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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Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters in Santa Monica might be known as that place you drink at before eating at Cassia, but this wine bar very much stands on its own.
Santa Monica’s Via Veneto has the kind of classic, upscale Italian food that New Yorkers claim you can’t find in LA.
Sea Salt Fish Grill
Santa Monica’s Sea Salt Fish Grill is an affordable, tasty option for all things seafood.
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Son of A Gun
Son Of A Gun is a seafood restaurant in Beverly Grove that’s one of the most consistent places to eat in Los Angeles.
Jackson Market and Deli
Jackson Market is a neighborhood deli/general store/hang out spot in Culver City and one of the best local gems in the area.
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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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