Best Italian / Seafood / Mexican in Santa Monica
Suggestions? Any with a view?
The Lobster has a great view, and serves seafood. I can't really say whether it's the best in SaMo, since I haven't been there in ages. But note, it's a prime tourist spot, so they really don't always try very hard. Catch at the Casa del Mar used to serve some nice crudo.....again, can't say as I haven't been there recently. Also has a good view.
As for Italian, there's a few really good spots : La Botte, Capo are both pretty high end and expensive. Hostaria del Piccolo is very good and much more casual.
As far as Mexican goes, what exactly are you looking for? Cheap or Haute? Tacos? Burritos? Combo platters?
For seafood with a view - go directly to Catch at Casa del Mar. Lobster is a tourist trap.
For Mexican, it depends what you seek, but nothing with a view.
For Italian, nothing with a view, but I highly recommend Piccolo on Dudley in Venice. It's probably one of the best Italian restaurants around.
had only ever been to the downtown location before, but had to go to a birthday dinner at Water Grill Santa Monica last week, and quite enjoyed my platter from the raw bar.
i do like catch, and i like watching the sunset at the Lobster, but you can do that with a drink in hand elsewhere.
Mexican, i like Gilbert's El Indio, as well as the close but not in samo Monte Alban.
Unfortunately, most of the view places serve up some pretty crap food. If you feel like going a little south to Venice, Piccolo is pretty good. Not really a view per se, but if you walk out of the place and turn right, the beach is right there. I think there is a hotel or two that might have rooftop dining, can't beat that view!