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JiRaffe Restaurant

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #29 of 564 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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137 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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Date | Rating
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English first
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
51 helpful votes 51 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
11 reviews 11 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
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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San Francisco, California
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176 reviews 176 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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