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Hillstone Restaurant

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Santa Monica
0.5 miles from Santa Monica State Beach
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$41 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Sushi
Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed June 29, 2020

Great Location on the corner of Wilsher and Ocean blvd. Suggest reservation. A bit snooty upon arrival but once seated...good service. Only 3 beers to choose from. The steak was very good. The chocolate sunday was delicious. Pricey.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed June 17, 2020 via mobile

Very upscale, great ambience especially for a date night. The food is worth the high price especially the steaks. We have always had great service. Drinks are also great.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 3, 2020

Loved everything about this place. Great staff, great vibe and great food. It was impossible to decide what to order as everything coming out of the kitchen looked unreal. Place was packed...had a great time and it felt like the quintessential LA eatery.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020

always worth the visit to this chain, I usually go to Houstons in Scottsdale, great service, consistent and we got without reservation so we got a quick table, food was really good, famous french dip, and kale salad my favorite

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

Had a wonderful family dinner on Christmas Eve! All dishes were delish and presented fantastically. Service was great. Had a later reservation and they got us in when we arrived. Great atmosphere with TVs and sports. Really enjoyed the Thai roll, Spinich artichoke dip and...veggie plate along with the steak 👍🏼 will return for sure!More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 4, 2019

This review is based only on our dining experience not on the food. The food was great. The management staff is another story. We walked in with a party of seven... We ordered a bottle of wine, cocktails, appetizers and main courses. About halfway through...the meal, the maitre D came to our table. I assumed he was checking on us as a courtesy but I was wrong. He came over to the table - hardly said hello and did not introduce himself. He then asked my 72-year-old father who was wearing a small hat (because he's bald and it was cold out) to remove his hat. We all looked up at him shocked. He explained it was the dress code of the restaurant. Mind you by this time we were almost done with our meal - finishing our main courses. It totally ruined the vibe of our dinner. We went from lively conversation and enjoying the food to talking about how rude this young manager was. We called him back over to explain that his approach was very abrasive and ruined the evening. He barely apologized but offered us two free deserts. I understand you want to have a more formal dress code but this was absurd. For this reason I will NOT be dining here again.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 15, 2019 via mobile

Consistent, professional, delicious and amazing everytime. Thank you for everything that you do and the numerous dining experiences that have left such a positive impression on me and my family.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 12, 2019

I'm not sure I quite understand the hype surrounding this place, but the food is good. I'm not sure I would wait an hour (as we did) to get into the place again.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

I really fancied a burger and had the Californian - the meat was delicious with melted cheese, avocado, arugula and tomato. Great service and a bottle of Turley Zinfandel which was so good. We had to wait a bit for our table but we had...a cocktail and watched the kitchen. The steaks and baked potato looked amazing. Staff were so efficient and service was great. The restaurant was really busy.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 5, 2019

The menu and food is fine, but average. Nothing memorable for the wait time. Many other better restaurant to choose from in Santa Monica.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Response from SoCalTravelmom | Reviewed this property |
yes, there's public parking lot about midway down the block. it can get crowded, especially during the summer, but there's no valet parking.
November 4, 2015|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
Hillstone Restaurants generally doesn't cater to large groups. Not part of their business plan. And I have never been to one of their restaurants where a private room is available. And they are usually not a quiet place... More
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