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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 #6 of 553 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $31 - $40
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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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We chose this restaurant because of a recommendation of where we were staying and it was also in walking distance. The owner Sam was delightful and so obliging and very enthusiastic about his menu and establishment. He made us feel so welcome and was happy to chat when not busy. The quality of the food was excellent and presented well... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Choose the place due high ranking… Place was quite small, and already fully booked. We went on Valentines Day and had one of the special menü, so we actually did not look up the menu that much. Wine list seemed quite tasteful. It was solid performance, and our expectation were matched.

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Sooke, BC
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Little restaurant with a lot of charm and very dedicated staff. We had a wonderful meal and very personable service. There were quite a few regular customers for this special evening and the owner made sure to acknowledge everyone. We would go back.

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Sam's is a wonderful restaurant in Santa Monica. We had a supurb dinner, I had sea bass and my wife had salmon. Wonderful atmosphere and the prices are fair. Sam is a hands-on owner, he came to our table and introduced himself. We will return on our next trip for sure.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The place is cozy, dim lights, and very friendly. We had mushroom soup, a delicious salmon, and vegetable crepes, everything beautifully served, and Sam himself taking care of the food, and always around to chat a little bit and oversee every detail. Valet parking only I would certainly recommend it and hopefully come back some day!

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Sydney, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

A quant little Mediterranean Restuarant in Santa Monica . The owner Sam is working with the staff and is very friendly and helpful . The food was fantastic . 4 of us all had different meals and we were all impressed . The staff were great , the menu was sparse as was the wine list . The price was... More

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Grove City, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I had an intimate wedding reception at Sam's. I don't even know where to begin, everything exceeded my expectations. All of our guests commented on how amazing the food was and many even said they look forward to bringing loved ones there for dinner in the future. We had a special private menu but many of these items are available... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Sam's is a little jewel. The Owner is always on the premises and their service is always personal and attentive. I have eaten here many times over the years and I must say the food is always first rate. As you would expect with a restaurant this close the ocean ( 200 yards) the fish is first rate. The cooking... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This KY bunch loved this place. My tuna tartare was so huge it could have been a meal. The lamb was great. The wine off the charts. We cant wait to return!

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

My girlfriend and I booked this restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, having read good reviews here on Trip Advisor. I emailed ahead of time to check if they could accommodate her gluten-free diet and we were told it was no problem. We took a slow walk up from Santa Monica pier, which took us about 45 minutes and... More

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