New in Santa Monica
Just moved to Santa Monica to be near the beach. Any recommendations for amazing meals? I'm pretty open to any kind of food.
Tacos Por Favor
Still haven't tried it, but it gets great reviews is Abode
Technically west LA, but still close: Monte Alban, Nanbankan, Orris
Hi TravelJack - welcome to Santa Monica. I have to second Via Veneto's (the best restaurant on Main Street) and Capo (the best restaurant on Ocean Ave.). I'm also a big fan of Chinois On Main, Ivy At The Shore, and Michaels's.
Give Wahoo's Fish Tacos a try for a casual lunch place if you're new to LA. JiRaffe or Capo for nice, high-end meal. Sushi King on Wilshire is your go-to sushi place. Go to Hama in Venice for a step up in sushi atmosphere. Bay Cities is your sandwich place. Wait for Joe's pizza to open for your pizza fix. Ma'Kai actually has great food for a meal with cocktails/happy hour. Santa Monica seafood is your seafood store. La Playita hole-in-the-wall Mexican seafood on Lincoln in Venice. Library Ale House for fried chicken. Lare's, Don Antonio's, Casablanca, or La Cabana are your sit-down Mexican best bets. Try all the restaurants on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Haven't had much luck with Chinese or Thai in SM so can't be much help here.
To add to your list..
Hidden on Main
Renee's Courtyard Cafe
Gilbert's El Indio
Babablu's Banana Cream Pie
Bread and Porridge
La Vecchia Cucina
Caffe Luxxe for a good espresso and pastry
Tudor House for custard tarts, afternoon tea, and malteasers :)
For thai, your best bet is Thai Boom in Venice
The Novel Cafe
Thanks all for the great suggestions! I've got quite a list here. Tried Father's Office, Musha, Josie's, Warsaza, Monte Alban and the Hump already, still got a long ways to go. The King's Head fish n chips are pretty good too.