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“Great staff and one of the best vibes in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe
Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk (Santa Monica Pier Overpass), Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)
+1 310-393-2666
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Ranked #36 of 594 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
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.
Olathe, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great staff and one of the best vibes in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The staff absolutely set this place apart. Fun energetic environment. My first time here and they treat you like a 10 year regular. Walked by and they had a KC Royals game on TV. One of the bartenders is from KC. From the GM to mgr and the entire crew they make you feel right at home. I will go back every time I am in town

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bath UK
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Worth a visit.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Was down on the pier and wanted to eat so checked Trip Advisor and came up with here. Waitress was very friendly and helpful as we were clearly not local. Burgers were greasy but tasty, not at all fancy but good prices and handy for people watching ( sorry for laughing when you skated into that bollard man on skateboard! Kudos for maintaining epic air of coolness through out ).

Visited March 2013
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Berkeley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Local feel and great screens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We spent one night in Santa Monica and found this cafe on Trip Advisor. Food was alright, but the atmosphere was great. We watched a Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox game with much excitement. A great place for families with sports loving boys.

Visited April 2013
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British Columbia, Canada
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105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 98 cities Reviews in 98 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
“Fried everything...and good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We are absolute health nuts and treat ourselves to fried foods about once a year. Deep fried clams and fries- what's not to love? Simple, cheap. Burgers looked great. Ambience very surfer. Service friendly by aging surfer dudes. Loved it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Carmichael, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Not good for families”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

After reading reviews we decided to give this place a try last week with our 13 and 16 year olds. Mistake. Food was greasy and tasteless with the exception of the cheeseburger which my son said was greasy but good. French fries were terrible. The atmosphere is local bar. Lots of drunk people. Not a great experience, but the location is wonderful with outdoor patio. Would be fine if you don't have kids with you and just want to have a beer on the patio.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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