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Bistro of Santa Monica

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040 (23rd Street)
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Caterham, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are staying anywhere near 20th through 24th then you can do no better than visit the Bistro! We were staying at the excellent Ambrose Hotel and this was a pleasant 7 minutes walk. It is a very clean organised sort of restaurant with a bit of a throw back with a pianist every night! We had the pork... More 

Thank Duncan P
New Vernon, New Jersey
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383 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Had a business dinner at Bistro and was surprised to see a piano player who sings. It was a throw back atmosphere in an elegant setting with very reasonable prices. The food was delicious and elegant too. Our server, Sean, was very friendly and professional. If you are looking for an elegant and proper Restuarant with reasonable prices and live... More 

Thank Dan P
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Food was great! We were the only ones in the restaurant at the time but our entrees took a very long time (45 minutes) to come out. But overall, the food and hospitality was amazing. The bread and olive oil along with our Zuppa was quick and great. Our server was so nice and very accommodating. He suggested places to... More 

Thank tinastinabina
Santa Rosa, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

My sister and I walked to this restaurant from our hotel in Santa Monica....we were pleasantly surprised on entering that there was a piano player playing on a Wednesday evening. They were out of the steamed mussels , so we split the clams. They were beautifully presented, and were delicious. We shared the halibut entree special, and it was also... More 

Thank Charise509
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2015

I met a colleague for lunch. We were both pleasantly surprised by the service and quality of food, as well as the reasonable prices.

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Provo, Utah
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286 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2015

In an area where so many nice restaurants are so highly priced it is nice to find a restaurant that has the great food without the outlandish price tab. The seared ahi was excellent, as was the salmon, and other plates our table had ordered. The service was also very good. Will definitely be going back! Well worth the visit.

1 Thank salupm
los angeles
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310 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2015

A friend suggested having dinner at this pot in Santa Monica- why not, something new is interesting. The ambience of the place is lovely and with a piano player there our dining experience was heightened. We did sit in the back of the restaurant so conversation would be fluid and we could listen to one another. Four diners and 4... More 

Thank judyjetson
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed this restaurant. High quality food in a relaxing atmosphere. I would repeat abd recommend to others. Sea food was especially good

Thank Neil S
Santa Monica, California
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2015

Friend had her 70th birthday party there. I had never been although heard it was terrific. Full bar, nice size place, parking in back. The food was very good. I had salmon, moist and tasty. The rest of the guests ate up a storm, generous portions, appetizers, salads, bread and entress. The dessert was a chocolate mousse and the waiters... More 

Thank Helene W
Santa Monica, California
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

I eat here for lunch on a regular basis. It's a great place to meet friends during the week, white tablecloths and an atmosphere where you can actually hear the conversation going round. No loud music or ambient noise to compete with pleasant conversation and good food. My favorites here are lemon sole outcast and a veal meatball linguini with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, French
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404-2040
    (23rd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-453-5442

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

Neighborhood Profile
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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