Sonoma Wine Garden - Santa Monica

4.5
731 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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  • Scenic View
Sonoma Wine Garden showcases signature bold Mediterranean flavors with a classic California touch, while honoring the bounty of artisanal and house made ingredients, as well as locally sourced, organic produce. In addition to an extensive selection of California and International wines, Sonoma also features a full bar, where the specialty cocktails emphasize fresh garden ingredients.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Bottomless Brunch
Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Happy Hour:
Everyday: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Late Night Happy Hour:
Thursday: 10:00pm-CLOSE
Friday: 10:00pm-CLOSE
Saturday: 10:00pm-CLOSE

Weekly Schedule:
Monday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Tuesday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Wednesday : 11:30am-10:00pm
Thursday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday: 10am-11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm


*Lunch Menu:
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-4:00pm

*Brunch Menu:
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm

*Dinner Menu:
Monday-Friday: 4:00pm-CLOSE
Saturday-Sunday: 5:00pm-CLOSE
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Phone number
(424) 214-4560
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stanley Suche
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Catering
For all catering inquiries, please email events@sonomawinegarden.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd St & Broadway
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Parking details
Self Parking - The first 90 minutes are free, $2.50/hour thereafter. Daily maximum is $25

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Public transit
5 minute walking distance from Santa Monica METRO
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Entertainment
DJs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! DJs and a magician during weekend brunch.
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Special events & promotions
For private event inquiries, please email events@sonomawinegarden.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Sonoma Wine Garden offers event space with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy intimate candlelit wine dinners for 20 or custom receptions for 200. Sonoma Wine Garden is the perfect place to celebrate corporate events, holiday parties, birthdays, award nominations and film premiers.

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Mon - Tue 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Wed - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:30PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 731 People Are Saying
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Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Well where to start..... we arrived right on time and we were immediately sat at our table which had a great view. Then it all goes down from there. After waiting 20 minutes and no service staff coming to the table I left and went to track down the host. He assured me that someone would help us. I returned to the table and waited another 5 minutes before finally someone coming to take our orders.

I had to ask him if there was a special fish. He didn't seemed to care if we wanted to eat at all.

We ordered and food arrived. The meatballs were probably the worse I've ever had. Zero flavor and hard. The fish was halibut cooked in paper and that's what it tasted like. Paper. No Flavor.

He never came back for another drink order. The drinks were pretty good though.

We definitely will never go back.

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N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was really poor. We waited a long time for the food and it was average. Our neighboring table had the same issue with the service.

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P
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots in Santa Monica - great energy, great food and a great wine selection. The best part was the attentive, thoughtful and friendly service from every staff member we interacted with. Tim, the GM, is doing a great job and looked after us really well.

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a go to for a fun brunch or a bday get together

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L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

I love a good day party vibe. But the music was so incredibly loud- that i could not hear the person sitting next to me. I had to scream across the table.. it was not enjoyable at all.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice varied menu with a large wine list. The food, service and location were all great!

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GL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat and the bar and must say, the bar staff was phenomenal. Very friendly and attentive. Really added to the experience. Food came out in reasonable time and was really good. We will be back!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This used to be our favorite brunch spot. The bottomless mimosa brunch used to be well worth it but not anymore because they seem to have switched to a cheap version of the champagne. Lower the price if you’re going to lower the quality of champagne.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great time and good food and wine. Only issue was that the waitress was trying to rush us even though it wasn’t a busy night.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, friendly staff and nice ambiance fair range of food on the menu, and good wine

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d
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, energetic atmosphere for brunch. Great wait staff; very attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, food, and vibe. Loved it

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MR
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience & service- we enjoyed the outside dining

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CL
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed with this meal. Nothing stood out. My filet was ordered medium rare and came well done. Had to send it back and it arrived after everyone had finished. I wouldn’t have cared if it was a little bit over cooked, but this wasn’t even close. The price was very high for the quality of food. The waiter, however, was very nice.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Will be back in the future.

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J
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered wine and 3 items, waitress knew nothing about the food. No item was made right. The pizza (potato) was bland an doughy, the shishito peppers were covered in a ton of salt even though we asked for no salt. The bread and olives did not come with the accompaniments described and we had to ask for them twice. This place ruined our night as it took an hour to get stuff and get out of there... just to find somewhere else to go eat!

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ST
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We didn't like the fish dish we ordered and they had no problem to exchange for something else. Our waitress Tina was great. She's very friendly, warm, classy and pretty.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We loved the ambiance but the food is moderate to good depends what you're ordering. However the service was very poor. We waited almost an hour for our food to be served. They brought the food for the half of the table and the other half 10- 15 minutes later and by the time the steak arrived, although it was tasty it was cold. While we were waiting for the food we asked the server to have more breads and she said that if we want toasted ones it'll take 5 min longer, because we were hungry we chose the regular bread. However it didn't make a difference in timing cause it took her 15 min to bring the regular untoasted bread. Although it has a great ambiance our experience was very disappointing.

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GS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio dining area was wonderful. Our server recommended a great wine for the table and all the food was delicious. We especially liked the poke and salmon starter which in itself would've made a meal. Great evening out!

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love coming to Sunday Brunch at Sonoma Wine Garden. The staff is great - very nice and helpful. I feel like a VIP! Will definitely be back.

