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Sam's by the Beach

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Mediterranean, Californian
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108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (Pacific Coast HWY)
310 230-9100
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a...
A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Secret spot

SM canyon has several long-term upscale restaurants...Sam's is The secret spot. Small and intimate. Quiet without being silent. Greeted like family without fakey-ness. Eclectic menu from pasta, steaks and great seafood to elk and quail! We had pasta and quail...So looking forward to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
SanMo
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Malibu, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Malibu, California
Top Contributor
415 reviews 415 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

SM canyon has several long-term upscale restaurants...Sam's is The secret spot. Small and intimate. Quiet without being silent. Greeted like family without fakey-ness. Eclectic menu from pasta, steaks and great seafood to elk and quail! We had pasta and quail...So looking forward to returning. Only complaint is that it was sorta chilly in the room and cold outside. We'll be... More 

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Waretown, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had been on a very hectic couple of days and when we arrived we knew this was the right place for us. The welcoming was warm and genuine. It was New Year's Eve and although we were new to the restaurant we were treated like good friends. The menu was small due to the holiday but the choices were... More 

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Southern California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

While visiting my sister/cousin in her Santa Monica residence, we pondered a choice for dinner. Would it be a commercial venue on the Promenade, or a small setting populated by just the locals? We chose the latter. Sam's by the Beach seemed to be a place that those who have been there before would frequent again. The restaurant, located in... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you have to ask the price this dining experience will be no fun at all, but... California cuisine with a heavy French influence. Be prepared to take the server and owner's advice and go for the specials. The wine list is extensive and they may have extras, so ask. I loved the food and the vibe. My best dining... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I had eaten here previously and was not excited. This time I was very excited and enjoiyed fine food, service and hospitality.The food was well-prepared and tasty, in fact downright creative: Calif-cuisine combined with French and Syrian influences.All based on using fine raw materials. Wine friendly. Worth a visit.

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Malibu, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

First, Sam. Sam has to be the most gracious owner/host in America. Will remember you forever. Had Sam's trio of Hummus, Taboule and Baba ganoush to start. Excellent ! One of my friends is vegetarian and she had the Vegetarian Crepes which we all tasted and agreed were among the best we ever tasted. My other friend had the Braised... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We loved this restaurant, the food was good and the service exceptional. A little pricey but overall worth it. The portions are big and well presented, no complaints. One thing to be aware, of is that "fries" are actually chunky chips. Really liked this place and the long chat about celebrities that have visited and the low down on LA.

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Don't judge this spot from the outside. A bit of a drive from downtown -- really the only negative. Sam greeted us and explained the ambitious specials. Start to finish a great meal - excellent flavors and memorable.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We had read very good reviews of Sams by the Beach on Trip Advisor and were delighted to have followed the advice of others. We were greeted by the maître d, Jean Michel like long lost friends and made to feel very welcome and special.The service from beginning to end was outstanding and the food was excellent. Jonathan our waiter... More 

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Bali, Indonesia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We wanted to go to Sams after receiving an incredible amount of recommendations... After parking in the parking lot, they asked us to pay a valet fee which did not make any sense especially that we parked our car ourselves... When entering the restaurant it was a very small and dark place. The old locations was just not attractive so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
    (Pacific Coast HWY)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310 230-9100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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