the flavors, taste and presentation make you feel as you have escaped the ordinary. The menu at Melisse in Santa Monica features upscale options like, Caviar and first course options like Beef Tartare and Prawns. Second course is really special with; King Salmon, Albacore, and Lobster. Select from entrees like: Delicious New York Steak, Tender Rabbit, Dover Sole, and Rotisserie Chicken. Make sure you leave room for some of the best desserts of all Santa Monica restaurants. If you have dinner plans in Santa Monica this evening make sure you plan to visit Melisse restaurant, you will be glad you did.

Upscale Santa Monica Restaurant The Lobster Restaurant
1602 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica , CA
(310) 458-9294

The Lobster restaurant opened its doors in 1923 and still to this day is one of the best of the Santa Monica restaurants. The selection and quality of seafood is spectacular and maybe the best in the Santa Monica area. This is seafood at its best and the view is unparalleled at the Lobster restaurant. Sit anywhere in the restaurant and you will have an unforgettable view of the ocean and at dinner the sunset. The breezes and the surf make for a relaxing enjoyable meal at truly unique location. When you see the menu, you will be amazed. There is a long list at the Raw Bar, oysters from all over north america, shrimp, lobster, sea urchins, sashimi, albacore, several types of Caviar. Fantastic appetizers like calimari, crab cakes, octopus, mussels, and more. The lunch menu is extensive and brilliant; Lobster, Dungeness Crab, Fish and Chips, Scallops, Salmon, Halibut, Angus Burger's, Lobster rolls and more. The dinner menu at the Lobster is even more extensive with entrees like; Crab Cakes, Shellfish Pasta, Sockeye Salmon, Seabass, Halibut, Scallops, NY Strip Steaks, Filet Mignon, and of course Lobster prepared in a variety of ways. The Lobster restaurant is passionate about what they do and you will see it in the menus, service, and food quality. Stop by the Lobster Restaurant in Santa Monica for lunch or dinner tonight.

Fine Dining Santa Monica Restaurant Valentino Restaurant
3115 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA
310-829-4313

Valentino Italian Restaurant in Santa Monica is award winning and one of the most respected Italian restaurants in the country. Its fine dining at its best. The menu is innovative and exciting. You can also get gluten free and vegetarian meals that are as good as standard fare. If you have special dietary needs just ask the serve staff. Valentino restaurant is one of the best of the Santa Monica restaurants. They pride themselves on service, attention to detail, and pleasing the customer. The atmosphere at Valentino is very cozy and comfortable which makes for a very comfortable evening of dining. The chefs at Valentino's are versatile and are comfortable with both modern and classic Italian cuisine. You will see results with each entree. The menu reveals some outstanding and interesting options; Lamb Chops, Veal Piccata, Delmonico Steak, Osso Buco. Several Pasta options like; Lasagna, Linquine, and Fussila. The appetizers are phenomenal; Stuffed Shrimp, Scallops, Prosciutto, Duck, Fried Mozzarella. Plus wonderful soups and salads. Ask you wait staff about the special menus that the Chef's have put together that you won't find anywhere else. With each change of the season other menus are featured that make each visit new and special. When you come to Santa Monica make sure you have dinner at Valentino's.

 Steakhouse Santa Monica Restaurant Chez Jay Restaurant
1657 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica , CA
310. 395. 1741

Chez Jay Restaurant in Santa Monica is steeped in history. It opened over 40 years ago and has been a favorite for tourists and many celebrities. The restaurant has been long known for its food and inviting atmosphere. The food is classic steak house fare with delicious cuts cooked to perfection. The service is excellent and the wait staff makes everyone feel like they are more than quests, but friends. There is a great bar that is the perfect place to wind down before a scrumptious meal. And the meal is fantastic that make you want to come back again and again. Chez Jay restaurant is the perfect place in Santa Monica to relax and have a good time. If you are in town for lunch there is a great selection for that midday meal; Steamed Clams, Scampi, Lunch Salads, and awesome burgers, steaks, and some traditional sandwich favorites. The dinner menu is really special with lots of options; Steamed Clams, Calamari, Quesadillas, Mushrooms, and Several Salads. The entrees are extensive; Swordfish, Sand Dabs, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Lobster Tails, Chicken Marsala, Curry Chicken, and much much more. With each entree you get your choice of Soup or Salad, choice of potato or vegetables. Stop by one of Santa Monica's favorite restaurants any day of the week for a great meal and comfortable surroundings.

Santa Monica Restaurant Capo Restaurant Santa Monica
1810 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica , CA
(310) 394-5550

Capo Restaurant opened its doors in 1999 and was immediately awarded to be one of the best Santa Monica restaurants. If you like Italian restaurants you'll love the food at Capo's restaurant. Everything is fresh including the pasta, seafood and meats. The steaks are cooked over fire that seals in the juices and flavors for the ultimate meal. The restaurant has over 1,600 varieties of wines to make a perfect match to that expertly prepared meal. The wines are carefully selected from the best wineries in the world. Stroll down the beach in Santa Monica and detour to Capo restaurant for an elegant dinner. The menu is very impressive with several types of pasta prepared and cooked in unique ways. There is a selection of fish like Salmon and Sole, soft shell crab, Quail, Eggplant. With wonderful appetizers like Mushroom soup, Caesar salad, artichoke, Scallops, oysters, calamari, crabs and more. The menu is large so there is something for everyone. For entrees choose from Chicken, Duck, Rabbit, Venison, Beef ribs, lamb, pork chops, NY strip steaks, Prime Rib, Porterhouse and a lot more. Capo's restaurant in Santa Monica is a great place to have that great meal.

