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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

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Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-393-2666
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Telford, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this place... live music playing outside regularly ...it was the place that the locals go to, and it was great with sports screens, bench seats, wholesome casual but damn tasty bar cafe food, and a cool bar with front and back areas.. Go and you will feel at home in minutes!

Helpful?
Thank khyberpass
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you feel at home here -- thank you for the kind words! We couldn't be more thrilled you enjoy spending time at our spot, and we're already look forward to the next time we can welcome you back. Until then -- cheers! Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

On holiday in Laurel Canyon and visited Big Dean's for a fun afternoon of beer and cocktails. Great music and brilliant atmosphere! Really enjoyed it

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Thank HotRibena
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you could drop by while you were on holiday! It's great to hear you enjoyed spending some time here, and we hope this won't be the last we see of you. Thank you for the support! Cheers. All the best, Big Dean's Team More 

Arkansas
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by for lunch here with some friends and was highly impressed with the quick service, friendly staff, delicious food and reasonable prices! I recommend the buffalo wings. You get 10 of them, (which is plenty) for only $8.50! :)

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Thank livy88
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for coming by for lunch! We're so glad you enjoyed spending some time here, and we're thrilled the wings were a hit with you too. Hope we can look forward to having you back soon! Thanks for the support. Cheers, Big Dean's Team More 

US/UK
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Place Near the Pier -- it has good food, good beer, a nice location right by the Pier. Great burgers and other types of sandwiches. Prices are very reasonable for the area. Would return for sure!

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Thank Gary602
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad we can look forward to welcoming you back! We truly appreciate the support too, and we're so glad to hear you enjoy spending some time at our spot. Until next time -- cheers! Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place where locals hang out with good tap beers, right in front of the beach. Good casual menu with burgers, fish tacos, chicken wings, onion rings...It's a very busy place. No reservation!

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Thank rogerle08
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

It's great to hear you've been able to stop in for a beer! We're glad you enjoy the menu too, and we hope it won't be too long until we can welcome you back. Cheers! Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the Santa Monica pier around lunchtime and saw Big Dean's. Their claim to fame was a great burger so we went in. They did not disappoint! It was the best burger I ever had. I don't know how they make it, but it was awesome! And served with tater tots! Between the food, cold beer, and the... More 

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Thank nexttime1
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad the burger lived up to the hype for you -- thanks for the awesome feedback! We're thrilled you guys enjoyed spending some time here, and we truly appreciate the kind words. Hope we can look forward to welcoming you back soon! Cheers. Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

Miami, Florida
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158 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this beach front watering hole by the Santa Monica Pier. Were I to ever own a bar, this would be the type I'd like to own. What an oasis for the libation nation to embrace…All kinds of people wash up at this local watering hole. Definitely worth a pitstop if you're in the area and need to wet your... More 

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Thank Papa G
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoy spending time in our libation nation, Papa! We truly appreciate you taking some time to support us, and we're already looking forward to the next time we can welcome you back. Until then -- cheers! Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This place is beer/wine only, and a complete dive, but friendly service and a great place for a cold one on a sunny hot beach day.

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Thank Princessdreaa
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Glad the team always makes sure you're well taken care of, and it's great to see you enjoyed our casual, laid-back style. Can't wait to have you back for a cold one soon! Take care, Big Dean's Team More 

Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States
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210 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Nice place off of the Pier for a quick bite or some beers and people watch. We sat at the counter and had a few beers and some food. Good friendly service and food was good. Good beer selection.

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Thank Heather G
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for coming by for a beer, Heather! We're so glad you enjoyed spending some time here, and we hope it won't be too long until we can welcome you back. Cheers! Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

Waco, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We had some great appetizers and cold beverages while people watching. Walked over to the pier afterwards for dinner.

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Thank lorimcmichael
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you could come by for some appetizers -- thanks for the great feedback! It's great to hear you guys enjoyed everything, and we appreciate you taking some time to support us too. Hope we can look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood again soon! Cheers. Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-2666
Description
Welcome to Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, where the "locals" meet and the "fun loving" tourist always return! Voted one of L.A.'S 101 best bars, we are open every day and have all the sports games on Sundays on TV. Conveniently located on the beautiful Santa Monica Boardwalk, this is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax, sip a beer or have a burger.

In addition to fun in the sun on our outdoor patios, you'll find some great food, beer and wine at the world famous Big Dean's. Just ask any of our regulars- they'll tell you to try our World Famous Burgers like the Santa Monica Burger or Big Dean's Double Cheeseburger. We also have sandwiches, sausages and dogs, seafood, tacos and sides, as well as an extensive beer, wine and specialty beverage list, to satisfy guests of all ages!

We invite you to check out our website to see what we offer, then bring your friends and family to join us at Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe today! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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