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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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5 reviews
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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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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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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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
Perrysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank TrnrMom
Malibu, California, United States
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284 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

First time visitor to this gem of a spot on W Channel in Santa Monica, CA. Must have driven by it 100 times and never noticed the place. Early dinner for two and could not have had better food or service along with an excellent wine list. Super Tuscan lovers beware....you are going to spend some money and that's OK.... More 

Thank Thomas S
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2016

I dined at Sam's by the Beach with my boyfriend of almost 3 years on January 2, 2016. We were slightly late for our 7pm reservation but the staff were very kind. We were seated immediately. The light was dim, the couches were comfortable and the music just the right volume. There were two other groups other than ourselves. My... More 

Thank Kasumi H
Marina del Rey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We went with friends on a Thursday evening in early December and were rewarded with a quiet evening so we could easily carry on a conversation and enjoy the excellent food. The salads were remarkably fresh, the octopus was very tasty, and we enjoyed the fish of the day and the poussin special, all with a very nice Sancerre. The... More 

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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, Full Bar
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?