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JiRaffe Restaurant

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Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
French, International, Contemporary
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502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (5th Street)
310-917-6671
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: JiRaffe offers market directed rustic California/French food with...
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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  • 43
    Very good
  • 17
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Small quaint restaurant

Food delicious. Near 3rd Street promenade. Service very good. Great neighborhood restaurant for a date

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
moihaha
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Santa Monica, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Santa Monica, California
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Food delicious. Near 3rd Street promenade. Service very good. Great neighborhood restaurant for a date

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Walnut Creek, California
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176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The food was very good and the service was friendly. The problem is the menu is quite limited and the wine selection is not too good and the wine I wanted they were out of.

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Los Angeles, California
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115 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A nondescript corner restaurant which I drove by at first, since their sign wasn't lit that night. Located far enough away from the touristy 3rd street Promenade, on the corner of Santa Monica and 5th street. Plenty of parking with both a public structure, street metered parking and valet. A cozy, dimly lit, quaint, romantic establishment with a moderate noise... More 

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Monza, Italy
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Malibu
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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7 restaurant reviews
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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
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 502 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (5th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-917-6671

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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.
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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