Sam's by the Beach
absolutely wonderful!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 AMA good solid fundThis 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 AMquaint little restaurantGreat service. Owner who really cares about your dining experience.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat 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.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and serviceWe 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.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect spot for a special occasionMy 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.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently TerrificAs always, the food is inventive, tasty, unusual, and served with Sam's wonderful personal flair.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMTop notch, as always. TheTop notch, as always. The combination of California cuisine with Syrian accents is unique in Southern California3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI thought sams by the beachI 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.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent friendly serviceExcellent 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.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMTop classWe loved this restaurant. Very friendly yet efficient and the food was beautifully prepared. A lovely comfortable atmosphere.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time here and was pleasantlyFirst time here and was pleasantly surprised. Food was superb and the service excellent. Would definitely return2/10/2013 12:00:00 AM