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Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E.
Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E.
  • Address:
    395 Santa Monica Place, Suite #333
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Neighborhood:
    Santa Monica
  • Cuisine:
    Vegetarian / Vegan
    Price: $30 and under

Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/make
  • Phone: (310) 394-7046
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Tuesday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Wednesday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Thursday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Friday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
    Saturday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
    SUnday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Kenney and Scott Winegard
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking for M.A.K.E can be found at the Santa Monica Place parking lots, adjacent to the restaurant. The cost is as follows:

    First 90 minutes - FREE
    Next 1 hour - $1.00
    Each additional 30 minutes - $1.50
    Daily maximum - $14

    Santa Monica Place also offers valet parking on Colorado between 4th and 2nd street.
A word from Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E.
Located inside the Santa Monica Place Market, M.A.K.E. is a living foods, raw restaurant, featuring cutting edge plant-based cuisine. The menu is executed under the guidance of raw food chef and author, Matthew Kenney. The restaurant is located adjacent to Matthew Kenney Culinary, a state- of-the- art raw food Academy. The restaurant's menu features innovative ideas inspired by seasonal, local produce, as well as many of Matthew's classic raw food dishes. Santa Monica is the perfect atmosphere to experience this contemporary and health-conscious cuisine.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "One of a kind! Beautiful presentation, outstanding flavors and impressive creations. Kind, helpful and efficient service. Pricey but worth it!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was my first Vegan, Raw restaurant experience. I had a number of pre-conceived notions in my head, but this restaurant blew them all away! The food was absolutely delicious and satisfying. I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "M.A.K.E. offers interesting and delicious fresh, organic food. We started with the guacamole taco and followed up with the lasagna... all wonderful. Very good service and nice wine too."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience from the ambience, the service to the imaginative, fresh and delectable plant based menu! So wish we could have dined here a few more times to taste as many of the dishes as possible!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My wife was keen to try MAKE but honestly I was so-so. Boy did I have a pleasant surprise when the first plate arrived. From that point forward I was taken on a delightful raw food experience that shifted my mindset. The lasagna was amazing and I'd return for this one dish. The BIG shock was dessert. The pineapple cheesecake was simply fantastic and one of the most delicious desserts I've had this year."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The entire experience felt like a treat. I was surprised to find the place inside of the Market and not as its own restaurant, because the food was truly incredible and the way it was prepared was a real art. I went with a group of 3 and we shared 3 appetizers and 3 main dishes and 1 amazing dessert. We asked the waiter to recommend his favorite dishes and all of his choices were outstanding. Not to mention the wait staff was very good looking and he even gave us each an extra cookie (delicious!) on the house. I can't wait for another special occasion to warrant going back!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We ordered the 5 Course tasting menu and thought we would be sharing it. We get the check and it was for (2) $65 meals. Ouch!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was thoughtful and intentional. It was healthy and delicious. We will definitely come again! Try the dumplings. And the chef's tasting menu. Whoa! Awesome. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The atmosphere, food and wine list were all fantastic. Was amazed at what could be done with raw food and how delicious and beautifully presented it was. We will definitely be back for the kimchi dumplings, lasagna, and chocolate cake! The staff was young and very friendly, but the turn-around was irregular: sometimes fast (appetizers arrived before drinks) and other times slow (our main course sitting at the kitchen window) but our waiter was kind enough to give us a round of drinks on the house. The online menu featured cocktails which they were no longer carrying so we were a little disappointed to miss out on the mojito's and bellini's, but the waiter offered to mix up some sangria and it was great! All in all, worth going back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "great raw/vegan food. beautifully presented and creative. friendly and informed staff."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Despite some reservations when a house guest suggested a raw, vegan restaurant, I thoroughly enjoyed M.A.K.E. and look forward to returning. What they do with the food there is nothing short of magic! The food is DELICIOUS!