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Inside Erven, Santa Monica’s Plant-Based Ode to the Healthy Lifestyle

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Now open just blocks from the beach

You’ve heard a lot from Nick Erven over the past year, as the chef stepped out from under the closing Saint Martha in Koreatown to land a short stint at Fundamental LA in Westwood. From there he partnered up with Jim Hustead, James Moon, and Eric Greenspan’s Midcourse Hospitality, with plans for many big things down the line.

First up is Erven, the namesake chef’s ode to the meatless life on Santa Monica Boulevard near the beach. Taking over the former Real Food Daily, Erven (the restaurant and the chef) is putting out an all-day menu that includes casual lunch fare, breakfast takeaway options, and larger format dinner options to share.

As for the space, it’s a simple retooling of the former tenant’s vision, made bright with lots of open looks to the outside and the kind of warm woods that keep people feeling invigorated. The upstairs dining section is a bit more starkly chic, with lots of grey and black tones, but ultimately this is an airy, tall option for anyone who doesn’t feel the need to eat meat. And yes, that is a giant painting of Mick Jagger kissing Ghandi.

Inside Erven, Santa Monica’s Plant-Based Ode to the Healthy Lifestyle

The other half of the space is divvied up by a marketplace holding takeout deli cases and a small bit of seating, though mostly it’s meant to be the ordering and pickup hub for the restaurant. That’s where you’ll find those daytime sandwiches for easy grab and go service, plus sides like pickles, salads, and more.

Erven is open daily for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. most nights (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). You can make a reservation, though walk-ins are also welcome.

516 Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica, CA

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