Restaurants for Nightlife Lovers in Santa Monica, California 

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    The Penthouse

    26 reviews

    The food is great here, but you come here more so for the ambience and the stunning 360 view of LA. A secret tip is to head to the ladies room for a gorgeous ocean view from the Santa Monica beaches. As for food - the crab cakes are one of the best I've had and the salmon was quite ...

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    Bodega Wine Bar

    9 reviews

    This is a loungey wine bar, which makes for a perfect date spot or a nice place to chill with friends, as it's super spacious. The happy hour specials and nightly deals are pretty sweet, so be sure to take advantage of those. The music is fun, which puts the crowd in a friendly mood. Servers are nice too. Their ...

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  • 3

    Misfits Restaurant

    6 reviews

    Love the basil gimlet and food is delicious! A bit pricey but it's worth it!

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  • 4

    Cha Cha Chicken

    15 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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  • 5

    Cabo Cantina

    The happy hour drinks are a great deal! I haven't had the food here...but definitely come for the happy hour!!!! You're right on the Promenade too, so you can shop and get some food elsewhere too after you've had a couple drinks :)

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  • 6

    Urth Caffe

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

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  • 7

    Wokcano - Santa Monica

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

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  • 8

    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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  • 9

    The Lobster

    18 reviews

    Pretty damn delicious lobster - I feel bad for him in the way he was presented but was delicious nonetheless. The restaurant and setting are pretty nice, although wait staff was not particularly attentive.

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  • 10

    Upper West

    #BeStuffed Despite its location in a culinary no-man’s land, Upper West has an urban feel and a delicious menu, with the lamb crepes and the flatiron steak really standing out.

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  • 11

    La Sandia

    Located in Santa Monica Place, at the end of The Promenade. Grab some drinks and contemporary Mexican food during happy hour -- Sunday though Friday, all night! $2 tacos on Tuesdays from 4-7pm. I thought the Al Pastor and skirt steak tacos were good. My friend got the ceviche (not on the menu anymore). Mmmm mango margarita...

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  • 12

    The Library Alehouse

    7 reviews

    They have a terrific selection of beers and it's a great hidden spot on main!

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  • 13


    5 reviews

    Open til 2am Sun-Wed and 3am Thurs-Fri, Swingers is one of my favorite spots to grab late night grub in Santa Monica. Their breakfasts are hearty and delicious. I'm a fan of their breakfast sandwich and their decadent mac n cheese. Love the hip and retro diner with Andy Warhol cows plastered on the walls and American flag heart tile ...

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  • 14

    Father's Office

    50 reviews

    Seriously great burgers here, cooked to perfection exactly the way you order them. I was prepared for this bar to be completely over-hyped, but nope. It really does make awesome food, and the list of microbrews from around California, North America, Europe and beyond is killer. What's not to love? A side of brussel sprouts that costs $8. Yup, it's ...

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  • 15


    9 reviews

    Been walking past this place a few times already. Finally got the chance to try it out! WOOHOO! A well spent $35 bottomless small plates of food and booze brunch, how can you say no to this? Weekend brunch only occurs Saturday and Sunday from 11pm to 3pm. There's a two hour limit, however, no problemo because the food and ...

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  • 16


    3 reviews

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

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  • 17

    Brick + Mortar

    7 reviews

    Gets a bit crowded on the weekends, but the drinks are great and the people pretty chill.

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  • 18

    BOA Steakhouse

    8 reviews

    Going out to West LA for me has always been a pain for me because there seems to always be traffic when I want to go out there. And when I come back, there is always some sort of road work being done(later at night when the freeways SHOULD be clear). So I rarely come out to these neck of ...

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  • 19


    3 reviews

    This little village in Brentwood holds one of the best Tasting food I've ever tasted! Its been awhile where i literally can send compliments to the Chef! The seating arrangements may be a bit confusing as they have not one but 3 different sections block off to dine. It turned out that this restaurant actually use to be someone's villa ...

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  • 20

    Musha Restaurant

    7 reviews

    Parking: Metered street parking. Or various parking structures. Note: Free 60 or 90 minutes before 6pm in the parking structures I think after 6pm, it is a flat fee. Luckily, I called ahead and made a reservation. It doesn’t look busy but it filled up pretty quickly Service: Our male server was not the best server. We had ordered 6 ...

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