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Little Ruby Shines Bright Along the Santa Monica Beach

The Australian (by way of New York) cafe opens today for the masses

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Australian cafe invasion continues apace today in Los Angeles, as Little Ruby begins to glow bright near the beach in Santa Monica. The sunny new restaurant takes over where the beloved former Bar Pintxo closed, just steps from Ocean Avenue and the beach beyond.

Little Ruby is the work of partners Nick Mathers (Eveleigh, Goldie’s), Tim Sykes, and chef Thomas Lim, who tripled up to bring NYC hit Ruby’s Cafe to the coastal shores of Santa Monica. The place keeps a decidedly summery year-round vibe with a menu filled to the brim with toasts, avocado, egg sandwiches, grain bowls, burgers, and the like. Think of Little Ruby as something akin to Great White in Venice or Bondi Harvest in Santa Monica, but with a longer East Coast background and some prime players involved. And yes, there will be room for flat whites and loads of breakfast plates. The full menu can be found here.

As for the space itself, the former Bar Pintxo has been reinvigorated with a large glass garage door up front, plenty of patio space and white paint, and teak wood. There’s greenery all around, cursive neon signage, views of the waves, and a small back bar for picking up coffee or asking for more beer or wine. Little Ruby opened today at 8 a.m., and will keep hours moving forward from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Little Ruby
109 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

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Inside Little Ruby
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The back bar area
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