The Penthouse Restaurant

4.5
3087 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 3087 people are saying
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4.5
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChelleT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best service I have ever had! Amazing views and superior food!

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KimM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, top notch service and amazing views at this nice (but not stuffy) restaurant. I highly recommend!

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vipRichardL
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and great food! Dinner for two, almost $600, so it’s a special dinner spot only.

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vipWLAMom
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food/drinks and our waitress was very personable. We had to wait about 30 minutes for our reservation which seemed excessive, but aside from that it was a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The appetizers were average. Waited a hour to be seated with reservation then another 30min for apps. Manager explained they were understaffed & compensated with drinks. Could have been a better experience overall, missed the sunset due to wait time but still nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service4ambience5

Made a reservation 45 minutes before literally to watch the sunset. It took almost an hour to be seated after the reservation time, we missed the sunset, and they crammed us in the back with the absolute worse view.

The food was delicious and when we were finally sat it was nice. But what’s the point of making a reservation if I have to wait an hour

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Since we went for Mother’s Day, most of the menu items were sold out... whatever food we got was alright... The chocolate mousse was amazing though. Should’ve been more prepared to serve all the customers with everything shown on the menu, little disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy the Penthouse even though you didn't have what I wanted.
Your substitution was just a good.

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Lucyd
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the ambiance, the service, the food. Only complaint would be the loud music/noise level.

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NeddyR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Mother's Day Brunch! Beautiful view and tasty food!

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veldap
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, Food and Drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible from the service to the food and the quality of the experience

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ElleMae03
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place as always to celebrate special occassions. Very welcoming staff, overlooking view is amazing and food is always good. Always make us want to comeback with great customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so friendly and incredibly courteous! She made us feel extremely comfortable and helped throughout the experience with a smile on her face, fast service, and was extremely attentive. Their food was delicious as well!

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JohnF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice view of the city and beach community, BUT WAY OVERPRICED! My wife couldn't believe how much the bill came to.

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diddyE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really cool location that overlooks Santa Monica shores. Strongly recommend being seated next to window for beautiful view. The food was tier1 and had a distinct feel and taste. Really appreciated great service provider from the second we sat down til the moment we left. Definitely ab amazing location. Great sharable portions too for groups.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I took our parents here for an early Mother’s Day celebration and it was amazing. The food, presentation, service, and views were all amazing. 10/10 would recommend!

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westcoastfoodluvr
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The food , customer service, and ambiance. They definitely got it right.

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Gabe
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The Yelp menu I found did not reflect the menu I saw at the restaurant. Much more limited menu with nothing special to offer

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Kmiller
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pleasant experience, nothing extraordinary though. Spoke with 2 people about my girl friends birthday, they couldnt do much but say they could put a candle in a dessert I order.
So i did regardless the candle was forgotten about. Quite a let down, either step up the game with special occasions which i would expect or just don't offer anything.

Food was pretty good, i got the Salmon, tasted great, but was served with skin facing up which i wouldn't choose that route. Veggies was decent.
The spinach flat bread was so so. Way too much spinach, not enough cheese and too dry, no sauce or color. Some roma tomatoes or drips of cranberry sauce would be a nice touch. Our order of brussel sprouts was forgotten about until later on when we mentioned about it. Too many staff members, it got confusing on who to speak to for what we needed.
The staff themselves were great, but there could be some improvement on the communication and overall service.

Had reservation but still had to wait in the hotel lobby. Lobby needs music.
I understand with the covid situation how things have to be opperated differently. However a friendly heads up would be helpful.
Lets just say i wouldn't choose to dine here again for a birthday.
Table arrangement where we were felt like the kids section.
Again the staff were great though.
Drinks were great as well.
Still gave a 35% tip though.

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BrianV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, great view. Crowd - so/so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Did not get seated until 8:30
Main course took 50 minutes to arrive
But it was favorable and high quality

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I made a reservation for 8:00 p.m. A couple days later I get an email from OpenTable saying that the restaurant changed my reservation time to 7:30 p.m. I did not see the email until a few hours before the reservation when I got The reminder on my phone. I checked with my party and we made it so we could arrive by 7:30 p.m. despite that, we were not let up until 8:15 p.m, past the time of our original reservation. I talked to the hostess who was very nice but could not do anything to get us up sooner. She said that their policy is to call when they need to change reservation times, But I never received a call and I showed her the email and info on my phone. She understood my frustration but of course it wasn't her fault and there wasn't anything she could do. I was supremely annoyed that they told us we had to be there half an hour earlier only so we could stand around for an extra half an hour, and still be seated later than our original reservation time. There were also other parties very frustrated that they were waiting in the lobby long past their time. The actual food was good and the server was good. When it came time to pay, The server disappeared with our cards for an extended period of time. About 30 minutes later he came by and said that the computers were down and it was taking time for him to process the payment. It was at least another 15 minutes before he gave us our cards back. Then when I got down to the valet they made me go all the way back up because nobody had offered to validate our parking. In my opinion, The service needs serious work. I've always liked this place and I understand Covid has made things more difficult for restaurants, But the overall experience with all the delays and mistakes equated to a very annoying experience for us all. The actual servers and hostesses were very nice and it wasn't their fault, But the overall experience was lacking.

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vipNikita1569
San Diego
104 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Was looking forward to coming back here on our first post pandemic trip and it was a disappointment. Staff in both the hotel and restaurant seemed like they didn’t want to be there and that taking our order or answering a question was some sort of inconvenience. We ended up just having drinks and going elsewhere for dinner.

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vipNikkiS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails, great service, beautiful view!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food2service3ambience5

More options for vegetarians amd the waiter could’ve bee

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here on a whim for a very late dinner. Totally shocked by how beautiful the hotel below was. Very stylish, boutique type of establishment. The restaurant upstairs is equally as beautiful, with amazing views of Santa Monica and the ocean. Once sat we immediately were greeted and served water. The staff is very polite, attentive, and accommodating btw, it really makes the whole experience so well worth it. The food was very delicious. Nothing over the top or too expensive. I can see anyone with any type of budget being accommodated by their menu. I would love to come here in the day time so see the view better. Highly recommend this place for date night or with your girls.

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vipDateNight
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, great vibe, great food/drinks, great service and most of all great view!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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 on April 30, 2021
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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TitaL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, delicious meal, and beautiful ambiance.

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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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stephaniem
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
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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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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The Penthouse Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 3087 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.