Brick+Mortar (Santa Monica)

4.2
79 reviews
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Located at the heart of Santa Monica’s Main Street, tucked away in the Edgemar Center for the Arts, lives Brick+Mortar’s first location. After a fast and furious 8-day re-vamp of the space previously known as Salute Wine Bar, Brick+Mortar opened in February of 2012 and quickly cemented its status as Santa Monica’s best hotspot for incredible food in an exciting atmosphere. Brick+Mortar incorporates the elements of a classic neighborhood bar in a chic, luxurious way, while serving up a mouth-watering menu of Modern American fare that surprises the senses by adding a twist to the simplest dishes with unique, artistic presentation.
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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I’ve been to Brick & Mortar several times. This last time was very disappointing. We ordered 3 drinks, only 1 came. Put in food order, waited..food arrived...but no plates & still no drinks. We asked for plates (we had pizza, salad, Brie plate to share). 10 mins or more later still no plates. We ask again. Still no drinks. Another long wait, we are informed “we are out of plates”. We start eating our now cold pizza, dropping food all over the table. Still no drinks. Table next to us who sat down long after us receives their drinks. We tell the waitress that we are still waiting on our drinks. She finally gets them...our dinner is almost finished. We finally recieved 2 plates...there were 3 of us. Pay our check & leave to go across the street to get another drink because clearly, we didn’t want to risk ordering another round here.

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VW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Only to party - this place used to have great food and service. It just a party bar now.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server... very hospitable

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M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a bar. It is not a gastro pub. Good for drinking, not eating.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We found the food to be sub-par bar food, and the service was not good either. I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend.

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CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

All probably would have been ok if it wasn't for the horrible service and so then that sort of colored the rest of the experience. Our waitress was busy, but not overly slow and basically was rude and dismissive until the she delivered the check and only then did she put in minimal effort obviously only because of a potential tip.

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t
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Can’t honestly rate this restaurant on anything but ambience and noise level. It was so loud with the football game blasting from four TV sets that we left l. Told the hostess and let her know we didn’t know it was a sports bar and she explained that it wasn’t and that several others had asked for the tv to be turned down too. Not our scene for dinner for sure.

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RG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I’m so sad to say, but Brick+Mortar has officially gone down hill. It’s not the same fun and lively ambiance that it once was. We went at 8:30pm on a Friday night for dinner and it was completely dead. Half the reason I loved coming here was the overall vibe. The food also went downhill and many of the items I once loved were not as good as I remember. The whole experience was disappointing and I don’t think I’ll make it back here again. So sad!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered (food and drinks) were amazing! Also had cream music! Definitely will go again!

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S
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wish it was closer to us !

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Although our salmon was cooked perfectly, the overall citric sauce on top of that and the veggies was a bit overpowering. The veggies were grilled and the salmon rested on top, but, if you aren't into veggies, that's all that comes with the meal for $21. No bread or potato. Although we thought the meal was overall pretty good, we went away hungry. We choose the place after looking at an online menu, but it was not the same menu. We were under the assumption that this was more of a restaurant with the "mouth watering" and "incredible" food, but it much more a bar setting and not many choices for an evening dinner out. With that being said, it had some neat features inside with the brick walls, but much more of a bar than a dinner place.

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D
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Living down the street, I come here quite often. This is the first time at lunch though. Restaurant was pretty empty and there was only one person doing service. My friend enjoyed her beet salad with chicken. My wild mushroom pizza seriously needed seasoning and was lacking in truffle oil. I had indicated when I made the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, but that was totally ignored. Can do better...

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SM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Perhaps I missed it in other reviews, but this is more a hangout/bar than a nice restaurant. The music was incredibly loud, making dinner conversation virtually impossible. The crowd seemed to be there more for the bar scene. While the food was good and the service polite and efficient, it was not the relaxing dinner with friends that I was hoping for.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, but the service could use some attention. It was not very busy, and it appeared there was only one server there that night. My food came out really late because the server put in the wrong item. They did take care of my food and our desserts for the mixup.

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MV
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pet peeve: When I arrive with a reservation and the room is EMPTY, please accommodate my request for a simple table change. Don’t tell me it’s reserved for a larger party and then, an hour later give it to another two top... ANNOYING! Especially when the room never filled up and the food is mediocre. This place is a bust.

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PG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I had a fun night at Bricks + Mortar! It was WAYY TOO LOUD inside, however. Very small space, and the bar wasn’t separate from the dining area at all and people were treating the place as if it were a bar.

The food was pretty good overall, but needed a bit more salt. I loved the Mac n cheese! The service was a bit slow, but the waitress was super sweet and friendly!

Had a good time and a yummy meal, but it was too loud and the food could have used some improvement. Solid meal overall though!

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DZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very very loud

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N
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

The volume of the music was horribly uncomfortable. Our table could not have any conversation. Because the music is so loud other patrons were yelling to each other which made the room even louder.

It is very sad because the food was really delicious and the server was attentive.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Wasn't too crowded on a Friday night. Can just after 9pm for dinner and a drink. The dj stated up around 9:30 and it became more of a lively bar scene than a restaurant. Played good music.

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GT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. We thought we were going for pizza. Little did we know that we would have a gourmet meal!

