1212 Santa Monica

4.5
698 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
1212 Santa Monica is a unique New California Cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. Our menu, crafted by Chef Luca, highlights the palette and diversity of the SoCal landscape. Complimenting the food, our beverage program includes select wines and creative cocktails to enhance your dining experience.

The space is multi-faceted, with vintage-chic decor and mixed media art. Enjoy the beautiful beach weather in the patio, or indoors in our massive dining room. Plan a private event/meeting at our balcony, private dining room, or board room.

Mon-Thurs: 4-10pm
Fri: 4pm-1:30am (Food Served Till 11pm)
Sat: 11:30am-1:30am (Food Served Till 11pm)
Sun: 11:30am-10pm
Brunch (Weekends) - 11:30am-4pm
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Mon - Thu 4:00PM - 6:00PM

What 698 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The music is sooooo loud! We had a drink and then we had to go because it was too much ... horrible!

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GiseleM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Omg the music is too loud, In my opinion is too loud for a restaurant, it looks like a nightclub or day club something like that 🤦🏽‍♀️. I think they could have 2 anbientes, like indoor more calm and outside loud. Also there food and drink Is poor quality. Sangria is terrible 😣

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour and service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved my server

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AMENA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good happy hour in the patio, enjoyed the setting very much, food and drinks selection better than most, most items delicious (edamame, chicken wings, and charcuterie board but the shrimp appetizer was too sweet and the tuna nachos had very little tuna), and service/attendants excellent. 1 star off because the music was way too loud, you couldn't have a normal conversation...please it's not a night club, please turn down the volume.

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Happypumpkin
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration, great vibe & ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch with friends! It was great! They have a vegan menu which was nice but for a long time spoiled ole vegan like myself, it was still a bit limited. I still liked everything I ordered though:) would def recommend for brunch.

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KrisB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service and vibes! Love the live music too!

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WilliamD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From security to service was great .. we went in for brunch on Mother’s Day .. security is really never friendly or helpful , but I have to say this guy was very professional and helpful .. service and food were top notch . We got seated right away, live band , ambience was entertaining . I would definitely recommend!

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AudraF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Their dinner and happy hour are great! Buuuuut their brunch is a bit off. The Carbonara was very dry. The eggs benedict portions were strange. One large piece of bread and two poached eggs on top with just a teensy bit of hollandaise. I had to ask for more sauce. Bloody mary needed a lot more tomato juice and spices. For a brunch, the music was waaaaay too loud inside and outside, so much so that my elderly father had to turn off his hearing aids and we didn't get to talk with him the entire meal. Usually, brunches are relaxing, and this was the opposite. Too bad as this was Mother's Day. You should be able to talk at a normal volume and hear your family. I will say that our waitress was fantastic. I just wish I could have heard her better over the music. We will definitely be back. Just not for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Friends bday. Great DJ and vibe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Music was insanely loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Sat on a slippery metal chair. Not all the chairs were like the one I sat on. Servers and workers were unfriendly. Even though the staff had masks on, you can tell by the look of their eyes that they were not smiling. No interaction. MIB in full-force. Good menu selection but food portions were small or not generous. Drinks were over-priced. There was an extra surcharge added to the bill. The acoustics of the music echoed between the buildings. The treble and mid-range needs to be lower and or the bass needs to be increased. This is a stop-and-go kind of place to go to if you just want to kill time because you just want to get out of the house. I don’t see the value and certainly would not over spend here. Seems like this place just wants your money and is only looking at profits. Much room for improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food vs price vs ambiance vs noise not great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Mothers day weekend

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RobertC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Although food and service were excellent, the noise level was simply intolerable. It is inconceivable to me, and was to my guests as well, how anyone of any age would wish to dine and converse with friends in a place where no one can hear anything over blaring music and a DJ who would never shut up. Clubs are great. Restaurants are great. They should have nothing to do with each other. Restaurants supply both food and, with luck, a memorable experience. This experience was memorably horrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mimosas came fast, but seemed very watered down. Food was good but was taken before we finished even after saying we werent done

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

They went having beautiful live music, two guys and guitars singing easy songs... to BLASTING random remixes. From Nikki Manaj to Taylor Swift, to an EDM remix of a Beatles song??? And I mean... BLASTING this music. I couldn’t hear myself think, could hardly focus on the food but honestly I wasn’t impressed. The idea of this place is cute, but the execution? It’s a hard no for me.

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DominiqueB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Hostess was rude, put a bad taste in our mouth before we were even seated. Will not be going back

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Jkarchmer
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Solid food and good service. Blaring pop music was not my thing. Once it got dark, the lights switched on and were super bright. I felt like I was eating in a stadium. Perhaps if we weren’t seated right under them, it would have felt different.

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daniella
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a really nice outdoor atmosphere.

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vipBarryP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Messed up the check three times causing me a major delay on leaving.

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KimM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The music was much too loud to hear your conversation for a date experience. The table was also extremely small. I understand if the place had been packed and that was the only option but two people need a little more space at least. The food was really good but the portions were very small for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The vibe is great and the staff is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must try brunch spot. Our server was most attentive regardless the very busy morning. Food was delicious and bottomless mimosas tasted very natural and refreshing. Great ambiance and I’ll definitely be coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great the music was great the service was a bit slow but it was a Saturday night and it was packed they were doing their best

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EricT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Not what I expected. Seemed like a very young crowd, Loud!! Food and waiter were good but not sure I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great rest

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DavidK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Food and service were fine. The music was deafeningly loud. We had to yell at eachother to be heard.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, great drinks, but the mucus was way too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music and DJ were outstanding!

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vipShalonda
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I had a blast! I love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience3

I invited guest that were treated unfairly by the owner of the restaurant. I understand the different people have different point of views but as an owner you should expect customers from all walks of life. The servers were great, the food was just okay and not many options on drinks. I recommend other local restaurants for better quality of care and service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing. Great ambiance. Music was on point

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food, vibe, and music. Will be back!

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BeachBum
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely overall for food, service and vibe. However while the live music (unexpected by my party) was a great touch and added to the vibe, the volume was quite high in order to reach the entire outdoor area. Still, we were entertaining out of town guests and they were thrilled with our choice it fine here.

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VianneyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was busy the hostess and servers did an amazing job at sitting us quickly and checking up on us during dinner!

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Stetson
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprised by the huge outdoor seating, excellent food and fantastic service, hopefully you can keep some outdoor seating in the future!

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Janey
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Music way too loud. The waitress couldn’t hear us nor us her. We were shouting at each other at the table in order to hear. My throat was sore later. Slow service. Waited at least 20 min for lunch and half hour for dessert.

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JohanaH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I first saw this place at night, it looked like a good spot. Then I was looking for brunch spots by the beach and this popped up and remembered seeing it that night and knew I’d have a good time! Plus the reviews were good. The service is great and nice and on top of it. The ambiance was so fun yet chill and the food, although not too big of a variety for brunch, was delicious. I went for my birthday and we had bottomless mimosas too. I had a great time.

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1212 Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

1212 Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 698 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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