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About Ivy at the Shore

The Ivy’s tropical counterpart, Ivy at the Shore, offers the same delicious food plus icy island drinks, a 12-seat bamboo bar and beaut surfside view. Don’t miss the sunset over the Pacific with a Fresh Pineapple Daiquiri or two.

1535 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Monday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch:
Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:15pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 393-3113

Website:
http://www.theivyrestaurants.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for more information.

Parking Details:
$8.00

Executive Chef:
Richard Irving

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
india@theivyrestaurants.com

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will open at 8:00am and our last reservation is at 9:45pm. We will be serving our full menu as well as our daily specials.

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Ivy at the Shore Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (47)
Special Occasion (45)
Good for Birthdays (43)
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Good for a Date (38)
Romantic (37)
Fun (33)
People Watching (32)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Great for Brunch (30)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Waterfront (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Great for Lunch (27)
Cozy (26)
Hot Spot (25)
Business Meals (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Scenic View (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Authentic (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Casual (17)
Notable Wine List (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Healthy (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Organic (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Vegan (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Muy ruidoso

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Ok, so my husband and I came in and ordered the 1/2 dozen oysters and later we order the NY stake and the ravioli dish. Now, if you knew us, you would know that we love to share our food! We did not give further instructions to our waiter but when we got our food, they had already split our entrees for us! It was perfect!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 4 days ago

We love this restaurant and have for years. It’s our go to for any occasion but we are always so happy and proud to bring out of town guests for a meal here. Parking is easy. Valet right out front. GREAT location.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Salad was huge but tasteless. Shrimp tiny. Other Ivy locations far superior. Bummer

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter was phenomenal! We had a very rare date night away from our 2.5 year old...so it felt like a special occasion. Food was delish, drinks were delish and Antonio made it extra special for us!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

A classic that always delivers in a charming setting Sautéed squid perfectly done. Also goat cheese stuffed zucchini flowers. Fried chicken signature dish over cooked and dried out, however.
Wine list needs some affordable cabs and Bordeaux.
We love it and will be back for our annual visit. Always gorgeous, Roses are the perfect French touch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Healthy, Waterfront, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As a long term fan of The Ivy restaurant, at The Shore and Robertson, I felt tremendous disappointment in the food last Sunday January 7. The vegetable salad with shrimp was terrible! I left most of my entree as none of the ingredients were edible, including the shrimp. Sadly, a cheap salad at The Corner Bakery tastes better. I love good food and upscale dining, and therefore, I will not be returning to The Ivy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always for birthdays.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A most exquisite and enjoyable brunch before heading to the airport. The food was fresh, seasoned perfectly, generous in portion, and a very attentive staff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great dinner. The vibe is getting more touristy, but still a solid performer when your near the beach.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, outstanding service, lovely ambiance for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I am sure where to begin as we have been dining there for more than 20 years!

The service as we entered looked confused. The forgot the champaign. We asked and they brought it. The waiter we know and is usually fine but this visit we felt ignored ands to ask another waiter for help a few times. He too was not happy

The food was not as expected. Our friends have had to start your signature stand, the one was lacking in ingredients, small and bad. My Gumbo Ya YA a real staple, didn't not have the same spices. I ordered the Cod, it was terrible. The vegetables looked left over Others at the table had similar comments. And the famous bread usually served wasn't ? Some Cheese bread arrived cold. We then asked for the bread as years gone bye, and it arrive Funny it was 2/3 the size

All in All a great disappointment

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

While expensive I love the added touches of champagne when you enter and if you are celebrating a birthday they give you a very special dessert. Also the veggie salad with lobster is delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A large menu to choose from including a special of day menu. Staff members are friendly and very attentive. The location is great but on a very busy street,

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wonderful lunch!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Sitting in the outdoor area is nice because you have Ocean avenue view to people watch and enjoy the coast. The food and service is always top notch. The drinks are great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Despite being on the menu, they were out of the squash blossoms. Instead, I ordered 1/2 dozen oysters of 3 different varieties. After serving it to me, I was told they were out of 1 of the varieties, so they just substituted the others, without asking me which I would like.
I ordered a margarita with salt, but received one with sugar instead. When I returned it, they said it was hard to tell the difference between the salt and sugar on the bar.
I was offered extra tortillas with my Carne Asada, which I accepted, only to be charged for it.
When I questioned the extra charge, I was told "oh, we charge for everything".
While still in the restaurant, I received an email saying I was a no-show for my reservation, despite having checked in on arrival. While the food was good, I expect a higher level of care and professionalism from a restaurant of this expense and caliber.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Location in SM great. Ambiance is good, great vibres there, loud in certain areas. Expensive but large portions and certain pates are quite good, others very so so.
Best Squid preparation appetizers , artichokes were ok, good drinks and bar area.

Service above average
Food costs above average.
Steak and lobster, would rate below average,
All in all a good experience, but better. For lunch

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food and fantastic service. Could not have better. Bar is awesome, just seats only about 10 people. Will be back many many times!!

