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Bistro of Santa Monica

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2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040 (23rd Street)
310-453-5442
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10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Terrific food and service

Friend had her 70th birthday party there. I had never been although heard it was terrific. Full bar, nice size place, parking in back. The food was very good. I had salmon, moist and tasty. The rest of the guests ate up a storm, generous portions, appetizers, salads, bread and entress. The dessert... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Helene W
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Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Friend had her 70th birthday party there. I had never been although heard it was terrific. Full bar, nice size place, parking in back. The food was very good. I had salmon, moist and tasty. The rest of the guests ate up a storm, generous portions, appetizers, salads, bread and entress. The dessert was a chocolate mousse and the waiters... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I eat here for lunch on a regular basis. It's a great place to meet friends during the week, white tablecloths and an atmosphere where you can actually hear the conversation going round. No loud music or ambient noise to compete with pleasant conversation and good food. My favorites here are lemon sole outcast and a veal meatball linguini with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Why I continue to go back to The Bistro on Santa Monica Blvd. I do not know! I work within a block, so the choice is very limited. I am always hopeful that it will improve. Yesterday at lunch time I had the Club Sandwich thinking they cannot go too far wrong with that item. The fries were fresh and... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We have been going The Bistro for a family dinner every year when we come to town for more than 10 years. The food is consistent, original,always well prepared and reasonably priced. The wait staff is pleasant and attentive and it is nice to see the owner always present and going around to welcome guests. Even when every table is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Nice food targeting an older crowd. At least they have a full bar! some of the food could have been delivered a bit hotter (my own pet peeve).

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Highland, California, Usa
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

"Found" the Bistro as it was within walking distance of our hotel. No other info besides it " looked interesting" from the street. Went in early ( before 6 pm) , was welcomed by the bar man who doubled as our server. Menus is upscale Italian. Had sea bass as one entree and chicken piccata as the other. No spaghetti... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Ate there on a Thursday night. Great soft pianist playing, excellent service & delicious Italian food!

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Florence, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had a nice table with white tablecloths in a scenic italian style place. We started with a tasty caesar salad and red wine, and then ordered the osso buco and linguini and clams. Both were delicious. The chocolate souffle was very good but a little small. Our server was prompt and friendly.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The location is very good and the food is fantastic! Some restaurants claim to be Italian but if the pasta is not done "al dente" certainly your food will not be good. Anyone looking to have a good meal can stop by Bistro of Santa Monica and will not be dissatisfied. Their bread and the oil with sundried tomatoes and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We stumbled on this restaurant while driving on Santa Monica Bl. It's a beautiful place. The food was very good. I had a cream of lentil soup that was the best I think I've ever had. My dining partner had seafood risotto, and he said it was delicious. They have a nice, if limited, wine list. A pianist plays live... More 

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Additional Information about Bistro of Santa Monica

Address: 2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040
Phone Number: 310-453-5442
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040
    (23rd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-453-5442

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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