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

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

  • 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: 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
30 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (7)special occasion (7)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (4)neighborhood gem (4)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)romantic (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • M.A.K.E. Was Ok but Overpriced
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    In a nutshell: The food was good. Arguably gourmet vegan. A rarity in this town. That said, the pricing was a bit high for the location, ambience and quality of service. I would say we received 3.5 star service but got charged 5 star prices.
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  • Great service
    SkycycleVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food here was fantastic and the service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Brilliant Food
    Matt
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food at MAKE is beyond incredible. The chefs are inventive, the food is incredible and delicate and exploding with flavors. I would recommend this place to anyone. You do not have to be vegan, vegetarian or an omnivore to recognize the quality and beauty of this wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middling- overrated; not special
    Swg126VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was really middling- compare it to other places around town and it just doesn't stand up. The environment is fine given it is located in a nice, upscale, indoor casual food mall type set-up. The service was slow and middling and most of the dishes while healthy and visually appealing really were uninspired and some even quite blah in flavor. The one good dish were the dumplings. All 3 of us left unimpressed, underwhelmed and feeling that we would have been better off going to any one of a number of other places. Surprised they are still in business to be honest.
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  • super tasty raw, vegan fare
    khakidog
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Who knew that raw, vegan food could taste and look so good! The food is amazingly flavorful and beautifully presented. I am a full fledged omnivore but enjoy a vegetarian meal every now and then and M.A.K.E. is far and away the best I've had. Be aware that you are eating in a food court on the top floor of a swanky shopping center and that prices are steep ($100 per person for the tasting menu including wine and tips), particularly given the location. Also there's hardly anyone else at the restaurant for dinner, or at the other restaurants in the court for that matter, so forget the ambience. Go in with your eyes open, and you won't be disappointed at the remarkable fare.
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  • Vegan paradise!
    jmjrVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A plant perfect work of art. The best vegan restaurant in LA and one of the very best anywhere!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    hollys7090
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Totally lived up to expectations! Just wonderful and a must for all vegans or vegetarians!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch and dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Cody our waiter was amazing Wine list is small but good Food is amazing
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    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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    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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  • 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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    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.
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    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.
  • will not visit again
    Cora
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Mu husband and I really like creative food but we don't find M.A.K.E really convincing. First of all, the salat is just a dish of fresh salat without any special sauce or decoration. Second, the black pepper kelp noodles are way too salty. We need to drank more water to swallow them. For a summer lunch, I will only give it 2 out of 5 points. And what dissapointed me more is that I have told them beforehand when I made the reservation that it will be my husband's birthday that day and if possible I wish to have certain words written on his dessert. I even confirmed with the waitress in the restaurant again and she promised me that it's no problem. When the deseert came, NOTHING. The service was just bad. I won't go again.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 137 reviews are from the Matthew Kenney's M.A.K.E. reviews archive.
  • 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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  • great heathy raw food
    NineadayVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    incredible food, very unique, nice ambiance. the service is good.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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  • 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!
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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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    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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  • 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.
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    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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  • 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!
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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  • 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.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Not a vegetarian but LOVE m.a.k.e.
    jb2bVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I love meat and eat it every day. But this place, WOW, so amazing. Truly, food like this deserves a better locale than the upper deck of the mall. Truly incredible food; never miss the meat.
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
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    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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    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.