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For 2
Fri, 2/23
11:30 PM
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Booked 2 times today


172 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Renowned as one of Santa Monica's hotspots, this restaurant/lounge offers an upbeat, sophisticated and sexy candlelit atmosphere with two patios and a central bar. The menu is Chef inspired by Master Chef Derrick Fox, featuring a bright vibrant seafood forward menu, with an added "Just Because" menu for everyone to enjoy!
On weekend nights there are DJ's after dinner and on Sunday Santa Monica's #1 Sunday Day Party with Resident DJ's!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Monday-Thursday 4PM-6PM
Friday 4PM- 8PM

Dinner Hours
Monday- Sunday 3PM-10PM

Business Hours
Monday -CLOSED
Tuesday 3PM-10PM
Wednesday 3PM-10PM
Thursday 3PM-1AM
Friday 3PM-2AM
Saturday 10AM- 2AM
Sunday 10AM- 10PM
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Phone number
(310) 434-1511
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Derrick Fox
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Cross street
Ocean & Broadway
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Parking details
Street Parking available as well. NoValet
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Salsa Night every Thursday 9PM-12AM

DJ's on weekends
Friday 9PM- 1:45AM
Saturday 9PM- 1:45 AM
Sunday starting at 2PM
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 172 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.6  based on all time ratings
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61% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was mediocre at best service was terrible

cdwag (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

Loved the laid back feel of this place! We had quite a large group, and the service was excellent and so very patient with everyone! I definitely would definitely recommend trying this establishment when visiting the Santa Monica area!

AlanaGonzalez (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

My overall experiwnce was nice it was for a birthday finner i enjoyed it.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

Relaxed and comfortable; staff was nice to the youngsters at the table too.

vipDoodlebug (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

It is essentially a sports bar by the beach. My husband and I will not be back because it's not scene.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2016

I took a group of co-workers (8 in total) to Ma'Kai for dinner this past Monday evening. We all ordered Sushi and it was delicious. The restaurant was extremely quiet, as it was a Monday evening. The food was brought out very quickly and everyone enjoyed all of the different types of rolls. I would highly recommend Ma'Kai.

vipjedipeter (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on November 6, 2016

Food was not very good and the restaurant was not clean and run down.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Prime location sadly suffered from poor food and only adequate service. The reality is a large departure from the website. We went for a lunch and left early.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Our waiter forgot several of our orders so she gave us a free drink she also made us move from the table with the fire pit because her friends came in an wanted our table really rude I'm never going back compliment to the chef the food was awesome

JKatz (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on September 1, 2016

Best fish and chips in Los Angeles. Great hand-crafted cocktails. The staff are on par with the food and drink. Welcoming, helpful and quite accommodating. A delicious experience all around.

pendonbul (London)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

A great fusion of Sushi and Californian staples. Very good value, great vibe and super views.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on March 21, 2016

The service was absolutely horrible

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 17, 2016

Thought we were going to a quiet oceanside restaurant, but found a loud sports bar scene instead. ( Of course, it was St Pats Day and Final Four was on!) In actuality, the service was outstanding, and the food was great, so the noise and vibrancy made this restaurant a fun place to have a good meal and soak up some local atmosphere! Glad we went.

Ingrid (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2015

Too loud, looked like a sports bar, not the right choice for quiet movie night out. Interior needs an update. Food was good, but not exciting.

SantaMonicaCa (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

Very nice staff. They we very attentive and made sure we were happy at all times. Food was very good with many different sections. We enjoyed ourselves!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 24, 2015

I've only been here on a Friday or Saturday night for the bar scene. Each time was fun. Just a little too crowded for me.

This past week I was in Santa Monica shopping and decided to stop at Ma'Kai for lunch since I've never eaten there.

Overall experience was so so. The service was slow. The bussers were more attentive than the servers. I'd rather the tip go to them. The food was super bland. And coconut soup was way too watery. The tables were wobbly and waitress didn't bother to try to fix. The bussers noticed and took care of it.

The person who had the best service in there was the hostess. She was friendly and super cheerful. Basically my stars are all towards the hostess and bussers. Nothing else.

