The Gallery in Santa Monica is the Third Street Promenade's premiere dining collective.
Originally constructed as a 1990s-era food court, the two-level space received an extensive facelift in 2015-16 to create The Gallery, a state-of-the-art marquee food hall featuring unique restaurants and a mix of indoor and outdoor dining space, including the Promenade's only elevated dining deck.
And it just keeps getting better, thanks to the summer 2019 arrival of SocialEats, a micro food hall concept with culinary star power.
SocialEats is a micro food hall concept optimized for local appeal, operational efficiency, and prime scaleability from Hospitality Group K2 Restaurants, owned by John Kolaski.
The first SocialEats opened inside the Gallery in Santa Monica this summer with a lineup ranging from globally recognized to local rising stars, including Fuku from Momofuku and K2 original concept Supertoro.
SocialEats adds to K2’s growing portfolio of original concepts and celebrity chef partnerships throughout Southern California.
"We’re proud to introduce SocialEats; what we believe to be the next generation food hall,” Kolaski said. “SocialEats introduces a new era of the social dining destination, incubating new concepts alongside those proven successful, while streamlining operations under a single collaborative strategy that paves the way for rapid expansion."
SocialEats at The Gallery is a unique and modern communal dining experience with refined industrial design elements including a "pour your own beer wall", framing metal structures, quartz counters, LED ambient lighting, a Fuku mural painting by local celebrity artist Jay Howell, and a large neon moss wall offering the perfect photo opportunity upon entry.
Featuring both bar seating and communal tables, friends, family, and solo diners alike gather together for a new social dining experience.
Check averages for lunch and dinner at The Gallery average $15 per person (not including beverage).
Additional concepts within SocialEats include Supertoro (a K2 original Japanese fast-casual sushi bar in partnership with SuperTrio Restaurants), Adelaide (a daytime coffee meets cookie bar featuring Vittoria Coffee turned wine bar at night), Street Noods (Asian-inspired street noodles), Cada Vez (a Spanish pintxos counter) and more.
A bit more about each of the restaurant menus:
First West Coast location of Momfuku’s fried chicken spot – features fan favorites such as fried chicken sandwiches, Fuku Fingers, sides, and slushies. Fuku’s menu draws inspiration from American and Asian influences.
Original K2 Restaurant concept – contemporary Japanese, fast-casual build your own bento box. Fill your bento box with up to four choices from starters, crispy rice, greens, and rolls (cut or hand). Custom bento box packaging is easy to take on-the-go or to eat in the dining hall.
Crispy rice options include Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Rock Shrimp, Mushroom, Creamy Spinach and Pork Belly. Rolls can be made either cut or handroll, options include California, Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Pork Belly, Grilled Avocado or Veggie.
Healthy green options include, Soba Noodle Salad, Seaweed Salad, Mixed Greens and Cucumber Sunomono.
Starter options available for additional purchase and include, Edamame, Shishito Peppers, Miso Soup and Creamy Rock Shrimp. Finish off the bento box with a variety of sauces from our custom sauce tap.
Original K2 Restaurant concept – Aussie-inspired featuring coffee from Vittoria Coffee. Adelaide Coffeebar is a multi-purpose coffee shop, serving signature roasts by Vittoria Coffee, gourmet cookies, and an assortment of brews, beers, wine and more.
The stay all day bar serves the modern, creative workforce with an elevated yet comfortable coffeeshop meets wine bar experience.
Baked goods including croissants, bagels, fresh breads with jams and vegemite, and freshly baked cookies in addition to a variety of cereals and fresh fruits.
Keep an eye out for the neon pink “hot” sign indicating freshly baked cookies are ready to serve. An extensive wine list includes both local and regional varietals by the glass or bottle.
Original K2 Restaurant concept led by Chef Joshua Whigham – features savory tapas with welcoming vibes and Spanish warmth.
Perfect for small bites or a full meal, Cada Vez menu includes Pintxos (served on toasted baguette) including Manchego & Roasted Red Pepper, Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese, and Sardine Conservas & Green Olive, Embutidos (cured sausages served with pan con tomate), Queso (assortment of cheese served with Marcona almonds and toasted bread), and Tapas: Gazpacho, Escolantes (bacon wrapped dates), Empedrate (white bean salad), Aceitunas (stuffed olives with piquillo pepper, white anchovy), signature Totas Bravas (tater tots, alioli, brava sauce), Chicken & Mushroom Croquettes, Pollo Al Ajillo (garlic chicken skewer, mustard greens), and famous Gambas Al Ajillo (sautéed garlic shrimp).
Bocadillos (Spanish Style Sandwiches) include Pollo Al Ajillo, Roasted Eggplant & Red Pepper, and Jamon Y Queso. Sip from a curated list of regional beers, wines and sherry.
Original K2 Restaurant Concept in partnership with Umbrella Hospitality Group – The neighborhood’s best noodle shop inspired by the bright lights of Asia’s nocturnal street food scene led by Executive Chef David Lespron.
Pan-Asian style street noodles include signature Udon Cacio e Pepe (Chinese long pepper, pecorino), Chicken Dan Dan (ramen, double garlic and option to “make it fire”), Jade Noods (bbq pork,duck, crab), Shabang Shrimp Yakisoba (southern style with golden chive and lemongrass), Vegetable Yakisoba (market stir fry, saimin noods), and Chilled Soba Noodles (charred Chinese broccoli, shiitake).
Wash down the noods with Tiger Beer or “tap” a young Thai coconut (pro-tip: spiked coconuts available on request).
Original K2 Restaurant concept in partnership with Celebrity Chef, Graham Elliot. Direct from Santa Monica’s famous Farmer’s Market, Petit Harvest serves farm fresh fare.
Menu options include shareables Farmers Market Vegetable Hummus, Za’atar Dusted Sweet Potato Fries with Whipped Labneh, and Chef’s signature Truffle Parmesan Popcorn.
Handhelds include Ahi Tuna Banh Mi, GE Beyond Burger, Tri-Tip Steak Ciabatta, and Roasted Chicken Club. Forkables include Watermelon & Feta Salad, Third Street Farmer’s Market Salad and Di Stefano Burrata & Watercress Salad.
Wash it all down with natural sodas, local ales and wines. Menu items to evolve based on seasonality and local availability.
Original K2 Restaurant seasonal concept - classic Hawaiian style shaved ice piled high offered in a wide variety of refreshing flavors. Kameo is a Hawaiian name that directly translates to "the one and only".
For more information on The Gallery and all of its restaurants visit galleryfoodhall.com.