We had read very good reviews of Sams by the Beach on Trip Advisor and were delighted to have followed the advice of others. We were greeted by the maître d, Jean Michel like long lost friends and made to feel very welcome and special.The service from beginning to end was outstanding and the food was excellent. Jonathan our waiter was also a really lovely guy and looked after us we'll. We would definitely return if we're lucky enough to visit Santa Monica again. Thanks Jean Michel you are a brilliant host!