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Brunch in Santa Monica

What's up, LA? I'm headed out west this wknd and was hoping that you could steer me in the right direction. I'm having brunch with some buddies in Santa Monica on Saturday, and was wondering what some of your favorites are. I'll be near the Fairmont Hotel (101 Wilshire Boulevard - Santa Monica, CA 90401), if that helps.
Waterside/a good view would be ideal. Many thanks in advance...

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  1. Zengo. I've been there for a brunch a few times, most recently this past weekend. $35 for all you can eat (made to order, not a buffet) and drink from a variety of brunch cocktails. Food ranges from good to great, with only a couple of dishes we didn't like (after making it through the whole menu with a large group). Great patio on the roof of Santa Monica place overlooking the promenade.

    Menu: http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengos...

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    1. re: jsandler

      Great, thanks! I will check that out, jsandler.

    2. There are plenty of nearby brunch options (others will chime in here), but if you're feeling particularly lazy, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel actually houses FIG, a great restaurant with a solid breakfast and lunch, and boozy but tasty cocktails. I love the corned beef hash, bloody marys, and FIG mojito. Another thing to consider is "FIG at 5". Between 5-6pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays, FIG's ENTIRE menu (including drinks!!!) is 50% off. It's a ridiculously good deal. Just saying. :)

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      1. re: phamschottler

        Awesome, thank you! I saw FIG on Opentable, in fact. This just may work out perfectly!

        1. re: LeahBaila

          Fig worked really well for our group last May. Nice atmosphere, with some tables overlooking the pool area.

      2. The brand new Superba Food & Bread just opened on Lincoln Blvd in Venice. I can't wait to try it. Here is their brunch menu at this link:
        http://superbafoodandbread.com/Food.a...

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Thanks for the link! I've been reading about this place!

        2. Can never go wrong with a brunch at Gjelina in Venice. Great Food.
          http://www.gjelina.com

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          1. re: wienermobile

            That would be a dream. What do you think the wait would be on a Saturday at opening (11:30am)?

            1. re: LeahBaila

              They actually open at 9am. Wait might run about 30 minutes maybe longer if its a really nice day. See if you can make a reservation. A walk around Abbott Kinney is a nice thing to do during your wait.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Ahhh...just saw the weekend hours. Thank you!!

                1. re: LeahBaila

                  Love Gjelina. And if it's too crowded for your liking, there are tons of other places nearby.

                  Salt Air (also on Abbot Kinney) would be a good back up -- beautiful interior, good food (I love their salmon), beer, wine, and beer- and wine-based (non-liquor) cocktails, and a much better environment for conversation.

                  If you care more about atmosphere than food, Feed Body & Soul is a beautiful restaurant with fun cocktails (also beautiful) and has been great for me for group dining. I haven't actually had their food, but I hear it's fine but not the best of what Abbot Kinney has to offer.

                  1. re: phamschottler

                    Fantastic. Thank you for the Salt Air rec!

              1. re: orythedog

                Didn't see your post. I just recommended it above.