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Pacific Dining Car

Santa Monica
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2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-4706
(310) 453 4000
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here late to eat on the way home from a night in West hollywood. There were 4 of us. It has an old school style and there a full menu available. My friend had tuna salad and another the breakfast of eggs and steak..and I had the beef sandwich which was very large. I also had a... More 

Thank Sarah L
Los Angeles
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141 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know this place, as well as the one downtown. It is pretty much all pretend. The menu is okay and palatable, by far from consistent. And the pricing is obscene; truly fantasyland for what is served. The service is intended to make you think that you are in in a fine dining establishment, but it is not. This place... More 

Thank DoctorRetired
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

My daughter has lived in Santa Monica 5 yrs yet never realized this restaurant was right in her town! We went one night for dinner & loved the food, atmosphere & the staff! Now I can't wait till next summer!

Thank Lorifurey5655
Pacific Palisades, California
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

I'm a longtime fan of the original Pacific Dining Car. But the Santa Monica branch fails to match it. Same high prices, but without the quality and charm of the original. The steak I recently had there was tough and stringy, and my dining partners were equally unimpressed with their orders. Little wonder it's virtually empty every time I go... More 

Thank bvanderet
Durham, North Carolina
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89 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

A friend took me here because it's one of her favorite places, and the food was certainly delicious. The restaurant was quite empty, but the wait staff were slow to bring menus, slow to take our orders. At the end, they brought me "tea," which turned out to be a pot of hot water only, and then disappeared.

Thank 12trvlgirl
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89 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Used Groupon Thank goodness, The place is nice wanted to celebrate 33 Anniversary in a special place. I heard various patrons complaining about prices out loud. The filet Mignon was wonderful my husband ordered the ribeye steak and it was wonderful. I heard the main waiter pushing side orders shaming man for being cheap! Very unprofessional! We had cocktails and... More 

Thank spfeismom@sbcglobal.net
Santa Monica
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Fantastic food, satisfactory service, easy parking, pricey, showing wear around the edges. Mid-day Sunday, with very few customers. A delightful escape from hustle-bustle millennial spots.

1 Thank Bill T
San Bernardino, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Well I had the pleasure of eating at this restaurant thru my purchase from GROUPON. I spent $99 on Groupon and received a $150 voucher for the restaurant. I went with a party of three. Now I have never heard of this place before & there website has a menu but no prices at all. So of course I did... More 

Thank ashlees100
Chicago, Illinois
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806 reviews
594 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

What a change from a few years ago. I am led to believe that this restaurant now survives on after midnight almost captive International flight Chinese tourist arrivals. Prices may be highest in the country. My baked potato was $14.95. Halibut $49.95. Soup $15.95 Waiter nonexistant. We will never return. A clip joint with nice decor.

1 Thank MarshBruce
Los Angeles, California
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86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

We've dined off and on at the Pacific Dining Car for years and I'm happy to say, they still deliver excellent service along with quality food. We met friends from London for a lovely lunch and all four of us were pleased with everything we chose. The shrimp cocktail was terrific as was the filet mignon. The surroundings are old... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
American, Steakhouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-4706
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 453 4000

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

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