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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)
+1 310-230-9100
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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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Santa Monica, California
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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 dinning room is small and cozy. The food was tasty and nicely prepared. Although I... More 

Thank _dt_arch
Afton, Minnesota
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225 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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, classy, and intimate. We enjoyed several custom drinks mixed to perfection and really enjoyed the... More 

Thank John G
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Ventura, California
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71 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 attentive. I would definitely dine here again.

Thank Noodlie066
Los Angeles, California
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120 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 staff quite well. The wine list was quite thorough. I had a glass of bubbles... More 

Thank Max P
GRAYS, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

We visited here for the first time. It's a very welcoming restaurant, not huge and very cosy The owner is very funny with a quirky sense of humour. Great food and large portions, recommend sharing an appetiser. Tried the bread pudding which was good. Try the pomegranate Martini - it was scrummy - will definitely be back to try some... More 

Thank Susan E
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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363 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Mediterranean, American
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
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: +1 310-230-9100
A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?