Santa Monica emerged as an international culinary destination in the 1980s and has remained in the top echelon of American dining thanks to its many celebrity chefs and the new generation of culinary innovators who continue to invigorate the city's dining scene.
Santa Monica was at the vanguard of the local foods movement long before it became mainstream. The use of sustainable, organic ingredients is central to the cooking approach of leading chefs around town.
As a result, local restaurants offer some of the freshest and most varied dining options in the country. There are options for every palate, taste, and budget, from organic, vegetarian fare, and California fusion to fresh seafood and top-rated steak.
Where to eat in Santa Monica? The truth is, you don't have to break the bank to eat well here.
Just off the beaten path - and sometimes on it - you'll find culinary gems that serve up some of the best Santa Monica eats around. Some are on the beach, others on Main Street, and others in the Santa Monica Promenade, Santa Monica Place, and beyond.
Where to eat in Santa Monica is often a difficult question as a result. How does one choose between them all? The good news is you'll rarely find a mediocre meal (let alone a bad one), so whatever your final answer, you're in for a treat.