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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Late Night, 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Value for Money

A cheerful lively place with quick and friendly service just off the famous Santa Monica Pier. Good helpings , fresh and moderately priced food . Definitely value for money . Recommend the shrimp salad , fish and chips and tacos .

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
madhav24
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A cheerful lively place with quick and friendly service just off the famous Santa Monica Pier. Good helpings , fresh and moderately priced food . Definitely value for money . Recommend the shrimp salad , fish and chips and tacos .

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

Thank you, thank you for this great recommendation! We're really glad you had a great visit, and it'd be awesome to see you back soon. Your friends, Big Dean's Team More 

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We loved the atmosphere of this bar/café during our stay in Santa Monica. Great casual food, service, staff and music. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and chill for a few hours - this is your place.

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

Rachel, thank you! We're so glad you had a great visit. Definitely come see us when you're next in California. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Service with a smile and a Beer with a view. We sat here every afternoon and watched all walks of life return to their lives after a day at the beach, with a cold glass in hand. Perfect.

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

Dee, thank you!! Talk about a great view -- we're feeling pretty lucky sitting and looking at your awesome recommendation. :) Hope to see you again very soon! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have just returned from California and Nevada. Sorry Big Dean but the service I received from one of your staff was outstandingly bad. Just to refresh his memory he thought it was a great joke asking me to tell him the number of the table we would be sitting at and then when we said we couldn't see a... More 

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

Needless to say, we were disappointed to read this today. We're really sorry you were put off by your experience. We've got a really fun, dive bar atmosphere, and it sounds to us like your server was just trying to be playful and friendly! Having said that, we're bummed the intention didn't land where he was aiming, and we're sorry... More 

Lisburn, United Kingdom
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269 reviews 269 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Nice relaxed place to stop into and down a few drinks in the afternoon sun. Don't be expecting fancy service, this is a proper beach bar ... even though it's slightly away from the beach

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

Mark, thank you! We're really glad you had a great time stopping in, and we'd love to see you again soon. Cheers! Big Dean's Team More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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252 reviews 252 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Located on the Beach front, this place is good and simple. Wine served in plastic glass, good tacos salad and good music. You can choose sitting inside on outside. Good salad with grilled shrimps in a large tacos shell.

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

Anne-Christine, we're so glad you had a great time! We'd love to see you again when you're next in the area. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Nashville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I stumbled upon this beach bar located at the bottom of the stairs before walking up to the SM pier from Muscle Beach. It has a cool local beach vibe and a solid place to pop in a grab a few day beers. It has a lot of history and has been around for a while. Walk around back and... More 

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

Thanks for this!! We're pumped you had such a good time grabbing drinks with us last weekend. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Sugar Land, Texas
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

So, I could have easily spent an entire day at Deans. This is a great little bar right across from the pier and the beach. I didn't eat the food, but it looked great. They had a great selection of tap beers and the prices weren't too bad for Cali. Just a really cool, laid back vibe that is a... More 

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This seriously made our day. We're so glad you had such a great time, and we can't wait to see you next time you're in the area!! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

Essex
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

located right next to the beach and pier, this place is a must for all visitors. Try the Chili dog and your life will be complete ;-)

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

Mags, thank you!! Can't wait to welcome you back for another chili dog soon. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great spot to sit and relax! Laid back beach spot. Has both inside and outdoor seating. Out door seating in front and the open atrium area of restaurant. Yummy eats and beer/drinks! Fried shrimp and tacos are a must! Good music, and the wait staff is very personable, and attentive. Warning...there are a few very aggressive doves that like to... More 

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We love hearing you had such a great time!! Thanks for letting us know service was great and that you loved the shrimp and tacos especially. :) See you next time! 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, Dining on a budget, Families with children

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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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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