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JiRaffe Restaurant

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #25 of 565 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, Eclectic
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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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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Two friends with whom I have shared dozens of good meals in San Diego, for once we went to LA. It was a trip to France but with LA friendliness. Great wine list, excellent food, and an ambiance that worked. Highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Wow, this place is amazing. My friend and I just stopped by to get some tea and dessert. I was so pleasantly surprised by the service. The lady that was our server was so nice and she never made us feel guilty like some other places would that we didn’t order any food but just sweets. In fact she made... More

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Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We walked in as we wanted to avoid the standard touristy 3rd St Promenade restaurants. We were very impressed with the service and the food was very nice surprise too! The past was good, as was the steak. Portions were decently sized and it was prepared very well, both visually as well as for the taste buds. Would highly recommend... More

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New York
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95 reviews 95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very much enjoyed the amuse bouche (a thimbleful of mushroom soup), the salad with grapes, etc., and the sauteed trout. The black linguini with shrimp supposedly in a "sharable" size, was bland and tiny. We were sharing everything - the "sharable" - more like an appetizer - and the main course arrived at the same time. The wine list is... More

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Santa Monica, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Tried Jiraffe during Dine LA and had a sumptuous, amazing meal. Each course was beautifully presented, artfully seasoned, and definitely worth the calories! Excellent wine list and attentive, skilled service. Best of all, it's a lovely place with a very warm atmosphere. For that quality of food many places would give you attitude, but these guys just seemed to love... More

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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
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
101 reviews 101 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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