Tags: Organic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (México)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Everything is delicious and amazing! In love with this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a wonder time. Everything was great. We wanted to try another location since we always frequent LA. It was nice to see another location but L.A. will always be my favorite!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was New Year’s Eve and I knew it would be packed. One host was being bombarded constantly and watching was painful. We are arrived at 915 and for a 930 reservation. By 10 we ordered drinks waiting at the bar. We went up to the captain several times who seated several parties. I looked at the computer and saw my reservation and the others. I also over heard regulars with no reservation successful at pleading for a table as my party of three waited

I called the sunset tower - tower bar- at 1015 and they would arrange a table for me

A lady took over from the gentlemen and I told her I needed a realistic time I would be seated. Twice a server asked me how many in my party as we stood in the crowded bar area where someone had a non service dog in a bag of some sort.

I have dined here many times but they were just unprepared and the hostess who took charge told me i was next and not to leave. She seated us at 1020.

I prefer this store over the Beverly Hills one which is just too touristy and cramped.

I learned my lesson to never order the lobster and crab. There is no value to the dish and it’s over priced for what you get
The scallops with curry were not very good and the curry flavor was actually not curry as one would expect. The chicken on the other hand was very good. There was a seafood stew fish with pasta that was ok. The guacamole is always good as are the drinks

We order three appetizers to share they forgot one but did bring it later when I reminded them
The rush to get you fed and out in a clip was a bit obvious but based on the clock unless they were seating after midnight it made no sense
I ordered a bottle of Cliquot and many drinks for the guests

The red velvet cake was dry and the carrot cake was moist. They were out of the coconut cake which was too bad as it is one thing they do very well / the lamb was good I should add

I’ll go back but it will be awhile. I don’t mind dropping 400 but not like being treated like carrle

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

In the past, I have shied away from going out to dinner on New Year's Eve because places are jammed and the food/service is never that great. Well, Ivy's at the Shore stepped up to the game this year and killed it! As expected, this usually charming restaurant was packed... but somehow that added to the fun of the evening. The staff was fabulous - James our server never missed a beat. He was there when we needed him, professional even though he was beyond busy, polite and fun-loving but got the job done. And the food... I have no idea how they pulled it off, but everything we ordered was delicious and beautifully presented. Is it pricey? Yup - but just remember, you get what you pay for... and this meal was well worth it! Great job, Ivy!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always love the Ivy

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It had been a while since I last dined at Ivy at the Shore so I was unsure whether it would live up to my prior experience. But it did. The food was excellent; our waiter was very accommodating of our desire to share everything we ordered; and the ambiance was lovely. It would help if the noise level could be modulated, but even the noise gives the place positive energy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Obscenely over priced... by about 2x. Food was ok. But pretty standard and definitely not worth $40 huevos rancheros. Great service, coffee was good. But extremely extremely Overpriced. Probably by $18-20 per dish.

Tags: Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Family lunch, great atmosphere, good food, perfect location!! Loved the place!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was a delightful lunch celebrating an early New Year’s. The food was wonderful and it was a a lovely afternoon.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wooden chairs with no cushions are VERY uncomfortable. No Prosecco on the wine list which is ridiculous. Also no non-alcoholic beers which is also ridiculous. Food was average and way over priced.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing 40th bday experience with beautiful cake plus candle

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice experience. Friendly waiter.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

My family and I were on vacation and were referred to your restaurant by a friend. We were really looking forward to it and found it extremely expensive for what we ordered. I had to send back my chicken dish and wait for another one. Not that impressed. the service was not that great for how much it cost us. We were not offered champagne when we walked in like we seen many people get.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

For our 16th wedding anniversary, my wife Irma and I returned to Ivy at the Shore, scene of our first Los Angeles date in September 1995. (We had met in Vermont a month earlier.) The return was romantic enough to please us. We had a table fronting on Ocean Avenue, within sight of the lights of Santa Monica Pier. Our server was a jolly, tall Italian fellow and we spoke a bit of Italian with each other. For Christmas Eve, two glasses of Champagne were free -- which we appreciated. My branzino with potatoes and vegetables was excellently done and well presented. The menu and wine list were sufficiently expansive. The atmosphere was dark but festive. Fellow diners at adjacent tables were friendly -- perhaps because, after all, it was Christmas Eve and the Champagne had been free.

Tags: Waterfront, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner....Pretty restaurant....Food was okay but hardly special. Very pretty place settings. Service was most disappointing , we felt ignored and not well attended to. Unfortunately, this dinner was not a pleasant experience for us.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As usual, the Ivy is a great place to go. The food is always excellent. It is in a great lo action over looking the Santa Monica Pier.
Try to sit on the enclosed patio and do not miss the Ivy Gimlet.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Every time when visiting Los Angeles I make sure I have a meal at the Ivy. Always the same : Consistently extraordinary !!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Celebrated my birthday Christmas Eve with husband and friend. Loud but fun.
Not feeling well, I only ordered scrambled eggs. BEST I have ever had. Love Santa Monica, love the Ivy.

Thank you all and Happy New Year!!

Sandra C

PS - Sadly, no gluten free toast.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

beautiful as always..excellent food and service.
the ivy at the shore never disappoints

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Consistently outstanding experience every time!
One of my ultimate favorites.

Tags: Organic, Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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