Our server Adrian and our food were outstanding! One of the best roasted chickens on sweet potato mash with broccolini along with a baked Brie and crispy french bread.

My friend had ahi tuna on top of a delicious rice and veggie medley. Yummy!

Say room for the waffle churros with vanilla ice cream. Crispy and delightful!

Monday’s are dollar burger nights. That’s our next visit!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. However, the music inside made it difficult to carry on conversations without yelling at the person next to me.

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A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was fun and enlightening

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good; we had the roasted chicken, a salad, and the cauliflower appetizer. It was a bit loud for conversation, but we managed. This is basically a sports bar, so keep that in mind---lots of TVs with sports, loud, not romantic or intimate!

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TM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

I was there to meet my date (#2). From the website it appearaed to be a worthwhile venue w/ambiance. Unfortunately, it was Sunday night football night!
It was quite loud. But, the energy wasn’t over-bearing...just busy. We lost our server..but, the hostess was on top of it. The drinks were f’n amazing! The Mushroom Pizza came out perfect.
Overall, I’d rate B&M a 7.5..with potential. We’ll see...on my next visit. Stay tuned!

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D
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The wild mushroom pizza with truffle oil was delicious! Will be coming back for more.

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K
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group of girls celebrating a birthday. We had GREAT service! The food was delicious and we ate early on a Friday night, the restaurant was filled by the time we left but quiet when we got there. The lighting is great. We loved the Brie and desert was AMAZING! Will return, highly recommend.

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CS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Disappointing meal. Food was very over-rated. Cheese Board was good, however - so stick to the beer/cocktails and appetizers and happy hour. Expensive for what this is - not a great gastropub - trying to be one, but misses the mark. Not worth stopping by.

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IB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Very disappointing experience. I thought the days of dark, loud, and sticky (tables, floors) were past in all but the dingiest pubs. They do a nice cheese plate and my friends loved the poke bowl. I was miserable from start to finish, couldn't get out fast enough. Ain't no cheese good enough to endure the noise.

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l
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Six of us met for lunch at Brick+Mortar and we had a great experience. Our server was quick and friendly. The Margherita pizza was delicious, with fresh ingredients including basil and a tasty Naples-style crust. Salads are delicious. And the churros dessert is memorable. We will return!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I made a reservation for a Thursday 8 pm but there were plenty of tabes so no real need to reserve. the ambiance is more micro brewery - sports bar-ish but nice enough, it was a bit loud. The exposed architecture and high ceilings tend to be loud naturally. The crab cake and poke were very good, the pizza was cold and bland. Service was too slow considering it wasn't really very busy. Overall we had a nice time and I would come back again but with a group instead of a date.

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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

I would gladly recommend a friend to the lively bar, but maybe not for dinmer past 8pm. The lights go down and the music goes up so loud you cannot hear the person across from you. Maybe the food was good, but i couldnt see it and the music silenced my date and I. Great if you want to have drinks, but spend money on dinner elsewhere first.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and energetic wait staff. The baked brie, cauliflower and pulled pork appetizers were delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not impressed! It felt kind of rundown & tired. This was not my first time there and I went back based on me knowing the same owner has Bar Esquina in Cabo San Lucas, which is 100% outstanding!

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We split about 30 seconds after being seated. This place doesn't know whether it's a neighborhood bar, a restaurant, or a nightclub. The crowd appeared to be mostly confused frat boys, the music was obnoxiously loud, and this was for a 9:30 dinner reservation. Way too early to go into nightclub mode.

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Would love to be able to adequately review, however despite the fact that we had a reservation at 10PM on Monday, the host told us upon arrival that the kitchen was closing. So unfortunately, I did not get to experience the restaurant.

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Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place to settle in. Watch the game and enjoy good food and drinks!

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SM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We have been to this restaurant many times and the service has been increasingly bad. This time it was completely unacceptable. The hostess was extremely rude and told us when we arrived for our 8:00 reservation that we had to leave the table by 10 because our particular table, and every table, was reserved at 10. This was impossible because we couldn't even get a server to take even our drink order until after 9:00. The service was virtually non-existent. Our food didn't come out until shortly before 10 and was cold and rubbery. Second, it was untrue that the table was booked at 10. At 10:00, there were several empty tables and, as an experiment, we went online and were able to book two separate tables for 10:00. People were there for the bar but nobody was eating dinner. Finally, the noise level was off the charts. This place should just give up the pretence of being a restaurant and be a bar. Either way, we won't be going back because it falls short on both fronts.

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LV
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The management was very accommodating to us with a large party and we were running late and hit traffic.

The ambiance is more like a bar scene versus family dinning and we were dinning with kids so, it was a bit uncomfortable as the evening got later due to the making-out occurring throughout the bar that flowed into the restroom area. The music was really fun but, a bit too loud for dinning.

The food was really good but, not a lot to eat for the kids. Bottom line, great for a guys or gal night out but, not for family dinning. Definitely a place to go to grab some great food, a drink and possibly get hooked-up.

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DO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

I like a lively atmosphere but this place played music so loud we could not have a dinner conversation of any sort. Mediocre service and decent food but if you would actually like to converse with your dinner companions go elsewhere.

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S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Amazing brussel sprouts! Good menu, good value. Noisy (so think about outside if you want conversation.) Friendly service, would go again.

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