The Ocean Park part of Santa Monica feels laid-back and filled with actual locals, as opposed to neighboring strips like Abbot Kinney and Main Street. Local Kitchen + Wine Bar plays a big part in this. The food here isn’t going to be the best you’ve ever had, but it will be extremely solid. Share some starters, order a pizza or a pasta, and be out in an hour and a half. It’s the kind of casual neighborhood spot most parts of town wish they had.
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Cafe Bolivar in Santa Monica has great coffee, a decent selection of pastries, and fast wifi, and it never gets too loud to focus.
Satdha is a cozy, casual place on Lincoln serving plant-based Thai cuisine that will make you forget there are no animal products involved.
Santa Monica Seafood
Since 1939, Santa Monica Seafood has been one of the better fish markets on the Westside.
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Franco On Melrose
Franco On Melrose serves very solid Italian food and a whole lot of it. Why is no one ever here?
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