Bodega is a massive wine bar at Broadway and Lincoln in Santa Monica with a good bottle list, a food menu that’s better than it needs to be, and an atmosphere far more lively than your average wine bar. Their weekday Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm gets you $6 glasses of wine as well.
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Bay Cities is a Santa Monica classic that’s been open since 1925. Most importantly, it’s home to The Godmother, Los Angeles’ greatest sandwich.
Ye Olde King's Head
For some unknown reason, Santa Monica has more than its fair share of traditional English pubs, and Ye Olde King’s Head is one of the best.
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Electric Owl is a mostly outdoor space on Sunset that looks and feels like a vintage train station where drinking is heavily encouraged.
Fishing With Dynamite
We don’t use the term “destination restaurant” lightly. But the seafood at Manhattan Beach’s Fishing With Dynamite more than fits the bill.
Hippo is a great Italian-ish restaurant in Highland Park that’s great for all kinds of situations.
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Sushi note is part sushi spot, part wine bar, and unlike any other place to eat raw fish in the city.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
Plant Food and Wine
For vegan fine dining, and one of the best patios around, Plant Food + Wine in Venice is the place.
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