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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 Lounge in Santa Monica

Bungalow

A Brent Bolthouse nightspot, the indoor-outdoor lounge at the Fairmont Miramar was one of the hottest nights out in LA when it burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. It's since settled down, and like most Wests…
Top Choice Bar in Santa Monica

Basement Tavern

A creative speakeasy, housed in the basement of the Victorian, and our favorite well in Santa Monica. We love it for its craftsman cocktails, cozy booths, island bar and nightly live-music calendar that features blu…
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…
Top Choice Blues in Santa Monica

Harvelle’s

This dark blues grotto has been packing 'em in since 1931, but somehow still manages to feel like a well-kept secret. There are no big-name acts here, but the quality is usually high. Sunday’s Toledo Show mixes soul…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Monica

Dogtown Coffee

Set in the old Zephyr surf shop headquarters, where skateboarding was invented during a 1970s drought that emptied pools across LA, it brews great coffee and makes a mean breakfast burrito, the preferred nutritional…
Top Choice Landmark in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier

Once the very end of the mythical Route 66 and still the object of a tourist love affair, the Santa Monica Pier dates back to 1908 and is the city’s most compelling landmark. There are arcades, carnival games, a vin…
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…