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Apr 27, 2010 10:01 PM

looking for suggestions in Santa Monica


Wondering if anyone can provide any suggestions (or links) to good food in walking distance from the Fairmont Hotel. Traveling from DC in june.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Two places I like, Blue Plate Oysterette and Anisette are right around the corner.

    1. Fig is in the Fairmont and is very good. Anisette (mentioned above) is also very good. Also Father's Office on 10th and Montana is also great for an excellent burger and great beer selection (be forewarned: it gets crowded, so get there early, by 5:30pm). Oh, and there is now an Umami burger in Fred Segal off of Colorado and 5th. Excellent burgers as well (and beer too). Huckleberry is a nice cafe on 10th and Wilshire as well.

      Fred Segal
      500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Father's Office Bar
      1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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      1. re: mdpilam

        Another thumbs up for FIG. Rarely is a hotel restaurant worth a visit, but FIG is a rare exception.

        1. re: mdpilam

          5:30?!?! Yeah, you have to wait at F.O. a bit, but on a non-weekend night, at it's busiest, it'll take like, 20 minutes to get your food. Tops.

          My suggestion is Rustic Canyon, on 11th and Wilshire. Fan-tastic.

          1. re: daftpunkxl

            I was referring to getting a table, not food. Never had a problem with service. I have however had a problem getting a table if I get there past 5:45pm (talking the SaMo location).

        2. In addition to Anisette and BP Oysterette (already mentioned), Fig (seasonal Californian) in your hotel is quite good, as are Fraiche (Italian/French Med) and Musha (Japanese pub food). Other good options include Bar Pinxto (tapas), Boa (steakhouse--good steak but a bit too sceney for me), Michael's (Californian--ask for the patio) and Ocean Avenue Seafood (the Lobster, near the Pier, has a better view but I don't think the food is as good). You should also have drinks at the Penthouse in the Huntley around sunset if you can--I think the food is only fair but the views are spectacular!

          Boa Steakhouse
          101 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          The Lobster
          1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Bar Pintxo
          109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Michael's Restaurant
          1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, CA 90403

          Ocean Avenue Seafood
          1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          The Penthouse
          1111 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403

          FIG Restaurant Santa Monica
          101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

          Fraiche Santa Monica
          312 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

          1. thanks for the recs. I'm definitely interested in the local food and don't really need the scene. However, these views you talk about have piqued my interest!

            1. El Cholo, 11th & Wilshire (short blocks from Fairmont).

              As good as any Mexican restaurant in California. Simply outstanding. Same quality as sister in Los Angeles, the oldest Mexican restaurant in the state. See

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              1. re: DonNadeau

                must respectfully disagree with the recommendation of el cholo.

                imho, the food there is awful until you have plenty of alcohol in your bloodstream.