We loved this restaurant. Very friendly yet efficient and the food was beautifully prepared. A lovely comfortable atmosphere.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent friendly service
Excellent friendly service and a wonderful set of entrees made our meal a super dining experience. You could taste the quality of the local produce that were used throughout the meal and Sam's knowledge of local growers and suppliers is extensive.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I thought sams by the beach
I thought sams by the beach was incredible. The service was incomparable to anything else. The waiter constantly took care of my date and I and brought us a free appetizer and dessert since it was our anniversary. I would recommend Sams to anyone. The food was above average, but the service was amazing.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Top notch, as always. The
Top notch, as always. The combination of California cuisine with Syrian accents is unique in Southern California
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
As always, the food is inventive, tasty, unusual, and served with Sam's wonderful personal flair.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect spot for a special occasion
My wife has eaten at just about every "good" restaurant in Los Angeles so finding a new spot to celebrate her birthday was a real challenge. Based on reviews on line I decided to take a chance on Sam's and I could not have made a better choice.
Everything went perfectly the restaurant was exactly what we wanted for her birthday. The food and staff are both top notch, we are planning on returning often, I think we have found our new favorite restaurant in Santa Monica.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
We went here to celebrate my birthday and were not disappointed. The service was terrific and the food was also very good. We had appetizers and main courses and both were very good. I had the duck, but also tasted the lamb and the steak. All three dishes were very tasty.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mothers Day Brunch!
Great food, great service, reasonable prices. They're attentive but they don't rush the tables. They didn't do a prix fix or a buffet for Mother's Day and that was a relief. I'm looking forward to going back.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
quaint little restaurant
Great service. Owner who really cares about your dining experience.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good solid fund
This is a very nice restaurant. The Frenchmen in charge have real charm, and enjoy serving very good wines - the better French wines are excellent value. The menu looks wonderful, but the food slightly disappoints: solid fare, lacking flare. Soggy, large, French fries, and the wrong sort of gravy on the lamb shank - great slabs of salmon - all edible, but not special. The local waitress seemed slightly bored by her role. Our water glasses were more often empty than not. A fun local restaurant, very pleasantly decorated. We will return, but not with the expectations that other reviewers had left us with.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with friends here was absolutely wonderful. Sam's is a small, very personal restaurant; Sam himself circulated often amongst the tables. He is obviously a very hands-on restauranteur, and it shows in many ways, from excellent food to the discreet but warm service. We needed a little advice on wine as well as one of the entree specials, and both choices as recommended were outstanding. We received both an amuse-bouche and a dessert to share, which were really special touches; I did not see if this was done for other diners, but it left a nice impression with us! We will definitely come again and will recommend to others.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
No longer a secret in SM Cyn
Sam's used to be the "best kept secret" in Santa Monica Canyon (on Entrada Drive off PCH between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades). While it still shares the street with its more trendy celebrity conscious neighbors, Sam's is finally getting the recognition it deserves as the best restaurant on the block when it comes to food, service, and intimacy. We love this place.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful host with great food
Loved the old world atmosphere. Owner is hands on, charming and cares about his guests. Interesting menu. Highly recommend.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Best !!!!!!
