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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

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Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk (Santa Monica Pier Overpass), Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-393-2666
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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Outdoor Seating
Description: Welcome to Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, where the "locals" meet and the...
Welcome to Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, where the "locals" meet and the "fun loving" tourist always return! Voted one of L.A.'S 101 best bars, we are open every day and have all the sports games on Sundays on TV. Conveniently located on the beautiful Santa Monica Boardwalk, this is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax, sip a beer or have a burger. In addition to fun in the sun on our outdoor patios, you'll find some great food, beer and wine at the world famous Big Dean's. Just ask any of our regulars- they'll tell you to try our World Famous Burgers like the Santa Monica Burger or Big Dean's Double Cheeseburger. We also have sandwiches, sausages and dogs, seafood, tacos and sides, as well as an extensive beer, wine and specialty beverage list, to satisfy guests of all ages! We invite you to check out our website to see what we offer, then bring your friends and family to join us at Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe today! We look forward to seeing you soon.
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  • 83
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    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great location, fun atmosphere

Big Deans is awesome! It's in a great location on the beach by the pier. The atmosphere is casual and, when busy, tables are shared with others - we shared our table with three locals and three people traveling from other countries, who were all hilarious. Big Deans serves good, inexpensive bar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Lisa C
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Big Deans is awesome! It's in a great location on the beach by the pier. The atmosphere is casual and, when busy, tables are shared with others - we shared our table with three locals and three people traveling from other countries, who were all hilarious. Big Deans serves good, inexpensive bar food. And, the service is laid-back. Expect the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We visited this little gem during our stopover in LA en route back to NZ. After walking from Venice Beach we were famished and craving some good American food. We sat outside at a bench in the sunshine. The cafe is situated right across from Santa Monica pier so there's a lovely atmosphere and great for people watching! I had... More 

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Geraldine! Thanks for your amazing recommendation. :) We're so glad you enjoyed your double cheeseburger and those fries!! Next time you're in town, we'd love to see you again for more. Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

LOS ANGELES
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have going to Big Deans since 1974 . Ifell in love with the place then and have going back ever si nce , 8 to 10 times a year whenever I am in Santa Monica The main improvement since the 70'S is the much wider selection of better quality beers ; the food and service remain as before -... More 

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

This. This is the best! Thanks for your awesome recommendation and this walk down memory lane. Can't wait to keep welcoming you back when you're in Santa Monica. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyable lunch with some good beer. Visited with family and being from Australia we all had fun trying beers we hadn't had before. Also shared a plate of nachos and a big dean's burger. Both very tasty. Good value, good afternoob. One small issue, the kid serving us could have done well to be a little more enthusiastic. A smile... More 

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your lunch and had fun trying those beers! It would be awesome to see you again for an even better visit - we've got plenty of smiles we'd love to share with you. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Gilmer, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Very casual atmosphere with picnic style tables outside surrounding an inner bar area. Located to the left and below the Santa Monica pier. The beer was good with a broad selection to choose from-both bottles and on tap. The food was very average....nachos were very overdone, frozen French fries, mediocre tacos. Would not advise going here for a meal but... More 

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed the beer and laid back atmosphere! It's a bummer the food wasn't as great as it should have been, though. If you're in town again soon, we'd love to see you again - we know we can do better than what you describe! All our best, Big Dean's Team More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

A cheerful lively place with quick and friendly service just off the famous Santa Monica Pier. Good helpings , fresh and moderately priced food . Definitely value for money . Recommend the shrimp salad , fish and chips and tacos .

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Thank you, thank you for this great recommendation! We're really glad you had a great visit, and it'd be awesome to see you back soon. Your friends, Big Dean's Team More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We loved the atmosphere of this bar/café during our stay in Santa Monica. Great casual food, service, staff and music. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and chill for a few hours - this is your place.

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Rachel, thank you! We're so glad you had a great visit. Definitely come see us when you're next in California. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Service with a smile and a Beer with a view. We sat here every afternoon and watched all walks of life return to their lives after a day at the beach, with a cold glass in hand. Perfect.

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Dee, thank you!! Talk about a great view -- we're feeling pretty lucky sitting and looking at your awesome recommendation. :) Hope to see you again very soon! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have just returned from California and Nevada. Sorry Big Dean but the service I received from one of your staff was outstandingly bad. Just to refresh his memory he thought it was a great joke asking me to tell him the number of the table we would be sitting at and then when we said we couldn't see a... More 

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Needless to say, we were disappointed to read this today. We're really sorry you were put off by your experience. We've got a really fun, dive bar atmosphere, and it sounds to us like your server was just trying to be playful and friendly! Having said that, we're bummed the intention didn't land where he was aiming, and we're sorry... More 

Lisburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Nice relaxed place to stop into and down a few drinks in the afternoon sun. Don't be expecting fancy service, this is a proper beach bar ... even though it's slightly away from the beach

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Mark, thank you! We're really glad you had a great time stopping in, and we'd love to see you again soon. Cheers! Big Dean's Team More 

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Additional Information about Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

Address: Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk (Santa Monica Pier Overpass), Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: +1 310-393-2666
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk (Santa Monica Pier Overpass), Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-2666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Scenic view

Description

Welcome to Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, where the "locals" meet and the "fun loving" tourist always return! Voted one of L.A.'S 101 best bars, we are open every day and have all the sports games on Sundays on TV. Conveniently located on the beautiful Santa Monica Boardwalk, this is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax, sip a beer or have a burger. In addition to fun in the sun on our outdoor patios, you'll find some great food, beer and wine at the world famous Big Dean's. Just ask any of our regulars- they'll tell you to try our World Famous Burgers like the Santa Monica Burger or Big Dean's Double Cheeseburger. We also have sandwiches, sausages and dogs, seafood, tacos and sides, as well as an extensive beer, wine and specialty beverage list, to satisfy guests of all ages! We invite you to check out our website to see what we offer, then bring your friends and family to join us at Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe today! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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