1212 Santa Monica

4.5
960 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: 5pm-12am (Food Served Till 11pm)
Fri: 5pm-1:30am (Food Served Till 11:00pm)
Sat: 11:30am-1:30am (Food Served Till 11:00pm)
Sun: 11:30am-2am (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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What 960 people are saying
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DanielO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only outdoor or bar seating. It's a beautiful place so I wish we could have eaten inside. There was a loud band playing at 1212 which made conversation difficult at times.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibes and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

overpriced food for small portions

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DanS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with excellent food, service and ambiance. Lasagne, French loaf and Brussel sprouts were amazing. I would have preferred the waiters wearing masks (even outdoors), but all are vaccinated.

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NicholeK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun time! Great environment, fun server, casual and delicious! Great cocktails and super yummy food! Fast and delicious!

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Mike
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot. Great cool looking restaurant and great vibe. Def go.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing as was the service.

It was a Disco night with - DJ Black Lamb? Music was insanely loud and I was sitting outside. No one could hear conversations around us without yelling.

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice outdoor setting with plenty of heaters for when it gets chilly. Food was tasty, although the portion on the salmon was really small for the price of the $28 plate.
Cocktails were really good.

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ChloeP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good service and easy to get a table!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is amazing. Food is amazing. Staff is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sadly I don’t remember the name of our server but she was

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks were so, so.
Food looked very presentable. Some were definitely more flavorful than others. (We did a bunch of small plates and appetizers).
Really nice with the live music. The music afterwards was a little loud and kinda changed the atmosphere (unfortunately).

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NYdiner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was nice. Food was good. Music was a bit too loud for me. Lots of outdoor seating

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by for the wine and charcuterie board which is $35 for a bottle of wine & a beautiful cheese and meat board. We arrived around 1030 and they close at 12. They didn’t rush us out and the staff was super friendly!

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AriC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with a group and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time and the waiter was amazing!

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mask207
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for dinner after a movie. Sat outdoors on a wide patio with plenty of space between tables. Live music. Delicious happy hour menu and drinks (try the sangria).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience here was amazing! Our server was Nike and he recommended some of his favorites and did not disappoint. Food was very delicious and his service was outstanding. Can’t wait to come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Too loud
Difficult to use bathroom due to club event

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EmeraldD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Please be mindful when servicing all customers. There was a big group that arrived near our table and it was really hot outside. The server ended up taking away our only umbrella without asking if we were ok with it. When we brought it up, the server said he couldn’t move the umbrella back and he didn’t provide any other solution. Based off this experience, we unfortunately will not be returning nor recommending.

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GNGa
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good! Love the bottomless mimosas

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Trent
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent, servers very friendly. The only potential downside is the noice level. If you plan on having a meaningful date conversation this is not the place to go. But if you want a vibrant and energetic atmosphere this is perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Bad service, I’m very disappointed overall. They gave us the smallest table possible to have a dinner, the plates even didn’t fit there, but restaurant was almost empty. The food came after few minutes not as requested and my grilled chicken was totally cold. I was thinking how they can make a lasagna in a few minutes??? We refused to eat and just left. I’m not coming back.

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JasonM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

better than expected ambiance, food and service. will be back.

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WhitneyM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert showed amazing customer service when I arrived, and Candy was a very down to earth and fun waitress. Excited to go back.

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vipsssssssss
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Our servers, Holly and Dylan, were amazing, and the food was great as usual (The tuna nachos are absolutely delicious, as are the arancini). We arrived on the early side because we were going to a 7pm performance. My only complaint, and it’s a big one, is that there was a very very loud live band starting at 6pm. This was a Friday. It was DEAFENING. Once it started up, we ate as fast as we could to get the heck out of there. I feel bad saying this because Holly and Dylan did their best, and as I said the food was wonderful.

I have been to 1212 many times during the week and I’ve always loved it! Great food, cool ambiance. But I will not be dining there again on the weekend.

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Tanner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining in addition to the live music was remarkable. The setting and ambience needs to be experienced not written by others

Food was great with tasty options

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Martin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Fire place at the couch kept turning off after a couple of minutes. Music was fairly low. Host sat our large party of 11 in a small couch area when there were plenty of empty tables and other couch spaces available.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ordered the small plate meatballs, which had incredible texture but lacked flavor, the bruschetta, which was not crunching, and the gnocchi which was AMAZING. We split pappardelle which tasted like flour and was stuck together. The parts that were cooked were incredible and the sauce was as well. Thank You for the experience an we will try the 1212 on more time to see if it was an off day.

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vipLaura212
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place with good food and a fantastic happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fun, love the ambiance. Only wish the DJ would have stayed longer until 3p but other than that it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

This place was perfect for our get together. Mimosas was were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent brunch food and drinks. Definitely will go here again. The music was insanely loud though with extreme bass - an odd fit for Sunday brunch. So beware if you're sensitive to audio.

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JacquelineV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the ambiance and our server William was amazing so nice and attentive. Loved the cool DJ too with her pink hair.I will definitely be back again

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vipYummyEater
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wasn’t impressed with the food. Service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience

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vipPete
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 20, on the eve of my son’s wedding. Hosts were accommodating even though it was a busy Saturday night. Food and drinks were great. Service quick. Sat outdoors and enjoyed Santa Monica weather.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food2service1ambience2

The server keep comming and saying you need to order ASAP or otherwise you need to leave I’m not exaggerating every 1 min she came and asking us do you need something it was rude and not feel comfortable at all

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great fun place for brunch with friends. Very decent food, if that makes sense, drinks were good. They have a DJ and bottomless mimosas.

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1212 Santa Monica is rated 4.5 stars by 960 OpenTable diners.

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