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Hillstone Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
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202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1202
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Steaks are outstanding pricier than other places but not as ridiculous as BOA. We had the prime rib and Hawaiian rib eye both delicious. Portions huge including a baked potato almost as big as my hand. Will skip the starter next time. Service efficient but not over the top - lots of booths including for 2 people. Pays to book... More 

Thank TanSea
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved the high ceilings with weathered boats hanging upside down and the beluga whale skeleton over the bar. Herringbone's versatile menu offers five different fish entrees and two cuts of steak. Service was professional and friendly. Wait people were happy to accommodate diners' preferences.

Thank munchingmavin
Santa Monica, California
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142 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

East coast style eaterie 1 block near the Santa Monica Pier. Fabulous artichoke dip (infamous actually.) Anything from the rotisserie is great as is the CA ROLL SALAD. Dark wood floors and oak tables with good standby's like their burger, chicken, ribs and the best and hippest bar in town. WALL TO WALL COOL PEOPLE AT THE BAR. Here you... More 

1 Thank Jpresskin
Santa Monica, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Too often restaurants on the Westside have seating so close to other patrons that it becomes uncomfortable. I ate at the upstairs level at Hillstone and was so pleased to find the seating well spaced. More importantly, the service and food were great. A completely enjoyable experience.

1 Thank Nat0023
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137 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I must say, I'm completely blown away by how good the food and service here is! Every employee I encountered was incredibly friendly and helpful, the food came out quick, and the taste was unique yet appetizing. Located in Santa Monica right by the Third Street Promenade, Hillstone is truly a wonderful discovery. This is definitely an upscale, fancy establishment. The... More 

Thank Antonello M
Denver, Colorado
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A restaurant frequented by celebrities, locals and tourists. The upstairs seating is a bit more romantic. Food and service are impeccable and complemented by an appropriate wine list

Thank 1Golfcrazy
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting that it took a prompt from Trip Advisor for me to write a review. .....coming here for years. Sushi is amazing. The filet may be the best in Santa Monica . The service is outstanding. I cannot say enough about the consistency and professionalism. Live 3 blocks away and come here 3x week. The bar is great. Hope Griselle... More 

Thank Ricardo M
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148 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been coming to this restaurant for many years, when it was originally Houstons. The prices have crept up, but this is Santa Monica and is still my go-to restaurant when I'm in town. I have never had a mediocre meal or inattentive service here. The line out the door, even though this place has been around forever, is testament... More 

Thank Mah_Murrini
New Jersey
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a nice dinner at Hillstone after walking around the Pier. Everything was good! Make sure to have a reservation because the wait time on Saturday night was 90 minutes.

Thank JackAngelesKim
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Third Time we have visited this restaurant. This time we booked before travelling through open table.com . Cannot fault the food or service, although this time found the lighting to be a little dark.Apart from that, fab, would definitely visit again.

Thank pdaddy123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$41 - $80
Japanese, American, Sushi, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1202
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 13105767558

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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