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JiRaffe Restaurant

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #18 of 553 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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83% Recommend
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San Francisco, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Since we had a movie to go to, we had a reservation at JiRaffe at 5:30, which is when they open for dinner. After they sat us at our table, the wait staff was still running around setting up for dinner, which was not the serene, welcoming experience I would expect from a place like that. However, after about 15... More

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

My family of 8 and I had a fabulous dinner here before The Eagles concert at The Forum. We were celebrating my birthday, and so we ordered everything we wanted - including soups, salads, streaks, tuna, cocktails...and everything was outstanding. I am a snob about seared tuna, and it was delicious here at JiRaffe. I also really appreciated the ambiance... More

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Los Angeles
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I've been reading good reviews about this restaurant for a long time. A theater curtain at the BROAD put me in Santa Monica, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy this much-touted French eatery. WHAT a disappointment! It's a pleasant enough bistro, and the corner table pressed against the up staircase saved us from at least... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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140 reviews 140 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The menu is great California cuisine. We had reservations on a Friday night and were seated promptly. The service was very attentive without being intrusive, there was no rushing us through a glass of wine while we were looking over the menu. Everything sounded good, and we weren't disappointed by the salads or entrees. The deserts were delicious. The decor... More

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Los Angeles
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113 reviews 113 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a nice dinner at JiRaffe. We began with two excellent cocktails- an superb tangerine martini and the best Mojito I've ever had. An amuse bouche of mushroom soup was a portent of good things to come. Very light creamy and mushroomy. Our appetizers continued to please with a very richly flavored but not heavy French... More

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