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Massive Restaurant Al Mare Closes on the Santa Monica Pier

Seaside on the Pier takes over the historic beachfront spot

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Ristorante Al Mare
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Ristorante Al Mare, the Italian restaurant located on the Santa Monica Pier has closed. It’s unclear exactly when the large beachside restaurant closed but the last Yelp review was written back in October 2017. First spotted by Toddrickallen, Seaside On The Pier will take over the space. Little is known about Al Mare’s replacement, other than a sign that tells what’s in store: a grill, sandwich shop and a rooftop lounge.

Seaside on the Pier’s large future home has a lengthy past. Ristorante Al Mare opened in 2013, and was owned by Franco Sorgi and Paolo Simeone, who currently own Trastevere on Third Street Promenade, and La Piazza at the Grove. The space took two years to build out into a massive 9,000 square foot, three-level restaurant and live music venue.

Prior to Al Mare’s opening, the building sat vacant for ten years. The Arcadia club opened in 1999, only two years after the Ash Grove attempted to make the Pier a destination for live jazz and folk music in 1997. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Pier experienced a long wave of gang violence after incurring substantial storm damage in 1983. Current Santa Monica Pier restaurants lean more towards the casual side, with the likes of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Pier Burger, and Rusty’s Surf Ranch holding court. Seaside On The Pier’s opening date is unknown.

Seaside On The Pier
250 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA