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Big Deans "Muscle-In" Cafe

Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk (Santa Monica Pier Overpass), Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-393-2666
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Ranked #33 of 554 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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English first
Santa Monica, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Love this place! Located along the SM beach bike path and adjacent to Santa Monica Pier and the acclaimed Muscle Beach, this little neighborhood dive bar is a must for local color, people watching and refueling. Decent food at reasonable prices, lots of outdoor seating and good for watching sports....need I say more?!

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HORLEY, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Remembered this bar from our last visit so caught the Big Blue Bus twice to Santa Monica to pay visits.Being a Real Ale fan this was a must and it did not disappoint.Tried some different beers on both visits and also ate Chicken Wings,Chips etc. Had some free beer one visit as there was a young lady promoting Big Wave.... More

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Junction City, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Stopped at Big Deans for lunch. Tried the Big Dean burger and fringes and both were pretty good. Glad we tried this local shop.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Yes, the food is only so-so, but the location is unmatched, and the crowd is memorable. I've never been here when I didn't meet at least 5 new people, most of whom were interesting, strange, or otherwise beyond the norm. If you stop in, you may meet a local or a tourist, but everyone has a story to tell. Just... More

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Whistler, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Awesome spot, prime people watching venue. Super good double cheeseburger, made the place famous. Excellent beer selection, great attentive servers and bar staff,very cool doorman. Amazing patios (yup plural) 2 totally seperate and totally cool patios, both get sun and lots of it. This place RULES. You will enjoy yourself here.

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Banff National Park, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic Location, chips and salsa were really good. Server was quite rude, not sure i would return based on that fact alone. If your looking for a drink in the sun along the boardwalk, this is a good place to choose

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

This was the first time I have stopped here on one of my many visits to Santa Monica. Its a GREAT spot....we stopped here for a quick beer to cool down. We didn't get a chance to eat but the food that was passing us by was very ample and looked delicious. I could have sat there all day and... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

My husband and I really enjoyed our meal here. We tried the burgers, Buffalo wings and chilli cheese fries and it was the best we had in our trip.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Loved by locals, loved by travelers. Staff was amazing and helpful, beer was amazing, Location is great, atmosphere is better, sports was a win! haha, whole family enjoyed it!

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uk
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

A must for food, atmosphere and location. Staff were helpful, probably the best value all round in LA

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