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Nostalgia, Santa Monica, CA

Nostalgia

4.6
4.6
30 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
“Throwback vibes with a lounge, live music, and organic food & beverage with a menu that has you reminiscing of the good times”

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 450-4989
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We do offer private event space for large party bookings & special occasions. If you're interested please contact Jack at 781-534-8561 or email info@nostalgiabarandlounge.com.
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

30 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostalgia Bar is fantastic! I love the ambiance and the drinks. I was sad to find out that the kitchen closed. This is a great place to start or end your night here. I will come back again soon.

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  2. Guest

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was advertised online and on their website as a place to eat infused food or drinks, but that was not the case. That's the whole reason we made a trip to Santa Monica. We didn't get our menus for a time, and the waiter would walk by often without checking on us. The ambiance is great, the artwork is amazing, but the actual service, food and drinks were okay. Wish I had called beforehand to confirm if they actually had what they're supposedly branded for in the cannabis online world.

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  3. Yaytomeandyoulovelyallu

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostalgia was everything I wanted for my bday celebration. Great service, food and drinks!

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  4. Soph

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places to eat and have some drinks in LA. All their food is organic and top quality. Their cocktails are whimsical, nostalgic, and just delicious. Their newly added cocktails are also amazing. Please try the Bread and Butter Martini, you will not be disappointed.

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  5. KennethA

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and cocktails were great. We made reservations a few days before for two but the reservations were pointless. There was no one to check us in and we took the only available seats at a standing bar facing the wall. When the server acknowledged us after a while he gave us menus and once we placed order quickly took them away. The drinks arrived after food (we didn’t care) but this just signifies how long to make drinks to make. The problem is that we couldn’t order more to save our lives. We couldn’t get a menu or get servers attention. After finally flagging him down we finally got the bill. It was weird because the other white patrons were being visited by him. But we only saw him when he took our order and then gave us our bill. It sucks because the food/cocktails really are good.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone at Nostalgia was attentive, kind, and overall made us feel like guests at their home! To Bianca, Kayla, Jack, Chris, Sean, and the rest of the Nostalgia team: Thank you! Undoubtedly, the best bar in Santa Monica. Try it all! But definitely the apples to oranges cocktail 🥃

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic spot. Fun for trivia nights. Definitely recommend.

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  8. JohnnyG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exquisite cuisine. The drinks or even more impressive. I was very impressed with the service. First class restaurant. Fun atmosphere not too noisy or loud. Great place to sit outdoors on nice summer nights.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious & fun

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  10. Helen031

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m definitely coming back. Fries were amazing. Cocktails were amazing. Service was amazing.

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  11. AshleyH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place was a hidden gem. It was quite pricey, but the food and drinks justified the cost if you were looking to treat yourself to a unique experience. They had live music, nice comfortable easy jazz that gave the small space some extra vibes. The staff were very friendly. They had a bar to sit at and enjoy drinks or a few couches with a table which I found comfortable. But get there early to get the couches. They had outdoor seating with oversized games to play. The outside vibe was different from the inside vibe. I made a reservation but apparently that wasn't necessary. This isn't the spot if you are on a budget though so make sure you're taking someone worth the money!

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  12. Molly

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Completely ignored by staff. Took 30 minutes to get a drink and we were at the bar with no one ahead of us in line and few people around. There was a table of some 30 people outside which I guess required the whole staff’s attention.
    NostalgiaResponded on September 30, 2022
    Hi Molly, I am so sorry to hear about your bad experience with us. My name is Jack, and I'm the GM at Nostalgia. We were very short staffed on that day due to all 3 of my servers being out with COVID, so I was personally serving that large table that booked us last minute. I would love it if you were to give me the opportunity to let my team redeem themselves. We will obviously take care of some food and beverage for you. Please call/ text my cell to arrange: 7815348561.

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  13. KateK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    REALLY loved Nostalgia. Sat outside and had a great margarita and a delicious burger. There was a lovely wine maker who came by and treated my friend and I to several samples of wine from Doctor's Orders. Everything was delicious, the wait staff was delightful, and I love that there's parking and that it's a bit off the beaten path of most of the restaurant-laden parts of SaMo. I will absolutely be back.

