Looking to try a new restaurant near Santa Monica? Here's a list of Santa Monica restaurants Angelenos and critics love.
5 Santa Monica Restaurants Angelenos Love
1. SMYCFrom the same team that brought Tar & Roses to the neighborhood, Santa Monica Yacht Club -- or SMYC -- offers seafood-centric small plates inspired by global flavors. Clean lines reminiscent of an elegant yacht fill the space, which is adorned with modern nautical details and balanced by timeless mid-century furniture. The chic dining area features an outdoor patio, bar and communal table for group dining before a day (or night) out on the boat.
Mélisse is Chef/Owner Josiah Citrin's Michelin-starred destination for refined, market-driven French-American fare. Seasonally driven prix fixe menus are available, along with a vegetarian tasting menu and a curated French wine list. Located in sunny Santa Monica, the elegant dining room is the centerpiece of the sophisticated restaurant.
3. Ox & Son
Helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Brad Miller, Ox & Son delivers elevated comfort food alongside an extensive assortment of artisanal beer and specialty wines. The modern American cuisine features seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers markets. True to Chef Miller's signature style, the menu features inventive twists on rustic classics that are as bold in flavor as they are uniquely presented, with each dish assigned its own plate.
Hinterland, Joe Jonas' Santa Monica eatery, serves Southern Atlantic plates inspired by local produce and seasonal ingredients. The intimate space boasts a raw bar, exposed brick and marble table tops. Soft lighting complements the cozy-cool vibe, which extends to the outdoor patio.
5. 41 Ocean
Tucked away in an idyllic ivy-covered courtyard in Santa Monica, 41 Ocean is a members-only bistro and lounge. A rustic, Old World Spanish setting transports guests back to a California of years' past while they enjoy classic American fare, a raw bar and live music. Non-members can enjoy the relaxed and festive atmosphere of 41 Ocean's secluded courtyard — perfect for both outdoor dining and late-night lounging — only by making a reservation through Reserve.