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Every time I go to this restaurant it exceeds my expectations. The overall feeling I have after I eat, which is: if i could eat like this everyday, I would become vegan!!! Not only healthy, but so well crafted and the plating is so appealing and inviting. The enthusiasm and the knowledge of the servers is also appreciated."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Not only is the food delicious, it's beautiful as well!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Loved the creative food. It was delicious and healthy!!!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I am not a vegan - but this food is excellent. I would definitely go back. Lots of interesting dishes that you don't usually get in typical vegan restaurants. No fake chicken here. Service was okay - not great for slow Thursday night. I am not crazy about the location as it in a food court - high end - but still a food court. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "we were from out of town and had a very hard time finding it! They were so helpful. food was Fantastic! LOVED it!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Thank you Matthew Kenney and to all the staff at M.A.K.E. It was our first time for 6 of us there with 7 in our party. Sunday evening and the restaurant was slow, but the food and service were both incredible. We had the cheese plate, the mushroom pate, the kimchee dumplings, the pistachio guacamole, the lasagna, the kelp noodles, several other entres and some juices and smoothies and wine and it was all fantastic! I highly recommend M.A.K.E. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Could not have made a better choice. The food here was delectable and almost beyond words. Josie, our server, was outstanding in explaining the restaurant concept and introducing each dish, as if writing a prologue for each course. I definitely did not expect vegan to taste so good. They go the extra mile and use tamari instead of soy sauce, sun-dried olives instead of table salt. My recommendations include the zucchini lasagna, persimmon arugula salad, and vanilla hemp "ice cream". Big props to the whole team here. Looking forward to next time!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The primary issue for me was the cost versus benefit. We thought the portions on many items was very small. There were two items we all really enjoyed but the rest was so-so. The raw carrot salad was uninspired. The chocolate cake was way too sweet! The noodle dish was excellent as was the kimchee dumpling. The service was fine. The noise level was pretty high; interfered with normal conversation."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Not a place I will return. Service was so slow and the price of food is ridiculous and I'm ok with paying for good food (all types) but this just wasn't worth it. Full disclosure, I've been a chef for 17 years, 2 at the Four Season's and 15 for as an Exec Chef for a Studio."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Came for lunch. Waited a looooong time. Our waiter said the chef had disappeared!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I made the reservation based on a friends recommendation and am glad that I did. The food was unique and filling and has some great flavors. The best part was that I and my husband felt great later in the evening when one is usually ready for a nap from the food coma :) We ended up sharing a number of starters and entrees in order to try as much as we could and still managed a great dessert! We will be back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Amazing food attentive and lovely service. Amazing find...world class vegan food that amazes even the greatest skeptic. I promise you will be haunted by the combinations of tastes and an originality that I have only found in 1 other place. You begin to order things that you simply want to taste. Just fabulous. The only problem was that they should make it clear that the rest. is in the mall instead of having the guests walk around for 30 minutes before they find someone who can tell them where the address is located."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Being a carnivore, it is a delight to find that raw/ vegan was visually satisfying and delicious. Whatta surprise!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We went here because my daughter is vegan. She was thrilled that they had a chef's tasting menu for vegans. I was thrilled at the artistry of the cuisine. They do some molecular gastronomy (the ginger foam was fantastic, as were the freeze-dried olive nuggets) and every dish was an explosion of flavor. I'm not a big dessert person but both the pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate cake were amazing. We will bereturning - especially since my duaghter's boyfriend is celiac and vegan-gluten free can be tough to find, but not here!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "What a fabulous special occasion and meal we shared at this restaurant. I received a gift certificate that I proceeded to misplace over the holidays. Jacey the manager was so kind to honor it even though I didn't physically have it in my hand. Our server and the entire staff was fabulous, kind and attentive to all our needs. The food was gorgeously presented and most delicious. We were completely blown away by our positive experience and would highly recommend MAKE to everyone, raw vegan or otherwise."