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Bistro of Santa Monica

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040 (23rd Street)
+1 310-453-5442
16:00 - 23:00
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Sun 16:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 10:30 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Caterham, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

If you are staying anywhere near 20th through 24th then you can do no better than visit the Bistro! We were staying at the excellent Ambrose Hotel and this was a pleasant 7 minutes walk. It is a very clean organised sort of restaurant with a bit of a throw back with a pianist every night! We had the pork... More 

Thank Duncan P
New Vernon, New Jersey
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477 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Had a business dinner at Bistro and was surprised to see a piano player who sings. It was a throw back atmosphere in an elegant setting with very reasonable prices. The food was delicious and elegant too. Our server, Sean, was very friendly and professional. If you are looking for an elegant and proper Restuarant with reasonable prices and live... More 

Thank Dan P
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Food was great! We were the only ones in the restaurant at the time but our entrees took a very long time (45 minutes) to come out. But overall, the food and hospitality was amazing. The bread and olive oil along with our Zuppa was quick and great. Our server was so nice and very accommodating. He suggested places to... More 

Thank tinastinabina
Santa Rosa, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2016

My sister and I walked to this restaurant from our hotel in Santa Monica....we were pleasantly surprised on entering that there was a piano player playing on a Wednesday evening. They were out of the steamed mussels , so we split the clams. They were beautifully presented, and were delicious. We shared the halibut entree special, and it was also... More 

Thank Charise509
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

I met a colleague for lunch. We were both pleasantly surprised by the service and quality of food, as well as the reasonable prices.

1 Thank DenverDiverMom
Provo, Utah
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322 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2015

In an area where so many nice restaurants are so highly priced it is nice to find a restaurant that has the great food without the outlandish price tab. The seared ahi was excellent, as was the salmon, and other plates our table had ordered. The service was also very good. Will definitely be going back! Well worth the visit.

1 Thank salupm1
los angeles
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379 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

A friend suggested having dinner at this pot in Santa Monica- why not, something new is interesting. The ambience of the place is lovely and with a piano player there our dining experience was heightened. We did sit in the back of the restaurant so conversation would be fluid and we could listen to one another. Four diners and 4... More 

Thank Judith A
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed this restaurant. High quality food in a relaxing atmosphere. I would repeat abd recommend to others. Sea food was especially good

Thank Neil S
Santa Monica, California
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Friend had her 70th birthday party there. I had never been although heard it was terrific. Full bar, nice size place, parking in back. The food was very good. I had salmon, moist and tasty. The rest of the guests ate up a storm, generous portions, appetizers, salads, bread and entress. The dessert was a chocolate mousse and the waiters... More 

Thank Helene W
Santa Monica, California
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

I eat here for lunch on a regular basis. It's a great place to meet friends during the week, white tablecloths and an atmosphere where you can actually hear the conversation going round. No loud music or ambient noise to compete with pleasant conversation and good food. My favorites here are lemon sole outcast and a veal meatball linguini with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Italian, French
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:30
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040
    (23rd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-453-5442

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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