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Sam's by the Beach

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Californian, Mediterranean
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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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  • 69
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Incredible restaurant. Delicious food.

My husband and I came to Sam's on our first night in Santa Monica on May 19th. It was our anniversary dinner. Wow! The owner, Sam, was our waiter. The nicest guy! He was fun to talk to. He also surprised us with dessert. We loved the restaurant so much that tonight, the 22nd, we came back. It's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
SimoneKMeyer
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I came to Sam's on our first night in Santa Monica on May 19th. It was our anniversary dinner. Wow! The owner, Sam, was our waiter. The nicest guy! He was fun to talk to. He also surprised us with dessert. We loved the restaurant so much that tonight, the 22nd, we came back. It's our final... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

To be exact, it's "by" the beach, there is no window view of the beach, it's the 2nd house on the right when you turn in from PCH. You then park in the middle of the road for valet. Not where I would park and get out, but that is how they do it. Restaurant is small. Lights are low,... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

While visiting LA our children sent us to Sam's for a 40th Anniversary dinner. What a great selection. We were greeted with happy anniversary wishes and seated at the perfect, romantic corner table. The entire staff was top notch. The food is excellent - as fresh, tasty and creative as it gets. The veggies accompanying the entres are seasoned and... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Exquisite continental cuisine in cozy quaint atmosphere. Lovely spot for a relaxing dining experience. Wonderful alternative to hustle-and-bustle in downtown Santa Monica.

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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I really want to sing the praises of this little gem. The food tasted as good as any we ate in Paris. The location is rough and as soon as you turn onto Channel Road, just pull in and valet park. I want this restaurant to thrive because the food and service were phenomenal. Give it a try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Sam's is a French/Mediterranean restaurant in the canyon. The food and service are excellent. While the room is pleasant and somewhat intimate, the noise level makes conversation a bit difficult. It will be a place we will value especially when we're in the mood for some old style French food. If the noise level were lower, it would be special.

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Malibu, California
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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
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28 helpful votes 28 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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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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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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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: Californian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?