Everything was wonderful from the greeting to the service to the food. Moderate wine prices but corkage fee at $23.00 a bit off putting This is an outstanding gem of a restaurant and the Zagat ratings are right on.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My oldest friend was spending a very rare few days in Los Angeles and would be in Santa Monica just for the night. I knew he preferred seafood to steak, so naturally, I checked Open Table for a suggestion. Sams by the Beach turned out to be the perfect choice. They accommodated my request for an earlier table and service was attentive without being obtrusive. The food was delicious and plentiful. As a matter of fact, neither one of us could finish. You can be sure I will be back.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
All Around Great Time
This was the first time we went to Sam's by the Beach. The food was terrific & good sized portions. We felt comfortable from the moment we sat down, like we were really welcome to be there. The service was upbeat and friendly and we even had a chat with Sam before we left. Great find!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great 13 year old restaurant
A great 13 year old restaurant few know about. Awesome
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local place
Wow. What a great meal. We split a couple of the appetizers. Both were done great. Combination of italian, japanese and middle eastern flavors blended perfectly. My fish soup was great and full of seafood. My wife's lamb chops were done perfectly. We'd co me back just for the bread pudding dessert.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
had a great time
this was the first time at Sam's. Went there because of all the good reviews. We really liked it very much, and the reviews where right on. The food was delicious, the service excellent, and the restaurant is so nicely decorated. We had a great time, and the owner does go out of his way to make sure you are happy there. Much appreciated!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoy many wonderful restaurants in Southern California, but during our dinner at Sam's we received the best service I've experienced in many years, beginning with arrival at the valet and continuing uninterrupted until we left. I was the vegan in our party and received careful attention to my preferences right from the start. Had cantaloupe soup - delicious. Had pear and fennel salad - excellent. Had a Mediterranean plate, and the baba ganoush was the best I've ever had, and very unusual. Usually I eat that last, but this time I ate it first. Everything was perfect, really. This place is awesome.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every dish was a work of art.
Every bite was a "wow."
The service was attentive and helpful.
This was one of the best meals I've ever had in 20 years in LA.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wanted the perfect place for our 28th anniversary dinner; I spent half the day on the internet searching for something that would be romantic with great food and ambiance. Sam's was everything I hoped it would be !!! Sam, the owner was there, we met him., when he found out it was our anniversary he sent over a complimentary dessert !Friendly, wonderful French waiter. The food was excellent, I had duck with sour cherry port wine sauce.. magnifique ! It is an intimate place with great decor...you feel like you are in Europe. Love, love, love this place...my new favorite !
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sam's is a gem with amazing staff
Sam's owner and staff make you feel like you are old friends or part of the family! Just a solid dining experience with excellent food and service. Their love of food and hospitality shines through!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cozy, like a home dining room...
A gem in Santa Monics canyon. Small and intimate and quiet. Beautifully prepared food. A memorable dinner
8/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
a lovely small and quiet dining
a lovely small and quiet dining spot. always a pleasure to return to.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quaint with excellent food
Went online and read great reviews for this restaurant. The service and the food is superb. I have had many great dinners. I was pleasantly surprized with the quality of the food. Service was 5 star. Would go back for sure.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming and well managed
This was a real treat. Clearly a locals favorite. The owner and wait staff were very attentive and did everything they could to make us feel welcome. The food was tasteful and the execution precise.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dinner Experience
First time at this restaurant and have added it our "must go while in Santa Monica" list. Sam is in the house! and he will make sure all is well with your "Experience" by taking pride in the cocktails, wine and food that he serves. He and his "Frenchman" really made our eating occasion an experience. The "killer" dish was an Artichoke Soup with a little hidden stash of Gruyere cheese and some fresh thyme. Actually, everything that Sam recommended was tasty. The Lamb chops in a country Dijon sauce was perfect as was the Tarte Tatin.
Sam even opened the door and held it for us while we were leaving. What a great evening!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sam's a notable neighborhood gem, is a top-of-the-LA-list find. Tucked away in Santa Monica Canyon at PCH, Sam's sets the high-water mark for LA restaurants. From the "intime" setting to the food itself--superior cuts of Tuna and Swordfish belly Sam personally selects in the wee AM hours, to flawless risotto with Chantrelles and Lobster mushroom prepared with superior carnaroli instead of the more pedestrian Aborio, and delicate sea bass topped with pistachio & tarragon--Sam's is a foodies dream. Every dish is steeped in delicate innuendo. The only thing better than the gastronomic experience and remarkable wine list, is Sam himself. One walks away from a meal at Sam's feeling as though you have just been a priviledged guest in Sam's home!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect dinner
My wife and I had dinner there last night and everything was perfect.
The food was amazing, as were the wines. And most of all, the attention we received from the team was much more than we could ever imagine. Everything to make us feel special!
