Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica
Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica

Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonomawinegarden.com/
  • Phone: 4242144560x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekend Champagne Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Weekday Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 2:30pm - 11:00pm
    *HAPPY HOUR* Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 7:00pm in the BAR ONLY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Martinez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For all catering inquiries, please email events@sonomawinegarden.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Sonoma Wine Garden offers event space with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy intimate candlelit wine dinners for 20 or custom receptions for 200; available seven days a week. Sonoma Wine Garden is the perfect place to celebrate corporate events, holiday parties, birthdays, award nominations and film premiers.
  • Private Party Contact: events@sonomawinegarden.com 480-223-7386x
  • Entertainment: Prime + Wine on Mondays!

    Live Music on Tuesday Nights, 7pm!!
  • Special Events: For all special event inquiries, please email events@sonomawinegarden.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self Parking - The first 90 minutes are free, the next hour costs $1 and each additional 30 minutes is $1.50. Daily maximum is $14

    Valet Parking - $12
A word from Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica
A unique blend of classic Mediterranean and California cuisines, Sonoma Wine Garden emphasizes a casual dining experience, in a friendly atmosphere. Juxtaposing a wine country garden setting with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Sonoma Wine garden is designed with exquisite outdoor elements to accent the wine and culinary experience California’s wine country is famous for. Featuring a wood-burning pizza oven, outdoor garden patio and upscale lounge area that offers countless wines from all over the world. Sonoma Wine Garden is a sophisticated new addition to the bustling atmosphere of Santa Monica Place. We're dog friendly too!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (61)notable wine list (36)good for groups (29)scenic view (28)fit for foodies (23)vibrant bar scene (22)romantic (22)special occasion (22)great for brunch (21)great for lunch (19)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (15)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Sonoma GO-noma!
    OfficialSPSP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sonoma Wine Garden has become my absolute regular GO-TO whether it's a romantic date, a catchup with a close friend or a group celebration. Perfect ambiance with candles and firepits, super helpful hosting and waiting staff. GREAT food and plate sharing options which I just love when they are a few options that you want to try I can't wait to keep going back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    shewritesinsocal
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fun, excellent server and amazing sommelier. Food is good, not great. Beautiful views. Upgrade the restrooms.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable but a bit expensive lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great service, nice outdoor dining spot and enjoyable experience for lunch. Prices a bit high for what we ordered, but overall food was good. Wait staff does a nice job.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alway great place to enjoy:-)
    karonssonVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great atmosphere, service, quality menu, amazing rooftop views:-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • were a I. Y with there Prada shoes
    Bill
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ok food great, people stuffy from SM. I would come back with someone who I felt
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal...
    PhoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even though you have to go through a shopping mall to get to this place, you don't feel like you're in a mall once you're inside. We ate outside right next to a fireplace that kept us comfortably warm in the cool night air. I found my favorite wine of all time here (Sixth Sense). Truffle fries here are best I've had so far. The food is consistently very good, and reasonably priced. Our server, Martin, was great and by the end of the night we had made a new friend. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Their food and service never disappoints. I've always had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alp73VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We like this spot for outdoor dining but shame the view is not available. Wine is amazing, tho, and would highly recommend coming for a flight and letting staff recomment
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Bottomless Brunch" Price Increase
    lovefoodz3
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Bottomless brunch prices recently changed. Previously the bottomless brunch price included both the meal and the mimosas and was a great deal. I loved going here for brunch. This week, though, we ended up spending twice as much because no one explained the price change. Bummed to lose this gem for it's ambiance, but it's way too pricey for the mediocre food. Not planning on coming back. :-(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scenic Evening with Friends
    luvfoodandfamily
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Sonoma Wine Garden is a perfect place to take visitors and family. The views are beautiful and so L.A. when you want to show off our city. The arugula salad with skirt steak was flavorful. Unlike many other restaurants, we were able to have pleasant conversation while enjoying the view and our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was looking for a location for a lunch meeting that was both nice and dog friendly and Sonoma Wine Garden was perfect! Ambience was easy-beautiful but not stuffy, lovely patio, and great food! They were also very sweet and accommodating with my dog. Perfect for lunch meeting!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine with a view
    BlackLabelVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I'll own up that the food and service were a bit pale compared to the rest of the experience (the Farmers Market Fruit & Cheese, for example, shouldn't tout cheese in its title, given that the wedge was barely enough for two bites between two people, leaving out the third diner. And our server, though polite, often forgot to check back in to make sure we had the basics…like silverware). Those issues aside, the wine list was lovely and the waiter knowledgeable in his recommendations -- and the bar's warm, upscale ambience was matched by a great view and the conversational buzz of a nice crowd. I'd go back…but probably for pre or post dinner drinks or to try one of the delicious looking pizzas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great rooftop bar & dining.
    JenRecommendsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great atmosphere, greatcfood & wine - the chacuterie plate is fantastic! Great for warn summer nights. Trendy, hip vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BelindaFVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A nice place to stop and have a drink or dinner if you are shopping at the mall.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful,service and experience. We were accommodated even when we added a few more to our party. Server was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy choice overall
    Monteray
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Sonoma Wine Garden is my go-to on food/wine/ambiance when ever I have guests in town or just want to meet up with friends. It's always a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had a black hair in our pizza. We ordered the bottomless mimosas and they were very slow to brining out drinks out. Overall, food was overpriced for what was served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very cool spot
    GinascucinaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great place to meet friends and hang out after work. Great happy hour. Sit on the patio...all types of seating form table and chairs to big comfy pillows. The bar and restaurant can be loud, but outside is nice. There are heaters. Great wine list and employees are friendly. Loved overlooking the Pacific Ocean! On the rop floor of the Sant Monica place. Check the level of parking that you park on. And the level that you walk into the mall on. They are different. A flaw that wasn't fixed when the mall was remodeled. You could parking on level 3 , but come into the mall on leave 2. Just be aware. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio for dinner, happy hour
    KellyGale
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Come to Sonoma wine garden for dinner or happy hour and you'll be more than satisfied. The decor and ambiance are fantastic, as well as the helpful wait staff. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME BRUNCH
    SBFoodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My favorite place in Santa Monica. Awesome bottomless mimosa brunch for $30. The food was delish, and we hung around on the outdoor patio (with an amazing view) for practically the whole day. Cant wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salad...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Salads were terrible. Especially Sonoma salad. Overpriced lettuce
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outnabout
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Nicely prepared fare, with some imaginative couplings. Well-presented, too. Wonderful wait- and bus-staff. It would be nice to have some more wine by the bottle for the 99% who dine at SWG, as well. There were a couple, but... The only drawback to Sonoma Wine Garden is the noise level, but sitting outside is the perfect solution.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Eatz
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food needs makeover. Oysters were disappointing. Halibut was overcooked and baby back ribs were tasteless and dry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 334 reviews are from the Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica reviews archive.
  • Boris
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A relaxing break from shopping. Good food and a good menu. Lot's of choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance!
    winegirl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great appetizers and wine! Great ambiance! Attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    FunDay
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    It was great to have a brunch with ladies. They were nice to us with a baby.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie2VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The food was delicious, they have wonderful drinks and the staff was not only knowledgable but very accommodating! A great find and I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Go To Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Love this place! I take everyone here who is visiting from out of town. Regardless of HOW LONG it takes to get to Santa Monica, park, etc. this place is worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the ambiance!
    JessintheWestVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great wine selection and delicious small plates. Love the outdoor patio and bar area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the outdoor area
    Cami
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love Sonoma and the outdoor area for a sunny day break. You can find great wines + amazing view!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    RRnumber27
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food was good .The outside music was very nice after our inside dining.The service was lacking felt like we were not a priority for there was opportunity in table touches that were missed during our inside dining
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    Kathleen
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We'd found this place by mistake several months earlier. We stepped in after a day of shopping to relax with a glass of wine and watch the sunset. We had planned to dine elsewhere and we're only getting relief here. They sat us at a large sofa and after the sun set, placed a large heater next to us. Needless to say we stayed and it became our new favorite spot! However, the second time, for my birthday, it was disasterous! We'd requested a couch again (really what made the whole experience) and got one facing AWAY from the view and into the noisy packed bar. The steps to the deck were right next to me and people were knocking over my purse trying to get up. The server was great but we've not been back since. That kinda ruined it for us. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Popular and inviting
    Trouble
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The restaurant is attractive and cleverly laid out accommodating the large volume of patrons, all of whom from outward appearances enjoyed their dining experience greatly. Service is quick and friendly. Those in my party who ranged in age from 24 to 61 felt the food was adequate or good enough. One felt it was the best meal she had had during our Santa Monica visit, but that wasn't saying much. I had anticipated great meals in Santa Monica, but each was surprisingly disappointing. Compounding this was the high cost for such mediocre fare.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoors in sm
    InLACAVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The fritata was quite good although the austrian pancake souffle was very heavy and starchy and I would not recommend. It was nice to sit outdoors although we found that there is no view of the ocean… just surrounding buildings.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome happy hour and bartenders!
    CaliValleyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Love this place!!! The wine list is the best...and so is the food! But wait...there is more! $5 happy hour at the bar from 12pm-7pm! YES...this is a true winner!! But the atmosphere and location is the absolute best for Sunday Brunch, or a evening with friends. Truly one of my favs!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outdoor dining
    SHOREHAM
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Went for sunday brunch and the bottomless mimosas. Nice place to hangout for the afternoon outdoors. Place was buzzing
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Outdoor Ambience
    PamsPicksVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great outdoor seating area to enjoy some Southern California weather and ocean view. Even if its a bit cooler there's tons of heat lamps and they'll provide blankets. Stick with simple the simpler dishes on their menu and you won't be steered wrong. For dinner, we loved the ribs, mussels and roasted chicken. The burrata salad was delicious too and they are very generous with the meats on the cheese platter. Will definitely be going again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation must specify in/outdoor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    When we made our reservation, we do not know there's outdoor and indoor. As a result we were not given a choice but put in a table outdoor. That day, the wind was blowing more than 12 knots (which is when you get white heads on the waves). Freezing cold. not very pleasant. But the server is so good, she was able to get us a backup table indoor later on and we enjoyed our dessert inside.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely place, food and wine.
    Travelart
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have been to Sonoma Wine Garden before, and mostly dined here for lunch - but this meal was the best yet. Between three of us dining recently - we chose Salmon, Steak, and Lamb Meatballs. Each of them unique with well balanced flavors. They were all plated perfectly - with the right amount of food for each of us. We all actually talked about our meal on the way home. I think this restaurant is a sleeper - we really didn't realize how special this place is - until this recent visit. The wine selections are excellent, and we really enjoyed our visit. We also had a knowledgeable and organized server. Based on all these things - and the fresh balance of flavors in your menu, we hope and plan to come back more often.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    It's a great place to bring a date. Romantic, and quiet.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.