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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 #28 of 566 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Staff, all 10 or so of them, was hitting on every chick in the place. they told me they were closing and that if I got a big beer I had to chug it, which I can do unless pressured. they were putting up chairs around me. disappointing.

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GB
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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
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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

Stockholm County, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A cool place close to the pier and the beach. We enjoyed the salads and the beers. There is soo much happening outside this place all the time at the promenade. A great place to eat and watch.

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

We're so happy you enjoyed your salads and beers on the beautiful Santa Monica Beach! You're absolutely right -- there's so much to watch, and we're glad you chose to hang out and watch from our place. We hope to see you the next time you're in town! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More

Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Big Deans is an iconic location where the regulars have be coming to for years. The beer is cold and the burgers are great. Sit in front and watch the people walk by.

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

Cori, thanks for making our day! You've got us down to a T, and we can't wait to have you back for a burger, beer, and a side of people-watching. 'Til next time, Big Dean's Team More

West Coast
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Always friendly service, predictably good Burgers and Fish 'n Chips. Enjoy a beer on the patio. People watch beside the Pier... Classic! They do not have an ice machine, so expect your soda will be in a can and look elsewhere if you are looking to fill your water bottle with ice.

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

Thanks for makin' us smile, man! Glad to hear you enjoy grabbing a beer and a burger with us. We always want your visits to be five awesome stars, so please let us know if there's anything we can do to make sure next time's even better! Cheers, Big Dean's Team More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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

Sarah, we wish you could see how big we're smiling right now. Thank you so much for making our day with your kind words! There's nothing better than hearing our guests had a lovely time, and we only wish we could thank you in person. We hope to see you again the next time you're in Santa Monica! Cheers, Big... More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 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 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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