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“Coast is cozy and costly and not terrific”

Coast Beach Cafe & Bar
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Ranked #56 of 696 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $50
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Appian Way
Transit: Pico Blvd - Ocean Avenue
Description: Yes, Coast is a casual beachfront cafe and bar. Chilled Chardonnay, spicy guacamole, and warm tortilla chips await; imaginative chefs and California-inspired dishes take the prize. But Coast is also a state of mind. It's the moment you breathe in the ocean air, the second you realize maybe you don't have to go to the office after all. Or even call in. Then you can finally exhale. Coast is where you want to spend the afternoon, any day of the year. Happy Hour, a communal table, a beachside cafe and bar, whether you are walking in off the sand with your family in tow, or meeting up for a cocktail and plate of fries, Coast is the perfect Santa Monica Restaurant to enjoy dining on the coast. When it comes to Santa Monica beach restaurants, there's no place like Coast. This is eating, drinking, beaching, relaxing at its most family-friendly, casual, and delicious. Did we mention the view of the Pacific Ocean?
Reviewed January 19, 2013

The restaurant, like the hotel is warm and filled with nice woodwork and art and flowers. Like the hotel, it is expensive, usually good, and pays attention to detail.

The menu for dinner was eclectic, with both more elegant offerings and finger food. We ate outside on a patio below the sidewalk along the beach. Interesting perspective. The heaters were so hot I wondered if our hair was going to singe. Inside the restaurant was packed but were happily almost alone for most of our meal.

We tried several things, from excellent and garlicky broccolini to flatbreads, pasta, meat and sandwiches. All were fine but frankly none were superior . The desserts, sounding so tempting were just ordinary. In fact, the simplest of all, a hot fudge sundae, had a somewhat "off" taste and texture to the ice cream as if it had thawed and been refrozen.

So while it was pleasant and all great sounding, it sounded better than it was. For the amount spent on an ordinary meal, Coast just did not do it for us.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Dropped in on Tuesday for dinner.
Beautiful setting by the Ocean. $29 appetizer and entree was very nice, combined with a couple of ShIners. Food was fresh.
Very attentive service. Music was good but loud. Cakes for dessert are delicious, but one slice can serve 3.
Overall pretty good.

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Thank savrocca
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

We had an omellete and fried potatoes $20 each, $5.50 for coffee, $6 for Latte and honestly is was tasteless

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Coast is chic with good service and the best breakfast in Santa Monica. The food quality is very good and the food is tasty and well prepared. A must in Santa Monica.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Coast is located in Shutter's Hotel and primarily serves the hotel guests. But the public is welcome and we recommend it. The restaurant is separated from the sand and palm trees by just a jogger's sidewalk and there are quite a few window seats in the two parts of the restaurant. The larger part is an "outside" patio, but it is substantially enclosed on the sides and overhead, so we had lunch there even though it was sprinkling. We also had a breakfast and a dinner at Coast during our several days in Santa Monica.

The choices on the menu are rather few, but the items we selected were delicious, especially a chicken soup and a coconut cake. The service was fairly attentive and professional and the ambience (especially in the patio room) very pleasant. Coast is fairly pricey, as one might expect for a beachside restaurant in Santa Monica, but not exorbitant.

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