Barney’s Beanery in Santa Monica doesn’t hold a candle to the allure (and history) of the original West Hollywood location, but considering your pretty dismal options in this particular area, Barney’s kitschy vibe (and very solid beer stock) feels like heaven. The food is typical bar standards, but just a little bit better than you’d expect. Bonus - their great front patio is a perfect place to get your buzz on and watch vacationing families regret everything.
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Mercado isn’t the best Mexican you’ll ever eat. But it's right downtown Santa Monica and after a day of misery at the pier, you simply don't care.
Cha Cha Chicken
An outdoor, island-like Caribbean BYOB that’s a great time. In Santa Monica, no less.
Sea Salt Fish Grill
Santa Monica’s Sea Salt Fish Grill is an affordable, tasty option for all things seafood.
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Simmzy’s is a beach-themed bar/restaurant and an ideal spot for an after-work drink and some food.
M. Georgina is your typical restaurant at The Row - industrial space, great service, and well-made food.
Nightshade is an upscale Arts District restaurant that’s trying a little too hard to be like everybody else.
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