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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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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating
Scenic view
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fun, Classic Santa Monica Beach Experience

I grew up going to Muscle Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. Back then, Big Dean's had more of a bodybuilder crowd. Now it has a really mixed feel, with locals, families, and tourists and in many ways is more fun. The waiter and staff were very funny and friendly. I had a grilled cheese and beer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Robert B
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Hong Kong, China
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I grew up going to Muscle Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. Back then, Big Dean's had more of a bodybuilder crowd. Now it has a really mixed feel, with locals, families, and tourists and in many ways is more fun. The waiter and staff were very funny and friendly. I had a grilled cheese and beer -- with brought... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wonderful quaint bar and grill on the beach. Food, fun and beer right at the beginning of the pier. Must sit down and eat and have a few beers to appreciate the atmosphere.

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

So glad you enjoyed stopping by! We're all about taking a moment to enjoy the beautiful views that surround us, and hey, if you've got some good food and beer, that never hurts either! Hope to see you soon! All the best, Big Dean's Team More 

Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We visited Santa Monica whilst on holiday last week. We had spent the day on the pier and had worked up quite an appetite. Thank goodness we stumbled across this awesome little place! We were looking for an authentic all American experience so we ordered local beers (which were kindly and expertly recommended by a cheery member of staff), burgers,... More 

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

Lindsay, thank you!! We're so glad you had that perfect all-American experience with us, and we'd love to welcome you back if you're ever in Santa Monica again. :) Cheers! Big Dean's Team More 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Daily Specials, Grilled Cheese to Seafood deep fried, hamburgers, Frings (a mix of fries & onion rings). Keep in mind, in the "winter months" if the attendance is low, they will start to close around 7ish... but if people are here, they will keep serving beer. I ordered a grilled cheese at 7pm & received it... in February. Great place... More 

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

Thanks for your awesome recommendation!! We're so glad you're a fan. :) Come see us again soon for another grilled cheese and a drink! 'Til next time, Big Dean's Team More 

Cary, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

While the website indicates that Big Deans is open until 9:00 Tuesday -Thursday, it was not open for dinner on the Wednesday night we were there.

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

We're so sorry you had that experience! Though we do usually keep to our established hours, sometimes extenuating circumstances arise. We'd love to have you in, so we hope you'll stop by again the next time you're in the area! All our best, Big Dean's Team More 

Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We just wanted some food and this place was there, glad we went. Our waiter was entertaining and cracked some jokes with us. Their menu though appearing small actually had a lot of choices. I didn't know what to get and last minute ordered chili cheese fries. I immediately regretted it because it was listed as a starter but when... More 

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

Thanks for this great review! It's awesome to know you enjoyed your chili cheese fries and burgers and had a fun conversation with your waiter. We'd love to welcome you back next time you're in the area! 'Til then, take care, Big Dean's Team More 

Sydney, Australia
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Went alone when staying in SM. Great place. Friendly. Good buffalo wings and fries. Wine was fine too. I had fun and felt welcome....and the locals even explained the finer points of college football to me!

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

Joy, thanks for this great recommendation! We're so glad you enjoyed your American experience and learned a bit about college football. We hope to welcome you back the next time you're in SM! Take care, Big Dean's Team More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I fell in love with this place. Service really efficient and humorous. Venue is not over the top. Maybe the big sports screens dont appel to everyone whos not into American sport. But I liked it. Beer selection was excellent. Always ended up alittle slanted!. Food was fresh and well prepared. Kid friendly. Really miss going to Big Deans.

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

Andrew, this review made us so nostalgic! Thanks for your awesome recommendation, and we hope you make it over our way soon! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Between our group we tried a few different things including a burger, fish and salad and all was pretty tasty, the fact they don't serve ice with your drinks is a let down on a hot day when you want a really cold drink. Our server wasn't that great however the other staff we observed seemed to be friendly so... More 

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

Shelle, thanks for stopping in! We're so glad you enjoyed the food you tried, though we're bummed service wasn't as great as it could have been. Customer service is extremely important to us, and we're glad you'll be back again so we can prove it to you! All our best, Big Dean's Team More 

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

We discovered Big Dean's years ago. On a visit to Santa Monica we stopped in for a beer and a bite. It offers beachside atmosphere, wide range of beers, decent food and very reasonable prices. On trips to Santa Monica, we have not missed a visit to Big Dean's in years. On a recent trip, we tried to take friends... More 

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

This amazing recommendation really made us smile! We're so happy to know stopping into our place is a family tradition, and it's awesome to hear your friends enjoyed their first visit, too. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon! Next time you stop in, we'd love to hear about anything we could be doing better -- we always... More 

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Restaurant Details

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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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