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The Library Alehouse

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
Pub, American, Gastropub
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2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-5315
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Back for the seared Ahi burger....

I love this place on main St Santa Monica. My good friend first took me here around 8 years ago at which time I tasted my first Ahi burger. This bar has a cool vibe and some good beers on tap. I made a point of visiting a couple of times with my partner and our friends on this last... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this place on main St Santa Monica. My good friend first took me here around 8 years ago at which time I tasted my first Ahi burger. This bar has a cool vibe and some good beers on tap. I made a point of visiting a couple of times with my partner and our friends on this last... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here early evening mid week and the place was packed, managed to snag a table, lots of people after us waiting for tables Waiting staff were so relaxed and friendly and discussed our options for all of the craft beers on tap, sports on the TVs didn't disturb us while we chatted We all ordered burgers and they were... More 

Thank Diveguide
Manchester UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a Sunday night and was served by the American blonde girl who use to live in Worcester (England). The bar had a nice atmosphere and was very busy, and it was immaculately clean and the decor was very good. Even though we only drank there it seemed very busy with people coming to dine.

Thank Mike_9_W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are so many choices for dining in Santa Monica so there's no need to go back to someplace that's mediocre or less. Library Alehouse is a place we'd go back to in a heartbeat. Luckily we got in just before the big crowds showed up on a Friday night so we were able to be seated quickly in the... More 

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Newburgh, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was solo in Santa Monica for the evening and stopped by for a beer and to check out the baseball game (Mets vs Cubs) while figuring out what to do for dinner. I ended up sitting at the bar for the entire game. Extensive selection of craft beers and interesting dinner menu made it impossible to leave. Fun atmosphere and... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Admittedly I stopped here for the great CA microbrews on tap but the food looked awesome too. The tap list did not disappoint and they patio out back was a great hideaway. Friendly service. Not good for kids. Street parking or there is a public lot across the road on Kinney where it's only $1/hour! Definitely worth a stop for... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

This is really a nice one in Venice Beach. We had lunch while we visited the area and liked it so much. The patio is so nice. Burgers are so delicious. You should definitely taste from the large scale of beer menu.

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The Library was really nice, and three of us immensely enjoyed our beers. The bartender was helpful and friendly, and we had a great time. Sadly, we were there on a Tuesday night and they closed early - around 11, if I recall. I will return to the Library on my next trip to Santa Monica - on a Friday!

Thank martinipen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Not only are the burgers here so good but the huge range of beers on tap is mind blowing. Food just how it should be. Sweet potato fries amazing. Fantastic service and an absolute pleasure to dine here. Highly recommend

Thank Jackiefoss
Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Stopped here for dinner and really enjoyed it! The staff and atmosphere were great and the food very tasty. Would definitely visit again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-5315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-314-4855

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Pub, American, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine


Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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