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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Affordable Food, Good Beer Selection!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
83 helpful votes 83 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
Contributor
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 

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

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 

GB
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Visiting from the UK we hired bikes to do the tourist trail in and around Santa Monica. Tired and hungry we needed good simple and plentiful food. Big Dean's provided this. Yes it may appear basic and is all about burgers, hot dogs and fries - but there is more. However our family loved it, the food, the sun, and... More 

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

Adam Family, thanks for this awesome review! We're so glad we were just what you needed after your bike tour, and it was such a treat to read about your visit here. We hope to welcome you back the next time you find yourselves in Santa Monica! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Phoenix
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a fantastic little spot right by the pier and the beach. There were 4 of us, we stopped in for a of couple beers and shared some apps. The food was great, hot, fresh and tasty! Great atmosphere and place to watch football as there are several TVs. The service was okay. We didn't have any issues with... More 

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

Kelly, we're so glad to know you and your friends enjoyed grabbing a beer and catching a game with us! Having said that, we're bummed you got the impression that our waiters weren't thrilled to be there. That couldn't be further from the truth, and we're confident you'll see more smiles the next time you stop in! Cheers, Big Dean's... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Limited beach view but this is a great location at ground level on the beach path below the Pier. A great spot to either refuel after a quick swim or get set up for hiring a bike next door and heading to venice and back. They have a heap of screens showing major sports and a great relaxed feel with... More 

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

Welcome to you and your family! We're so glad to hear you loved your food and thought the service was prompt. We're all about a nice, relaxing time, and it sounds like that's just what you had. We hope to welcome you back again soon for some more burgers and a brew! As always, please feel free to let us... 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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