I am coming back home now and will recommend Sam's by the beach to all of my friends who plan to visit Los Angeles.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Meal, Outstanding Service
We arrived a bit early for our reservation and Sam, the proprietor himself, accommodated us immediately. I started with a cocktail which was well-prepared. Sam brought us a lovely amuse bouche.We both had the Pear and Fennel salad which was full of flavor with pieces of aged parmesan alongside succulent pear and delicately sliced fennel.It was artfully presented. We also both selected the grilled yellow fin special topped with shallots/capers/sun-dried tomatoes and complemented by asparagus, beets, squash and carrots. We finished the meal with their tarte tatin which was delicious.The service was impeccable. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food, which in my view rivals or exceeds that of the nearby upscale competitors.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for a Quiet Catch-Up
Loved the lamb chorizo risotto - what a unique dish!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sam's is old school charm with great food and service. Beautiful room, fantastic servers, which include Sam himself, who clearly is proud of his restaurant. This is a special place - we loved it.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Under the radar gem
Cal-Med-Syrian, not your everyday place. Sam Elias is as gracious host as exists in this town and his Syrian slants on cuisine are to die over. From soup that tastes like liquid vegetables, a taste/touch combo that fools your senses; to mint in places that are unexpected, but just right; to cous-cous that makes you expect that the valet will return with a camel in place of the Lexus you left with him supper is like no other in LA.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the site of a friend's
This was the site of a friend's birthday dinner celebration. Among the diners was a VERY experienced restaurateur who opined that the staff was totally on top of things; the food exquisite and the overall dining experience fantastic!! Pumpking Ravioli and Tuna tartare for appetizers; halibut, vegetable crepe and lamb were the various mains. Well timed surprise birthday dessert. Perfect!!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely and unique experience!
I was looking for a romantic place to take my wife for dinner on our honeymoon while in LA, and had come across a couple of good reviews of this place. Although the exterior doesn't look like much, the atmosphere inside the restaurant was cozy and the waiters were relaxed and friendly. When they guessed we were on our honeymoon (the waiter said our rings were so shiny as to give it away) we were surprised with a complementary desert, that tasted delicious! It was the bread-soup, I think. The main course was superb! I can't say enough praises of their lamb dish, it was probably one of the top 3 lambs I've tasted and I come from Iceland where we pride ourselves of our lamb. We had a lovely time, Sam can even make great mojitos! :)
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, wonderful food!
My daughter and I found Sam's on Open Table and we were thrilled with our choice.
The staff was fantastic and the food was excellent. Really enjoyed our visit and we will be sure to return!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took some family visiting
Took some family visiting from out of town. Food was delicious and service was great! Lamb chorizo risotto was a tasty surprise and the Mediterranean Seafood Soup was great. Highly recommended.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful neighborhood place
fabulous service and delicious food and terrific attention to detail. Make customers feel valued and cared for...really a great spot
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time at
We had a wonderful time at Sam's By The Beach. We went for an early dinner with friends on Sunday. No one was there when we arrived but the place filled up by the time we left. The owner was so nice. We wanted a salad for 3 to share and it was no problem. He told us about his restaurant and made us feel at home. The amuse bouche was eggplant, goat cheese and sundried tomato (awesome!) We also loved the spinach salad, salmon and lamb chorizo. We also were served a tiny bread pudding (it was great!!) I would definitely recommend this place!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our new favorite restaurant.
Our new favorite restaurant. Can't believe we hadn't tried it before. Great food and service.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
another great night at same
this is our go to place when we just want to get out and have a great meal. Our Daughter turned us on to Sam's and we have dined there with the family and now we are introducing it to our friends. Great ambiance and friendly service and amazing food!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of our best meals ever
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and found the food and ambiance amazing. We are from the SF Bay Area and get our share of great dinng locations, but Sam's meets or exceeds the best restaurants in San Francisco and Berkeley.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic date spot
The wait staff was incredibly friendly and professional, and the food was unique and delicious. I would recommend Sam's on the Beach to anyone.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always farm fresh interesting
Always farm fresh interesting ingredients with layered tastes in each dish. Cocktails and wine list are outstanding. As is Sam himself. He responds to his guests as though they were dining at his home. Better food than most trendy places in town!!!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM