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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Gilbert’s El Indio
A classic spot that’s perfect for giving out of towners an LA Mexican food experience.
The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
The Misfit is located uncomfortably close to The Promenade tourist hellzone, but when it comes to this laid-back restaurant, we grin and bear it.
Santa Monica Seafood
Since 1939, Santa Monica Seafood has been one of the better fish markets on the Westside.
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Providence is experimental, seafood-focused fine dining that's absolutely worth the price of admission.
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