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Sam's by the Beach

108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
310 230-9100
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Ranked #11 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Coast HWY
Description: A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.
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Malibu, California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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

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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Oslo, Norway
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We decided to try this place after many recommendations on TripAdvisor, and we were definitely not disappointed! It's not the typical place you would go in to unless you knew about it, and we came in during what apparently was a very quite evening. We had a lovely waitress, and Sam (the owner) came over to us many times to... More 

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Vaxjo, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went to Sam's by the Beach on the 4th of July this year. The Inn we stayed at recommended the place and we made reservations beforehand. The waiter was very attentive and provided us with glutenfree options (since two members of our family needs that) and good service. The interior is a bit old-fashioned and dark but our overall... More 

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Pacific Palisades, CA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This cozy, romantic restaurant is reliably friendly, relaxed and delicious. Sam is the perfect host and makes sure that the service and food is always excellent. This is our favorite restaurant for office dinners as well as romantic dinners for the two of us and we love it.

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Empty place Waste of money service is akward am from Englan when the on my vacation.... the service its seem so fake the owner is there but you can tell that he is just trying to me me your check expensive

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The staff at this restaurant make it such a special experience. From the second we walked in and were greeted with their big friendly smiles we knew we had made a good choice!! We both had fillet steak which was cooked to perfection. The staff gave us a free starter (beautiful soup) and a free dessert which was a lovely... 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: Mediterranean, Californian

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