Santa Monica’s size means that visitors can find a variety of restaurants -- cuisine, price and atmosphere -- in close proximity to each other. Santa Monica cuisine is varied and international, but we are best known for: CALIFORNIA FUSION and FARM-TO-TABLE.
Under the collaborative direction of two Los Angeles hospitality veterans, Executive Chef Piero Topputo and General Manager Mario Sabatini, comes Santa Monica's newest restaurant, Forma. Named in honor of the star ingredient, formaggio, Forma features pastas served Dalla Forma- a unique preparation method where freshly cooked pasta is then finished in large cheese wheels prior to being served. Nestled in historical Montana Avenue, Forma offers a diverse, contemporary Italian menu in a modern setting with a collection of small plates and entrees, wine, beer and cheese tasting options.
Primo Passo Coffee Co.
Primo Passo Coffee Co. is a family owned boutique coffee shop. They are a specialty coffee company that serves exceptional coffee roasted in small batches to maximize flavor in every cup. In Addition to coffee Primo Passo offer teas, cold pressed juice, grab and go eats, and a variety of fresh baked sweets.
Andrew’s Cheese Shop
Cheese lovers will want to make tracks for Andrew’s Cheese Shop, where there’s a scrumptious selection of artisan cheeses, olive oil, and wine. The true fromage aficionado may opt to join the venue’s cheese-of-the-month club, through which they’ll receive a trio of tasty cheeses.
Downtown Santa Monica/3rd Street Promenade
Perched 18 floors above Santa Monica atop the sophisticated Huntley Hotel, The Penthouse is a stunning restaurant and lounge that serves up awe dramatic panoramic ocean and city views. Sip signature craft cocktails or indulge in a culinary creation of executive chef Alex Manos, a master of contemporary California cuisine. The Penthouse provides a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience for one of the best restaurants in Santa Monica.
Bodega Wine Bar
Santa Monica’s neighborhood bar for coffee, beer, wine and food. Since 2006, Bodega has been a comfortable neighborhood spot to relax and share wine with friends. Now serving some of the best coffee in Santa Monica and open at 8am seven days a week, that experience is available all day.
The Hive is unique juice bat that never dilutes ingredients, leaving the full nutritional benefits intact. They blend, juice, and mix with integrity. They’ve teamed up with Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs and Anima Mundi Apothecary and curated one Los Angeles’s largest selections of herbs, powders, and tinctures for you to benefit from.
TAr & Roses
Tar & Roses is chef Andrew Kirschner's highly lauded flagship restaurant in Santa Monica, where he has crafted the menu around a wood-burning oven. Flavors are globally inspired to create a modern rustic cuisine.