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“Just like home” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien
316 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401-2206
310-393-6800
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Ranked #117 of 573 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Bakery, Belgian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Le Pain Quotidien serves simple, elegant boulangerie fare made with organic ingredients whenever possible: breakfast, tartines, pastries and handmade organic bread & many vegan and vegetarian options.
Overijse, Belgium
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Just like home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Very much like the original in Brussels (our home town). The menu has been Americanized a little bit, but not too much. And the quality is still good. The decor is exactly the same as the Belgian original. If you like good old-fashioned (organic) bakery products this is the place to go.

Visited January 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

We had breakfast here and really enjoyed it. I did not know it was a chain until I looked the restaurant up prior to writing this review. While I try to avoid chains, this breakfast was far from a chain feel. A nice, small restaurant inside with a large communal table and several private 2-4 person tables, with a French farmhouse style of brick walls, etc. Hot apple cider was very tasty, almost like it was freshly made. Breakfast quiche was some of the best we have had. Everything was fresh and I believe local and/or organic. We went there on a weekday and there was a decent crowd at 8 am, so I am sure they must fill up on the weekends. Definitely recommend for a reasonably priced and excellent tasting breakfast.

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Beverly Hills
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Lacks consistent product quality - Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Average food quality. Acceptable service. Foods do not taste as good as I expected. Dishes have seasoning issues. Coffee and croissants subpar. Good farm style interior decor but the cooking must be improved. It feels too much like a chain rather than a "chef/owner" French bakery. More attention to details is needed. Average overall.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Monica
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great blend of full meals and something light or sweet...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Enough variety on the menu to satisfy everyone in the group and comfortable enough to feel cozy when dining solo by choice. The restaurant associates are very amiable and hold it together even when they get overwhelmed with sudden volume. The small outdoor seating area is more interesting than the indoor setting but be aware of big city noises, etc.. Newer management has added some much needed polish and energy. I'm a local who wanders in about once a week after walking some blocks from my residence. They've come to know me which adds a nice warmth to my visits. Enjoy !

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Monica, California
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“French McDonalds”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Give us our daily bread - yeah if you don't mind taking in all the carbs with minimal tastiness - may as well go for some extra Dijon mustard on that

Visited April 2012
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