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Jun 4, 2013 08:13 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. Walkable:
      Chinois On Main
      Cora's Coffee Shoppe
      Stella Barra
      Pier Burger
      Umami Burger
      Border Grill
      Blue Plate Taco
      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:
      Rustic Canyon
      Superba Snack Bar
      Cafe Graditude
      Milo & Olive
      Sweet Rose Creamery
      Tar & Roses
      Bay Cities Italian Deli

      Welcome to LA

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      1. re: wienermobile

        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.

        1. re: PeterCC

          I agree, but with a solo female at night I feel some of those distances are safer in car or cab. In a group or in daytime those distances are all fine.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: J.L.

            If you are really adventurous and on a all expenses paid expense account, you can hit up all three within one evening.

            Now that would be a great meal.

            1. re: kevin

              Time is more the limiting issue, if you plan to do this...

          2. 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!!

            1. Freddy Smalls is a short cab ride, great food and fun place to meet people.

              Tar & Roses is Walkable, if you can get a seat at the bar, it's a lot of fun and fabulous food.

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              1. re: CharlesKochel

                Tar and Roses is walkable, and I've had a couple great solo meals at the bar.