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Sam's by the Beach

108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
+1 310-230-9100
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb” (8 reviews)
American, Mediterranean
108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
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Reviewed November 24, 2017 via mobile

Eating thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant seemed very strange to us, but as we were in town visiting family it was the best option. Luckily we found ourselves at Sam’s by the Beach! The staff made us feel like we were dining at a friends...More

Thank nicole g
Reviewed September 1, 2017

We had an excellent meal here. The service was first class, and we were treated to some great hospitality from the staff. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank porchy1963
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Reviewed July 20, 2017

Wonderful greeting at the door and welcomed by all staff. Delicious specials and generous portions. Delightful drink offerings!

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

Sam's is an fabulous little neighborhood restaurant that's a well kept secret with the locals. The atmosphere is warm, casual and upscale, not at all pretentious. The cuisine focuses on using the best of in-season ingredients to create delicious European inspired California cuisine. My favorite...More

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Reviewed January 21, 2017

Dining at Sam's By the Beach is as cozy as eating in someone's home. Each course of our dinner was perfectly prepared. We were greeted by the owner and our server was both professional and welcoming. A wide variety of mouth-watering desserts were available.

Thank munchingmavin
Reviewed November 30, 2016

I was looking for a quiet low-key place for Thanksgiving Dinner and Sam's by the Beach turned out to be the perfect choice. They offered a three course meal at a reasonable fixed price of $55 per person. The service was friendly and professional. The...More

Thank _dt_arch
Reviewed November 7, 2016

This place is a real gem. We were staying nearby for an easy walk to Sam's. This was an early evening mid-week night. We were warmly greeted at the door by Sam, the proprietor and seated immediately. The feeling of the dining area is small,...More

Thank John G
Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

After 2 week trip in U.S taking in New York San Fran and California this was by far the best meal. French of course The lamb was sensation as was the ravioli Great wine

Thank DRM1972
Reviewed October 2, 2016

Lovely dinner. Came here before a performance at the Getty Villa Theater. We shared the soft shell appetizer which was a special, delicious lamb shank and duck breast as mains, and shared the very chocolatey mousse for dessert. The service was very friendly and appropriately...More

Thank Noodlie066
Reviewed September 11, 2016

We selected this restaurant for a date night randomly. We were very pleased with our selection. We arrived early. They sat us straight away. The staff is pleasant and welcoming. The restaurant filled up, with people that looked like locals. Many seemed to know the...More

Thank Max P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $40
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, 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: +1 310-230-9100
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A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.
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