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Sam's by the Beach

389 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sam's By The Beach, opened in July 2000 as a neighborhood bistro, and has become a destination restaurant, thanks to its innovative food and comfortable yet elegant dining experience. Elias, inspired by his heritage, considers the cuisine to be California-Mediterranean, with an emphasis on high quality ingredients. "I enjoy going to the Central Market each day to purchase my vegetables and seafood. It keeps me in touch with what is fresh, and helps me to plan my menus." Sam's menu is seasonal and changes at least four times per year. In addition, there are daily specials and a chef tasting menu based on what Elias discovers at the market. Regular menu items include appetizers of Blue "Fin" Tartar ($17.95), Wild Mushroom Salad in lemon basil dressing ($13.95) and Fennel and Blood Orange Soup ($9.95); and entrées include Vegetarian Crepes ($23.95), Grilled Atlantic Salmon with braised Swiss Chard and roasted Jerusalem artichoke ($26.95), Roasted Duck Magret with poached Pear.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Mediterranean, Global, International
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Closed Mondays
Last Seating Tuesday to Saturday 9:30; Last Seating on Sunday 8:30
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Phone number
(310) 230-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sam Elias & Chef Oscar Benitez
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Private party facilities
Sam's By the Beach is a destination restaurant know for its innovative food and comfortable, yet elegant dining experience. Owner/Chef Sam Elias has been inspired by his heritage and considers the cuisine to be California-Mediterranean, with an emphasis on high quality ingredients.
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Private party contact
Sam Elias: (310) 230-9100
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We specialize in outside catering for Kosher and Non-Kosher Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs and Birthdays.. Back-stage Catering at Staple Center (Downtown Los Angeles)
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Cross street
Pacific Coast HWY
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Parking details
Valet $7.00
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Wine Maker Dinners, Special Theme Events, Mom's Annual Dinner (Third Wednesday of January), Tuna Feast(May-1st to May 31st)...
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipmaardvark (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

consistently meets all expectations: cuisine, service, comfort

OpenTable Diner (Sydney / NSW)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Sam and his associate Jean-Michele create a special experience on every occasion at Sam’s. We have been there for private events, our own private party and many dinners. Sam NEVER disappoints. The food is fresh and delicious, the wine menu robust and well priced, and the specials are inventive.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Eating thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant seemed very strange to us, but as we were in town visiting family it was the best option and luckily we found ourselves at Sam’s by the Beach! The staff made us feel like we were dining at a friends house, they were funny, accommodating, and so so friendly! Sam is amazing saying hello to everyone, bussing tables and serving dinner, and Jean Michel, our server, is a gem, providing funny conversation and selecting the perfect wine for our meal. The food was exceptional and we couldn’t have asked for a better thanksgiving out. We highly recommend Sam’s by the Beach to everyone!

Stuffedturkey (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

After reading a lot of reviews about Sam’s, I pretty much expected a perfect Thanksgiving dinner. The ambiance of the restaurant was really nice, comfortable. Wait staff was attentive. Dinner was good but a few things took away from it. Dry, over-cooked stuffing, missing cranberry sauce, mix-ups on who got what kind of soup and desert. I’ll visit Sam’s again next time we’re in Santa Monica and give it another try.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Sam's. Very much a nifty little neighborhood place with great food. The service was very friendly and attentive. Small with a lot of character and ambiance.

vipjared (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Wonderful evening Sam was great , food delicious and attentive staff

vipradman (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Quiet, comfortable, friendly, efficient but non-intrusive service. Lots of interesting menu choices. Fair prices and an interesting, well priced wine list. Full bar for those that care. But parking is tough, and the valet costs $11.

vipEdH4320 (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Fantastic meal. Sam is a gracious host.

Jules (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was absolutely amazing. Sam the owner was nothing shy of charming, charismatic and authentic.
Definitely will be back!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was great, really top notch. Parking was impossible. If you approach from the East, it takes a full 15 minutes to do a u turn on PCH and return to the restaurant to approach from the west. And the ballet fee is as high as any in LA.