Lodging, Transport, and Restaurant Recommendations

Lodging

Bayside Hotel (across from the beach)

Casa del Mar (on the beach)

Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica

Fairmont Miramar (across from the beach)

Georgian Hotel (across from the beach)

Hotel Carmel By the Sea

Hotel Shangri La (across from the beach)

JW Marriot Santa Monica Le Merigot (on the beach)

Loews Santa Monica Hotel (on the beach)

Shutters (on the beach)

Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

Viceroy Hotels and Resort

Transport

Private Car Service To/From the Airport:

 

All West Town Car - Contact Marina for Reservations at allwesttowncar@yahoo.com

Lyft & Uber are also great options for getting around the city during your stay.

Restaurants

BRENTWOOD

 

  • Brentwood Country Mart Farmshop (225 26th St #25, Santa Monica, CA 90402 Tel: 310.566.2400) Market-driven family-style meals in barnlike setting
  • Brentwood Country Mart Reddi Chick (225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402 Tel: 310.393.5238) Rotisserie chicken & fries in an informal picnic table setting
  • M Cafe (11678 San Vicente Blvd, Santa Monica Tel: 310.207.1122) Quick, casual option for organic food (with vegan options) for picking-up or dining-in
  • Pizzicotto Restaurant (11758 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049  Tel: 310.442.7188) Small Italian restaurant run by sisters with many homemade desserts from Italy
  • Takao (11656 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049  Tel: 310.207.8636)  Small restaurant with a VERY Japanese dining experience & traditional offerings include fresh fish and bento boxes.
  • Katsuya (11777 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90049  Tel: 310.207.8744)  Fresh takes on sushi & Japanese classics served in a dramatic Philippe Starch-designed space
  • Sweet Rose Creamery (Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St, #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402 Tel: 310.260.2663 ext. 2) Small batch organic, homemade ice cream
  • Votre Sante (13016 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 Tel: 310.451.1813) Organic restaurant with wide choices for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

 

MALIBU

 

  • Nobu (22706 E Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, 90265 Tel: 310.317.9140) An excellent Japanese restaurant (alternative location in Beverly Hills) roughly 15 miles north of Santa Monica with a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy the drive up the Pacific Coast (& make reservations)!

 

SANTA MONICA

 

  • 800 Degrees (120 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.566.0801) Pizza/salad/casual
  • Art's Table (1001 Montana Ave, Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica Tel: 310.395.2500) Farm-to-table style with outdoor seating
  • Back on the Beach (415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 Tel: 310.458.4904) Sit down restaurant with tables in the sand/on the beach! Nearby Marion Davies House offers tours.
  • CAVA (1318 2nd St Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.237.5591) Chipotle-style Mediterranean restaurant to eat in or to go
  • Fig (101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.319.3111) Chic restaurant inside the Fairmont Hotel/“holiday” atmosphere - excellent happy hour food & drink specials between 5-6pm daily.
  • Flower Child (1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.382.2901) Colorful café with bohemian ethos for health-minded salads, bowls & wraps [DAN’S FAVORITE!]
  • HiHo Cheeseburger (1320 2nd Street #B, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.469.7250) Grass-fed Wagyu burgers & fresh cut fries from founders of Sugarfish
  • Hillstone (202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.576.7558) Upscale eatery serving burgers & steaks in stylish space
  • KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar (120 Broadway #104, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 424.999.4594) Japanese temaki (hand-rolls) with bar seating
  • M Street Kitchen (2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Tel: 310.396.9145) Laid-back, rustic choice for American comfort food & weekend brunch
  • Milo & Olive (2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 Tel: 310.453.6776) Wood-fired pizza, small plates, baked goods in a communal space
  • Rustic Canyon (1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.393.7050) Upscale Californian small plates & unique wine list/stylish-yet-casual
  • Real Food Daily (514-516 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica Tel: 310.451.7544) Sit down with organic and vegetarian dishes available
  • Sugarfish (1345 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA Tel: 310.393.3338) Celebrated local sushi serving traditional rools & sake in an intimate space
  • The Lobster (1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.458.9294) Classic seafood dishes against a scenic ocean backdrop - reserve ahead!
  • The Penthouse (The Huntley Hotel, 1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403 Tel: 310.394.5454) Perched atop Huntley Hotel with panoramic views of the ocean and city - reserve ahead!
  • Tocaya Organica (507 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 424.268.8219) Organic health-centered modern Mexican cuisine
  • Uovo (1320 2nd Street, Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.425.0064) Pasta bar from Sugarfish co-owners featuring handmade noodles
  • Water Grill (1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.394.5669) Sophisticated seafood with extensive raw-bar options and a daily menu update

 

VENICE

 

  • Gjusta (320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291 Tel: 310.314.0320) Artisanal bakery in a sprawling, warehouse-like space featuring sandwiches and breakfast plates
  • Night + Market Sahm (2533 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 Tel: 310.301.0333) Brightly decorated modern Thai in a casual setting
  • Salt & Straw (1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 Tel: 310.310.8429) Small batch ice cream ft. flavors like goat cheese & olive and honey lavender

 

Coffee

 

BRENTWOOD

 

  • Alfred Coffee Brentwood (11908 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 Tel: 310.853.5450) Stylish yet whimsical shop with outdoor patio seating
  • Blue Bottle Coffee (13050 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 Tel: 510.653.3394) Trendy chain offering upscale coffee drinks

 

SANTA MONICA

 

  • Café Luxxe (925 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 Tel: 310.394.2222) European style coffee
  • Demitasse (1149 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 424.322.0959) Small batch coffee with cold drip
  • Peet’s Coffee (1401 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403  Tel: 310.394.8555)  A good option for coffee throughout West Los Angeles!
  • Philz Coffee (525 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.451.9500) Laid-back local chain specializing in custom drinks like a iced mint mojito latte
  • Primo Passo (702 Montana Ave, Santa Monica Tel: 310.451.5900) Berkeley born chain with signature coffee drinks
  • Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee (631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Tel: 310.587.0022) Creative donuts and intelligentsia coffee in a sleek space