We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

R+D Kitchen

1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1709
+1 310-395-3314
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“meatloaf” (15 reviews)
“salad” (24 reviews)
“fries” (16 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1709
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (188)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 182 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Some friends put us onto this restaurant about 5 years ago and we love it. It is part of a very cool chain called Hillstone (and they have another restaurant called "Hillstones" right down on Ocean near the Santa Monica pier that is also brilliant)....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank theFulhamFoxes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the only restaurants that I would say it’s worth the wait. Every dish is great on the menu. I love the ribs or the chicken sandwich.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank dmurr68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short wait that was spot in terms of timing. Wonderful food, professional staff. Will be back again.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank robhartnett
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there with the kids and two friends. Was very busy, so had to wait for app 30 minutes, but wasnt a problem at all. We could have a drink at the bar. I ate the meatloaf which was very nice. Good waiter and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rickjanssen66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We waited for a table an hour!! Place was slammed with people.Bar was packed also. But we finally got to sit and enjoy some really great food.I had the Ribs that fell off the bone.My wife had chicken sandwich and she loved it.The slaw that...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank staten86508
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While enjoying the downtown area of Santa Monica, we slipped into R+D for some sandwiches and drinks. The chicken sandwiches were very tasty and the appetizers were every bit as good. A popular gathering spot, we were lucky to get a booth for the five...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank John F
Reviewed November 19, 2018

We went with our daughter and two grandkids (8 and 10) -- place was already somewhat crowded at 5:00 on a Monday night. Our server (named Ebony) was terrific....and the food was quite good though the meatloaf with mushrooms was disappointing (that was my dish...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Trup
Reviewed September 4, 2018

The crispy chicken sandwich is EVERYTHING! A little annoying that you have to order fries separately, but make sure to order them with the chipotle mayo which is delicious. Everything here is good, but they don't have a huge menu. If you're a vegetarian, the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank NicMoraXO
Reviewed September 3, 2018

This restaurant was recommended to us by several merchants in the area. We arrived around 2PM and were told there would be a slight wait. We sat at the bar, and before our drinks were ready, our table was ready! My friend and I split...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank dawn h
Reviewed September 1, 2018

Friendly, smiling, attentive staff. Great drinks. Nice appetizers. They had 3 bottles of my favorite liqueurs Pimm's. You don't even see that in London so they kinda have my heart there.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank todwith1d
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
Nearby HotelsSee all 38 hotels in Santa Monica
American Motel
6 reviews
.74 miles away
The Ambrose
1,440 reviews
.82 miles away
Palihouse Santa Monica
531 reviews
.82 miles away
Cal Mar Hotel Suites
498 reviews
.92 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
154 reviews
.21 miles away
Kreation Kafe
77 reviews
.23 miles away
Locanda Portofino
106 reviews
.18 miles away
Nearby Attractions
The Broad Stage
9 reviews
.76 miles away
Christine Emerson Reed Park
8 reviews
.66 miles away
Gehry House
19 reviews
.66 miles away
Malibu Discovery
69 reviews
.17 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
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|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Mermaidsmom | Reviewed this property |
If you look up Hillstone Restaurant Group you will find all of their restaurants (including Houstons) :)
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing