More than 25 years after opening, this place—like its counterpart in NYC—is still going strong, retaining that old-school Santa Monica feel. With new chef Miles Thompson’s revamped menu, Meredith Hayman’s fresh cocktails, and a breathtaking redesign of their lush back patio, we’ve recently come to regard it as our very classy new evening drinking destination. The candle-lit back patio is a magical spot for hosting an event.

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