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Best Restaurants Near Santa Monica Pier

While there are plenty of Santa Monica Pier restaurants near the beach, sometimes to get a better value and dining experience and to avoid the tourist traps you have to get a few blocks away from the pier. Take a look at some of our favorite restaurants that are still walking distance from the pier so you can enjoy a day on the ocean, then learn more about the Santa Monica Farmers Market and visit one of its locations!

The Albright

The Albright is actually 390 feet within the pier entrance, so if you want a delicious casual seaside meal this is the place to go. You order at the counter and your food is brought to you, with a simple menu of classic choices like calamari, fish and chips, lobster rolls, and more.

The Lobster

The Lobster is .1 miles from the pier entrance, and has been around for almost 100 years. They specialize in Maine and California lobsters and locally-sourced ingredients, and some locals say they make the best margaritas in Los Angeles

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern on Ocean Avenue is .4 miles from the pier and specializes in artisanal comfort food like butter fried chicken, Mishima Waybu Burgers, and delicious brunch menus with bottomless champagne and chicken and waffles.

Water Grill

Also .4 miles from the pier on Ocean Avenue but in the opposite direction, Water Grill offers a large menu of seafood, including entrées, a raw bar, iced shellfish platters, and more. You can also enjoy regionally drafts and freshly made cocktails.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen is at the Santa Monica Place shopping mall, .3 miles from the pier entrance. There are locations throughout the country, and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options like the Inside Out Quinoa Burger, Spicy Panang Curry, and more.

The Misfit Restaurant + Bar

On Santa Monica Blvd .5 miles from the pier entrance, The Misfit Restaurant + Bar is open until 7pm every day and serves shareable dishes, skewers, and $5 barfly lunch specials. You can also enjoy an extensive drink menu with wines, local drafts, and cocktails like Million Dollar Bill.

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If you want to explore more flavors in the area, plan a visit from Brentwood and Pacific Palisades and check out our recommendations for sushi restaurants in Santa Monica, breakfast options for a great start to the day, or top-notch restaurants in Malibu. If you want to work up an appetite before checking out dining in Santa Monica, make a trip to a yoga studio.

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