Best Restaurants in Santa Monica California

Best Restaurants in Santa Monica California

Santa Monica offers a diverse and vibrant restaurant scene with a variety of culinary delights to explore. Some notable restaurants in Santa Monica include Sogno Toscano and Golden Bull Restaurant as highlighted by Eater LA. TimeOut lists Birdie G's, Shunji Japanese Cuisine, Bay Cities, Pasjoli, Cassia, Xuntos, and Cobi's among the best dining spots in the area.  For those seeking a beachside vibe, Perry's at the Beach offers a taste of the coastal lifestyle with dishes like pizzas, burgers, and tacos. The kelley Westbrook group recommends Pasjoli, Melisse, Le Great Outdoor, Shirube, Crudo e Nudo.  Santa Monica's restaurant scene reflects the beach town's charm, offering a mix of casual and upscale dining experiences for locals and tourists. Whether you're craving a gourmet meal, a beachfront bite, or a quick snack, Santa Monica has plenty to offer in terms of culinary diversity and quality dining options., and Birdie G's as some of the top dining destinations in Santa Monica. 

Citrin Restaurant

Lobster bolognese at Citrin in Santa Monica.

Josiah Citrin’s namesake restaurant inside the former Melisse serves a four-course menu and upscale modern California dishes like the beloved lobster Bolognese topped with brown butter truffle froth. Those looking for a more approachable experience should check out happy hour, featuring a terrific burger with discounted wine and cocktails. For a truly special gastronomical experience, head inside the two-Michelin-starred Melisse for a tasting menu that runs over $300 per person.


Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

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This Italian deli offers what is likely the most iconic sandwich in all of Los Angeles: the Godmother. Bay Cities’ signature sub is filled prosciutto, ham, capicola, mortadella, Genoa salami, and provolone cheese, all contained in a crusty Italian-style filone roll. Its other sandwiches meet the needs of those who don’t want the archetypal experience, with various cold cuts and hot protein options. The market side of the shop is as impressively composed as the deli.


Layla Bagels

A loaded bagel sandwich with pickled onions, capers, and tomato from Layla in Santa Monica. 

Opened by chefs Sammi Tarantino and Tartine and Gjusta alum Sergio Espana, Layla serves bagels that are a cross between Montreal and New York styles. Served open-faced, the bagels arrive loaded with cream cheese, vegetables, and cured salmon.

1614 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405


Beef tartare at Pasjoli. 

Fine dining vet Dave Beran serves up an elevated French bistro experience on Main Street Santa Monica. Favorites like the chicken liver-stuffed foie de canard brioche, steak au poivre, and whole-pressed duck continue to please longtime regulars, while the rest of the menu offers California-influenced takes on classic French fare. Pasjoli is one of the most reliable upscale places to eat on the Westside, with service and ambience to match the next-level food.


Capo Exterior

This Ocean Avenue staple is neither cheap nor particularly hip, but that’s no concern for owner Bruce Marder, a longtime Los Angeles restaurateur, and this tiny restaurant’s unending stream of customers who work through a menu of fine wines, robust pastas, and wood-grilled meats

ShirubēSashimi plate from Shirubē in Santa Monica.

This Tokyo import from one of the chefs who popularized izakayas in Japan opened steps from Third Street Promenade. Expect a solid sake menu, well-sliced sashimi plates, and an incredible seared filet of mackerel that fills the room with the aroma of blackened fish skin. Sitting at the counter affords the best view of the action from the open kitchen.



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