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    Urth Caffe

    2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
    42 reviews

    The Urth Cafe is Santa Monica has a bit of a more beachy feeling than the others, and is one of my favorites due to the adorable courtyard in the back. Like all Urths, the coffee is fair trade and what I would consider good (I am no expert) and the food is perfect for a light lunch. They have ...

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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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    The Penthouse

    1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA
    15 reviews

    The Penthouse is a great bar at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. Expect a trendy crowd and atmosphere at this beautiful hotel. Dress well and expect a generally good-looking crowd. Cougars known to be spotted here on occasion :-) Sadly, don't order the Dirty Martini here. It was the saltiest thing I've every had in my life! Cosmos are ...

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    Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

    1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90401, USA

    Really, really excellent sandwiches! As everyone recommends, try the Godmother. I'm not a huge sandwich person, especially one loaded with meats, but this sandwich is very tasty. Prepare for a long wait though. Sometimes, they'll have a bunch of Godmothers premade if you want to run in and grab that. There are tables and benches outdoors where you can enjoy ...

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    Sweet Rose Creamery

    225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA

    Simply delicious, high-quality ice cream! This is a cute little ice cream joint in Brentwood that has a handful of unique flavors, such as Salted Caramel--yum! Even your classic flavors like Strawberry are delicious, so much that we bought a pint to go. I ordered this sundae: two scoops (salted caramel, strawberry), butterscotch syrup, chocolate covered graham crackers. i know ...

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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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    Wilshire Restaurant

    2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    5 reviews

    Great interiors with a fun outdoor patio for hanging out. The menu is not your usual bar menu, it's well put together with fresh ingredient and fusion cuisine typical of LA scene. Good for business gathering or social.

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    Umami Burger

    500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
    38 reviews

    Finally, I tried the legendary Umami burger, and it was so delicious! I would definitely come back. The fries were yummy, but the onion rings were a disappointment. It still tasted batter-y, and the onion in some parts was still a little raw :(

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    The Lobster

    1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    16 reviews

    **AMBIANCE and CHOWDER MADE UP FOR LACK LUSTER STEAK** It doesn't get more romantic than a window table here. Made Open Table reservations the day before with no issues. Was seated down immediately. Dimly lit, attentive staff. Noisy all around, but that was fine. Food did take longer than usual (30 minutes+ for the main entrees), but the waiter apologized. ...

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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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    14 reviews

    Well designed restaurant with high quality staff, higher-quality fish and a great proximity to nightlife and shopping in Santa Monica. Expect to pay $20+ for a good meal. The only downside is parking but that's to be expected in SaMo anywhere.

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    Wokcano - Santa Monica

    1413 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    It's one of the perfect venues for a private or semi private event. The drinks and food are a bit pricey but the back patio is technically outdoors but gives an indoor feel being sandwiched between two buildings. You seamlessly move in and out of the building between dance floor, bar, and open area. Highly recommended for coordinating medium size ...

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    Huckleberry Bakery

    1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    12 reviews

    I went to Huckleberry a few weeks ago with the hubby, and our verdict is "okay" to "delicious." What gets an "okay" is the grits. What gets a "delicious", "crazy delicious" is the chocolate bread pudding. Best I've ever had in my life! Perfect moist and creamy with a bit of chocolate. The line, btw, was really long on a ...

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    Amandine Patissiere

    12225 Wilshire Boulevard
    10 reviews

    A fantastic brunch spot in Santa Monica. To die for: French toast. They use their own baked bread here. The insides are moist, and the exterior is crisp--a perfect french toast! I also love the croissants I've had in the US. Unfortunately, the chocolate/almond croissant was surprisingly not so good. The omelettes are delicious--Amandine omelette, and the mushroom/swiss/spinach one. ...

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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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    Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

    1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    9 reviews

    **FAVORITE DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT IN SANTA MONICA** Romantic ambiance. Sat at a table where there was elbow room. Menu was amazing. Daily and fresh. YES. ORDERED: HALF DOZEN RAW KUSSHI OYSTERS ($18) For $3 a shell, it better be good. The oysters were small, but sweet. SPRING PEA AGNOLOTTI ($16) I love hand made pasta but out of the 3 ...

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    Real Food Daily

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

    This place is a Santa Monica gem - love coming here! All vegetarian, but you would never guess. A super creative menu offering amazing dishes of all sorts that leave you feeling great when you leave. Very casual (more of a lunch place) but definitely worth a try. There is another one in Beverly Hills

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    R+D Kitchen

    1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
    9 reviews

    *BEST GINGER BASIL SIDECARS EVER MADE** Wanted a refreshing but strong drink after some shopping on Montana. Sat at a front bar table, overlooking the street. Great for people watching. Mesh black modern curtains blocked some wind. Our awesome waitress and bartender took care of us without any rush. Friendly ambiance. The Ginger Basil Sidecar did the trick. After two ...

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    Fritto Misto

    601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    10 reviews

    Before my recent visit to Fritto Misto, if you had asked me where one can get really good Italian food in Los Angeles for a reasonable price, I would have given you a blank stare and then would have proceeded to convince you to try a more non-traditional cuisine, like Burmese or Indonesian. Why? Because I got pretty tired of ...

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    1301 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    8 reviews

    Hard to tell what it looks inside from the very nondescript exterior. Upon entering, it is pretty spacious. They have a decent sized dance floor. And the house dj? played a mix of 80's, 90's, top 40, and EDM. They have bottle service if you want to be a balla. But, the bottle service is standard. Pretty girl but takes ...

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