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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The ocean views are spectacular from the bluffs during a leisurely walk along the path”
  • 64 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Gastropub
$$
“Perfect spot for a burger and a beer. Sophisticated additions to the traditional burger and fries in a communal dining setting. Plus a great selection of beers on tap.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Pool
“This is the best-kept secret in Santa Monica. It looks like a private club, but is open to the public. They have a pool, volleyball courts, splash pad for little ones, restaurant and a boardwalk that goes all the way down to the water's edge. All the grounds are well-maintained throughout the day, which is not found in all places along the Santa Monica Beach. Their parking lots allow for hourly or daily parking, which is helpful if you are just stopping for a short time.”
  • 80 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Gastropub
$$
“If your lucky enough to get an order of the Pan Fried Fish fish, you’re golden. Wonderful environment with exceptional upgraded American dishes. Cool ambience and upscale dinner spot. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Café
$$
“Everything served at Huckleberry is made on-site, using the best, organic ingredients, including organic flour & pantry staples, Valrhona chocolate, farmers' market produce, & GMO-free dairy, meats and poultry. In addition to some Huckleberry signatures like the Fried Egg Sandwich, Dad's Pancakes & more, the menu changes regularly with the seasons & is based on the culinary team's whims.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“We love to shop and eat or just have a coffee at this place in Brentwood. Good spot for celebrity sightings.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Wine Bar
$$$
“"We offer a regularly changing menu of farmers’ market-inspired dishes with ingredients that come from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen with sustainable practices." 2 Stars on Michelin in 2019”
  • 35 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“The American Cinematheque Aero Theatre was preserved by many Hollywood celebrities and foundations and hosts movie classics, Oscar nominated films and foreign films with Q&A with cast, writers, directors and critics. Don't miss a night at the Aero for a slice of Hollywood.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Juice Bar
$$
“Delicious healthy, juice bar, and breakfast/lunch. Outdoor seating, good for kids. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bakery
$
“The best coffee and pastries! Also try their Sweet Lady Jane salad with a scoop of chicken curry or tuna :)”
  • 35 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$
“A special place that honors its namesake, Art Verge. He was full of life and always invited people to his table. Some house specialties: Wine, Kale Salad, Burgers, Turkey Burger, Meatballs, Greek Salad, Short Rib Hash, Johnny Cakes, Seafood, Steak, Gluten Free, Sliders, Beet Salad, Sloppy Fries, Curly Fries.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The Pacific Palisades is an affluent residential neighborhood tucked between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Temescal Gateway Park offers hiking trails with sweeping coastline views, and the sandy Will Rogers State Beach provides access to a 22-mile beachfront bike path. Landmarks include the sumptuous Getty Villa museum showcasing Greek and Roman antiquities, and the mid-century modern Eames House.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cafe
“Around the corner - the largest distributor of seafood in the west. Provider of seafood for all the restaurants here.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“The Santa Monica stairs are a local landmark. Great views with a great workout. Plus— why so many stairs? (oh right, it's on a cliff)”
  • 27 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
$$
“Good inexpensive place for traditional Mexican foods. I recommend the Green corn tamales when they are in season and the LA lemonade Margarita.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
$$
“They have yummy strong coffee, delicious food menu, and a cool friendly vibe. It's not the most inexpensive place. But, its worth the few extra dollars if you have it. ”
  • 29 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“Perfect spot for a burger and a beer. Sophisticated additions to the traditional burger and fries in a communal dining setting. Plus a great selection of beers on tap.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Gastropub
“If your lucky enough to get an order of the Pan Fried Fish fish, you’re golden. Wonderful environment with exceptional upgraded American dishes. Cool ambience and upscale dinner spot. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Café
“Everything served at Huckleberry is made on-site, using the best, organic ingredients, including organic flour & pantry staples, Valrhona chocolate, farmers' market produce, & GMO-free dairy, meats and poultry. In addition to some Huckleberry signatures like the Fried Egg Sandwich, Dad's Pancakes & more, the menu changes regularly with the seasons & is based on the culinary team's whims.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“"We offer a regularly changing menu of farmers’ market-inspired dishes with ingredients that come from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen with sustainable practices." 2 Stars on Michelin in 2019”
  • 35 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A special place that honors its namesake, Art Verge. He was full of life and always invited people to his table. Some house specialties: Wine, Kale Salad, Burgers, Turkey Burger, Meatballs, Greek Salad, Short Rib Hash, Johnny Cakes, Seafood, Steak, Gluten Free, Sliders, Beet Salad, Sloppy Fries, Curly Fries.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cafe
“Around the corner - the largest distributor of seafood in the west. Provider of seafood for all the restaurants here.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Good inexpensive place for traditional Mexican foods. I recommend the Green corn tamales when they are in season and the LA lemonade Margarita.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“They have yummy strong coffee, delicious food menu, and a cool friendly vibe. It's not the most inexpensive place. But, its worth the few extra dollars if you have it. ”
  • 29 locals recommend

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