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Best American Restaurants in Santa Monica


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A photo of Water Grill - Santa Monica restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 71 times today
Water Grill-Santa Monica is a highly reputed restaurant renowned for its exquisite seafood cuisine. Set in an idyllic location with an ocean view, the establishment has been a Santa Monica landmark for years. According to customers' reviews, the seafood is consistently fresh, well-prepared, and deliciously flavorful. The taste of exemplary dishes like the seafood platter, lobster roll, fish and chips, and clam chowder is exalted by many. The praise for the restaurant's service is outstanding, highlighting the friendly, professional, and attentive nature of the staff. Summarized by a customer as 'one of the best Seafood Restaurants', Water Grill-Santa Monica provides a splendid dining experience.
A photo of Blue Plate Taco restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 35 times today
Blue Plate Taco is an esteemed restaurant, widely praised for its high-quality Mexican cuisine. Many reviews from satisfied customers show that this is a place that consistently delivers authentic and tasty meals. Comments such as "Great Mexican food at an affordable price", "Loved the outdoor space", and "Excellent service. Snapper tacos were amazing" underscore the restaurant's commitment to great customer service, delightful ambiance, and delicious food. Highlights on their diverse menu include a variety of tacos, sizzling fajitas, and options for sides and desserts as well. The Blue Plate Taco stands out for its commitment to a great dining experience, with customers hailing it as the "Best Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica".
A photo of Tar & Roses restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 62 times today
Tar & Roses is highly praised for its exceptional take on new American cuisine. Guests highlight their "excellent service" and knowledge of the menu, with dishes like the oxtail dumplings, strawberry pastry with honey flavored ice cream, shellfish pot, and lamb kebabs receiving rave reviews. The restaurant pairs its well-crafted meals with a well-curated local wine list. Despite minor complaints regarding the seating arrangement and noise level, the high quality of their meals and service exceeds expectations, making Tar & Roses more than worth a visit. Several visitors promise they "will be back," indicating the restaurant's fine caliber.
A photo of True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 11 times today
True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica is renowned for its excellent American cuisine, praised not just for the top-notch food but also for its impeccable service. From the varied menu that “accommodates every taste bud” to the “excellent food and service”, customers are consistently satisfied. The restaurant offers “healthy, American style cuisine” that makes it a great choice for “vegetarians, vegans or for people who like eating healthy”. Furthermore, the restaurant's ambiance is praised as being a "light, spacious venue” with a “fun” atmosphere. Reviewers frequently express their intent to return, emphasizing their enjoyment of their dining experience.
A photo of Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 3 times today
Ye Olde Kings Head located in Santa Monica offers an unmatched dining experience. This restaurant serves delicious food with an English touch, faithfully celebrating the American tradition of multicultural incorporation. As reviewers affirm, the ambience is great, and the food and service are excellent. Their menu boasts a range of dishes to suit all tastes - from the authentic English breakfast with Heinz beans to the veg-friendly Shepherd's Pie, which is adored by vegetarians. Notably, their tea service has won hearts, lauded as an affordable, yet high-quality experience. Whether it's the friendly staff, the warm atmosphere, or the good value for money, customers keep coming back to Ye Olde Kings Head, making it a favorite spot for many in LA and beyond.
A photo of Gjelina restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Venice
Booked 222 times today
Gjelina is a restaurant specializing in New American cuisine. Open every day from 8 a.m. until 11pm, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, try 9 grain pancakes with butter and maple syrup or warm banana buckwheat loaf with butter and jam of the day. Brunch options include Moroccan baked eggs and 7 grain porridge. Gjelina offers a variety of oysters, crudo, charcuterie and salad options to start at lunch and dinner. Main courses include pizzas from our wood fired oven and entrees like duck confit, house made pastas and roasted organic half chicken.*Only ADA certified animals are allowed in Gjelina*A 20% Mandatory Service Charge is added to your check. Our belief is that every hourly Gjelina employee contributes to your service and 100% of the MSC will be distributed amongst them.
A photo of The Rose Venice restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Venice
Booked 49 times today
The Rose Venice, nestled in a vibrant and green space, is lauded for its exceptional American cuisine. The menu meticulously crafted, it offers an exquisite variety that spans from delectable pastries and unique cocktails, to a raw bar that features the freshest scallops. This Venice gem is acclaimed for its well-executed dishes, fresh and healthy ingredients, and a complexity of flavors and textures that never fail to impress. Reviewers consistently praise the exceptional service, calming atmosphere, and beautifully designed patio ideal for a breezy brunch. The Rose Venice is repeatedly deemed as an absolute favorite, with food that rivals any in California, and some even regard it as the best restaurant in Venice, if not the entire state.
A photo of Ivy at the Shore restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 45 times today
Ivy at the Shore is an esteemed dining destination that serves up authentic Californian cuisine, earning high praise from local and visiting food enthusiasts alike. Reviewers often remark on the delightful balance between creatively gourmet and authentic familiar dishes, with the menu boasting a diverse range of offerings from lobster scramble and prime New York steak for breakfast, to mesquite grilled natural pork baby back ribs and fresh wild Alaskan ling cod for dinner. The restaurant is described as a "classic" with great food and service, and many patrons refer to it as their "go-to" when in California. The ambiance is described as "sublime" and the service "outstanding". Overall, Ivy at the Shore has successfully managed to embody the essence of Californian cuisine in a refined, yet relaxed setting.
A photo of 1212 Santa Monica restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 31 times today
1212 Santa Monica is a top-rated Californian cuisine restaurant, praised for its excellent customer service, quality and variety of food, and wonderful ambiance. According to multiple reviews, the restaurant provides both a fabulous indoor and outdoor dining experience. The outdoor space is particularly appreciated for its vibrant, inviting atmosphere, adorned with colorful flowers and succulents. The cuisine is remarkable with dishes such as filet mignon, chicken, salmon, and red curry mussels receiving high praise from diners. The service is frequently described as attentive, friendly, and efficient. Whether for a celebratory event or just a casual meal, 1212 Santa Monica promises a satisfying visit.
A photo of Blue Plate Oysterette restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Monica
Booked 34 times today
Blue Plate Oysterette is a highly recommended seafood restaurant in the LA area, with the location offering stunning ocean views. The restaurant consistently charms its guests with the freshness and diversity of seafood, like the seafood tower that is the heart of the menu. Notably, seafood staples like mussels in coconut broth or the lobster roll, have been noted as "outstanding," "fantastic," and even "to die for." A variety of fresh oysters, clams, and other seafood dishes receive high praise. Patrons have commended the excellent service, fresh seafood and the laid-back beach vibe of the location. Whether you're an LA resident or an out-of-town visitor, Blue Plate Oysterette is an excellent choice for an unforgettable seafood dining experience.

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Discover best American restaurants in Santa Monica

Discover the vibrant American dining scene in Los Angeles' Westside, particularly in the scenic area of Santa Monica. This locale is a treasure trove for food enthusiasts seeking a taste of American cuisine, offering a wide range of dining experiences from upscale seafood restaurants to cozy beachside cafes. Each establishment in Santa Monica emphasizes the use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, reflecting the community's commitment to quality and sustainability. Whether you're in the mood for expertly prepared seafood, traditional comfort foods, or innovative culinary creations, Santa Monica's American restaurants promise an exceptional dining experience. The dining scene here is not only diverse but also highly praised for its atmosphere and service, ensuring a rewarding visit for both locals and tourists alike. Engage in the culinary excellence of Santa Monica and enjoy a meal that perfectly captures the essence of American cuisine.

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