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Sam's by the Beach

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108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104 (Pacific Coast HWY)
310 230-9100
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This has been our favorite restaurant in town for years. It is small and friendly and completely lacking in pretense. The food is great and the portions are huge. If you like fish, there is always a great special of the day. Unlike many "fine dining" establishments that thrive on attitude, this place is about warmth and great food. My... More 

Thank Joy F
Monrovia, California
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346 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When my hubby worked in Santa Monica about ten years ago, I'd take the Gold Line from near my work in Pasadena to Union Station and catch the Big Blue Bus #10 to Santa Monica for date nights. One memorable date was Sam's by the Beach. As soon as I saw the yellow and white awning over the entrance, I... More 

Thank astrojane
North Jersey
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87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Very nice dining experience that is easy to miss in Santa Monica. Find this place and go enjoy an upscale dinner. Adventurous menu choices are available, I'm pretty sure we tasted just about everything and it was all fantastic. The owner was there and gave us some additional things to taste (gratis) and made great recommendations. Just go there!

Thank Golf_wine_lover
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This place has lots of regulars because once you find it, you keep coming back. The food is always on par with any top restaurant. The food is fresh with specials decided by the owners daily trips to the morning fish another markets. The staff knows how to provide service and every customer is treated like a special guest. I... More 

Thank Sandra F
North Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a very pleasant Easter brunch here. The location is great was we walked the beach after brunch. The omelet a were excellent and the staff and owner very, very friendly and accommodating. They even found us a diaper for our grand daughter by asking another couple in another room. Not too fancy. Very very pleasant.

Thank MrTEastlake
Frisco, Texas
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited this neighborhood gem recently. Initially I was reluctant due to location. Get over this and go! It's a three minute cab ride from Santa Monica. Family run and even as first time diners we felt like welcome guests. Service, impeccable. Mediterranean inspired cuisine was presented timely and was outstanding. Veal Cordon Blue, Seared Tuna and... More 

Thank Brian M
Perrysburg, Ohio
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

This was my 2nd time here and it, again, was phenomenal! The flavors that Sam and his kitchen put together are incredible. The ingredients are top notch and well prepared. And, Sam is a gracious host. I look forward to returning soon!

Thank emweave
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

The place feels welcoming as soon as you walk in. Private and intimate, it is easy to have the feeling that you have already been there before. Same for the hosts, they treat you as old friends. Like you being there matters to them. The food is American - French. The menu is not too long and the wine list... More 

Thank Lian d
Malibu, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Over the years we have gone to Sam's for the reason that Sam and Jean-Michelle are wonderful hosts and always a pleasure to see.And even better they serve amazing food. Sam's is one of the few restaurants that does a veal cordon blu .anywhere as good as in Europe and if they recommend a fish,it is fresh and wonderfully prepaired.... More 

Thank Jmandlaf
Fremont, CA
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190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

This restaurant is actually north of the beaten path, and a little tricky to find, but worth it. It has dark wood paneling & draperies, and is smaller than we expected. The drive & the menu were worth it....we enjoyed the beet salad, the wild mushroom salad, vegetarian crepes, salmon, mediterranean seafood soup and the sea bass special. Worth a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Mediterranean
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
    (Pacific Coast HWY)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310 230-9100
A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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