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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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  • 73
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 0
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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 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
UmbriaGirl
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Waterloo, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Waterloo, Canada
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21 reviews
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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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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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Periana, Spain
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

As we were staying at the Channel Road Inn just up the street we thought we would try Sam's. It was mid week and quite quiet, but we were warmly welcomed by the owner and shown to our table. The menu covers most tastes and we went for the shoulder of Lamb both of which were delicious We shared a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Two thumbs up for service, food, and atmosphere! The staff is very attentive and friendly, and complimentary dishes kept making their way over to our table. The owner makes his rounds, the fish is fresh-caught, and the location is great for celebrity sightings. Not to forget the dessert--bread pudding= BOMB!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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

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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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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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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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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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: Californian, 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: Californian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

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