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Santa Monica Specialty

Establishment neighborhood
Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
Arizona Ave. & 3rd St., Santa Monica
COVID-19 update: Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am. This beautiful farmers market practically overlooks the Pacific, offering the best of the area's fruits, veggies, and herbs in the process. The Wednesday market has more vendors than the weekend market, and the crowds are less overwhelming. 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.
Santa Monica Seafood
1000 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. Santa Monica Seafood is our go-to fishmonger in LA. There's also a cute little café and bar where you can pull up a chair, have a glass a wine, and dig into some freshly shucked oysters. 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.
Santouka Ramen
3760 Centinela Ave., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. This now global Japanese chain offers absolutely nothing in the ambiance department—but no bother, as they serve incredible ramen. 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.
Caffe Luxxe
925 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open daily (on slightly reduced hours) for takeout. This place serves some of the best coffee on the West Side, including real Northern Italian style espresso, and delicious lattes and cappuccinos with what they call "milk foam art." It can be difficult to find a seat during rush hours, but if you do grab one, it's a lovely place to linger. There are two locations in Malibu off the PCH, and in the Country Mart. 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.
Bay Cities
1517 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. This is one of the main lunch go-tos in Santa Monica, which means there's almost always a line. The Godmother sub is the order of choice for everyone, us included, though we like to swap the pepper salad for pepperoncini for a little extra heat. Also on point: their tuna salad, and the turkey pesto and eggplant parm. While you wait for the deli to call your number, browse the market—it's stocked with authentic, imported Italian goods; the pasta and sauce selections are particularly impressive. 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.
A Cut Above Butcher Shop
2453 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup. Being that it’s a butcher shop first and foremost, ACA is very serious about their meat-centric menu. The hot sandwiches—BBQ pulled pork, roasted turkey club, lemongrass flank steak banh mi with fried egg, and house-smoked pastrami—can be eaten at one of the few tables on-site or taken to-go. The Italian salumi travels particularly well. 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.
Love Coffee Bar
1732 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup. This newly-opened spot in Santa Monica is always washed with daylight, thanks to wide, floor-to-ceiling windows. Menu-wise, the espresso drinks are excellent, and it's worth trying the weirdly good lemonade iced coffee. It's a great spot for work if you've got a puppy in tow—the entire space is dog-friendly, and the backyard offers plenty of room for them to stretch out under your table. 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.
Funnel Mill
930 Broadway, Santa Monica
The people at Santa Monica's Funnel Mill are serious about ambiance: There are live plants, couches, communal tables, window seating, and a strict no-phones-allowed policy if you want to hang—all good things for getting stuff done in peace. Most drinks are made to order using ancient techniques, which require various beakers, siphons, and crazy-looking butane systems. Yes, you'll have to wait a bit for your single-estate organic or biodynamic coffee, Indian chai, or personal pot of white, green, or red tea. Feeling baller? Try the $75 Esmeralda Especial.