Solo dining in Santa Monica
Taking myself on a little vacation and would love some recommendations on where to eat. Staying at the Viceroy so walking distance would be great but I'll have a car so will drive if its really worth it. Thinking about going to Melisse for sure. As a single female traveling alone it would be nice to have some fun suggestions on where to maybe meet some new people.
If you walk a few minutes north on Ocean, you run into the .santa Monica place mall. The dining level on the top has a few decent choices. Sonoma Wine garden has decent wines by the glass, and Zengo has a happy hour, I believe.
A few minutes walk to the south is Main Street, SaMo. Go to .stella & Rossi or Barra for salads, pizza , beer & wine.
Chinois On Main
Cora's Coffee Shoppe
Blue Plate Taco
BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE
Wednesday & Saturday Farmers Market (2nd & Arizona)
Sunday Farmers Market (Ocean Park & Main St)
& Tuesday Night Santa Monica Museum Food Trucks (Ocean Park and Main St)
also Water Grill (opens this summer)
Not walkable but well worth it:
Superba Snack Bar
Milo & Olive
Sweet Rose Creamery
Tar & Roses
Bay Cities Italian Deli
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It really depends on the person and what he or she is used to whether a distance is walkable. I am in general agreement with you that most L.A. residents would not walk to the places on your second list, but my sister, a Manhattan resident would probably consider half of those places (Bay Cities, Huckleberry, Rustic Canyon, Tar & Roses, maybe even Superba) quite walkable.
Sushi bars can be very friendly, with lots of chances to interact with the ita-mae and fellow patrons.
I'd recommend 3 sushi bars in West L.A.: Mori Sushi (corner of Pico & Gateway), Kiriko (near Olympic & Sawtelle) and Shunji (also on Pico). All are easily within driving distance of the Viceroy, with excellent food.
Milo and Olive. While not walking distance, it is a great place to strike up a conversation with other diners. Seating is either at the counter or at the 2 communal tables. Even if you have to wait in line (no reservations), you are likely to meet friendly people. Also, the food is great!!