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JiRaffe Restaurant

502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #26 of 567 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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Los Angeles
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

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
131 reviews 131 reviews
103 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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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