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$41 - $80
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American, Sushi
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Santa Monica
0.5 miles from Santa Monica State Beach
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sushi and american did not sound great but gave it a go. Thai sushi roll was different and very good. Salmon and arctic chard also excellent - nice bottle of bubbly to round it out.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022 via mobile

Great food and cocktails. The service is excellent too. The staff is fun to chat with and ready to give good recommendations. The location is outstanding, so close to the ocean!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed December 27, 2021

We had two delicious dinners at HIllstone in Santa Monica. Great to be back and enjoying the fantastic food. On the second trip we had the smoked salmon starter which is amazing - it's a large piece of smoked salmon which breaks into slices and...there is toast and a creamy dill dip to go with. It was superb and was plenty for the two of us. We had the salmon with mash and broccoli which was delicious also. On my first visit I had the ahi tuna which I felt was a little spicy, it slightly lost the delicacy of the tuna flavour but was still enjoyable. Very good wine choices also. One small comment is that the waiters rush about a lot which slightly detracts from the atmosphere when you're trying to relax. Otherwise it was great to be there for dinner again and we look forward to returning on our next trip.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 12, 2021

If you're hoping to get a steak with a side of greater immunity from Covid, this is your spot! The manager told me they're not technically a part of LA County so they don't need to follow any of the Covid rules. Party like Covid's...a thing of the past at Santa Monica Hillstone, it only lives in LA county now. Cheers! If you believe that Covid doesn't care about technicalities, walk down the block for a great steak at Fig.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed June 9, 2021

No complaints about the food quality. The ahi tuna salad with tomatoes and cole slaw was delicious but more of an appetizer size. Was disappointed that the salmon was farm raised- expect wild caught salmon at a restaurant of this caliber. Plenty of good looking...burgers on the menu as well.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 26, 2021 via mobile

Wonderful restaurant. Annika is an excellent server. We had the kale cashew salad, grilled artichokes, spinach and artichoke dip, ribs, and cheeseburger. All delicious.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 1, 2021 via mobile

I have been an avid patron of Hillstone midtown and Houston’s and was severely let down here. The service at the Santa Monica location is terrible! Appetizers and entrees came out within minutes of each other and shortly there after hands were reaching across the...table to take food away because our table was crowded. We had to continuously ward off staff as there seemed to be an assembly line of table sweepers. It would also be nice if servers didn’t consistently come up to chat mid-chew. Not that it would be excusable but there were ample empty tables. On the other hand, the food is good so maybe it is more of a takeout restaurant now.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 3, 2021 via mobile

Fun steakhouse ambiance, dark wood & leather benches. Reservations recommended/needed. We had the salmon appetizer which was absolutely delicious. Also had sushi & the salmon entree. All very good. Our server, Lily (hope I remembered that right), was fun, attentive & gave great recommendations. I...always like to give a shout out, especially with how hard COVID has been on restaurants to accommodate guests. Great dining experience.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 22, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food in a very good location. People very friendly and very good service. Good atmosphere Higly recomended

Date of visit: March 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5