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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 - 9:00 pm
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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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    Very good
  • 1
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  • 4
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  • 2
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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
Very good rack of lamb

This restaurant doesn't look much from the outside. But give it a go, you will not be disappointed. The manager welcomed us and had us seated in the middle of the restaurant. The waiter was polite, friendly and had a good humor. Having no knowledge of the wine from the list, we just picked one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Asger F
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This restaurant doesn't look much from the outside. But give it a go, you will not be disappointed. The manager welcomed us and had us seated in the middle of the restaurant. The waiter was polite, friendly and had a good humor. Having no knowledge of the wine from the list, we just picked one by the sort of grapes.... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Good food, good service. Atmosphere is not the best, the place is a bit too packed - but that´s just a personal opinion, the food is good, however i feel the prices are in the higher end compared to the quality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 21 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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46 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, 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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