Perfect For: Drinks & A Light Bite Girls' Night Out

Native is yet another “farmer’s market-driven” restaurant in Santa Monica. The design feels more like the lobby restaurant of a Hyatt Regency than a place that’s aiming to be a slightly fancy neighborhood spot, and the food is overly complicated: a Korean-ish bison tartare comes with leek-dusted croutons and way too much salt, the pastrami-style duck breast confirms that pastrami is better as beef, and a kanpachi tartare wrapped in radish doesn’t taste like much. The short rib dumplings are far and away the best thing to eat here, but not enough for a whole meal - you’d be better off at one of the many other spots like this in the area.

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