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R+D Kitchen

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$25 - $100
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Santa Monica
1.4 miles from Santa Monica State Beach
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All reviews meatloaf fries sandwich asian salad ahi pudding brussel sprouts vibrant bar scene wait for a table never disappoints worth the wait quality food people watching montana consistency crunchy hype
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

Great neighbourhood spot that always seems to have a buzz. The Meatloaf and Fried Chicken Sandwich were both very good.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 2, 2019

Came after a screening across the street. Very convenient and easy to get seated because it was after 9 pm. I had a fried chicken sandwich, which was crunchy, hot, and tasty. Very good choice! This location is very popular and hard to get good...seating and be able to hear. We were very satisfied with our choices considering the hour.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 22, 2019

Although R&D doesn't serve anything exotic..in that Hillstone family of restaurants, it is predictable, consistent, and always tasty. The service is always good and the place us usually full. The bar is like a neighborhood bar....quite confortable.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

Montana is one of my favourite LA, Santa Monica streets. It’s a fun place to while away a few hours. When you get hungry or thirsty there is an abundance of places to eat and drink. I’ve been meaning to sample R & D for...sometime. Every time I pass, morning, noon or evening the vibe is enticing. I regularly try a burger if I’ve not eaten somewhere before. I feel it’s always a good bench mark. So burger it was, and a side of fries. The burgers portion size was larger than anticipated, but this is America. Size was one thing, but it’s presentation was another. A picture perfect burger with all the accompaniments deserving of something so well presented. Already cut perfectly in two, ideal for sharing. A great burger, and I’ve had a few in my time. I was tempted by a banana creme desert only to be told by the chef they had just sold the last one. Having just accepted my disappointment I was then served with the aforementioned sweet. The chef came out to tell me that one had been ordered as a take out, and he felt I was more deserving. My apologies if you are reading this review and have just been declined a pudding. Top marks for service above and beyond. Little things like that mean a great deal to me when there really are so many great places to eat. Top marks all around. Highly recommended. I will return.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 31, 2019

We were in Santa Monica visiting our son and this is one of his favorite neighborhood restaurants. The ambiance at R & D Kitchen is upscale yet relaxed. There's a vibrant bar scene, but it's not too noisy in the restaurant section. Our server was...friendly and professional. The food was wonderful and prices fairly reasonable. I would highly recommend the rotisserie chicken.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 21, 2019 via mobile

Very expensive for average food. You are paying for the expensive rent and great decor. RESTAURANT: B Food quality C Value A Ambiance A Location B People watching A Staff B Service B Scene A Decor CLEAN OR DIRTY: B Utensils B Table B Glassware...A BathroomsMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019

The menu never changes, It's impossible to sit down if you get there past 5pm, there's no happy hour, and I love it here. Something about this friendly staff and Ahi tuna sandwich that makes this place a home away from home.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 23, 2019

I enjoyed my meal, excellently prepared and presented, and the wine recommendation turned out to be my favorite of all time, a Tesstarosa chardonet.

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 26, 2019

Nice place with amazing kitchen... I suggest to try this place, you can't be unhappy... Polite and happy staff!

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed May 23, 2019 via mobile

This is an extraordinary dining experience in every way. But it comes with a price. If money is not an issue run to R & D Kitchen. But a Hamburger, side, beer, and dessert will run 65.00 including tip.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Jim B
November 1, 2015|
Response from Mermaidsmom | Reviewed this property |
No they dont...rather small restaurant...no banquet facilities You might want to try Water Grill...they might be able to accommodate your group :)
Linda H
January 23, 2015|
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Response from Mermaidsmom | Reviewed this property |
If you look up Hillstone Restaurant Group you will find all of their restaurants (including Houstons) :)
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