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  14. JBGFoodie

    Los Angeles

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! So so good! We cannot wait to go back! The lobster roll w/ caviar was wonderful from bite to bite. Cocktails were inventive and amazing. Service could not be better!!

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  15. Diner

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BEST. Drinks, food, games, music, vibe!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible drinks and incredible food, we will definitely be back what a gem!

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  17. CrisSanchez

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The thing I love most about traveling is discovering and sampling new foods, ingredients, and dishes from different cultures, and the drinks at Nostalgia was like a little tour of the world! Each drink was creative, choreographed, and contained an element of fun or surprise; and the entire staff was a performance incorporating techniques from molecular gastronomy and influences from global mixology. The place was extremely fun, relax and chill, great for a night with friends. Really good food, unique presentation, phenomenal service. Chef Chris walking around and saying hi, was really nice to see. I highly recommend this place. Top 10 in LA.

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  18. ElenaV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and food were excellent. My only complain would be food portions. They’re extremely small for the price.

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  19. CatherineS

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service. Very expensive. Food very salty. DJ so loud we couldn’t talk. Pretty empty.

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  20. ElenaP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! The food combos, the flavors and overall presentation and quality was outstanding. High end eating in a hip, casual atmosphere.

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  21. MarkW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything and I do mean everything, was severely overpriced. In some cases double of what you expect. The fish and chips were $28.00 and came with only two pieces of fish and single serve fries. All drinks were $18.00 and were not really worth it. The beet salad hardly had beets at all. I get it, they need to pay their bills, starting up and all, however, there should be something in it for the customer. Two people sharing a salad and fish and chips with 3 cocktails between us and it was over $120.00 including an 18% tip on $107.00 total. We were going to see a show at McCabes. I would recommend a combined promotion effort with a flat 20% off your bill for people eating there before going to another local venue like McCabes. I would recommend it, but not without qualification.

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  22. Worldcouple

    New York City

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wondeful atmosphere Outstanding service and food!

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  23. drdon

    Los Angeles

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    New kid on our block with a very interesting and unexpected menu. The food was very good and the service - excellent. We'll be back often and wish them the best.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nostalgia really lives up to its name. All ingredients are top notch and carefully selected. I’m very impressed and highly recommend!

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  25. EmilyS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I feel like the drinks are the highlight, food is great, and the overall experience is cool. All of our drinks were incredible, the fries seemed to be perfect (sounds weird but they are that good), cauliflower was great, Kobe toast was incredible, fish and chips was great, lobster roll was great, Kobe hamburger was good, the trifle dessert was dreamy, the chocolate cake was okay (a bit dry which took away from the overall taste), and the PB&J dessert was good (sorbet on top was the speaker of the piece). Overall, it was great!

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  26. kristenj

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible.

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  27. LaurenD

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. The cocktails are the best we’ve had in LA, and in the top 10 anywhere. The staff are all kind and welcoming, the atmosphere is fun, the food was great, and the music was just right. 10/10, will return!

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  28. Nostalgia

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. Service was top notch, so friendly and so attentive. Great ambience, the staff makes it clear that customer satisfaction is priority. I love that they have games that you can play. I definitely recommend this place. You feel so welcomed, valued, and relaxed. Stop by and enjoy some excellent food and unique drinks.

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  29. TaraH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can’t wait to come back. My friends and I had a wonderful time. THE FOOD IS AMAZING, and the staff are all very friendly. . I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our mew favorite place! The food and cocktails were incredible and the service was perfect! It was a fun yet relaxing atmosphere and can’t wait wait to go again especially when the live bands are playing. The entire staff were so attentive and friendly from the moment you walk in. Every single item we ordered to eat was next level bar food. The fish and chips were the very best we’ve all had and it’s Gluten-free!!! They are very accommodating and have options for Gluten Free and Vegan options. This place is a must try!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

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Nostalgia is rated 4.6 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Nostalgia

1326 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1565

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 450-4989
  • Private party facilities
    We do offer private event space for large party bookings & special occasions. If you're interested please contact Jack at 781-534-8561 or email info@nostalgiabarandlounge.com.
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