The Penthouse Restaurant

4.5
3294 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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Experiences

  • Valentines Day Dinner

    $125.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Join us for a special 3 course Valentines Day Dinner. Price is $125/person + tax and gratuity.

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 3294 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven is the best! Definitely want him to be our server every time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Ambiance!

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TMay
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Waiter was ok, manager was great and very attentive. Atmosphere was super trendy and quite loud. Would recommend with a small group, but not for an intimate dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome server with great suggestions for our vegan diet, the DJ was good too

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic that location. Reserve well in advance to get a sunset time.

ME
MariaE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and views were great!

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vipQuad
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience2

It’s time to update the decor! Wayyyyyyyy overdue. This use to be my “go to” place—usually at night (bar area). Not so much during the day.. phenomenal location, inadequate ambiance, decent service

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and staff.

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AbhimanyuS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience5

some food items were too bland for me but other than that, food was amazing. Servers messed up a few times (e.g. my wife ordered eggs w/ bacon and bacon arrived 40mins late).
Overall, I would go here again as these hiccups could have been a one-time thing.

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silag
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Beautiful place. Good food. The service could have been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ushered in 2022

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Nourah
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst service ever. Not clean space. The tables and chairs were very dirty. Very slow and bad service. Will never recommend it to anyone!

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MS80
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steak was incredibly small, otherwise, it was a great experience and we recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeff was an amazing server!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Birthday dinner date! All of the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Our server made a very smooth transition into desert with a candle right away! Wonderful surprise.

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Cope1985
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 36 anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great view, great food

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Cus1122
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely from beginning to end! Beautiful views, amazing service and excellent service!!!

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SarahH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, the food was tasty. The portions were smaller than most restaurants. Therefore, you paid more and received less.

The service was okay.

The ambiance was pleasant and the view of the city was great!

I enjoyed spending Christmas with my family here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food was excellent but Covid protocols were poor. When we started to show our proof of vaccination the hostess said we didn’t need it. Then our waiter wore his mask below his mouth & we noticed most of the waiters wore their masks below the nose.additionally the tables were quite close together. I would not visit again during the pandemic period as it did not feel safe

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liammcbride
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had very nice meal. The place was a wee bit overloaded. Food was great. Hostess was beautiful and efficient. We had the privilege of having the Food/Bev director serve us because they were so busy. Everything was lovely. It should ne noted that I was with the prettiest girl in the restaurant.

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EdwC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I expected to be asked to produce proof of vaccination at the door but none such request was made. I thought about leaving at that time. Despite an appointment made days before a long wait of almost half an hour ensued. Then myself and my companion were guided to a densely packed portion of the restaurant. Of the 22 people seated in this cramped space we were the only 2 wearing despite instructions saying to wear masks at all times other than when eating. This was a paltry attempt at COVID-19 control. Rules were ignored everywhere.

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vipCarolH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Worst service on Christmas Day. Brunch was ruined by the host who has a terrible attitude and should not work in hospitality

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SusanA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food The only complaint is the wine menu was QR code not a problem for me but my 83 yo companion asked the server who brought us the wine menu ( NOT our server he was great! ) what happens when someone doesn’t have a cell phone his snotty and sneering loud reply was “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have one” My friend was totally embarrassed in front of other diners as she doesn’t have one and struggles with technology Patrons should not have to be humiliated by servers who think a tip is their right Other than that we love the Penthouse

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was bad

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JasmineK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful!
Spectacular view.Perfect Christmas Brunch.We’ll always go back!

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OhMyDarlIn
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views and ambiance and great service for a memorable holiday breakfast while visiting a long time friend after a long time.

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baycity37
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I was delighted with the salad and vegetables. The flat steak was tough and somewhat difficult to cut.

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Cazzie23
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date had dined here before and the setting was beautiful. Wait staff were prompt and courteous. Main course of striped bass was generous and the fish was cooked perfectly preserving the delicate flesh. The restaurant is a little pricy but the food and service were first rate.

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vipAlexis
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance of the hotel was a dream on Christmas! Our tables view of LA was magical. The food was delicious and our service was perfect. A well trained and friendly staff. Would come here again and tell anyone I know who is in LA to put it at the top of the list. It would also be the perfect date spot. Conversation would be easy in this dreamy environment.

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StephanieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Terrible service, not worth the view at all. We were a party of 4, they brought out 2 plates and an hour later (literally an hour the waiter kept telling us it was coming right out) an hour later he returns to the table to ask what the other 2 meals were again. Due to the huge delays we were told the mimosas and bloody mary would be free as a form of apology, he still charged us the bloody mary. I had such high hopes for this place, but will never return and will not recommend.

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LynnH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our Waiter was STEPHEN S. He did not come by to check on us ONCE as we dined.

On the contrary, he practically ignored us the whole time we were there and as he would walk by our table he would look the other way, almost as if he could not stand me and my family.

1st attempt for Service was when we requested to get our picture taken at our table while we waited for our food. He said "hold on" and walked away...never to return.

2nd & 3rd Attempts for service was me saying loudly "excuse me" as he walked by and he kept walking.. even looked the opposite direction where there weren't any tables

4th attempt was when he walked by and i was just a little louder . As he came by I asked that he remove the pastry basket from bill that never came as we had finished our food and that he please bring the bill

5th Attempt After the bill was requested he checked on 3 tables before printing the bill.. I then politely asked again and he finally brought the bill...

Once we handed him the credit card he proceeded to leave it on the side of the register and continued to check on other tables...

I then advised him that we were running late for an appointment and needed it back quickly. He said "give me a moment" and continued to wait on others...

I then proceeded to walk over to the manager and ask him to please charge our card so that we could leave.

Mind you, we arrived at 9:30AM prior to Brunch rush hour. Stephen was not busy! He simply decided he did not want to provide us service from the moment we arrived.

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Vivek
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Food was great, the service from the person serving us was good. However we were celebrating the 30th bday and were 11of us , we had informed them and called to tell them again about the 30th bday . On the call they said they have the chocolate cake and would write the name etc but when we are there they said last minute that they don’t have a Pastery chef .. in the end they did not even serve the chocolate cake. The put an Ice cream in a cup with candles and served it. I would not recommend this place for special occasions or business meals where you want to surprise your client on their bday.
In addition the vintage of the wines on the menu are wrong for such a nice place I did not expect that.

We have been here many times and loved it and hence planned this occasion here . Utterly disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Drinks food and service were good. The building AC was not working which made it a bit uncomfortable while dining and in our room

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vipNazmina
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

While the hostess was amazing, the server on the other hand was cold and rude. He seemed to be inconvenienced by our table and any request we had.

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LucasC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This place could be money w the Amazing Views to the water n city. However it was the atmosphere was very cold, non charming n very loud. The restaurant felt like a cafeteria not the 5 Star restaurant we were hoping for. Menu options were limited and pricey. Food was ok at best! Disappointed Birthday Dinner!

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viptdg310604
Los Angeles
141 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Tbh I’ve never been truly thrilled with Mastro’s
Same this time
Bread doughy, onion soup Cold, not lukewarm, cold
Meat cooked uneven.
Baked potato tasted microwaved
Good service but nope DONE
overpriced for mediocre food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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DesE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Oh that View! You can’t beat it. On a clear day the ocean view is stunning. Nice, fun, hip vibe. Food is ok but the menu is very limited. It’s expensive for what it is, and drinks will add up quickly. You’re really paying for the ambience, which is very special and unique.

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The Penthouse Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 3294 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.