In Santa Monica, California, it’s hard to decide which is more memorable: the food and drink, or the scenery.
Lucky for you, there’s no need to decide — they go so well together here. And that goes for whether you’re craving an upscale dinner with a view of the sunset, a craft cocktail overlooking the ocean or a casual lunch with your toes in the sand.
Iconic Sights and Eats
After a day of sight-seeing, settle in for a memorable dinner at The Lobster, a classic restaurant offering fresh seafood on the landmark Santa Monica Pier. (The restaurant’s tender filet mignon with a side of succulent lobster is a favorite.) Or go trendy and romantic at The Penthouse for panoramic views of mountains, beaches and surrounding Los Angeles — and inventive dishes such as lavender-honey duck breast and vegan pasta made in-house. Craving steak? Slice into an expertly prepared ribeye at Del Frisco’s Grille. Or hit the raw bar at Blue Plate Oysterette for ultra-fresh oysters while taking in the ocean view.
From The Penthouse, take in panoramic views of mountains, beaches and surrounding Los Angeles.
If you’re ordering a cocktail in Santa Monica, chances are the person making your drink is no average bartender. “Cocktail artisans” and hip hang-outs distinguish this city’s bar scene. Play a round of pool or ping pong while sipping a Moscow Mule at The Bungalow, a relaxed lounge with a beach house vibe. If it’s wine you’re in the mood for, sip a glass or two on the outdoor patio of Sonoma Wine Garden while enjoying Mediterranean cuisine. Or indulge in a Negroni cocktail at Terrazza, situated along Santa Monica’s sparkling oceanfront with floor to ceiling views.
Indulge in a Negroni cocktail and oceanfront views at Terrazza.
Santa Monica is just right for embracing the laidback vibe of southern California. Have lunch or dinner on the beach at Coast, where you can sip chardonnay while munching on crispy chips and creamy guacamole. The rooftop dining deck atop Santa Monica Place, with its amazing views, is perfect for diners in search of variety. Here, you can grab a quick bite at the food court or take a seat at one of the complex’s six full-service restaurants. Savor the beach lifestyle at Perry’s at the Beach, where you’ll find pizzas, burgers and tacos. Take a table under a beach umbrella here for a breakfast or lunch of omelets, salads or fresh fish and watch local surfers, volleyball players, runners, cyclists and yogis pass by.
Nab a table under a beach umbrella at Perry's at the Beach.