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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

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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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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice place....friendly staff, excellent food. Opposite the entrance to Santa Monica pier. Can grab a beer and while away in the sun.

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Thank Linda R
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Linda, thank you for spending time with us. We love when customers have a great time and we make sure our staff takes care of everyone! Hope to see you soon again for some sun and an ice cold beer! Cheers - Team Big Dean's More 

Columbia, SC
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went to Dean's to watch the College World Series and eat dinner. The food was fairly typical bar food, not great but adequate. The beer selection was quite good, the wait staff was very friendly and helpful, and the view and atmosphere were great. I would definitely return when in Santa Monica.

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Thank GrizSC
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for coming and hanging out with us for the game. Great to know you enjoyed the atmosphere, staff and most importantly, our great beer selection! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks! - Big Dean's Team More 

Bergen Co., New Jersey
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79 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here with my 15 y.o. on our last day in California. We were both tired and had walked down the beach a little ways, but wanted to avoid the zoo on the pier and the Bubba Gump's of the world. We saw Big Dean's on the "near here" section of the Trip Advisor app and then saw it was... More 

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Thank World17
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We are happy that your "last meal" in Cali was a great one! We strive to make Big Dean's a cool, laid back place for locals and tourists and glad that your visit with us was exactly that. Look forward to you visiting with us again when back on the West Coast! Cheers - Big Dean's Team​ More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly, good food and music. We ate here on our last night in Santa Monica and would recommend if you are nearby. We had burger, fish and chips and chilli nachos. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Russ066099
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Russ We are glad you chose us for your last night in Santa Monica! Very happy you enjoyed your visit and look forward to serving you again when back in town! Cheers Big Dean's Team More 

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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After 10 days of paying lofty prices at swanky places in California it was a delight to find somewhere so relaxed, convenient and reasonably priced. It really is 50 yards from the beach and pier. Great service too. We had standard fare, chicken burger, toast etc. but it was well done with good portions and served with a smile. I... More 

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Thank HamersleyMob
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Very happy to hear you were able to find us during your time in California! We pride ourselves on our service and great to know you were taken care of. Make sure to come by for a bite and a cold one on your next trip! Cheers - Big Dean's Team! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a the pastrami and Swiss. Very tasty. And the beer is cold and on tap. What else could you ask for? Highly recommended for anyone who likes a relaxed atmosphere

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Thank GrindMyBeans
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear your time with us was great! We look forward to you visiting us again! Big Dean Team More 

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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I go to LA I make sure that I get down to Santa Monica for Burger and an ice cold beer at Big Dean's. Located at the foot of the Santa Monica Pier it's the ideal place to sit and soak in the atmosphere, people watch, have an ice cold beer on a hot Californian summers day and... More 

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Thank Nikos F
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We are all glad you enjoyed your burger and the time you spent at Big Dean’s.We look forward to seeing you again. Big Dean’s Team. More 

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Doesn't look much from the outside, but the welcome and service are superb ( which we've found pretty lacking in LA ) and they made us feel so welcome. The food and drinks are really good value for the area, and the shade was a bonus !!

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Thank NiggyJ65
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting with us. We pride ourselves on our service to our customers and are happy you had a great time! Big Deans Team More 

Long Beach
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My company went there for an employee lunch. Steps from the sand, totally casual, great burgers, lots of TV's, friendly service, and lots more room on the back patio.

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

Ronald, we're honored you and your company chose our spot for lunch -- thanks for coming by! 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 to the patio. Until next time -- cheers! Warmly, Big Dean's Team More 

Tonypandy, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great bar with a great atmosphere which is always full so that speaks for itself! The staff are always friendly with loads of good beers and a good menu of classic American bar meals and snacks. Loads of TV screens to watch all the sports you could think of. A really good place with an awesome beach... More 

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Thank domgreen93
Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad you dig our beach vibe -- thank you for the kind words! It's great to hear you have a good time hanging out here, and we truly appreciate you taking some time to spread the word. Looking forward to the next time we can welcome you back! 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
Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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