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JiRaffe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Jirafferestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 917-6671
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 5:30pm-9:00pm;

    Tuesday - Thursday: Dinner: 5:30pm-9:30pm;

    Friday: Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Raphael Lunetta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: Private Chef and Catering opportunities are available. Contact us at 310-917-6671.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate large parties in our mezzanine. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join Us on Monday's for our famous Farmers Market inspired Bistro Menu. $38 per person 3-Course menu.
    (Regular menu also available)
    Look for our thanksgiving, Sunday Brunch & Family Style Dinner Dec. 29th also NYE menu coming soon!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located on 5th Street and cost $8.00. There is also street parking available.
A word from JiRaffe
JiRaffe offers market directed rustic California/French food with seasonally inspired classic cocktails in a casually chic environment. The service is relaxed yet articulate and as elegant as the coastal community of Santa Monica.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "So, to be fair, the food was delicious. Husband had Salmon and I had Halibut for main course and artichoke soup to start. Delicious! Both my teenage sons ordered pasta, but when they say small plate, they really mean it. Teeny tiny portion of ravioli was laughable except for price. My biggest complaint is that we were seated at a table immediately next to the curtained area where waiters were coming in and out and yelling at each other. Our waiter was very nice, but clearly overwhelmed and we had other waiters slamming the food incorrectly down in front of us. It is a very loud restaurant and to be fair I think we would have enjoyed it if the table wasn't so awful. It really should have been a table for two in that area, not 4."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I really wanted to love this place. We ordered off both the DineLA Restaurant Week menu and the regular menu. The food was good, I don't have anything really negative to say about it. But, at the same time, I never got that one dish that blew me away. Where the experience really disappointed was in the service. Our waitress was incredible scatterbrained. She kept forgetting which items we ordered and completely forgot to bring us our wine. Because of this, we were consistently given the wrong food and place settings with each course, which really took away from the dining experience. Finally, we felt rushed out of the restaurant as she brought us our check before we even finished our dessert/coffee. I don't think we will be returning."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a great dinner here. Enjoyed the DineLA menu, food was excellent. We may do a repeat of the menu since it was so good. Our Server, Chris C. was excellent. He was friendly plus very helpful with suggestions. His service helped with the great dinner we enjoyed. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Outstanding food, not only was it gorgeous looking but tasted even better!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went for the Dine LA event and every single dish my girlfriend and I tried was amazing. The staff was extremely friendly and I would come back here for a special event."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Eating at Jiraffe is one of our big pleasures! We only eat lunch however, so catching them during dineLA -- and then only on a Friday -- is mandatory. We love the wait staff, the food, the look of the place... everything. Thanks, Jiraffe and any time you are going to be open for lunch regularly, we will be there!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try JiRaffe for a while and was rewarded with a delicious lunch at an amazing price during Dine LA Week. We started with a complementary sweet corn soup that hit the spot and was both sweet and savory at the same time. The halibut was perfectly seared but moist and tender in the middle and the linguini with crab was delicious, especially the cherry tomatoes. The chocolate chip cookies ice cream sandwich was okay but nothing special. All in all, it was a great meal at a bargain price. I would definitely recommend and for another visit."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The service was poor, we had a reservation at 8pm but didnt get in till 9pm. They were unapologetic and kept us hanging."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had not been to Jiraffe for years but found ourselves there midweek during Dine LA. The menu was superb, every offering beautifully presented and delicious. Service was warm and cordial. Many of the diners were treated like old friends. A lovely surprise and a reminder that excellence can be just around the corner. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30 year anniversary at JiRaffe. The upstairs dining area provided a romantic and celebratory atmosphere. Excellent and service"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Server didn't know menu that well. Didn't tell us specials without asking. Server said they were out of a lot of items. Food was average. Nothing to write home about. Not too impressed with my experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I couldn't get a table at Cafe del Rey near home so decided to head into Santa Monica with my wife and two visitors from New York. I wasn't sure where to book, but my wife dined next to a billionaire in JiRaffe recently and I figured her boss would reserve somewhere nice for him to eat. All four of us were impressed with the atmosphere, the food, the wine and the service was first class. We loved the beet salad and the WAGYU carpaccio and this is one of the rare spots on this side of the Atlantic where you can order sticky toffee pudding for dessert. I'm going to stick my neck out and give JiRaffe 10 out of 10."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Love the bistro menu Monday nights. I get in about once a month or more."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "amazing food (the mix of flavors was on point for every dish), great service. amazing chef and owner! :) loved everything about JiRaffe. DONT miss out on dessert!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Raphael Lunetta and his staff never disappoint. First time eating the hanger steak and it was prepared just right and tasted of heaven."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was very good! The jidori chicken and the sweet corn ravioli special were our favorites. The mixed green salad was excellent - not something I would usually review since it's so simple, but it's one of those things that is so easy to ruin. Here it was fresh and light and dressed perfectly. The banana creme pie dessert was amazing too. But even more than the food, the service was top notch. When I first called to revise our reservation time, Bobby was very professional and friendly. He gave us a great table that set a nice atmosphere for the lovely dinner. Our server was also very professional, just the right amount of friendly and available, but not intrusive. Overall, a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great place to take anyone you want to share great food, service, and special memories ... great staff ... and the owner/chef Raphael is a wonderful host ..