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The Penthouse Restaurant

4.6
4.6
3459 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 393-8080

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Expert event consultants at Huntley Santa Monica Beach help you make the most of our modern beachside atmosphere, our amenities and our services to make your meeting, wedding or special event truly unforgettable.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 995-1981

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    California

  • Parking details

    Hotel Valet

  • Entertainment

    DJ, Friday & Saturday starts at 9:00 pm until closeSunday 1:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,459 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. B

    Bsimon

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    I’ve enjoyed dining or having cocktails at The Penthouse for many years. This last time was the worst. The gentleman at the front reception at the restaurant was rather arrogant. The food Bronzino was OK but what was served with it was horrible. My dates scallops were few and small. The prices were ridiculous, a good 25% above comparable high-end restaurants in Santa Monica such as Hillstone. I do not have a hearing problem however I could not hear the waitress through her mask and I asked her to speak up several times and the volume of her voice never changed. She was completely unconscious of my request to speak up. It’ll be a while before I come back even though I live three blocks away. There are tons of good restaurants within a half a dozen blocks - no need to waste money just because it’s a nice view - that’s become the only redeeming quality.
  2. R

    Rich

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent views of Danta Monica and beyond, best time to have dinner is at sunset. Friendly servers, superb food in the authentic California style
  3. RJ

    RickJ

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From riding the elevator up to the Penthouse, to the conclusion of "an evening to remember," we were serviced and cared for by three exemplary gentleman from Nashville, Tucson, and (can't remember the third). From the Huntley House in 1973 to last Sunday evening––always the finest in my experience.
  4. LH

    LyndaH

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I love riding up the outdoor elevator, watching Santa Monica Bay fall into view. I love the large, airy lobby and booths along the windows. It's better if you come with four or more people to get one of those great locations. A party of two gets put in the back where it's crowded and super noisy.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Went for Sunday brunch and while the place has potential a could of things really hold it back. The food was decent for the price but the service mediocre at best (hostess that doesn’t smile to the limited attention given by the waitress) along with the seating area being crammed (one nook has the decent view so lots of tables crammed in there and it’s noisy in that echo chamber). That said if you were able to book a booth your experience likely would have been better.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was good.
  7. KL

    KaraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Stephen was phenomenal! He was attentive, courteous & honestly made my birthday so perfect. WE will definitely be back!
  8. B

    Beeeeeeee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view food and great service from our waiter. Atmosphere and decor is beautiful !
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Sehr laut. Essen sehr gut. Service 😬
  10. J

    Janique

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the valet service to the waitress, everyone was very friendly. Food was excellent and the prices reasonable, for a good restaurant.
  11. KF

    KamilahF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a pleasant evening my food was great and the drinks were on point! Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The waiter was not responsive.
  13. J

    Joseph

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely amazing. My wife really enjoyed her special day. Thank you to everyone at the restaurant. JC
  14. TB

    TheBview

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Great food Majestic views
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrate life
  16. J

    Josh

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    I have visited The Penthouse Restaurant multiple times and invited my friends to come out with me. Upon asking what the chef’s cut was for the night, I was not given the correct description of the steak I was ordering. Nor did my server know the sauce that came with the steak as he said it was “A-1 sauce”. It was The lack of knowledgeable staff and long wait times for meals and drinks are the main causes of this review.
  17. D

    Danik

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary at Penthouse, Mike and the rest of the staff (I apologize I didn’t get their names) were excellent and made our dining experience 10/10. Thank you all for making our anniversary dinner memorable. We will definitely be back.
  18. JM

    JacquesM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views - sunset is stunning with un obscured ocean views. The truffle caccio Pepe is bomb. Love this for an anniversary or birthday visit!
  19. LD

    LadyDi

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great view. The Host was great, definitely better than hosts I have experienced there before.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were perfect
  21. g

    georgiag

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was wonderful and food was great. Short wait time upon my arrival.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  23. DB

    DerrickB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I decided to finally try brunch at The Penthouse. Service was great, ambience and view obviously stellar and the food was spot on! Breakfast Burrito🔥
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best vibe, food, and service in town!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a great time when at The Penthouse. The food is 10/10
  26. TS

    ToanS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place with great view of Santa Monica and the beach. If you are lucky to get a seat near the window. Food was good, short ribs and Linguine clam. Really enjoyed the 3 layered chocolate cake for dessert.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was really good
  28. M

    Msmack

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This was my first time lunching at The Penthouse. We usually go for dinner. We ordered the truffle pizetta for a starter and it was tasty but crust was hard to cut. Then we ordered fish tacos, grilled veggie sandwich and crispy chicken sandwich. The fish tacos consisted of two small, small tacos with rice and beans. Probaably $25. The grilled veggie sandwich was made on the worst bread I've ever eaten. Totally disappointed. Ate half the sandwich and ate the fries. The chicken sandwich my husband ate, he said it was ok. Think it's a better place for dinner.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    It was good. Everything was perfect but idk the waiter s
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We arrived on time and they had no table ready for us… after waiting 15 mins we finally got a table that they had to throw together. I told them it was my 30th birthday and I would love a table with a view of the water and they assured me I would but I didn’t. Overall the experience was great and our waiter was amazing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, food was just ok.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Amazing ambiance. You ride an elevator with a beautiful view up to the top, where the restaurant is. We came at Sunset so watching the restaurant go from light to dark was an entire experience on its own. It’s candle it, busy, a little loud but not so loud you have to scream. Service was okay. The waiter was a little bit awkward but other than that fine. The short rib cavateli or whatever it was mf fire. Stay away from the steaks 🥲. Drinks were good!! They make a mean hot toddy too. Oh and somebody get the “El Presidente” 🤌🏾. All in all I would definitely come back here. I really enjoyed the experience over all.
  33. CL

    ChandraL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff. I’d love to go again for brunch heard it was amazing. I went for dinner.
  34. CR

    CarmenR

    Miami

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing!!! The whole experience service, food/cocktails and atmosphere is top notch. Will definitely return on our next trip to Cali
  35. A

    Andre

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Was overall a wonderful experience. We just don’t like when servers act disappointed when we don’t order the special or dessert. Thanks!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very happy with the whole experience. Food very tasty for reasonable prices. Great view!
  37. JU

    JennieUSA

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food
  38. JS

    JackieS

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous views over Santa Monica beach, arrived at sun set and it was breathtaking . The service was excellent and the food really good. Def worth a visit
  39. MS

    MerryS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very professional and friendly. We got seated at a table with an ocean view. So the view, as always, was fantastic!
  40. SG

    SurferGirl

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good for brunch. Ocean views spectacular!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

The Penthouse Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3459 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for The Penthouse Restaurant

1111 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Additional information

  • Cross street

    California

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    DJ, Friday & Saturday starts at 9:00 pm until closeSunday 1:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 393-8080

  • Private party facilities

    Expert event consultants at Huntley Santa Monica Beach help you make the most of our modern beachside atmosphere, our amenities and our services to make your meeting, wedding or special event truly unforgettable.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 995-1981

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