Famous for its iconic pier and walkable Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica has the right kind of restaurant for just about everyone, from the casual to the fine dining end of the spectrum. While there are tourist traps galore (and a fair amount of restaurants that don’t necessarily stand out), there are also hidden gems and noteworthy destinations to be found all over the standalone city — and not just next to the ocean. From whimsical Midwestern fare to pristine Italian-style seafood, here now are 16 superb Santa Monica restaurants to try.
Added: Cobi’s, the Lobster, Fia Steak, Ghisallo, Soko
Removed: Tumbi, Ye Olde King’s Head, Heroic Italian, Sunny Blue, Fia, HiHo Cheeseburger, Interstellar
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More