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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 - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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 1 week ago 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 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 36 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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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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357 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 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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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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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253 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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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
American, Mediterranean
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?