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Santa Monica Restaurants

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Milo SRO
826 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. Milo SRO—standing room only—in Santa Monica is part of the Milo & Olive, Birdie G’s, Cassia family, and, as at its sibling restaurants, the food is excellent. Quality is the name of the game here with each pie made from locally milled, organic flour (that gets a forty-eight-hour rise), organic veggies, and non-GMO cheese. We’re partial to the New York–style sausage pizza, but the gluten-free and Sicilian pies are equally good. If you’re looking to feed a group of kiddos, the pizzas and salads are fully customizable. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Citizen Sprout
1128 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for delivery only (be sure to order a day in advance via the Citizen Sprout site). Jennifer Jewett makes the chore of preparing meals obsolete. Jewett—the founder and executive chef of Citizen Sprout and a mama herself—and her team whip up fresh, inventive, healthy lunches and dinners from scratch for kids and adults every day. They make it easy: You can drop by their bright Santa Monica location for ready-made salads, smoothies, soups, bowls, and the like, or you can order ahead online. (The Buffalo Cauliflower Salad and the Braised Chicken and Spinach Meatballs are goop-staffer favorites for lunch or an easy weeknight dinner.) Jewett also delivers to select schools throughout Los Angeles, offering littles a rotating, seasonal menu of lunches made with hormone- and antibiotic-free proteins and local and organic produce. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed…
Cassia Rice & Noodle Kitchen
1314 7th St., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Cassia Rice & Noodle Kitchen are cooking up fan favorites via the Cassia delivery and takeout menu. Cassia’s chef Bryant Ng and his wife and partner, Kim Luu-Ng, are at it again, but this time with a new rice and noodle concept—or as they like to say, a kitchen within a kitchen—exclusively for delivery and takeout. It’s run by the same culinary team as Cassia and uses the same high-quality ingredients we’ve come to except and love, but the Rice & Noodle Kitchen churns out dishes—as the name suggests—that revolve around rice and noodles. If you’re a meat eater, don’t miss the grilled BBQ pork rice, where the pickled Chinese cabbage and jasmine rice balance the rich and spicy pork to delicious results. And if you’re looking for a filling vegetarian-friendly option, the spicy dry noodles should be first in your cart. Everything is made to travel well (during R&D, Bryant let dishes sit out for hours just to make sure) and comes at delivery-friendly prices. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the…
Massilia
1445 4th St., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. It’s billed as a cross between France, Italy, and Morocco, which, granted, is hard to envision. Until you get there. It’s the only place we’ve ever seen bucatini amatriciana on a menu alongside ratatouille with Provençal roasted vegetables, which is next to baba ghanoush with pita and pomegranate. But somehow, impossibly, it all works. Exposed-brick walls, bistro tables, a lively atmosphere, and really flattering lighting obviously don’t hurt. But for the times that you just can’t stomach another avocado toast in this neighborhood, Massilia is just the place. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Birdie G’s
2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open daily for delivery, takeout, and curbside pick-up. Say the name Jeremy Fox and we're there. This brilliant chef, author, and vegetable whisperer has been winning the hearts and palates of goop staffers, Angelenos, and tourists for more than a decade with his inventive, mostly-plant-based dishes at Rustic Canyon. Fox is known for hyperlocal and inventive food. But there's a bit of nostalgia to his cooking, which is what you get at his latest venture, Birdie G's. Named after his daughter (Birdie) and grandmother (Gladys), Birdie G's harks back to Fox's roots with a menu that nods to his heritage (comforting matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, artisan matzo with cultured butter) and to his home state (wood-grilled chicken from a local California ranch, Pacific sand dabs piccata). And because Birdie G's is expansive and light-filled with a stylish bar, it's a spot to come for drinks, dinner, or all of the above. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in…
Little Prince
2424 Main St., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for curbside pickup, delivery, and in-store grocery shopping on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12pm-5pm. Little Prince started as a pop-up brunch spot in Santa Monica that—thanks to its immense popularity—is now a full-fledged permanent restaurant in an airy space with ceiling fans and beautifully rustic wood furniture. The recent expansion is no surprise, given that its chef is Ari Taymor, who formerly helmed the widely acclaimed downtown hotspot, Alma (which closed in 2015). At Little Prince, Taymor partners with Southern California farms (Flora Bella, JJ Lone Daughter Ranch) which provides the restaurant with high quality produce including squash, arugula, citrus, and avocado. Although brunch is still our favorite time to visit, dinner is just as good, especially the (gluten-free) smoked black cod with beets, sunflower, and fermented apple, and the pumpkin, persimmon, and burrata with grilled bread. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not…
Élephante Beach House
1332 2nd St., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open daily for pickup and delivery. In a rooftop space smack-dab in the center of downtown Santa Monica, Élephante is a breath of fresh air—quite literally, you can feel the ocean breeze from your perch on the terrace. It’s run by Nick Mathers, the force behind West Hollywood spots Eveleigh and Goldie’s, which is to say he knows a thing or two about drawing a crowd. It’s the kind of place you’ll come for cocktails but want to stay for dinner—the food, largely coastal Italian, is really good. In fact, the entire space is a love song to Pantelleria, an island that sits between the coast of Italy and Tunisia, where Mathers visited on a research trip to Southern Italy. Here, every design detail is considered: a Brazilian Tiger-wood deck, soapstone-topped bars, Moroccan rugs, plus lots of Buhera baskets brought in from Zimbabwe. Menu standouts include the whipped eggplant and tuna crudo to start, Tuscan kale salad, and the wood-fired Soppressata pizza, which is great to share with a group. If you really feel like going for it, there’s a whole lobster on offer, too. Be sure…
Blossom
2821 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for takeout and delivery. Owner Duc Pham, who was born in Vietnam but raised in Anaheim, obsesses over every detail in his restaurants, from the Scandinavian-inspired furniture to the wine list to the bread on his banh mi, which is baked fresh daily. At this (new) Santa Monica location, the dining room is limited to one large communal table, which fills the entirety of the small, narrow space; when it’s warm out, there are a few small tables outside that you can snag, too. While the classic dishes are excellent at all four locations—anything on the menu with pork belly is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser—we love the Silver Lake location, which has a secret wine bar downstairs. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Uovo
1320 2nd St., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for takeout and delivery. Uovo in Santa Monica is as close as you’ll get to the kind of authentic, handmade Italian pasta you'd normally have to hop a plane to Italy for. The concept was spearheaded by two of the founders of Sugarfish: The guiding principle here is the same fierce authenticity that the group applies to sushi. After consulting the greatest chefs in Italy, they decided that duplicating the magic of Bolognese pasta anywhere else would require flying it in. Fresh. Every day. The restaurant—intimate, but not cramped—does just that. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Native (Closed)
620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
Top Chef contestant Nyesha Arrington is breathing new life into the very well-positioned Native—as in, it's a stone's throw from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. In the space formerly occupied by Santa Monica Yacht Club, Arrington hones in on California-inspired cuisine which leans heavily on what's freshest and in season. Everything from the short rib "rolled" dumplings—a nod to her Korean grandmother—to kabocha squash and grilled Spanish octopus reflect chef's thoughtful, considered flavor profile. (It goes without saying, the kitchen churns out the most beautifully plated dishes, too.) Perhaps one of the biggest highlights, though, is spending time with GM Juilan Kurland, who is overseeing the craft beer and wine selections (he's particularly partial to a few small-batch wineries up the coast in Santa Barbara), and if you let him, he'll sweet talk you into a sour beer pairing to cap off the night. Photos: Jake Ahles