are the Best Restaurants in Santa Monica
1104 Wilshire Blvd. (11th St.) Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-395-0881
by many as the best French restaurant in the LA area. Everything
is high quality here, service and food. The format is prix-fixe,
with menus of four courses ($115, with wine pairings an additional
$75) or ten courses ($150, with wine pairings an additional $95).
There is also a vegetarian tasting menu. Signature appetizers
includes the lobster bolognese. Fish course try the black bass"En
Ecailles"-- with the scales on which puff up and turn crispy
18/20 at Gayot (Melisse is listed int the Gayot top 40 restaurants
in US), 2 Michelin Stars, 28 Zagats
Menu for Melisse
website. -- Yelp
reviews (4 1/2 stars)
1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291-- (310) 399-5811
-- Opened Sunday and closed Monday's. --
So close to Santa Monica and so good we had to include this
restaurant in our list. Sample Chef’s Tasting Menu at $68 is a
great deal considering the cooking. We feel Chef Joe Miller competes
with the best. The lunch
prix fixe is at $19 for an entree and dessert. Gayot 15 --
26 Zagat -- Joe's Website
Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405 -- (310) 581-9888
American/California style cooking. Chef co/owner is Josie Le Balch.
Now open is Josie's Next Door with 50 seats of dining. Try appetizers
like sautéed frogs’ legs over celery root purée or the bacon-wrapped
grilled quail. Excellent chocolate bread pudding. Zagat 26-- Gayot
15 - yelp
4 stars - Josie's
on Main--2709 Main St. (Hill St.) Santa Monica, CA 90405 --310-392-9025
Rene Mata is served family style in a festive atmosphere that
invites the sharing and tasting of a variety of exciting flavors.
but fun place... one of Wolfgang Puck's shining stars. French-Asian
cuisine. Reservation needed but seating also at the bar overlooking
the open kitchen. Braised Kurobota Pork Shoulder Served In A Hot
Pot --Szechuan Pancakes-- Shanghai Lobster.
Gayot 15, Zagat
4 stars, Chinois
on Main Street Website
Restaurant -502 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Chef Rafael Lunetta started this restaurant with long-time friend
Chef Josiah Citrin (who now runs Melisse Restaurant). Food & Wine
Magazine honored Raphael in 1997 at one of the “Ten Top New Chefs”.
In 2009 he received the coveted “Fine Dining Award” from Nation’s
Restaurant News. JiRaffe Restaurant is one of Gayots 2012| Top
10 LA French Restaurants.Signature main dishes include the caramelized
pork chop with wild rice, smoked bacon, apple chutney and a cider
sauce, and New Zealand rack of lamb with curried vegetable moussaka
and thyme-scented lamb jus.
Uses local ingredients from market as season changes. Prix Fixe
menu is available. Monday nights have a Prix fixe for $38
See menu at JiRaffe,
website for JiRaffe
Zagat 26, yelp 4 stars, Gayot 14/20 ( JiRaffe Restaurant is one
of Gayots 2012| Top 10 LA French Restaurants)
Santa Monica--3115 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405 --(310)
Italian Style cooking with a great wine list. One of only 6 restaurants
in the nation that has consistently, year after year received
the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1981. 3 course menu for $53
and 4 course for $60. Piero Selvaggio has consistently found the
right recipe to keep Valentino shining for over thirty-five years.
26, Yelp, Gayot 15 Website
Veneto -- 3009 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 399-1843
Italians dishes, Tuscan style atmosphere. Tables are relatively
close and there can be a high noise level here. Prices on the
4 Stars, Zagat 24 Website
for Via Veneto -- Menu
Grill -- 1445 4th St Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 451-1655
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken from the FoodNetwork are CO-owners
of this restaurant. While the restaurant can get loud the food
(a modern style Mexican) is quite good.
3 1/2 stars , gayot 14/20, zagat 21, Website
for Border Grill
2nd St Santa Monica, CA 90401 --(310) 393-3338
Chef Nozawa serves up a straightforward old style sushi including
an omakase set. The menu at Sugarfish is the chef’s specialty,
-- “proudly upholds the Trust Me-style of Sushi Nozawa, Chef Kazunori
Nozawa’s interpretation of omakase... see Sugarfish website for
4 1/2 stars yelp, Zagats 25, GAyot 14,
Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa Website.
3rd St Santa Monica, CA 90403 -- (310) 451-0843
-- 1401 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 -- (310) 458-4771
like Michaels (owner Michael McCarthy) has been here forever.
It has a great location and a lovely outdoor seating patio seating.
A great romantic place for an outdoor dinner. Yelp
31/2 stars, Zagat 25
Located on the beach, a nice view from the restaurant makes this
an ideal lunch location. Excellent selection of rolls -- Tako Roll:
Spicy Octopus topped with Spicy Tuna $14; Katana Roll Spicy Tuna
& Shrimp Tempura Topped with Tuna & Yellowtail $16; Lunch special.
1/2 stars, Zagat 22.