The Penthouse Restaurant

4.5
3057 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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Safety precautions

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 3057 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for a Sunday Brunch. Really nice view and nice restaurant the Mac and cheese was surprisingly very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waiter spilled ketchup all over my shoes. All he said was “oops tried to do too much” didn’t bother to get me anything to help clean them or even apologize. This was his demeanor the whole time as if he didn’t want to be at work or acted like he was doing us a favor by taking our order. The manager Emilio finally came over and brought me club soda to help clean my fabric shoes. That act came day late and a dollar short, he offered “parking on the house” which was $7 and to dry clean my shoes they d pay the bill. What they should have done is offered a reason to earn our business back

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JasonG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Penthouse was great! The salmon, grilled vegetables and chocolate mousse were the best I’ve ever had. Service was top notch. I wanted to complain about the wait time but once I got to my table, I saw why I was waiting: To give us space with COVID protocol and make sure we had the servers’ undivided attention. I even appreciated the detail of being sent on the elevator that took me to my room instead of the one for non-hotel guests. The Penthouse was definitely worth it.

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vipstephaniem
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The booking procedure I thought was a little obnoxious. Needing to put down a cc and then there were so many rules! Also when we got there, the hostess said we needed to wait till our party all arrived and we needed to be done in an hour and a half. We were guests in the hotel! She ended up seating us and we were able to stay longer but the whole check in policy was tacky. That being said, we really enjoyed the evening and the service and food was good! We would go back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here..me and my boyfriend come atleast 3 times a month

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Anonom
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was a bit disappointed as I specifically notated on my reservation that it was for a birthday, I guess no one there reads the notes?

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Christyluv
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great especially the truffle lobster mac and cheese.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding

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GreggK
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Overall nice restaurant, great food. Was cold so I recommend bringing a sweater. Highly recommend getting there before sunset to take in the views!

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JovyJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience overall. Service was the best from valet to leaving the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

First time. Beautiful space with great views. Food was good but Service could’ve been much better. Will come back but not anytime soon

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vipFaustoH
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Beautiful location. Food ok but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our food took an hour to come out, it was very cold, the manager argued with us and tried to make excuses for the food being cold and did not apologize. Afterwards he agreed to bring out a substitute dish, which came out fast and very hot. So his original excuses for the cold food didn’t make any sense. Very unsatisfied and will not return.

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vipCatherineM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A one of a kind hidden gem in downtown Santa Monica, this is a wonderful choice for a romantic dinner, group gatherings or cocktails. The views are amazing, and the service is good. Our server was a bit busy - it took awhile for dessert to arrive, but he continued to check in to see how we were doing. COVID protocols are in effect here. You must wear mask in the lobby and any time you are not eating or drinking. Tables are socially distanced or if you are in group, one of the tables with curtains are recommended.

The food is all farm fresh, selected daily from local fish and farmers markets. Our appetizer was Spanakopita, a thin film dough, generously dressed with Spinach and feta sprinkled about. Our entree choices for night were Mary's Chicken and Ora King Salmon. My husband enjoyed the seasonings and vegetables but he thought it was little tough. My salmon was seared to perfection, filled with flavor and complimented the side dishes.

I recommend this for ambience and novelty, as this hotel has history and has advantage of not being part of chain of hotels. Unique. One of a kind. It is artfully designed, and the restaurant decor has recently been updated. Fantastic evening vibe where you can watch sun set. And the staff are all very friendly and helpful. I will return here

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! The view was beautiful. We didn't get a seat directly next to the window but it was still beautiful. Food was delicious. I had the chilaquiles and they were perfect. We will definitely go again.

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Dotfoodlover
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Location: 10/10 Hotel building on a quiet street. Valet parking $7 with Restaurant validation. Weekend was so busy with hotel customers checking in and out. Parking is a hassle so do it.

Food: 6/10. I went here for the weekend Brunch apparently all the yummy foods on their menu are currently not offered maybe due to Covid. It’s OK but not wowed!

Service:8/10. Walked in from the elevator designated to the restaurant express ride, but when leaving it was broken so we took the hotel one and that took forever.
Walked in and we had to wait another 5-10mins to get seated.
Our server was really awesome, we were seated where we couldn’t get a good view either and was told Cabana seat was for party of 6.

Overall: 6/10. I won’t be back for the brunch until they change their menu for more delicious meals. Matter worse they served the assortment pastry and all I saw was just plain regular pastry I could get anywhere. Best thing on the table was the fresh Oysters for me that’s it. May come back and try the dinner but, if I don’t get the view I’m not dinning.

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KEVA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Your servers need proper training as how to serve customers , very noisy Restaurant , portions are a little small

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JTKim
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The ambience and food was great however I did have to wait almost an hour from my reservation time to get seated. Not sure if the hostess was being discriminatory or not but I did see several people come in after me and my gf and were seated quickly. I think if you have to put a deposit on your reservations, guests should not have to wait almost an hour to dine. I would recommend this place as a one time experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was amazing and very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and customer service was amazing, ambiance was great as well

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Bolo
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food great view and great service I will come again.

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Jays
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More then what we expected our server was amazing I would highly recommend!! Amazing food worth the $$$

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JoyR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our friends to jointly celebrate their 29th and our 17th wedding anniversaries. We’ve been there before and hoped they would enjoy the experience and it didn’t disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here. Food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic & the food was exquisite! (**the lobster Mac & Cheese was just OK) I requested a good view & should have clarified ocean view bc we were seated on the city side. In addition, I would have preferred a booth (w the chandelier) instead of the boring table that we were seated at. Overall, good experience.

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ClaudiaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Nice views, and modern decor.

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vipFirenze
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great! As always the food and drinks were amazing.

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

Very happy with my experience. My party was unfortunately late and they still accommodated us and got us seated. Alexander was a great server and the two ladies at the host stand were extremely kind and welcoming. It was a great time. Thank you Penthouse

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Jateen
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great ambience and outstanding service. Food quality is good however, limited options for vegetarians.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic place!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday. Everything was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a new chapter here. Thi is one of my favorite places ever food is incredible the view and ambiance are incredible. LOVE !!

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STEPHEN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to the team. We were running late for our time and calling them a couple of times they helped move our time. Food was great and the staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome view awesome food

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vipTerryE
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Penthouse is easily one of the best restaurants in Santa Monica, especially to take a date. The service is excellent.

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Ml1234567890098765432100
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was kinda slow. Took a while to order drinks. Charcuterie board was pretty good but truffle pizza special wasn't that great. Beautiful location and nice ambience. Drinks were good and strong. Overall really nice place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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Devon
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner for my anniversary food was great amazing experience!

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Macy
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters. Actually there wasn’t one thing we ate that wasn’t incredible. The waiter was fun and the manager bought us a round of drinks. What a great night.

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Zdawg
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, I would 10/10 go back for it. The ambience and scenery was just as beautiful as well.

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The Penthouse Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 3057 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.