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JD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here and we really enjoyed it! The truffle fries were amazing, as was the squid ink pasta and the salmon. If you go for dinner I’d recommend bringing sunglasses as I was seated in direct sunlight for awhile. The service and view were great. I would definitely recommend. We will be back again!

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a nice evening there. There are not many outdoor places in Santa Monica. This is one of them.

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LM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our only complaints were management related, the kitchen did a fabulous job with our meals and recognizing food allergies and the waitstaff was very helpful.
The bathroom's were dirty and not flushing. A gratuity was added to a party of four without any notification.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I made a reservation for 8.30 and it was accepted....we got there at 8.30 and the reception guy told me that it will be 46 minutes before we can get a table, because I made the reservation to late...he sat down people who came after us and had reservations for 8.45....I asked again why he accepted my reservation, but now tells me that he had no table for us....he said that Open Table does not understand how the restaurant business works...I use Open table ever so often and I never had a bad experience like this before....I had a guest from Switzerland with me and I will never ever go to this place again. The meal was ok, but the whole evening was spoiled by the attitude from the reception person...they should not be on Open Table if they think that Ooen Table is not a good way to get business....I was really disappointed

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KB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Good ambience but three of our small plates and charcuterie board never made it to the table before our main course. We ended up having to forgo them as we had a movie to see.

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n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The salmon and shrimp was cooked a little too long so it was dry.

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R
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service and mediocre food. Ordered two orders of fries. Only got one despite being told that the other one was 'one its way' multiple times. Had to ask for individual plates for appetizers. My son, who has celiac disease and an adult, went over his issues in great detail. Still, his app came w/bread on it. Only thing waitress said was, 'wasn't my fault.' She tried to show me that she sent the order in correctly. When I said nicely that wasn't the point, she tried to show me again. I don't care whose fault it was. It's wrong and he can't eat it. Service was interminably slow. One appetizer at a time. Manager was nice, though. Seemed concerned. Still, unpleasant experience.

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LF
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a gem in Santa Monica. A great place to enjoy a fun brunch with friends. The food was great & the bottomless mimosas were even better although not a fan of the pre blended.

I will be back

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N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

From the moment we arrived starting with the Hostess, From the Manager to a Waiter was absolutely wonderful. Very vigilant and Energetic Manager, very involved with the staff and customers. Waiter was equally paying attention all his tables. For me customer service in every place is number one priority and Sonoma Wine Garden delivered it with superb attitude.

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation for this restaurant to celebrate my best friend getting married soon. The 5 of us showed up 5 minutes early to our reservation and were promptly seated. Our server came to our table shortly with menus and said she would be back with water. 5ish minutes later when she came back to fill our water glasses, she let us know that half of the menu was unavailable for the evening. This was disappointing because we had already had time to discuss options for what we wanted and now we realized we were limited to just the appetizer portion of the menu and the small selection of pizzas they offered. Our waitress was very curt, and not apologetic at all about the lack of communication regarding the menu. After hearing this, a few members of our party asked a few clarifying questions about the menu, and she, clearly annoyed, responded with “AGAIN, your only options are these few things”. It seemed a little aggressive for a casual night out for dinner so we decided to cut our losses and got up from the table and just left. We ended up at a cute restaurant a couple blocks over with really great service, a lovely ambiance, and no unnecessary attitude from the servers. Also while we were there, their bathroom was “out of order”, forcing patrons to seek one out in the mall or Nordstrom. We probably won’t ever attempt to go here again since the experience was so sub par.

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RB
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, but on the night we went the restaurant was serving a limited menu. Our server told us there had been some "drama in the kitchen," and that they only had two chefs cooking, so many of the menu items were not even being offered. What we tasted was very good, however, and the location at sunset is spectacular. I hope they got that drama sorted out quickly.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I love this venue, especially on a warm summer night. The food we ordered was delicious. and the ambiance you can't beat.

The 3 stars is due to the poor service we received.
The waitress was friendly but a bit distracted and slow. There was also a mix up with the buser. He delivered the neighboring tables mushroom pizza to us (one of us ordered the same thing) but the rest of our table didn't get our food for another 15 minutes.

So my colleague didn't want to start eating without the rest of us and subsequently his food was cold, but still delicious.

Then my colleagues closed their bill and left and I had two friends join me for dessert and drinks. I had to ask for menus multiple times.

I've been here once before and had a really great server.

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My daughter and I had a fantastic rooftop view! The special was halibut and it was prepared nice with fresh herbs, lemon and veggies. My daughter had the kale salad with chicken. We finished our meal with the churros which were dusted with just enough cinnamon and sugar to enjoy dipping them in the ice cream. Service was good but slow as it was very busy.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated once we arrived. They sat us in the sun, but we asked to be iced underneath a umbrella due to the heat wave LA has been experiencing. Our server was funny and provided us with a better experience than my previous visit. Will return in the near future!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, delicious food, beautiful view, fun music and AWESOME server!!

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EG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Nothing special. Useless service. Nothing to say about food when you get it after a long wait. Stay away

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SL
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and staff was great from the greet to the exit!

This would be a great place for a special event! We discussed this in our business meeting!

Santa Monica should be proud of this restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome! Wine was awesome! Waiter was awesome! Next time in Santa Monica I would definitely go back!

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D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome

Drinks tasty

Food needs more flavor.

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EU
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

How curious that this "wine garden" was out of our first, second and third choices of wines from THEIR menu. So we had beer! Food was good but nothing special. Price point fine for a get together.

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