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.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/make
  • Phone: 3103947046x
  • 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: Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E. reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)great for lunch (14)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (7)special occasion (6)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • I'm not a raw vegan ...
    Tacolady
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I thought the food was fabulous had Kim chi dumplings and a cheese plate to share. The truffle cheese best and the presentation on a slate board unique. I had the heirloom tomato lasagne which was fantastic. I took a fruit tart to go. Everything was beautiful and well priced. The servers were very knowledgeable and knew every detail of each such. What I didn't care for was the ambiance of sitting in a shopping mall on thirds floor. It was a Monday so only two others dining there..
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raw art!!!
    Raw2honest
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Amazing raw food! Festival of colors and flavors! Can't wait to try more of his art!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even if you are not veg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delightful little restaurant with wonderfully creative food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    michka78
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was fantastic as was service. Only things disappointing was not offered the lunch special - wasnt pointed out to me and would have saved me a bit of money. Otherwise an exceptional dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Raw place!!
    SabrinaMata
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food, the ambience, the place and everything are lovely and yummy!! The best raw place in LA! I loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not just for vegetarians
    khakidog
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    M.A.K.E. is a foodie find - it's difficult to believe that raw vegetables could be made so tasty, varied and beautiful. I am not a vegetarian by any means, or even a raw food enthusiast, and yet make it a point to dine at M.A.K.E. every few months. I should mention that the dinner experience is in a food court on the top of an upscale mall, but it is nonetheless a food court. Further, the meal will not be cheap. Overall I think it is a find especially for foodies.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining beautiful raw food
    Zuzia
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been excited to go to M.A.K.E for months. There was 4 of us. I am a raw chef, a couple of friends hadnt really experienced raw food and my boyfriend and the other dude are usual big meat eaters but we are all foodies. Everyone was blown away. We had the tasting menu, 6 dishes including dessert for $65. A fair price for the amount of time, enginuity, technique, quality if ingredients and food. Beautiful presentation, some very interesting as well as classic flavour combinations. We thought we might be hungry when the first dishes came out but were happily satisfied and full by the end. The waiter was very helpful with my copious amounts of questions. Go on a weekday night though as we did when theres only a handful of other guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food as art
    greenoak
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent, fascinating, delicious and nutritious. A must-go restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • fantastic!
    hcat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    That pretty much says it all. Fabulous food. Vegan or not. The food is flavorful and you keep wanting more. I was so excited to see what was coming next. With every bite I was soooo happy and felt lucky to have found such a fantastic place to explore raw delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.
    ShiranTal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had an amazing raw dinner. The wine was great and the waiters were so kind and helpful! Thank you for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    mimi10019VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had amazing service.everybody worked as a team. I had many servers:) Great food and descriptions of the food. Do a happy hour MAKE, id come for sure! I'll be back!
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  • Could be a vegan!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    If I lived near this fabulous restaurant, or had a personal chef like the owner! I am coming back for more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great heathy raw food
    NineadayVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    incredible food, very unique, nice ambiance. the service is good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmet Raw
    coniver
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    One of a kind! Beautiful presentation, outstanding flavors and impressive creations. Kind, helpful and efficient service. Pricey but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!! I'd happily return!
    Marci
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very deliious
    sharethebestVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nourishing, beautiful & delicious!
    RawFoodforLife
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raw food at a new level
    SD4BrianVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegan and Raw all the way
    MarioTGomez
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    When in Santa Monica, CA make sure you make your way to Matthew Kenney's M.A.KE. It is always my first stop when I'm in Southern CA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable food
    happyvegan6
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watch out for the Tasting Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 126 reviews are from the Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E. reviews archive.
  • Amazing
    Delish
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, so-so service
    gbug
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmet raw
    frequentflyer
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    great raw/vegan food. beautifully presented and creative. friendly and informed staff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christie
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than Expected
    SaSi
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not only is the food delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Not only is the food delicious, it's beautiful as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RAW Revolution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Loved the creative food. It was delicious and healthy!!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Vegan
    AdventuresinDiningVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to find but worth it!
    Kat1VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    we were from out of town and had a very hard time finding it! They were so helpful. food was Fantastic! LOVED it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An incredibly RAWSOME experience!
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    YNZ24
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating in the RAW
    Gina
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much $ for too little service
    echef
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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.
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  • Chef disappeared!!
    Karen
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Came for lunch. Waited a looooong time. Our waiter said the chef had disappeared!!
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  • YUM!
    gbcubed
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • world class incredibly innovative
    raf1
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lasagna
    Rino
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Being a carnivore, it is a delight to find that raw/ vegan was visually satisfying and delicious. Whatta surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Exploding with Flavor
    CJinCA
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matthew Kenney's MAKE RAWKS
    Gigi
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.