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I'm a meat eater and I love cheese. That being said, I was shocked by how good the food is here. The hummus was stupendous and the kimchi dumplings were delicious. The lasagna was so fresh and vibrant. Their smoothies are incredible. I understand if you are skeptical. I've never been to a vegan place and felt satisfied. If you're looking for a healthy and interesting place to eat, check it out."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This is an excellent choice for a raw and vegan menu. Appetizers and entres were delightful!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Because we were not familiar with the fact that Santa Monica Place is a mall, we spent almost an hour driving in circles and calling the restaurant again and again. The people there were unfailingly polite and helpful and stayed past their closing time to serve us. The food was very good, actually amazingly so, given the fact that the restaurant is Vegan and we are not. MAKE far surpassed our expectations and I would recommend it to any Vegetarian/Vegan party, or group who has a V/V among its dining members. I'm looking forward to another visit in the future (especially now that I am clear on the location!!)"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "we were warmly greated and seated and I really can not say enough about the friendliness of the staff. We each had a fresh pressed juice made to order that was great, the sweet green and the grapefruit/beet/ginger. Next we had the sunflower caesar, half hearts of baby romaine dressed with a creamy sunflower based caesar style dressing, very fresh and crisp, tasty, could have used more acidity. The sousvide portabello salad was delicious. Nori roll was tasty but gets soggy to quikly because of the minced jicama they use instead of rice, if you eat it before it gets soggy it is really good. The tostada was good as well though the guacamole could use more jalapeno and lime, the crispy shell was amazing. Plates beautifully presented with care"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "You don't have be vegan to love this place. M.A.K.E. offers amazing, fresh dishes for every palette. The Blue Bee and Chai smoothies are the perfect balance of complex, sweet, and refreshing. The lasagna and oyster mushroom entrees are filling and have layered flavors that unfold as you eat. The chocolate cake with peppermint ice cream is the best winter treat! You haven't had chocolate until you've had this dish. The service is also incredible. The staff is warm and incredibly knowledgeable."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "First time here, it was a sure treat, especially the green juices."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Took a friend, who was totally bummed that he had to give up, under doctor's orders, gluten, diary and sugar. He couldn't believe, nor could we, how delicious this food was! At 73, it was like we'd given him back his youth. And the staff was wonderful to him and us."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I came here on a suggestion of a Vegan friend. I myself am not vegan nor have I had Raw food before but everything was delicious!"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "I'm exploring all the healthy restaurants in Santa Monica and as my fiancé whose never eaten raw said "I'm blown away!" You would never know the food you're eating is raw. Such care is taken for each dish with an explosion of favors with each bite. Highly recommend the kemp noodles, and tacos. Pumpkin cheesecake is a whole other level. Plate presentation and friendly staff is a huge plus. Don't expect a big scene though, we went Saturday night and it was sleepy (who cares!) Recommended for all!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food was presented beautifully and very delicious! The servers were very well informed and knowledgeable about the food. I can’t wait to go back and try more raw dishes! Make sure you save room for desert!!!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Everything we tried at M.A.K.E. was worth the trip. Intricate flavors and wonderful clean combinations. One wouldn't notice it is vegan if not told, because one's too busy enjoying the food. Loved it."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "MAKE is a testament to the power of imagination and possibility. Every dish was a work of art and every bite was heaven.!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Three of us came for lunch and there were 2 tables with diners, so not busy at all. One server and a 2 chef's behind the bar. Once we sat it took the server several minutes to bring menu's. After dropping them off and taking drink orders she walked away, literally, away from the restaurant and dissipated. 20 minutes of waiting for her to return we finally asked a chef to take our order. Once the order was placed the food came out quickly. Our server didn't come back until we were 1/2way through eating. At the end of our meal we practically had to beg for the check and then she proceeds to conduct a 20 min social talk with another customer. Finally getting her attention we were able to pay. The worst service considering how dead it was."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We have had raw food a few times. This was excellent. Great for a nice dinner or casual lunch."
    Dined on 9/28/2013