Santa Monica Restaurant Santa Monica Seafood Restaurant and Cafe
1000 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica , CA
(310) 393-5244

Santa Monica Seafood Market & Café opened in 1939 and has been serving the freshest seafood ever since. What you find at the restaurant is simply the best seafood in Santa Monica. They started out supplying the restaurants near Santa Monica and Los Angeles with the freshest fish available. Over time they started serving tourist and locals alike with prepared food. You can buy fresh fish, take home a seafood dinner, or dine in at the restaurant. There is a third option, you can have the meal delivered. The Santa Monica Seafood Restaurant has great seafood at a great price. That's why people keep coming back time and time again. Since the restaurant opened they have always provided the best quality seafood that you could find in the area. The menu is extensive, look at the appetizers; including several types of Oysters, King Crab, Dungeness Crab, clams, Ahi Tuna, Ceviche, Calamari, Mussels, Crab Cakes, Shrimp Cocktails and more. Fabulous entrees like Seafood Pasta, Swordfish, Cioppino, Fish and Chips. They also have a great selection of sandwiches, soups, sliders, Lobster Rolls and more. So when you are hungry for seafood make a stop at the Santa Monica Seafood Cafe and Restaurant.

Santa Monica Restaurant Rustic Canyon Restaurant
1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica , CA
310.393.7050

Dining at the Rustic Canyon restaurant in Santa Monica is a unique experience. The food is sourced locally and the menus are put together with this in mind. It will change with the seasons and availability. This makes for a special dining experience because dinner is dependent on what is fresh and available from local sources near Santa Monica. The Rustic Canyon Restaurant philosophy is quality must be considered for each ingredient and the preparation of each meal. The restaurant encourages you to share the entrees so you can experience the wide variety of items, flavors and tastes. The restaurant also has a very special wine list that emphasizes local wineries in keeping with the local sourcing of produce and other ingredients. Rustic Canyon has a menu that is different from other Santa Monica restaurants with small plates that have items like; beets, avocado, ramps, chickpeas, pork belly, chicken omelettes, and fresh tomatoes. The larger plates feature; vegetable stew, roasted chicken, rib eye steaks, and cheese plates. It is such a special place to dine, this is a restaurant you should visit during your time in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Restaurant The Buffalo Club Restaurant
1520 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica , CA
(310) 450-8600

The Buffalo Club Restaurant opened in 1994 in Santa Monica California. Featuring American cuisine with classics like Pot Roast, Pot Pies, and more classic American dishes. This menu and doing it well has earned the restaurant compliments from numerous writers and celebrities. The interior is magnificent with Mahogany, leather, antique mirrors all beautifully combined to create a restaurant with the feel of the 1920's. You will not find another place like it in Santa Monica. The wall hangings, artwork, and architectural details make it an elegant and charming place. Even the tableware reflects the upscale feel of the restaurant with silver, china and crystal. Dine outside in the fabulous courtyard surrounded by beautifully manicured hedges, trees, and jasmine. There is also a very cool bar to enjoy a cocktail before or after your meal. When you see the menus you will be impressed. For starters try the Caviar, Soup of the day, Oysters, Duck, Crab Salad, and more. The entrees are delicious and unique to Santa Monica; Pork Chops, Rabbit, Salmon, New York Steak, Monk fish, Lamb, Bass and more. Top of the meal and choose from a wide variety of desserts like; brulee, pudding, sundaes and more. This is one of the best of the Santa Monica restaurants.

Santa Monica Restaurant Josie's Restaurant
2424 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica , CA
(310) 581-9888

Josie's Restaurant in Santa Monica features a simple and healthy menu but it full of flavor. To really understand the restaurant you need to look deeper into the ingredients. A lot of effort has gone into in finding and selecting the healthy ingredients that are necessary for a healthy meal. The produce is organically grown. The meat are from responsible ranchers. The restaurant itself has that healthy feel with both a contemporary and classic decor. The menu is special among all of the Santa Monica restaurants with refreshing appetizers like watercress, melon, tomato salad, and more. The main course features, Trout, Scallops, Ravioli, Chicken Breast, Lamb and Steaks. The sides include vegetables and the usual but also sweet potato fries. Dessert are a great way to top off the meal with Cheesecake, Pudding, Pie and more. Josie's restaurant is a great place for those one of a kind healthy meals in a warm and healthy atmosphere.

Santa Monica Italian Restaurant La Vecchia Cucina Restaurant
2654 Main Street
Santa Monica , CA
310.399.7979

Le Vecchia is one of the best Santa Monica restaurants. It opened over 20 years ago and has been a favorite for locals and tourists ever since. The restaurant strives to make sure every meal is perfect and enjoyable. That is why people keep returning. They know they will have a remarkable dining experience every time. The wait staff invite you in and make your experience satisfying and rewarding. The recipes hark back to Italy and have been handed down to generation after generation, so you know you are eating perfected over generations. The raw ingredients are locally sourced from suppliers near Santa Monica so they are fresh and of high quality. The fish are from nearby waters, the beef comes from area ranches, every effort is made to buy local for the utmost freshness. The appetizers are delicious, Calamari, Bruschetta, Clams, Ahi, lobster salad, eggplant. Salads include; Caesar, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, Pomodori, arugula, and a lot more. They also have several types of home made pizza. You'll find some scrumptious sandwiches and subs. The entrees are where Le Vecchia restaurant really shines with several different types of pasta, spaghetti, linguine, penne pasta, capellini, and more. The entrees feature spectacularly prepared; Salmon, Scampi, Chicken, Filet Mignon, and several more entrees. Looking for that great traditional Italian meal, than come to Le Vecchia tonight.


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