Plan Check is one of our go-to first date spots, and their latest location is right on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. That alone isn’t cause for alert, but the fact that it has a seafood-leaning menu different from any other location is. Dynamite crab dip? Hamachi crudo? Fresh oysters? All present. But not to worry, that burger still is too.
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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.
Stout is a burger and beer bar with good food and a low-key space that provides a needed break from the chaos of downtown Santa Monica.
Bondi Harvest is a breakfast and lunch spot bringing Australian vibes to Santa Monica.
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Malibu Farm Cafe has simple, crowd-pleasing food at the end of Malibu pier, and is perfect for entertaining your third cousin when he’s in town.
The Library Alehouse
If you’re a beer person on the Westside, The Library Alehouse in Santa Monica is your place.
One of the more impressive restaurants in the city, 71Above still lacks enough reasons to go there.
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With Little Prince, Main St. in Santa Monica finally has a cool, neighborhoody spot for brunch and dinner.
Margo’s is an all-day restaurant on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica that does a low-key brunch with $18 bottomless mimosas.
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