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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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11:00 am - 11:00 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: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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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 place for outside drinks

This is seriously a gem in the rough! awesome place to grab drinks and be outside- surprisingly there aren't more bars like this around but alas there are not! Great location on ther beach near the boardwalk, I honestly lived in Santa Monica for a few years before I noticed it, its not a part of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
allison r
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usa
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is seriously a gem in the rough! awesome place to grab drinks and be outside- surprisingly there aren't more bars like this around but alas there are not! Great location on ther beach near the boardwalk, I honestly lived in Santa Monica for a few years before I noticed it, its not a part of the beach I travel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We stopped here early afternoon and it was busy but we grabbed a table outside. The service was fast and friendly, there was a decent choice on the menu and everything we had was good. Decent choice of drinks too.

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

Chris, this is awesome! We're really glad everything from your service to drinks was great -- it'd be awesome to welcome you back when you're next in the area!! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I think it's odd to name a place 'ocean front' when you can't actually see the ocean. We choose this place because we wanted somewhere we could see the water so were a bit disappointed. However the venue itself was very causal and relaxed with nice food and friendly staff. I recommend the tacos!

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

Hey there! You're right -- we haven't got a view of the ocean, but we're on "Ocean Front Walk," hence our name. :) It's great to know the food and the staff's service were both enjoyable for you. We'd love to see you again for your favorite tacos! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Visited on a busy memorial day weekend. It was clear that Big Dean's is a popular place. We quickly found a table and ordered fries and 'world famous' burgers. Not sure the burgers deserved that title! That said, we still enjoyed our visit; soaking up some California sun, people-watching and viewing sports on the screens.

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

Dean, we're really glad you enjoyed your visit, from the people-watching to the burgers. It'd be awesome to welcome you back when you're next in Santa Monica. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Just had my first trip to Big Deans, after hearing about it for so long. Great spot right on the beach! We had a table in the back - perfect for enjoying a few drinks and eating their famous burgers. If it isn't too crowded, give this place a try.

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

Joey! We're really glad you had such a great first trip and enjoyed a drink and a burger. We'd love to welcome you back soon for an even better follow-up visit!! :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Ate here with my husband and 2 kids. Food was reasonably priced and good. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. It was loud and fun. The chips and salsa were great- the chips were made fresh!

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

Fran, we're so glad you and the family had such a great visit!! It'd be awesome to see you again for some more chips & salsa and a fun time. :) 'Til then, Big Dean's Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We was visiting Santa Monica pier and was looking for some lunch and came across this place and it didn't let us down. The prices for food was reasonable and the food was great! Great friendly staff, a must visit for food and drinks!

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

Jordan! We love knowing you enjoyed your lunch so much and thought the staff was great. Please come see us again when you're next in the area! :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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

Lisa! We're so glad you had such a great time - it sounds like you found an awesome table with a great crowd. :) Just to clarify, we are first and foremost a cafe - not primarily a bar. We'd love to see you again really soon for a Bite and a Brew!! Cheers, Big Dean's Team 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 

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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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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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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 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, 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
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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