The Food Lover's Guide To Santa Monica

The Food Lover's Guide To Santa Monica

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So many amazing places to eat in Santa Monica. Whether you’re looking for finer dining or just want to scarf down one of the best burgers in the cities, here's your guide to the top spots to eat in Santa Monica for foodies of all tastes and dispositions.

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    This is the type of impossibly trendy yet welcoming place that might appear in an expensively made romantic comedy, the type where a gaggle of good-looking offspring return to Diane Keaton’s breezy Venice house, wear a lot of cashmere and fall in love with various hunks who stare into their eyes over candlelight at a beautiful restaurant, just like this one.
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    A former auto body shop, glassed in so that it feels as if the building is made of pure air and light — an accomplishment made all the more impressive by the jumbled urban streetscape just outside its door. An all-day affair, it’s not just a restaurant — it’s a cafe, a patisserie and a bread bakery, as well as a pretty great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mainly, it’s just a laid-back place to hang out and sip a macchiato or glass of wine while basking in that oh-so-Venice vibe.
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    There may be no restaurant as emblematic of the breezy Venice lifestyle, no place where the people are more beautiful, the vibe more Cali-chic. The pizzas have crispy edges and are topped with ingredients such as burrata and wild nettles. The magic trick of Gjelina is that food this serious (and it is, seriously good) can be served in a room so effortlessly casual, the brick back patio all leafy and twinkly, the dining room looking like a wood cabin met the beach and they fell in love.
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    If you think you’re a burger connoisseur, you have to try Stout Burgers. Wash down your meal with their great selection of craft beers from around the world. People love the “six weeker” and the bread pudding for dessert. Pro tip for the budgeters out there- Monday through Friday from 4-6pm is happy hour where the entire menu is half off!
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    As you can tell, the specialty here is the meat. Although a little on the pricy side, you get what you pay for. BOA has a wide range of choices for each part of a menu, and their cut meats are served with their home made specialty sauces. Boa is located right on Ocean Ave, making it a short walking distance to the beach and promenade.
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    A modern Italian restaurant, Capo not only serves up great cuisine but has an award winning wine list with over 1500 selections. The restaurant serves homemade pastas, fresh seafood and fireplace-grilled meats. The white corn ravioli is stand out dish for regular patrons. An intimate ambiance and great service makes this place a perfect place for a date night.
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    Hillstone offers everything from sashimi to American cheeseburgers to grilled trout. One of the appetizer favorites is the grilled artichoke with rémoulade. If you’re hungry for nearly anything, Hillstone is a great place with such a wide variety of choices; all you need to do is just come with a big appetite!
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    Known for its juicy burgers and a wide selection of beer, Father’s Office lives up to the hype thats still going after many years now. Burgers with balsamic glazed onions, tender beef, and creamy sauces are what keeps customers keep coming back for more. Although the chefs do not allow substitutions, most people say it is not necessary because they’re made just right!
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    If you want a classic American seafood experience – this is what you’re looking for. The Lobster serves up whole live Maine lobsters, a raw menu and caviar prepared by Executive Chef Collin Crannell. The glass walls of the establishment provides guest with a wonderful view of the ocean and pier. They even have a “Happiest Hour” where you can get a lobster roll, crab taquitos and pork belly sliders, YUM!
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    This one stop shop has been open since 1925. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery is a traditional hot spot, popular for its large portions, and it even sells pasta, bread, salads and desserts. Order their most popular sandwich the godmother!
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    Delicious modern Mexican cuisine can be found in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Mercado happily serves contemporary Mexican food with signature dishes like their carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. Tortillas are made my hand daily and produce is sourced from local farmers markets. Oh and did we mention… they have 60 top selections of tequila?
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