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“3 Crazy Days”

Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe
Ranked #21 of 712 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
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.
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Very friendly and professional staff. Great selections of beers on tap. Food was very good. Service was great. Especially Brian. A great location, right next to the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean. A must see.

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2014

Thanks a lot, Douglassft. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us here on TA. Of course, it's great to read that you enjoyed everything when you stopped by. We'll be sure to let the rest of the staff know that you walked away with such a nice impression as well. If your travels bring you back to Santa Monica in the future, we hope you'll come and see us!

Best,
Big Dean's Team

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Reviewed May 12, 2014

Got turned on to Shock Top beer. YUMMMMMMMM. I'm not a big beer drinker (by any means), but had to stop in for a cold one. I had a little bit of a hard time finding it, but it was worth it. Young crowd... I felt a little old and out of place, but got over it quickly. I didn't have any food here... but the guy next to me was macking out on a burger and fries that looked divine.

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2014

Thanks for the review, Kimberly! We appreciate you sharing some information about your recent visit with us. It's great to read that you discovered a new favorite in the Shock Top brew (great choice)! Next time you're in Santa Monica, we hope you'll stop by and give our burger a try. We'd love to know what you think!

Best,
Big Dean's Team

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We stopped in here for a bite to eat before we rented bikes. The beer was cold and the food was great. Skateboard Momma was there having a beer! The service was top notch. We had tacos and shrimp. Was very impressed.

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2014

Thanks so much, Kim! We appreciate the kind words that you've left for us here. It's great to read that you enjoyed everything from the service to the food and drinks. We'll be sure to pass your compliments along to the service staff as well as the team in the kitchen. If you make it out to Santa Monica in the future, we hope you'll join us again!

Best,
Big Dean's Team

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Love this place! Located along the SM beach bike path and adjacent to Santa Monica Pier and the acclaimed Muscle Beach, this little neighborhood dive bar is a must for local color, people watching and refueling. Decent food at reasonable prices, lots of outdoor seating and good for watching sports....need I say more?!

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Thanks for the feedback, 88jet88! We're glad you've enjoyed your visits to our restaurant -- it's always nice to hear from our customers. If you have any additional suggestions or comments for us, please don't hesitate to get in touch. See you soon!

Best,
Big Dean's Team

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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Remembered this bar from our last visit so caught the Big Blue Bus twice to Santa Monica to pay visits.Being a Real Ale fan this was a must and it did not disappoint.Tried some different beers on both visits and also ate Chicken Wings,Chips etc. Had some free beer one visit as there was a young lady promoting Big Wave.
The staff here are very friendly and jovial.

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Marty M, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Thanks so much, Kenneth. It's great to read that you've been able to join us for food and drinks a couple times. Sounds like you came at a great time, and hopefully you enjoyed the free Big Wave while you were here. We'll be sure to pass your kind words along to the rest of the staff here as well. Next time you're in Santa Monica, we hope to see you again!

Best,
Big Dean's Team

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