The 16 best restaurants to try in Santa Monica

All the best places to eat in the city by the sea

Famous for its iconic pier and walkable Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica has the right kind of restaurant for just about everyone, from the casual to the fine dining end of the spectrum. While there are tourist traps galore (and a fair amount of restaurants that don’t necessarily stand out), there are also hidden gems and noteworthy destinations to be found all over the standalone city — and not just next to the ocean. From some of the city’s best sandwiches to high-end Italian done right, here now are 16 superb Santa Monica restaurants to try.

Added: Capo, Cha Cha Chicken, Alfalfa, Michael’s

Removed: The Lobster, Socalo, Goodboybob, Cafe Ruisseau

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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