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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk (Santa Monica Pier Overpass), Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-393-2666
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Ranked #24 of 561 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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.
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Airdrie, Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Looks a little nondescript from the street but it's anything but. It was a must do for me, my wife and daughter every night during our short stay in Santa Monica. The large outdoor area means you can enjoy the excellent food and drink in the sunshine. But the best thing about Big Deans is the relaxed and happy vibe,... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Stopped in to watch a World Cup game and was greeted by the kindest staff in the world. Patient, awesome, happy, and helpful staff and management. We were surrounded by regulars at Big Dean's and had a nice time eating and chatting with everyone. The energy here is great. The food is normal bar fare, but it comes out HOT... More

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New Orleans, LA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Best casual place in the area to grab a beer, a bite and catch a game. Feels more local than touristy,

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

Thanks for the awesome review! We definitely do our best to make sure everyone feels comfortable from the moment they walk in, and we're glad to read that you enjoyed your visit. Next time you get the craving, be sure to stop by! Best, Big Dean's Team More

Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

It is a neat place. Great location, for sure. Wait staff was very friendly, which I did not expect from this type of place. Felt very comfortable. Burgers were ok.

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

Thanks for the feedback, Mike. We're glad to read that you enjoyed your visit, and that our staff was a pleasant surprise when you stopped by. It's a bit disappointing that our burger didn't leave you more impressed, but we appreciate the feedback nonetheless. If you have any other thoughts or suggestions for us, don't hesitate to get in touch.... More

York,UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Great location next to the beach and pier. Stopped here after doing a bike ride, burger was delicious and beer was nice and cool, have Stopped by at least twice more great place!

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

Thanks for the review, UKRichiesb! It's great to read that you had the chance to stop by a few times recently and enjoyed a burger and beer with us. We really appreciate the feedback -- next time your travels bring you to Santa Monica, we hope you'll come back to see us! -- Big Dean's Team More

Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stopped here to get a quick snack and we had been recommended to try the chilli cheese fries. Personally I am not a fan of them, however they were amazing from here and would recommend trying them. Staff are very friendly and the service is quick. Perfect place to stop as it is right at the pier and on... More

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

Thanks for the feedback, Kodak747! Sounds like you made a great choice going with the chili cheese fries, and we're so glad you enjoyed them. It's also great to read that our staff left you with a nice impression -- we'll make sure to pass along your review to them. If your travels bring you back to Santa Monica in... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Stopped here for mid day meal. The beer selection and size was good. I had theclam chowder served in a bread bowl and it was the best! Would stop there again if visiting.

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

Honored to be called the best! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking us out. We'll see you again the next time you're in town. Sincerely, Big Dean's Team More

Madrid, Spain
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Really good food and proper lager, the chiken and the onion rings stuning, fresh air, line down staff, but kind and lovely, even if they will prefer awesome, very razonable prices.Probably the only place in Los Angeles that I will go back just to enjoy some chickenn and a drink. thank you guys!

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

Thanks so much for the support, Esther! Hearing this glowing feedback is more rewarding than you know. We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Big Dean's Team More

Floral Park, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Very friendly and professional staff. Great selections of beers on tap. Food was very good. Service was great. Especially Brian. A great location, right next to the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean. A must see.

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

Thanks a lot, Douglassft. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us here on TA. Of course, it's great to read that you enjoyed everything when you stopped by. We'll be sure to let the rest of the staff know that you walked away with such a nice impression as well. If your travels bring you back to Santa Monica... More

Hillsborough, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Got turned on to Shock Top beer. YUMMMMMMMM. I'm not a big beer drinker (by any means), but had to stop in for a cold one. I had a little bit of a hard time finding it, but it was worth it. Young crowd... I felt a little old and out of place, but got over it quickly. I didn't... More

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

Thanks for the review, Kimberly! We appreciate you sharing some information about your recent visit with us. It's great to read that you discovered a new favorite in the Shock Top brew (great choice)! Next time you're in Santa Monica, we hope you'll stop by and give our burger a try. We'd love to know what you think! Best, Big... More

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