Restaurants in Santa Monica near Viceroy Hotel (Ocean Drive)
Will be going to Santa Monica for a long weekend (staying at the Viceroy on Ocean Drive) and wanted to get some "can't miss spots." Would love to mix it up a bit... maybe get one high end spot ($30 entrees), a few moderate places ($15-20 entrees) and a few hole in the wall, but great places. We're going for our anniversary and our "babymoon." No dietary restrictions and will eat any kind of cuisine (maybe not sushi though). Any favorites you have? Also, is there a really great ice cream place nearby?
La Cachette is a 2 minute walk. Capo is across the street. Catch at Casa del Mar is across the street. Anisette is a 10 minute walk, if that. Chinois, as mentioned. Gjelina is great, but you might not get in... Your hotel has Whist, which is also great.
These are all amazing restaurants.
Chinois, for sure it's a splurge but still worth it!, for breakfast Shutters, the Ricotta Pancakes are divine and the view is gorgeous. There is a great burger and beer joint just below the Santa Monica Pier on the boardwalk....Dukes or something cannot remember the name. Also, your hotel has great food in the main lobby/bar area/restaurant, very tasty.
do you have a car?
Musha would be a moderate place I'd recommend.
Bar Pinxto also moderate.
Cora's Coffee Shop for breakfast and hamburgers.
For breakfast/brunch, Huckleberry or Anisette.
Bay Cities Deli on Lincoln for sandwiches
Depending where you're coming from, Joe's Pizza.
Riva - especially great crudo and good pizza margherita
Tudor House for tea and pastries and English goodies
Jinky's for breakfast
For high end, Via Veneto is nice Italian on Main Street. Jiraffe is also close-by. So is Melisse. In West LA, a little bit east up Wilshire Blvd. is Wilshire Restaurant, which would be great to sit on the patio. If you are able to drive, you might also consider Vincenti in Brentwood
Isn't Riva limiting when they serve their pizza now?
I would stick with a slice from Joe's.
Border Grill - fancy famous mexican, on 4th
Chez Jay - quintessential SM dive
Jinky's has really good chili, on 2nd
Anisette - a little pricey but excellent french brasserie for brunch, 3rd & SM blvd
Musha is more izkaya than sushi
Catch in the Casa del Mar, at the end of Pico has a beautiful room, and great hotel lounge
Tacos Por Favor - for awesome taco standesque meals, red sauce is awesome (14th & Olympic)