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Food and restaurants in Santa Monica Canyon

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“People claim this is the best Italian food outside of Italy. It's a block of the beach in the Pacific Palisades area. Too many excellent choices to list out, but the lobster ravioli is one of the top. It's a tiny place, but the food is amazing!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Nestled on a wide stretch of sandy beach, Back on the Beach Café offers appetizing meals featuring local and seasonal cuisine with breathtaking views of ocean. This is a place only the LA natives will know to go hangout! It is right on the beach, on the Northside of Santa Monica, beautiful miles of sandy beach to hangout, or play beach volleyball, parking lot is just south of the place, you can do an all day parking about $18 when you park at the Santa Monica beach lots, one just south of Back On the Beach if you don't want to spend too much money park at the restaurants. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cafe
“Classic Santa Monica diner/cafe across the street from the beach. Great breakfasts, hamburgers!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Romantic and authentic Italian walking distance - burrata salad, rigatoni amatriciana and veal scaloppine are our favorites ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
  • 7 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Tallula's is an ingredient-driven, neighborhood Mexican restaurant located in Santa Monica Canyon, just a few hundred feet from the beach. The seasonal menu sources ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market and other local purveyors they know and trust. Fully embracing the home-cooked style, the culinary team calls on time-honored recipes to make fresh chile pastes and salsas in-house, as well as their own heirloom corn masa for fresh tortillas. They have a fun bar with one of the largest collections of Mexican spirits on the Westside, along with wine and beer.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Not ON the beach, but close to it. No view, but you don't miss it with Sam there nearly every night to greet you with his amazing staff ready to suggest and serve some pretty fabulous eats. A romantic, old school Italian restaurant. Make a reservation and Sam will make you feel like family. :)”
  • 3 locals recommend

Cafes

Breakfast Spot
“Nestled on a wide stretch of sandy beach, Back on the Beach Café offers appetizing meals featuring local and seasonal cuisine with breathtaking views of ocean. This is a place only the LA natives will know to go hangout! It is right on the beach, on the Northside of Santa Monica, beautiful miles of sandy beach to hangout, or play beach volleyball, parking lot is just south of the place, you can do an all day parking about $18 when you park at the Santa Monica beach lots, one just south of Back On the Beach if you don't want to spend too much money park at the restaurants. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cafe
“Classic Santa Monica diner/cafe across the street from the beach. Great breakfasts, hamburgers!”
  • 10 locals recommend
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