Restaurants for Budget Travelers in Santa Monica, California 

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  • 1

    Father's Office

    50 reviews

    Hands down the best burger I've ever had. i think it tasted 100 x better for me and my date because we were starving AND were craving for meat. I'm really curious how they made it so delicious. This is probably the first burger I enjoyed without ketchup. We were lucky enough to find a place to sit at the ...

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  • 2

    Fritto Misto

    11 reviews

    Family friendly and cozy Italian restaurant in busy Santa Monica makes this place a nice change to the newer high end eateries (catering to the young tech crowd). This place serves up delicious fresh pasta dishes, quickly. There's a small parking lot in the back but it fills up quickly, but as people who wait for a table can attest, ...

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  • 3

    Blue Plate Oysterette

    7 reviews

    #BeOut Wait for a seat outside at Blue Plate Oysterette. Split a lobster roll and some relatively cheap Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc as the sun makes its way toward setting.

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    Pintxo Bar

    2 reviews

    #BeStuffed This intimate, bustling wine bar serves Spanish tapas like paella, porkbelly, and bacon-wrapped dates, and their wine list is inexpensive.

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  • 5

    Dk's Donuts

    8 reviews

    A write-up in Thrillist basically means, "You NEED to try this," and because I am a foodie sheep, I did. Did. Not. Disappoint. Waffle donut? Sign me up again! Go for the smaller versions, or a big version to share - these things are PACKED with sugar, and I'm pretty sure my heart was screaming while I ate them. Baaaaaaa ...

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    Amandine Patissiere

    10 reviews

    Love their croissants here - they put their almond paste on the outside (and don't miss out on the chocolate almond ones!). Be quick, though, otherwise they'll sell out (as they are wont to do, especially on the weekend). Be careful, because a complicated order might mean something goes missing. Keep it simple with a pastry and a drink!

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    Sunny Blue

    8 reviews

    Lately I've been getting into the bento mode. For at least a week I was furiously searching bentos, and bento recipes, and different bento combinations. One thing was constant - onigiri. My first introduction to onigiri was when I was a little girl, and a Japanese family moved into our neighborhood. The wife would put pieces of hot dog inside ...

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  • 8

    Tender Greens

    4 reviews

    In out group of four diners we had a vegan and a carnivore. Each of us was able to order a satisfying salad. I had seared albacore on a simple green salad. The tuna was cooked just barely and just right. However my friend who ordered the salad with bacon pieces said some of the bacon crumbles were too tough. ...

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  • 9

    Huckleberry Bakery

    13 reviews

    Warning: Do not come here if you are on a diet! Good heavens. The pastry case makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop, with my parents telling me I can only have one thing rather than the whole lot. The decision making is endlessly difficult, but rest assured that no matter what you pick, you will have ...

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  • 10

    Philz Coffee

    7 reviews

    The coffee gods have spokethed... never go back to Starbucks. This Bay area based coffee chain has taken over the hearts of many coffee lovers and left them wanting more like your hot ex-wife. They have everything from mild to too-freaking-bitter-but-still-tasty drinks that show customers "I'm a professional!" Behold And Worship your false god that is Philz Coffee!!!

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  • 11

    Urth Caffe

    Is this THE destination for coffee drinks? Their delightful honey latte, or any of the other concocted variations of espresso they roast themselves? YES! Is the food worth the hour long wait in line + seated at the table? Debatable. Their espresso roast is wonderfully flavorful, rich, vibrant, and pleasant to the olfactory palette. Is it a foodie destination, though? ...

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  • 12

    The Penthouse

    26 reviews

    I agree with Tara, my friend who said this is best DineLA experience. I had to agree with her. The brunch for DineLA was only $20 that get you 3 courses (Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert) at top you get compliment of breads. Food here is 4 stars in my book, but the atmopsher is a 5 Stars! breathtaking view of ...

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  • 13

    Umami Burger

    43 reviews

    Great burger place located in Fred Segal in Santa Monica. Truffle burger is by far the best.

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    15 reviews

    #BeStuffed "I only eat at a few sushi places in town, and just one of them is BGG-friendly. Sugarfish is hands down the best bang for your buck in terms of fresh, good quality sushi. Their omakase is $35" - Kat Odell Designed to be Sushi Nozawa’s hip (and more affordable) kid brother, this restaurant offers super fresh, simple sushi ...

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  • 15

    Bru's Wiffle - A Waffle Joint

    10 reviews

    Chicken and Waffles - the most balanced brunch item I can ever imagine. What's better than crispy, fried chicken with yeasty waffles, covered in syrup and butter? So, then, it get even better than that? By having a multitude of waffle and chicken options! Want some pesto? Want some goat cheese and honey? Want some eggs? Want some salsa? There's ...

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  • 16

    Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

    Get it: Godmother sandwich. Hot. And fresh made bread with butter. Everything else is icing on the cake. Or in this case, sandwich. If you don't want to get extra deli items, they have pre-made sandwiches on the counter. If you do, however, want to wait in line for deli items, try the hot pepper salad. Also try their meatball ...

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  • 17

    Cha Cha Chicken

    15 reviews

    mmmmmmmmm delicious! I love the Jerk Chicken Enchilada and the Mango Guava Juice! and the platanos! Location is AMAZING...right next to the Promenade and Pier...what more could you ask for? Service.. PERFECTO! Friendly staff Ambiance.... feels like I'm sitting in COSTA RICA....without the buildings around us... The best part which many would argue is the BYOB!

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    The Lobster

    18 reviews

    3.5 stars rounding to 4! ~ Thank you for the $20 credit towards my birthday dinner. (Also thank you, Michelle T. for sharing this great deal with us) It was crowded and noisy for a late Saturday dinner. We were seated in the middle of a very crowded room. I ordered the fillet Mignon with small lobster ( $60) and ...

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  • 19

    Wokcano - Santa Monica

    Perfect event venue! Huge back patio for dancing and great ambience!

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  • 20

    The Counter

    11 reviews

    The Counter is a great build-your-own-burger place. The number of choices is sometimes beyond what a newcomer can handle, but once you've been a few times you can work out your favorite combination. Their sweet potato fries are awesome and if you have never tried an apple pie shake -- you have not lived. It does get quite loud in ...

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