Restaurants for Budget Travelers in Santa Monica 

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    Father's Office

    1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    45 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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    Fritto Misto

    601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    10 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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    Blue Plate Oysterette

    1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    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

    109 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA
    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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    Urth Caffe

    2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    42 reviews

    best cafe, good food (breakfast and lunch), great setting, good place to watch people

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    Umami Burger

    500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
    38 reviews

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

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    14 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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    Bru's Wiffle - A Waffle Joint

    2408 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA
    9 reviews

    This has to be one of the best spots in Los Angeles for chicken and waffles. The chicken is juicy and tender the waffle is light and fluffy. A wonderful mix of sweet and savory.

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    Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

    1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90401, USA

    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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    The Lobster

    1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    16 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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    Cha Cha Chicken

    1906 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
    14 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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    Wokcano - Santa Monica

    1413 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

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    Huckleberry Bakery

    1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    12 reviews

    This bakery/cafe reminds me of the kind of eateries you'd find on Martha's Vineyard. Everything is super fresh, including the just-baked loaves and pastries on display at the counter. It's hard to come in here for lunch or dinner without snagging a dessert as well... I tried the burrata salad with walnuts and olives, which was absolutely delicious, as well ...

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    The Penthouse

    1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA
    15 reviews

    The Penthouse has a five star ambiance and is beautifully decorated. It's a bit pricey but for a special time and unique experience it's a must visit for the first time traveler. The views are unsurpassed and on a clear day one can see clear down the Wilshire Corridor to downtown Los Angeles. As a local I love to take ...

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    Amandine Patissiere

    12225 Wilshire Boulevard
    10 reviews

    The cakes are to die for! Not too sweet nor to heavy! Perfection!

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    The Counter

    2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    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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    Sweet Rose Creamery

    225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA

    a lil about me: - I love food with unique names or flavors - I could eat a large carton of ice cream in a day or two (that's how much I love it) Reason this is my #1 ice cream place: - quirky original flavors that are surprisingly tasty! ie. avocado, figs, sweet corn, basil - they use organic ...

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    Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

    1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    9 reviews

    Really excellent food and knowledgable staff. My favorite: the gnocchi here is mouthwatering and leaves you wanting more!

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    Real Food Daily

    514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    10 reviews

    vegetarian. But I think even if you are not a vegetarian they have yummy food. All fresh ingredients!

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    R+D Kitchen

    1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
    9 reviews

    Wow the veggie burger is phenomenal! Love the happy hour deviled eggs as well!

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