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Hillstone Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
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202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1202
310 576 7558
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Tue 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Patient staff, good food!

Went with family and picky eaters but staff were patient and everyone enjoyed their food. Had to wait 15 minutes even though we had reserved in advance and arrived on time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Business meetings
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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Menu was limited, attitude of waitress was pretty much "I don't care" and resulting service was lackluster & food was barely above average. Complete fail for me as a pick for our family's time in the area for Thanksgiving. How is this rated so high on TripAdvisor?

Thank TMGarland
Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went with family and picky eaters but staff were patient and everyone enjoyed their food. Had to wait 15 minutes even though we had reserved in advance and arrived on time.

Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

i know there is a lot of hype over this restaurant but have to say we were underwhelmed. food was okay but not fantastic. the staff however are very good.

Thank Busyringo
New Jersey
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104 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we ate here Friday nite which was the last nite of our trip . we both had burgers- gotta be one of the best I ever had. I had the cheeseburger and my wife had the California burger. just terrific! the sides were great as well-especially the red cabbage. it is a really nice place and our server was super... More 

Thank oots412
Bristol, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We found Hillstone via TripAdvisor and were not disappointed. Excellent food and drink and the ribs were some of the best we've had.

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Manila, Philippines
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered a pork chop medium cooked and ribs with fries on the side. Those chops were amazing! Charred on the outside and tender in the middle. They cooked it perfectly and that sauce that they used was really good! The ribs were soft and fell off the bone. The fries were thin and crispy. Ordered a beer with it.... More 

Thank CatChoachuy
New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

so good was the dinner here that i suggested my circle to try this out. very good ambience and decor. i would love to come back when i visit california. thanks to all the team

Thank kooler07
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the top three rated restaurants in Santa Monica and boy does it deliver. Excellent steaks, great choices on the wine list and nowhere near as expensive as it looks. You need to book as it's really busy, but it is worth the effort.

Thank Gnasher8
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180 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled more than 5,000 miles to have the grilled artichokes. They buy them from one vendor and since California has a drought, none were available. When the hostess heard our story ( from the server) she comp'd our appetizer ( which had artichoke in it). Friend had the Thai salad which was tasty... and I had my first US... More 

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New York City, New York
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a very nice dinner at Hillstone. The food was excellent. Our server, Chris, was very knowledgeable, and very capable. Kudos to her. We really enjoyed the ambience, and that it was walking distance from the pier.

Thank Peter N

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1202
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310 576 7558

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Japanese, American, Steakhouse, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings


Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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