1212 Santa Monica

4.5
1023 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: 4pm-11pm (Food Served Till 10pm)
Fri: 4pm-1:30am (Food Served Till 11pm)
Sat: 10am-1:30am (Food Served Till 11pm)
Sun: 10am-11pm (Food Served Till 11pm)
Brunch (Sat & Sun) - 10am-3:45pm
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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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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 6:30PM

What 1023 people are saying
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Rich
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Nice location with outdoor seating. Food was not so impressive.
Avocado toast was bland.

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AGNES
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, outdoor dining. The best of dining experience and value pricing. Highly recommend.

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AmberR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner ! Outdoor dining area was spacious with comfortable seating. The only negative is that being outdoors you are subject second-hand smoke from passers by but it is infrequent. Great dining experience overall ! Thanks 1212 !

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MarkM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal there last night for 5 of us. The food was very tasty and we appreciated the vegan options. We sat outdoors with heaters. Great service from Rico. Not crazy about the disco-like music from the sound system or the occasional smell of cigarette smoke. We'll request indoor seating next time.

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EliseW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jocelyn was amazing! ……………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipmaardvark
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

would be perfect with music playing at under 100db ..they either won't or can't turn it down. But, food is interesting and top quality. especially like the idea of ordering those little crostini .the porcini was the best, but all good. Happy hour till 7pm is a nice feature if you come early enough. Definitely returning, but sitting farther from the speakers if possible.

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vipChelsea
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was more of a party scene than I realized when baking the reservation, and there was a DJ. But we still had a good time and my food was good!

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Traveler89
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Brunch and club, all in one

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AmnonP
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The service was very good and the food was great. We've also enjoyed the the musicians that played and sang.

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Bridgit
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great, the area outside was very nice, the service was good. My only complain is about the music that was too loud.

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ZZZZ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Hostess was very unfriendly and inattentive. Otherwise the rest of the experience was excellent

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Bonbon
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and our waiter was great. The only thing I would say is that it was hard to get away from the music so you could speak with your companion.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waiter and food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun ! Food is amazing just which they switched up the music a little

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The atmosphere was generally nice/upbeat, but the food was mediocre and the seating quite uncomfortable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the ambiance was fun!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great if you don’t mind nice speakers n bass with great dj. Food and drinks are in quality and value. Servers don’t wear masks so we just put ours on when ordering.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

1212 is a great place to hang out with friends with a nice ambiance and good music. If you want to hear what your friends are saying, however, make sure you ask for a seat pretty far away from the speakers.

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CatherineS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pricey for a casual snack

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SanazR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was amazing we had a great time great food and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Waitress was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations. Food was delicious. Little noisy in snd outside, but we still had a great dinner.

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LawrynnB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town from the east coast and were looking for good eats with a great atmosphere and great service. We got that all with this visit to 1212. Our server was Rico, and he was very attentive to our needs, while being very friendly and warm. Our food came out quickly, and the taste was amazing. Would recommend this place 100 times.

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Cola31
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1212 always delivers on food. Consistently good experience and good ambiance. This is my go to for people visiting in Santa Monica.

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GrahamO
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was awesome but we specifically asked to sit farther away from the music. It seems really loud right in front of the speakers but if you can hear the other people you're eating with its a great time.

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Plajh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - difficult to choose what we wanted because so many options. Amazing atmosphere! Cool servers and nice heaters for outside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I love the gnocchi here

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RashadI
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Grossley understaffed. Waiter took 30 minutes to take our order (first check in) then another 30 to get us check. He actually came up to us with the wrong check at first and took another 10 minutes to get it.

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Gloria
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere. Great food and service was great

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vipNevo
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1212 is a great addition to 3rd street promenade! We had a wonderful night celebrating our friend’s birthday plus all the fun Halloween festivities 🎃👻 The manager, Nicolas, really knows how to take care of his guests, he’s amazing!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Disappointed we booked on advanced only to be sat in the way back corner by the umbrellas where we couldn’t hear any music and under horrible lighting

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Halloween dinner really festive atmosphere

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DanS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Can be a bit loud at times, but that’s Santa Monica!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a terrible experience at the restaurant. Sat down and was waiting for 10 minutes our waiter to see us after we asked the manager. Then the server was rude and arrogant when we asked him if we could order some drinks. He then proceeded to take our order and then make us wait another 20 min u til he finally put our order in.

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vipSydneyW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with excellent food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wait staff were excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Bottomless mimosas were totally worth it! Best pancakes I’ve ever had. Amazing vibes!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great dining experience.

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vipBethanyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good cocktails and Victoria was a great waitress.

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ConnorM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It’s hard to gauge the restaurant entirely because our party left soon after we sat down. It seemed like this establishment but more than they could chew with their capacity and seating arrangements. The “curbside” decor and table settings were uncomfortable and non welcoming for a proper meal and it took the wait staff a while to attend to and greet their customers. I am not putting fault on the wait staff as they were working very hard but instead management for extending their capacity way beyond what they could properly manage. Overall, our impression of 1212 was that we would not get great value from eating dinner there hence our decision to leave.

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DanS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef is amazing here. Such a wide variety of dishes, from sandwiches and fries to filet mignon, all served with great care and spiced to perfection. Recommend the lasagne, Chilean Sea Bass (fish of the day), filet mignon and seafood pasta. A bit loud at times, but there’s plenty of room to find a quiet place.

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1212 Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 1023 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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