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Pacific Dining Car

Santa Monica
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2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-4706
+1 310-453-4000
00:00 - 23:59
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Remniscent of some clubby dining experiences of 50 years ago, but seems tired and overpriced. Nearly shabby exterior and entry door set the tone for a restaurant in need of a tune-up. Worked well for our little group because there were few other customers, giving us the opportunity freely converse.

Thank Ralyce
Los Angeles, California
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103 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I bought a Groupon as I've always wanted to try this old Santa Monica treasure. The Groupon was for two people and it covered our meal, desert and a couple of cocktails. the food was delicious, served in an old school, classic style. I'd totally do it again!

Thank Deniseka
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Always a favorite with locals, it's great for visitors too! A place to see (and be seen -- depending on how one views it), it's also a very unassuming place. Had enjoyed Goddess salad, steak, creamed spinach, and mashed potatoes, with all the fixings. Very classic menu, with great service and presentation. Hadn't been to the restaurant since I was... More 

Thank Dukemeister2013
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I purchased a groupon for Pacific Dining Car. $ 45 for $ 75 worth of food. I've eaten at many fine restaurants, but the value was not there. My wife had the baseball steak and it was dry and hard to swallow (ordered medium). I had the Filet and for the $ 50 it was not the best I've had... More 

Thank ScottGilliam411
Los angeles
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614 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

The best food ever, delicious crab cakes, superb filet mignon and very good fries. Top dining experience, good service too! I'll go back soon! The restaurant is expensive but it's worth every dollar, I have never had such tender meat and the ambience is perfect, very quiet and classy. It's an old style restaurant, and it's totally worth the price.... More 

Thank ManuLLosangeles
1 review
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Extremely expensive but good. Chocolate souffle was excellent. Steak was like butter. Salmon was very good.

Thank Jenny94536
Malibu, California
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1,073 reviews
558 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 449 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

If you'r in the mood for classic style steakhouse...PDC! I've been here for lunch many many times. I've been here for dinner several times. Quality steaks that melt in your mouth. Good fish. Good salads/sandwiches (lunch style) Reasonable prices, although a little expensive Professional servers and staff. Old school booths with lots of wood and dim lighting. Way fast parking... More 

1 Thank SanMo
Santa Monica, California
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106 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Very over rated and over priced, service needs a ton of work and the portion maybe ok but no sides. I wouldn't go back we have been to the one downtown if that has become like this one I would never go back.

Thank ALAN B
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here late to eat on the way home from a night in West hollywood. There were 4 of us. It has an old school style and there a full menu available. My friend had tuna salad and another the breakfast of eggs and steak..and I had the beef sandwich which was very large. I also had a... More 

Thank Sarah L
Los Angeles
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161 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

I know this place, as well as the one downtown. It is pretty much all pretend. The menu is okay and palatable, by far from consistent. And the pricing is obscene; truly fantasyland for what is served. The service is intended to make you think that you are in in a fine dining establishment, but it is not. This place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
American, Steakhouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-4706
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-453-4000

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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