Herringbone is a pricey seafood spot blocks from the ocean in Santa Monica. The food is perfectly fine, but also not the reason you're here. You're at Herringbone for their daily oyster happy hour ($1 oysters from 4-7pm), solid cocktails, and bottomless brunch. For the latter, there are mimosa and rosé options to keep you going through a brunch of excellent people watching.
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Cassia feels like a Santa Monica clubhouse. One filled with truly fantastic Southeast Asian food.
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
The arrival of Sidecar means Santa Monica's donut game just became legitimate.
Bodega Wine Bar
Bodega is a wine bar in Santa Monica with a good bottle list, decent food, and an atmosphere far livelier than your average bar full of wine drinkers.
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Malibu Seafood is a tiny shack on PCH that’s home to some of the best seafood on the coast.
Half-market, half-seafood restaurant, Fisherman’s Outlet in Downtown LA is where you go for a New England-style feast.
Merois is an upscale rooftop restaurant at The Pendry in West Hollywood and a good spot to impress a client.
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FIG is an all-around solid restaurant but that Happy Hour of theirs is the best on the Westside.
Margo’s is an all-day restaurant on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica that does a low-key brunch with $18 bottomless mimosas.
Shutters On The Beach
Nothing beats sitting on Shutters’ patio overlooking the ocean, sipping champagne, and pretending this is your everyday life.
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