Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Feb 16, 2009 02:48 PM

Need a good restaurant in Santa Monica for date night with my husband.

My husband and I are looking to go out to dinner in Santa Monica on Sat night to celebrate my bday. We are looking for a nice place but nothing super fancy/pricey. Something fun with great food. Any suggestions? Anyone have anything good/bad to say about Fig?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. i'm not sure how you define pricey, but Josie isn't super-fancy, and both the food & service are terrific. if you go, you can try to request a table near the fireplace in the back room for a little more ambiance ;)

    2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    1 Reply
    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      i just dined at josie last night. it was just ok, but was pricey. i suggest nook or musha.

    2. I suggest going to Abbot Kinney to Gjelina or Primitivo.

      Or, in Santa Monica, to Bar Pintxo or Anisette.

      4 Replies
        1. re: peppermonkey

          Does Anisette accept walk-ins?
          I've tried getting a reservation there a couple of times and, of course, the only avails were 530p or 9p.

          1. re: fatassasian

            Yes but, unless you get lucky, it is mostly bar stools or bar-tables (4 or 5 small, round, high tables with stools).

            1. re: fatassasian

              These days... there are not that many restaurants that are completely booked, I bet you can, especially if you're willing to mill around the bar and wait.

        2. I liked FIG -- for food alone I'd guesstimate around $40/person. But great use of seasonal produce, and very simplistic preparation styles that let the ingredients shine for themselves. My blogpost here:

          Also opening this week is Santa Monica Seafood (actually, today is the grand opening) -- heard from FoodGPS that it was overall pretty positive:

          Josie is also a pretty good option; for something a bit more casual there's also Riva - and if you don't mind diving a city South - AK and Gjelina are viable choices too.


          1. I will add Chez Mimi to the mix--might be too chilly for the patio but the little interior rooms can be romantic, too.

            1. Here's the link.

              Chez Mimi Restaurant
              246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

              1 Reply
              1. re: New Trial

                I second Chez Mimi. Lovely space....good food...very nice service. And it just feels like a terrific neighborhood bistro.