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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 #30 of 565 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon Big Deans when visiting the Santa Monica beach area, we didn't want to eat in anywhere that looked overly touristy and overpriced. This place has a great vibe, relaxed but with great service. We ordered the fish and ahi tacos and they were lovely we also tried the fries and onion rings which came in huge portions.... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Had read several reviews about this place before we went to Santa Monica for a beach day. Having spent the morning on the beach we went up to the promenade and had a look for somewhere to eat. It was a busy day but the bar has tables out the back and we found one there. Big Dean (I assume... More

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

Paul, we can't tell you how much your review made us smile! Hearing you and your family had such a great time completely makes our day. We hope to see you again next time you're in Santa Monica! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More

Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Right off the beach and walking distance from pier. Great bar with great food! Awesome staff and a great place to sit and watch the beach activity, vendors, and people around you. I have also ran into a few celebrities here:)

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

Mindy, your kind words have really got us smiling! Thanks for your compliments on everything from the food to the staff -- we can't wait to have you back! 'Til next time, Big Dean's Team More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

We ended up at this restaurant because we heard the clam chowder was good here and my bf wanted to try it. We walked in and all the tables were full so we sat down at the bar. It wasn't that busy. No one greeted us. We sat there for about 5 min to deside what to order but continued... More

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

We're so sorry and embarrassed that we dropped the ball on your first visit. We've actually just had a new POS system installed, and we're all still in the process of learning how to use it. We set a much higher bar for our food and service than what you received, and we hope you'll give us a second chance... More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A chance find and without doubt now to be our daily afternoon haunt for the rest of our holiday ! Fabulous reasonably priced food , good range of choices , great atmosphere, filled with sunshine and friendly staff who managed to put up with two loud teenage girls! I would recommend this to anyone to just hang out and chill.... More

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

We can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear that you and your family had such a great time with us! Knowing you'll be stopping back every day for the rest of your holiday is the best compliment we could ask for, and we hope you continue to thoroughly enjoy yourselves. See you soon, Big Dean's Team More

London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Big Deans is what most Brits would expect of a quintessential Californian bar. On the beach, great music, a sun kissed crowd and friendly, efficient staff - who am I to argue. I forgot to mention the simple, but tasty food and the great selection of beers. I will be taking my daughter there in October so that she can... More

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

It's wonderful to hear you had the perfect California bar experience with us, Marc! Thank you for the compliments to our food and staff -- I'll be sure to pass your kind words along. We're delighted to hear that you'll be bringing your daughter back this year; we can't wait to welcome you both! All the best, Big Dean's Team More

Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our group dined here after an evening on the pier. We were able to grab a table off the beach walk which allowed for a great sunset view with the pier as a backdrop. Hard to beat. Food was good. We had three juicy burgers and the clam chowder bread bowl which my wife really liked. Service was a little... More

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

Thanks for the feedback, Matt! We're really glad to read that you were able to stop by and take in the sunset along with the burgers and the chowder. Thanks for letting us know about the service as well. Next time you're in the area, we hope we can do it again! Best, Big Dean's Team More

Genk, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Great food, the calamari was realy nice. The beer was cold and the weather was nice. Seriously, i was nice having a beer and a bite here! If we could, we would come here again!

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

Thanks for the review, Janpan19! It's great to read that you got to try our calamari -- it's a great pairing for a cold beer. If your travels bring you back to Santa Monica in the future, be sure to come back and say hello! Best, Big Dean's Team More

Rockville, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Was looking for something not so "Santa Monica". Deans was a good local joint. Food was good, beer cold, and prices good.

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

Hey gtterb, thanks for the review! We're glad you enjoyed your recent visit -- we'll be sure to pass your compliments along to our team here. If you find yourself in Santa Monica in the future, come back and see us! Best, Big Dean's Team More

Billings, Montana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Right at the base of the Pier, the service and food were decent, nothing outstanding, but the location and people watching were great!

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

Hi Carol, thanks for the feedback. Obviously we wish we could've left you a bit more impressed, but we appreciate the comments and suggestions nonetheless. If you find yourself in Santa Monica in the future, we hope you'll come back and see us! Best, Big Dean's Team More

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