Diar (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

It was our second girls night here. Always fun. The servers all so friendly, fun and so helpful. Defenitely will come back again with more group.

vipMbelle (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

Something's wrong if at a restaurant named Ma'Kai located in front of the ocean the burger is better than the fish.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 9, 2015

A cool place to eat right near the ocean in Santa Monica. A quick bite for a casual somewhat beach experience.

Briana3 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

The service there was 2 thumbs up, the server was very friendly and quick. The food was great and the dessert was to die for! The drinks were delicious. The overall experience was 5 stars! We had a great valentines day dinner.

vipORD2LAX (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Poor to average all the way around. Wouldn't make it a month in LA if it weren't for the location. Food is forgettable. Service was disconnected. Menu is slim pickings. "Reinvention" seems to largely have failed at this place.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

We always get the same table, same appetizers (Miso flank steak skewers and dragon roll) so we can people watch and enjoy the sights of Ocean and Broadway in Santa Monica. This is the best place to go for service. Wonderful food and music, with a dj starting early and going until late.

juliaschildren (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on January 21, 2015

Awful food. Bad cocktails. If you are a foodie at all, avoid this restaurant. The only saving grace was a very pleasant staff.

MrsWoolmerine (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2014

Great food really enjoyed the Asian fusion, but the set up of the restaurant/bar is bizarre with sport on all around you?
Not somewhere to reccomend for a couple looking for a romantic meal as we had a group of lads shouting at the tele the entire meal pretty much at us as we were under a tele playing baseball.
Cannot knock the food at all as it was great, but go there with a group of friends not too dressed up and up for watching sport not a couple on their honeymoon.

vipFoodbabe28 (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on August 31, 2014

We had 7:30 reservations and didn't get our food until 9:15! We ordered at 7:45, food came out at 8:15. There was a mix up in our order and they brought out roasted chicken instead of salmon. The waitress blamed the mix up on the kitchen while the bus boy explained our waitress messed up our order. I understand mistakes happen but the way you treat customers is important. Both the waitress and the "manager" were unapologetic and couldn't care less. The waitress still expected us to pay for our meals and brought over a $90 bill! After complaining to the manager he comped our meals but he never came back to our table to see if everything was okay. We payed for our drinks and appetizers and left very disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2014

took a group here for a 30th bday celebration...great time had by all!

vipRB36 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on June 14, 2014

Been going here for a while. The food is great and the view/outdoor patio is awesome. But the service has gotten worse and worse each time I have gone. The bussers or runners have been more helpful than the actual servers. I ordered a beer and got it half way through my meal and it was half gone already meaning someone drank it already or it spilled at the bar and they took it out anyway. The hostesses were taking shots throughout our meal on the patio and we asked for water 5 times and didnt get it until we asked the busser who immediately got it for us. Overall food is great but the service just keeps getting worse.

vipCaliforniaLove (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Best seat in the house is the fire pit on the patio overlooking the ocean.
It's smart to request that table in your reservation if you have a larger party.
Best appetizers were the sliders, calamari, fish tacos. Rolls are okay.
White sangria, moscow mules, and lychee drinks were solid.
One waitress was friendly, the other was a little too busy to be nice. Hostess was accommodating, eventually.
Great for a light bite and drinks with friends while watching the sunset!

SuburbanVisitor (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2014

Why We Chose It and What We Thought of It:
Before reading any online reviews, we chose Ma'Kai solely based on location and hours of operation. It's walking distance from the public structures (closest being Santa Monica structure number 6), and it's open til midnight, which is good for those of us who work the next morning.

Hours wise, we knew our party would arrive and eat late, so for a reservation at 9pm on a Tuesday we were still able to order and have an amazing 4 course meal, alcohol in-between each round.

Amazing. Hostess, waitress, & bus boys were polite and accommodating, which isn't too common in the late night bar or lounge scene.

Mdz2010 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on March 21, 2014

Food is very average, but overpriced. Especially the sushi. I'd recommend going only for drinks and the truffle fries