The Penthouse Restaurant

4.6
3265 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Discover one of the best places to eat in Santa Monica! The Penthouse offers guests a dramatic 18th-floor rooftop dining experience, complete with panoramic ocean views, beach cabanas, and open sky enclaves. Sip signature craft cocktails or indulge in contemporary Mediterranean inspired California cuisine. The Penthouse provides a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience and is among the best places to eat in Santa Monica.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3265 people are saying
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Jellybean
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We were really looking forward to a nice serene birthday lunch with a view of the ocean. Unfortunately the place is a bit chaotic and we were placed in a corner without any view. The food was tasty but pretty pricey for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Nice ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Horrible horrible horrible!
Food was terrible.
Food was served raw.

Spend your money somewhere else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great & service was good except for bar service. Took forever to get our first cocktail & didn’t get a second until our food was finished. Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for accommodating us on my birthday! Was a wonderful evening ☺️

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vipalhat
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Once inside the place, it was fine, BUT, on the less than 4 block walk to the restaurant, we had to nearly trip over FOUR homeless people, one of which was particularly obnoxious. I just don't understand why businesses in this once beautiful city have allowed this to happen!

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Chach
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View, ambiance, food, service, 5/5.
Excellent to the nxt level.
Definitely will recommend and come back.
❤️❤️❤️

JO
vipJackOnWestside
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always forget how beautiful the view is from the Penthouse! The menu has some interesting selections. And, yes you pay a little more for the million-dollar views, but that's what makes it different from everywhere else. You won't be disappointed.

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Tstark
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The ambience was fairly good but the service was slow and bad.

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CelestineB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was very tasty

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vipElvis
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I feel like I’ve eaten better meals at sizzler. First off, they over booked and our 745 reservation became an 845 reservation. Then it took them 20 mins to take our order, 20 mins to bring us our drinks and another 45 mins to deliver the food. It was supposed to be a thanksgiving “experience” that was more like a cheap buffet at sizzler.
The food, hum… well it was 2 courses, if you can call it that… soup or bread, not done well. Then the meal… we ordered the Turkey, the sliced breast was dry with not enough gravy. The dark meat was shredded like pulled pork and stringy. The “fixings” consisted of burnt Brussel Sprouts a scoop of mashed potatoes(not enough for 2 people) and less than a quarter cup of cranberry (which tasted like it came from a can). I honestly think they brought one order instead of 2. If your dinner for 2 can fit on one plate it’s a dinner for 1. Then we waited another 30 mins for the dessert… wow, it was pumpkin pie from CVS or smart and final… with less than a dollop of whip cream. I felt like I was at a food kitchen in skid row and not a fancy restaurant. Lol.
It took another 20 mins to bring the check and 10 mins to run the card. Looking around the restaurant, it was empty at this point and the tables that were there all had the same craned necks either waiting for their food, their dessert, their check etc…
For a $90 meal w 20% service fee and another 20% gratuity totaling 150 each for a grand total of $300… which took 3 hours for 2 courses, we would have been happier eating dog food.
I don’t understand who gives this place such high ratings, is it a club at night? Who knows, but it’s not a restaurant that’s for sure. It’s embarrassing open table even has this place to book.
Won’t be coming back and we sure as hell won’t be staying at the hotel.
I took a chance, should have just booked at shutters or the Ivy.

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nelsonO
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor management and customer service. We made a 6:30pm reservation on Thanksgiving and did not get seated til 8pm. They obviously over booked and did not even apologize or try to make our wait more pleasant.

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LSLA00
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

My husband and I went to the PH for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was great and our waiter was friendly and efficient. However, the restaurant has very poor time/reservation management. We had a 6:15pm reservation and were told it would be a 30 minute wait, which was annoying, but fine. There were so many people waiting around for tables that we felt claustrophobic at times while we waited. Especially since there wasn’t really the ability to social distance. Ultimately, we weren’t seated until 7:15pm - literally a one hour wait with a reservation, which was ridiculous and very frustrating. We understand that it was a busy evening with a holiday dinner, but it wasn’t managed well.

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NolaFoodieGirl
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was great. Ambiance was A+. The only issue we had was that we waited almost 45 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. The hostess was nice but a liar. She told us we were being seated next after one party and then she proceeded to seat 5-6 different parties before us. I would have preferred she just be honest and tell us they were running behind and that there were a bunch of parties before us. Really bizarre thing to lie about when we could clearly see we were not next to be seated. However, the food was good, came out quickly and nice atmosphere. The management needs to train the hostess better.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner. Great view, Turkey Dinner with all the fixings family style.

EM
vipEricM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We were seated 25 mins after our reservation time - they were well under-staffed - they added 20% gratuity automatically to all tables and so the servers didn't seem motivated to offer timely service - took a very long time to get any requests like water, extra spoon, etc.

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TaylorG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephany was an incredible server and just a cool person! The food was absolutely incredible. gorgeous views. Every staff member we interacted with was so friendly and genuine. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great & the view of the sun setting was amazing. My only complaint is it was a fixed menu of $89 each for thanksgiving but we somehow ended up spending almost double of that for some unknown reason (which only dawned on me after we left as I didn’t look at the bill deeply). We gave a 20% tip each & had one glass of Champagne each.. so either the glass of champagne was almost more than the three course meal or something didn’t quite add up right..
overall it was still a lovely thanksgiving and the place itself is a bit of a hidden gem!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving meal, service and ambiance were all amazing!

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SamR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving lunch.

NF
NataliiaF
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice place, very good service, delicious food.

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Pvpeacock
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice decor with great views! Food and service were both good. A bit noisy during busy hours.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing drinks with a beautiful vibe. Great for brunch.

TK
vipTaisiiaK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so great place! service and staff so nice and friendly Love this restaurant !

TF
TaniaF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks, great service. We went on a Saturday night and there was a DJ but it wasn't loud. I wish the music was a bit louder because couldn't hear it at times. Waiter was very attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! Food was amazing but too loud

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desireeg
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was Awsome !!!
She made it for us !
She was very attentive,
And professional!

ML
vipMariaL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Flat iron steak way too tough! Need more menu selections. Lobster mac and cheese was amazing!

WC
WeiC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience except music too loud to hear conversations

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girl friends birthday brunch

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NISHA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephanie our waitress did not miss a beat, she checked in on us every step of the way, made great suggestions and even took several photos for our group. Food was Hot and Presented so beautifully, the views, the views the views !!!! worth every penny I would definitely be back

BS
BretS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was expertly cooked and delicious. We loved the cocktails and views.

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LocalYokel
Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did food, service and views were amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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Sabrina
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Will definitely come back again. Food was delicious. Service was a tad bit slow and the noise level was too high for my liking, but understandable!

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vipjohn
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

This restaurant is DIRTY. The booth was gross. Chandeliers broken, dirty floors. I used to eat here all the time and with COVID you'd think they would have cleaned before opening back up.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and even better drinks.

JK
JtotheK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing date night! Beautiful Place with fantastic food and great staff.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing. View was spectacular. Food all tasted amazing. Our server Jim gave us some amazing food and drink recommendations. He didn't miss a beat. Was exceptional service. Will do it again when we come back to Santa Monica.

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

The view is STUNNING!

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The Penthouse Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3265 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.