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“The Veranda at The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica celebrates 1930’s heyday”

The Veranda Restaurant
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Ranked #110 of 713 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
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Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Paloma is Patron Silver tequila, grapefruit juice, club soda, and lime juice topped with a lime wedge. It tasted like a grapefruit margarita on the rocks with twist of lime. Perfect for sipping on a summer day! Thumbs up, way up!

Manhattan is a classic cocktail of Maker’s Mark bourbon, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters garnished with a cherry. This was a very strong cocktail and tasted slightly woody yet had a very sophisticated flavor. Thumbs up!

Mini Monte Cristo Sandwich is a decadent stack of turkey, ham, Gruyere cheese in a battered egg bread fried to a golden brown. The crispy egg bread was not too greasy but could use a little more cheese to increase the gooey sensation. The turkey, ham, and cheese worked well together and raspberry sauce added the umami flavor. Thumbs up!

Grilled Chicken Waldorf salad was grilled chicken breast, arugula, chopped apples, diced celery, candied walnuts, grapes, and orange infused cranberries tossed in a light apple-orange infused mayo dressing. This had a nice combination of flavors - refreshing apple, fresh green arugula, tangy cranberry. Unfortunately, the dressing was a little too light. It might work better with a balsamic vinaigrette but it won't really fit the Waldorf theme.

Steak Diane is a grilled 6 oz. “baseball” steak grilled and smothered in a creamy mushroom-madeira sauce. The steak was grilled to a perfect rare and tender as can be. The mushroom-madeira sauce was excellent and paired well with the steak and the vegetables. Thumbs up, way up!

Pork Medallions with Lemon Caper Sauce was roasted pork tenderloin sliced and drizzled with a classic lemon caper sauce, topped with lemon and thyme. The pork was cooked a little too long making it a little tough and dry. The lemon caper sauce was excellent and helped moisten up the pork and also worked great with the vegetables. Thumbs up!

Veggie Meatloaf is fire roasted tomatoes, toasted walnuts, diced celery, yellow onion, fresh garlic, parsley and green bell pepper and topped with fire roasted “Ketchup” and served with green beans in a hazelnut gremolata. The “meatloaf” had a very soft texture and was very loose for a “meatloaf”. But I really liked the flavor. I grew up eating vegetarian “meat” options in the 1970s and this “meatloaf” is very innovative. This is a great vegan option and your vegan guest will definitely be satisfied. Thumbs up, way up!

Fresh Fruit Floating Island is fluffy baked meringue “floating” in a sea of vanilla crème anglais, topped with blackberry drizzle and fresh berries. This was an awesome dessert! It’s light, fluffy, and not too sweet. The vanilla crème anglais reminded me of Italian zabaglione, almost custardy in flavor. The fresh berries were a nice touch. Thumbs up, way up!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Had lunch and breakfast. Nothing spatacular, but it was good. For lunch I ordered off their retro menu and had the mini monte cristo sandwich which was a bit greasy and could have had move filling. My daughter had the Mac and cheese which was yummy as was y sons burger. Breakfast was just typical, nothing exciting. Service and view were fantastic.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

As per the name, the only seating is on the veranda! Great spot to people watch. Our large party had some quirky service issues - our waiter disappeared after the appetizers and someone else finished serving our meal - and entrees came out in spurts. Fortunately we were not in a hurry. After a forty minute wait, the ceasar salad was served, and less than two minutes later the entrees arrived. This was tricky for the little tables.

Salmon was tasty albeit a little overcooked; but the pork tenderloin special was superb. Chicken atop pesto cream sauce was heavy on the cream. Portions were all on the large side

We had parked below the pier and wandered toward the restaurant. This turned out well as street parking nearer to the restaurant was hard to come by. I would recommend for smaller parties seeking a leisurely meal overlooking the sea and pier.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Veranda has the best breakfast! Try the baked french toast souffle - its 1 of their signature dishes. We always make it a point to stop here when visiting Santa Monica.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed at The Georgian Hotel on two separate occassions and had breakfast here every morning.

Food was great and the service was impeccable.

Sitting outside on the verandah was a great way to start the day and see Santa Monica come to life.

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