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JiRaffe Restaurant

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #25 of 561 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 5th Street
Description: JiRaffe offers market directed rustic California/French food with seasonally inspired classic cocktails in a casually chic environment. The service is relaxed yet articulate and as elegant as the coastal community of Santa Monica.
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82% Recommend
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English first
San Jose, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I came here a few years ago and was decidedly underwhelmed. A business dinner recently brought me back and wow, quite a different experience. We arrived early in the evening and they have a happy hour menu that offered some very pleasant wines and a decent selection for for sampling food prior to the main meal. The amuse bouche was... More

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Houston, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My husband and I were not yet married and just starting to venture in to finer dining when we 1st discovered Jiraffe on a business trip. We were in love. The meal we had that night inspired many dinner parties and was the bar for other restaurants for us for many years. Eleven years after that trip, we have returned... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I went here with my boyfriend for a date night. We originally wanted to try it because of the seafood paella but they had recently changed the menu and weren't offering it when we went. Instead we had the rack of lamb. Delicious!!! I would highly recommend. Good, prompt service, cute ambience and most important great food! Definitely will go... More

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Camarillo, CA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Ideally, 3.5 stars would be the right rating for me. Dined here on a Monday with business associates. Place was busy even for a Monday, but surprisingly (in a good way) not at all noisy. Service was very good, prompt, friendly, very helpful with food and wine recommendations. Wine list is not huge, but varied with a good range of... More

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Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had a most excellent meal here recently. A party of four, we were seated on the balcony. We had the good fortune to be there during a "throw back" menu, some of their most favorite meals from the past. We all ordered a different favorite from the past, and all were delicious! The waitstaff were friendly and helpful, and... More

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San Francisco, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Average and not memorable food. I also got the sense that when I explained food allergies (like we can't eat gluten) to the waiter he was not paying close attention. You sort of had to cross your fingers that the food was free of the things you don't want. I would not recommend this restaurant to those with food allergies.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

One of the best meals we have had in three months of living in the US. The food was thoughtfully prepared and beautifully seasoned and presented. The amuse geule of mushroom soup was sensational. We sat upstairs watching the locals at play over the balcony, the restaurant is not stuffy and the owner chef is very much in evidence working... More

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Lynbrook, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

From the three meals we had in our group, although the food was good do not think it deserved the rating of best restaurant in San Monica. Help seemed very rushed, tables very close together. Service average, but friendly.

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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Came here on a whim and we weren't disappointed. I ended up with the trout and my girl had the ravioli. Both were outstanding. The servers were friendly and even a touch comedic and charming. This place can get rather loud at times, but it's not a large space. It may be a touch on the expensive side, but overall... More

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Redlands, CA
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103 reviews 103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Santa Monica. We've gone here on and off for many years, and it is always a special treat. Try the trout or any of the fish dishes, following a choice of any of the excellent appetizers, and you won't be disappointed. Pricey? Yes. This is a special occasion restaurant, but if you... More

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