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“Great burgers, great price!”

Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe
Ranked #17 of 682 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 0 - USD 20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Description: Welcome to Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, where the "locals" meet and the "fun loving" tourist always return! Voted one of L.A.'S 101 best bars, we are open every day and have all the sports games on Sundays on TV. Conveniently located on the beautiful Santa Monica Boardwalk, this is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax, sip a beer or have a burger. In addition to fun in the sun on our outdoor patios, you'll find some great food, beer and wine at the world famous Big Dean's. Just ask any of our regulars- they'll tell you to try our World Famous Burgers like the Santa Monica Burger or Big Dean's Double Cheeseburger. We also have sandwiches, sausages and dogs, seafood, tacos and sides, as well as an extensive beer, wine and specialty beverage list, to satisfy guests of all ages! We invite you to check out our website to see what we offer, then bring your friends and family to join us at Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe today! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great burgers, great price!”
Reviewed 27 December 2011

Had a quick lunch here. Burgers and onion rings were perfect, staff was very friendly, and atmosphere was super for a beach place.

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Shorewood, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Went there for lunch two days in a row”
Reviewed 23 December 2011

Great spot at the base of the pier with picnic tables out front, and good music in the background. Surprisingly good food with generous portions. Enjoyed the burger, the bratwurst (on an exceptional bun), and the grilled shrimp/scallop skewers.

Visited December 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2011

Located below the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier on the Oceanfront Walkway. Friendly, laid-back beach bar, good classic California burgers, CHEAP, great beer selection.

Visited November 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Sweet spot near the pier”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

I was killing time before hotel check in and passed by this cafe. The server was great and the food and drinks reasonably priced. I just wanted something quick, so grabbed the nachos. No frills but pretty good. They seem to have some pretty decent beer specials, always a bonus. I sat outside in front of the place, cool spot to watch everyone biking and walking by. If I go back to the area I would stop by again!

  • Visited September 2011
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Chilled out vibe - easy to spend an afternoon drinking beer and chatting with the bar staff”
Reviewed 14 September 2011

This little bar is right by Santa Monica Pier and is deceptively big if you venture out to the 'garden' at the back. Prop yourself on a bar stool and drink beer with the great bar staff. If you want to get away from the posers on the beach and just chill out for the afternoon, this is the place to be. One of the little gems we found on our tour of the West coast of the USA.

  • Visited August 2011
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