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.
Chinois on Main is Wolfgang Puck's longest-running restaurant, and still serves great food with bold flavors and has excellent service. There are seats on the rear counter that look into the open kitchen that provide fun entertainment for those interested in food. For solo dining, stick with the small plates -- it won't be very expensive.
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!!
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.
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
Welcome to LA
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.
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.