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JiRaffe Restaurant

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #20 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Mon 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I have travelled back and forth to most parts of the USA for the last 20+ years, and lived in Boston, Ma for 6 years giving me a wide experience of all types of food and restaurants over there. This visit was to the West Cost direct so to help combat jet-lag I booked in at Shutters on the Beach... More 

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Culver City, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Our first visit to JiRaffe was long overdue, and despite the anticipation, the expectations were exceeded. The service (Allison & Co.) was very friendly, as if we had been life long friends, and professional. The food was exquisite and cooked to perfection. The flavors were balanced and seasoned perfectly. While waiting for our car to be brought around, we met... More 

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Los Angeles
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

First class far on a busy street of diverse establishments in Santa Monica. Chef has been creating inventive well prepared menus for several years - so many that one sometimes forgets to put JiRaffe on the short list because of familiarity. This is a place that should never be overlooked despite being a Santa Monica staple at this point. Always... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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
21 helpful votes 21 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
138 reviews 138 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about JiRaffe Restaurant

Address: 502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-917-6671
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Monday 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 - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Eclectic

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