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Bistro of Santa Monica

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2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040 (23rd Street)
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Most recent review
Romantic ambiance & excellent food

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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123 reviews 123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Southern California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were staying at the Best Western Gateway in Santa Monica and asked the people at the desk where we might find a good restaurant. The both suggested the Bistro which is located three blocks away at 2301 Santa Monica Boulevard. We went in on a Wednesday evening when it wasn't very busy and were cordially greeted by the maitre... More 

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Pool in Wharfedale, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Looks like a French restaurant,but is more Italian. Good choice of food, and reasonably priced. Service very good. Piano player is good, although the time we were there, the restaurant was quite empty, and tended to be a bit loud.

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Los Angeles, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Try Bistro of Santa Monica You never regret. They have variety of vegetarian food, Healthy food, it's delicious!!!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I went to this restaurant for dessert and wine and was pleasantly surprised. The mousse I chose was ok but nothing special, the Pinot gregio was lovely, but the highlight was the Pianist.........he was fabulous! And he took requests....brilliant!

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State of Sao Paulo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Me and my wife were already disapointed with all the restaurants where we have gone on the many times visiting the US. Even the renomated and famous chef (like Gordon Ramsay) does not mantain great restaurants around here. Finally, we found someone that worths the value! The "Bistro of Santa Monica" has very good appetizers (like Buffala Mozzarela with Red... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food, lovely ambiance......(nicely lit, relatively quiet.....live piano-playing a nice accompaniment)....reasonable prices. Try the veal dishes... and the best bread pudding on the planet! Great service, too!

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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: French, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
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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