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Jun 3, 2011 04:59 PM

ISO breakfast in Santa Monica - takes reservations a plus

We have a group of 8 for brunch tomorrow in Santa Monica - picking up on at the Fairmont Hotel. I haven't been in that neighborhood in years.

Does anyone have a recommendation for good food, casual is more than fine. Reservations or not a long wait necessary - we have a large party.


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  1. The Farm Shop at the Brentwood Country Mart (26th and San Vicente) takes reservations. A little farther west, Tavern takes reservations and serves a great brunch. They can accommodate a party of that size quite well.

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    1. re: maudies5

      Tavern is a fantastic breakfast/brunch option.

    2. I really like Fig, right in the Farimont Hotel.

      100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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        1. re: wienermobile

          FIG has great breakfast, albeit pricey. Their croque madame is top notch

        2. Zengo in the new Santa Monica Place has their ZENGO BRUNCH for Latin Asian cuisine with

          Unlimited Small Plates and Free-Flowing Cocktails SATURDAY & SUNDAY | 11:30AM-4P

          Two-hour time limit per table $35 per guest on their outdoor patio over looking the promenade.

          395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          1. Tavern seems just a bit far east but it is a favorite lunch place.
            Both Fig and Zengo look fantastic and are strong contenders. We'll have a few kids with us so that might knock Zengo out for this round but it's on the list for another time.

            Is Jinky's disgusting? I know that it's not up to par with the other recommendations...just trying to accommodate all ages / palates.

            395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            1. re: lolabelow

              I promise that Tavern will be friendly to all ages and palates. We have been known to occupy a table for 10 and spanning 3 generations. Everyone was happy. This is a very kid friendly restaurant. The chef/owner, Suzanne Goin has 3 toddlers (including a set of twins). There is a great kiddie menu. Weekend brunch is from 10:00 (or 10:30) until 2:30 on weekends. Ten minutes maximum drive from Fairmont.

              1. re: maudies5

                what are the prices like pp for breakfast/brunch?

                1. re: lolabelow

                  Depending on what you order, I would say the prices are in the $12.00 range for brunch entrees and perhaps 1/2 for children's entrees.. Ordering items such as fresh squeezed juices will certainly inflate the bill, but the fruit they get from Schaner farms and squeeze to order are so fresh and delicious.

              2. re: lolabelow

                Is Jinky's disgusting?
                not disgusting at all...just a complete madhouse.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Jinkys is marginal at best. A step up from Denny's.

                  1. re: reneannalee

                    well i haven't been to Denny's in nearly 20 years, but my few breakfasts at Jinky's have been perfectly serviceable. anyway i didn't tell the OP to make a beeline for the place, i just answered her question about whether or not it's "disgusting," and IMO it's not.

                    1. re: reneannalee

                      I might have made this statement myself. But I am a miserable snob. For the vast majority of people, Jinky's is a good breakfast bet. It's two steps above Denny's, IMHO. I've never had a bad experience there.

                2. If not too late for another entry, I like the breakfast at Pacific Dining Car quite a bit and it can accommodate a large party fairly easily. I have seen (and brought) kids there and they all seem to enjoy the food, as do the adults. At least by PDC standards, breakfast is reasonable.

                  Pacific Dining Car
                  2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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                  1. re: New Trial

                    PDC is a good choice if you are working with an expense account.

                    although i like their food, the price/quality/quantity ratios have never been good imho.

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      No expense account needed for breakfast. While not cheap, the breakfast prices are much more reasonable than for lunch or dinner and the portions are large.