Eating at the OP Cafe feels like having breakfast at a beachside B&B - there’s a heavy nautical theme, the walls are covered with old photos of the city and its residents, and the staff is incredibly friendly. While there’s no alcohol (turns out your B&B hosts are on the conservative side), the food at this tiny, daytime-only Santa Monica spot is breakfast classics done very well. And you can usually get in without waiting long (or at all).
More spots in Santa MonicaSee more
Cassia feels like a Santa Monica clubhouse. One filled with truly fantastic Southeast Asian food.
Belcampo Meat Co.
For bistro style burgers, steak, and meat with a mission, Belcampo in Santa Monica is a great option.
The Chestnut Club
Chestnut Club is a cocktail bar in Santa Monica with a rowdy side on the weekends.
More American spotsSee more
The food at Forage is fresh. The recipes are amazing. And they will plate you a nasty-good plate of baked mac n’ cheese that is definitely not Whole30 Diet approved. Damn you, farm-to-table morons. You got this one right.
DTLA Cheese in Grand Central Market is a salad and sandwich shop that’s also a cheese retail store.
Restaurant at the Getty Center
Better than your average museum fare, with an excellent view as well.
Suggested by our writers
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is the neighborhood spot in Santa Monica the rest of the city is jealous of.
Bru's Wiffle in Santa Monica is a fried chicken and waffles joint and one of our favorite Westside breakfast spots.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more