Restaurants

Top Choice Vegan in Santa Monica

Erven

In this city that teems with vegetarian and vegan dining, chef Nick Erven's restaurant ticks it up a few notches in this airy, modern space. Lunch and dinner are different experiences – counter service versus refine…
Top Choice Market in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Farmers Markets

You haven’t really experienced Santa Monica until you’ve explored one of its outdoor farmers markets stocked with organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and freshly shucked oysters. The mack daddy is the W…
Top Choice Southeast Asian in Santa Monica

Cassia

Ever since it opened in 2015, open, airy Cassia has made about every local and national 'best' list of LA restaurants. Chef Bryant Ng draws on his Chinese-Singaporean heritage in dishes such as kaya toast (with coco…
Top Choice Italian in Santa Monica

Milo & Olive

We love this place for its small-batch wines, incredible pizzas, terrific breakfasts (creamy polenta and poached eggs anyone?), breads and pastries, all of which you may enjoy at the marble bar or shoulder to should…
Deli in Santa Monica

Wexler's Deli

Chef Micah Wexler has worked at some of the top kitchens in town, but his newest venture gets back to basics, with old-school Jewish deli classics. Whether you get house-smoked fish (lox, whitefish, sturgeon) on a b…
Cafe in Santa Monica

Huckleberry

Part of the epicurean family from the couple behind Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive and Cassia, Huckleberry's Zoe Nathan devises some of the most exquisite pastries in the city: salted caramel bars, crostatas bursti…
Italian in Santa Monica

Uovo

Some call this minimalist spot from the team behind Sugarfish 'fast-food pasta', but if only other pasta places were this good. Noodles shipped directly from Bologna, Italy, are the mainstay (the magic is in the egg…
Bistro in Santa Monica

Fig

Set poolside at the Fairmont, and conceived with a coastal organic ethos, Fig sources many ingredients from the twice-weekly farmers market down the street. We love the 'bread balloon' with choice of spreads (hummus…
Californian in Santa Monica

Rustic Canyon

At this 'wine bar and seasonal kitchen', almost all the ingredients for the daily-updated menus come from local organic producers (credited on the menu, no less!). You can expect handmade pasta dishes and an assortm…
Thai in Santa Monica

Satdha

This vegan Thai restaurant draws fans from all over town to an unassuming stretch of Lincoln Blvd for vibrant dishes such as endive cups filled with cashew ‘tuna’, coconut, ginger, lemongrass, peanuts and more; gree…