Restaurants for Local Culture in Santa Monica 

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    Urth Caffe

    2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    42 reviews

    Matcha tiramisu cake and Moroccan mint tea boba! My favorite cafe in la!

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    Blue Daisy Cafe

    2303 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403, United States
    3 reviews

    Cute breakfast cafe located near whole foods market. We showed up around noon on Saturday morning and the wait was about 30-45 minutes (not surprised). Luckily the weather was nice and my friend and I didn't mind waiting. Parking wasn't bad either! You can park in the residential area or in the whole foods parking lot. The server was very ...

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    The Lobster

    1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    16 reviews

    The Lobster is a great place to visit for exactly that-> Lobster. Come at night if you can because the views are spectacular. It overlooks the Santa Monica Pier and ocean so it is really nice to see. One other thing I should mention is that it is a tourist trap and that is because of the location but still ...

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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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    spazio caffè

    1511-C Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403
    2 reviews

    New cafe that opened up few weeks ago. Me and Muy S. drove all the way to santa monica for an event and we decided to check this place out beforehand. What won me over was their hot cocoa selection, they have 18!!!!!! One thing that stood out to me was how much they value their customers. We showed up ...

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    395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA
    9 reviews

    The duck hash is to die for! Come to zengos for their all you can eat and drink Sunday brunch for only 35 dollars!! Yum!

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    Cha Cha Chicken

    1906 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
    14 reviews

    I'm a sucker for Jerk Chicken. Excellent find! If you're at Santa Monica Beach, Cha Cha Chicken is a buried treasure unearthed at the beach. Come here for a taste of the Caribbean! Located near the beach, come here to satisfy your hunger on some delicious food! COCONUT FRIED CHICKEN: crispy coconut battered chicken served with sweet mango sauce and ...

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    Wilshire Restaurant

    2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    5 reviews

    Part of the Hillstone Group (R+D, Hillstone, Gulfstream) so classy joint. Business professional crowd or nice casual dining. Good food, OK service.

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    Chocolate Opulence

    395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States

    Chocolate truffles and macarons!

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    Mrs Winston's Green Grocery

    2450 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, United States
    2 reviews

    Great salad toppings and healthy choices all around (drinks and snacks too). Loooong lunch lines but worth it. PS right next to Sony, beats for dre, interscope and some other media cos. Expect celebrity sightings, y'know if you're into that kind of thing

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    M Street Kitchen

    2000 Main Street, Santa Monica

    Brunch here is awesome. Make sure you get something that involves their homemade english muffins - they are awesome. It will always be packed, so reservations are probably a good idea. Their coffee drinks are delicious (I am partial to the chai latte) and the service is super friendly. I hear they also have a pizzeria next door, although I ...

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    Brick + Mortar

    2435 Main St, Santa Monica, California
    7 reviews

    This is one of my favorite places in Santa Monica! Come for brunch! While their food menu for brunch is limited they do have $15 unlimited mimosas. I would recommend the french toast there, it is really good! Also it is a University of Michigan bar so Saturdays during the fall they'll have Michigan football games on so if you ...

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  • 14

    Real Food Daily

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

    I'm not vegan but my aunt is, and I LOVE vegan cooking…especially when its done right. This place is definitely vegan food done right. The food is fresh and so flavorful. There is something about healthy restaurants, especially vegan/vegetarian, restaurants that seem to employ and attract very pleasant people. The staff is super friendly friendly and customers seem to always ...

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    2226 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    2 reviews

    #BeTipsy #BeStuffed This local favorite often has drink and food specials.

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    Il Ristorante Di Giorgio Baldi

    114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
    2 reviews

    Makes me feel like I am in Italy.

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    Sam's by the Beach

    108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

    Great breakfast on the beach with the kids

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    Upper West

    3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    6 reviews

    Really neat spot in Santa Monica. Very reasonably priced food that was quite delicious! Staff was super friendly and attentive. Had a burger on Brioche bun and fries. Great ambiance and decor. Has a really great feel to the location. A very decent wine selection as well! Looking forward to eating here again!

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    Buddha's Belly

    205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    8 reviews

    The food was amazing, fresh and a lot of flavor. It was crowded but I was able to find a seat at the bar. Great staff and happy to customize as requested. Perfect for vegetarians!

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    Patrick's Roadhouse

    106 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica, CA
    2 reviews

    I really wanted to love this place, but it was just ... OK. I had seen it a number of times driving along the PCH - a little green house next to a gas station right across the street from the beach. And the inside is pretty neat. Patrick's Roadhouse does have a diner feel with a few tables outside ...

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