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Sam's by the Beach

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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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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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I had dinner at Sam's with my boyfriend at a Sunday night. First of all, the spinach goat cheese salad was one of the most amazing salads I've ever had! And Sam was so kind to tell us how to reproduce this at home :) My boyfriend's day special lambs racks were delicious as well! Furthermore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Marjolein J
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I had dinner at Sam's with my boyfriend at a Sunday night. First of all, the spinach goat cheese salad was one of the most amazing salads I've ever had! And Sam was so kind to tell us how to reproduce this at home :) My boyfriend's day special lambs racks were delicious as well! Furthermore, service was outstanding, ambience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were so well looked after here as well as the food being delicious. Very manageable portion sizes too as we have been overwhelmed by many other places recently. Amazing food, lovely relaxed atmosphere, definitely worth a visit.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Jean-Michel and his team provided us with amazing service and made this a meal to remember. They brought us complimentary appetizers which were top-notch. The atomsphere was was pleasant and calm. All of the food was perfect!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I had my wedding reception at Sam's by the Beach in December 2013. We had a group of 17. The private room was a little tight for the group but we were all comfortable. Sam had personalized menus and even arranged the floral centerpieces for the table. It looked absolutely beautiful. Food was an incredible value. ALL of our guests... More 

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Dorset, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We picked this restaurant based on its great reviews - sadly the dark decor inside wasn't the best first impression. The menu is very good in its variety and flavour, but portion sizes (I had the ravioli) were disappointing given the prices. Our waiter was also on the overbearing side, whilst the wine list was decent if unremarkable. Overall, I... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband and I went to dinner on a Thursday night. It was our last night of our holiday and we just got engaged. We were really excited to celebrate this special moment and we couldn't have done it anywhere better than at Sam's by the beach. The staff is friendly, the food is great and the complimentary dessert for... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Very enjoyable meal at Sam's. It is off the main drag so I assume that's why it was quiet on the night we went but I'm happy to say that was no reflection of the food The exterior of the restaurant looks very pretty but as said by other reviewers, the interior decor is a bit dowdy & dated looking.... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Generally disappointed with California dining south of Napa, with the exception of Sam's which is truly outstanding. Let's face it, you don't go here for the decor (just a bit passé), but the quality of food, attention and kitchen creativity are second to none. Go out on a limb - put yourselves in the hands of Jean Michel and let... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

There are not many venues in Los Angeles that provide the combined personalized and delicious dining experience that Sam and his staff offer guests who are fortunate to visit Sam's by the Beach. The attention to detail on every aspect from greeting you at the door, to selecting an appropriate wine pairing, to the daily dinner specials and decadent desserts,... More 

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

This is a stylish restaurant with attentive knowledgeable staff. The food was French in style but the food was superb. It isn't cheap compared to some, but it is Santa Monica and at the classier end of the beach,so to be expected. We were looked after really well and thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. Check out their web site and... More 

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Additional Information about Sam's by the Beach

Address: 108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Phone Number: 310 230-9100
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean

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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: American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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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