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a place that has stood the test of time. All of our dishes were very good and we left very happy with use we had. Our waiter was great, but overall service was a little off. Not enough menus and what seem like a little chaos (which could be because the owners kids were helping out that night leading to a nice family restaurant feel about it)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had not mean to Jiraffe in awhile and it was so nice to be back. The food was delicious and creative, as always. We had the corn ravioli appetizer that melted in our mouths. My husband had the pork cheek, which was also wonderful. The trout and salmon were cooked perfectly and our daughter had the chicken, which is one of Jiraffe's trademark dishes. The desserts were also fantastic. Our waiter was one of the best we have ever had. This is a fantastic restaurant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I love Jiraffe. If you're a Vegan or Vegetarian, good luck however! I was hard-pressed to find anything (ok, the mixed greens which are delicious). However, in cheating and through past experiences, you won't find better food. Anything with mushrooms is to die for, the gnocchi, salads ... all superb. Petite french portions, great service, outstanding wine and a lovely vibe. Still 5 stars to me even though I'd wish they'd add more veggie options :)"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Small older restaurant just off the noise of Santa Monica shopping area. We felt a bit under dressed (nice shorts and sweater for me, jeans and heels for wife) as other patrons had jackets and dresses, but staff didn't bat an eye. Looks like a place where the locals go. I recommend it."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We dined there twice in this past week, and indication that we like the place. Good chef, good kitchen, refined and sophisticated dishes, pleasant old fashioned setting and ambiance. The portions seemed relatively small and prices seemed relatively high but overall the experience was worth it."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Dinner was great, except two of the dishes could have been hotter or at least warmer. The onion soup and the Halibut appetizer. My Salmon was very good and so was the trout and John Dory we all happened to have fish!!! Which was prepared perfect. Cocktails are very good too!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We never get tired of eating here. In fact, we almost went twice in one week. The food here is always outstanding. If they ever have the sweet corn pasta, ORDER IT. So creamy and delicious. My only complaint was that I didn't have enough (though I still would have wanted more no matter how much they served me LOL). The steak we shared was tender and juicy and the potatoes au gratin underneath were the best I remember having. I was almost more excited about those than the steak! Their staff is always polite and efficient. They treat us like regulars even though we can only eat here once a year. If you are looking for a special place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, this is a great choice. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Came here with my wife and mother, really great atmosphere, quiet, and very unique French flavors. Really enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had delightful meal and a robust conversation, the staff were accommodating and respectful and provided a wonderful meal"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The expanded menu is welcome and adds variety and subtlety to long-time favorite appetizers and entrees. Still at the top of their game. An excellent meal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We were looking for a relaxed place where we could hear one another and would not feel hurried. Unfortunately, the noise level was quite high. The food was very good, but almost from the start I felt we were being hurried along by the wait-staff. Next time I'd go somewhere else."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very good - not great - but I'm picky. My only real criticism is that the wine list seems to lag the food. But we had a lovely evening and at the end of the day, that is what matters!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food was unique and delicious. The lamb was purely exquisite. They also gave a free mushroom soup that wasn't on the menu but was unbelievably delicious."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Didn't leave hungry and glad I didn't feel stuffed! Be sure you have lunch before you come for dinner. There were 5 of us and 5 different entrees. Everything delish! YBest pork chop and filet! Will go back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was a great place back in the day and it was still awesome. I have not been in 5 years since I moved from LA, this place was still great and has awesome good!! The wine list is small but solid. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've been coming here with my family as long as I can remember, quality is as good as ever. Don't miss the chocolate mousse cake!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Tried the filet and the crude as an appetizer. Incredible meal! Always wonderful service and a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Staff was very polite. Waiter was also very polite and was happy to check if certain dishes had items which my wife was allergic to. The chef was accommodating to not use these foof items in the preparation."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal here.gracious server! Delicious desserts. Salads are very special."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was my second visit to JiRaffe. On the first occasion the Chef / Owner spent a lot of time in the restaurant interacting with his customers which i thought was great. This time he had the night off and the food was still outstanding and the service very friendly and attentive and our waiter had the confidence to interact with us in a friendly but humorous way. Next time i am in Santa Monica I will be back to JiRaffe."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Beet salad was simply delicious, food portions however particularly small. Although very tasty and beautifully served, four if us were disappointed by the main course portions."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Always dependable for an outstanding dinner ... a wonderful place to share with friends and family ... and service that is hard to beat ..."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Noise level was high."
    Dined on 5/17/2014