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502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #21 of 576 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
Santa Monica
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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
Monza, Italy
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It was overall a good meal , mainly fish based courses but the final price was too high. Not all the courses were great ,the service was acceptable. The place is nice but again I was expecting something more especially regarding how the fish was cooked.I would not reccomend the scallops while the sole was good.the lobster needed to be... More 

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Scarsdale, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We just returned from California, and I wanted to encourage my fellow travelers to have dinner at JiRaffe, before they close mid February. Raphael Lunetta, chef-owner- has been at this location for 19 years, and wants to do something more casual, but something that will still be up to his high standards. I can't wait to see what Raphael comes... More 

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Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The food was excellent.The service was excellent.Nice little spot.The staff was friendly and the the chef was flexible with the choices on the menu.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Big, bold flavors-small portions. Got in last minute in a Friday night which is great. Scallop appetizer was fantastic-but only one. And it was luke warm. Beautiful citrus sauce but, again, only one. Corn stuffed pasta with a truffle cream sauce was divine. But, again, luke warm. Something could have been added to the corn filling to cut the sweetness... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
141 reviews 141 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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