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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 576 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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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Waretown, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Santa Monica, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I had eaten here previously and was not excited. This time I was very excited and enjoiyed fine food, service and hospitality.The food was well-prepared and tasty, in fact downright creative: Calif-cuisine combined with French and Syrian influences.All based on using fine raw materials. Wine friendly. Worth a visit.

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Malibu, California
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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
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
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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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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