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R+D Kitchen

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1709
+1 310-395-3314
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Estes Park, Colorado
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92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is part of the Houstons / Hillstone..... I stopped in here back in January when I was wandering down Montana. It was great. What can I say. Limited menu but everything is very good.

Thank Todderup
Altrincham, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here several times and the whole restaurant never varies. Great atmosphere- more like a NYC cocktail bar. A super place for people watching. This is where the locals eat - no tourists! Excellent waiting staff. I ordered my fav drink - punte e mes. Most waiters pull a face "what is it?" Not here- it arrived just... More 

Thank TheFlyingFrock
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great lunch spot. I loved everything about the lunch menu, and had a hard time deciding. I went with the seared ahi salad and I wasn't disappointed. They have a good wine selection, and the service was stellar.

Thank Amy A
La Grange, Illinois
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32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Make it a habit to eat here every time I visit friends in Santa Monica. Not a boring thing on the menu. Great comfort food like mushroom meatloaf and beef ribs, good salads, fish, hangar steak, fries, etc. Great people watching too!

Thank Chris M
New York City, New York
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

Some of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten come from this wonderful place. Be prepared to wait for a table, 20-40 minutes, but you will be rewarded. Nothing fancy here, just great food. We shared two different sandwiches, one with pulled pork and one with crispy chicken. Both were amazing, piled high with lettuce tomato avocado, jack cheese and... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Really good bar type food with really good salads, burgers, fries and more. Great ambiance and social atmosphere and is the only place on Montana Avenue that serves cocktails was well as wine and beer.

Thank JimRich90402
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

This is the best food and service out of any restaurant on the west side. I travel the world and it's by far one best haunts that I go to. Kyle was superb and also one of the best waiters we have ever had. If you've not been here it's a must go when in Santa Monica.

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Huntington, West Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Very nice evening and dinner. Just moved to the area and this is the first restaurant I visited. Very nice atmosphere, staff and burger. Nice wine selection by the glass.

Thank jel27
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

When my friend (lives in LA) presented me with three choices for dinner, R+D caught my eye immediately. I can certainly see why it’s one of her regular hangouts. One interesting aspect was the combination bathroom, two stalls for each sex. My friend ordered the crispy chicken sandwich (completely devoured) and I had the spinach and cheese omelet (very tasty);... More 

Thank T H
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133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

There is a lot to like about R&D. The ambience on arrival sets the tone for a venue steeped in the smarter class and it's contemporary. The restaurant space is widely open yet set up in such a way it feels private no matter where you sit. The staff are excellent, our server seemed new in experience yet their delivery... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1709
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-395-3314
A favorite spot with Santa Monica locals, expect a lively, bustling atmosphere each evening. Exceptional artwork, open kitchen and a welcoming staff greet you at the door. Don't miss the Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

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