Cora's Coffee Shoppe @1802 Ocean Avenue: there’s always a line, and it’s always worth the wait…Star sightings here. Many of the dishes have a Mexican twist.
Blue Plate @ 1415 Montana Avenue:refreshingly contemporary diner fare with a twist. Check out Blue Plate Oysterette on the water in Santa Monica .
Ivy at the Shore @1535 Ocean Avenue: front seat patio dining across from the boardwalk. The menu includes seasonal stone crabs, healthy salads, and grilled fish.
La Grande Orange @ 2000 Main Street: great for breakfast through late night dining.
Perry's @ 2400 Ocean Front Walk: various outposts on the beach in Santa Monica to Venice with jazzed up beach fare…Perfect sandy spot to sit and catch the rays if you don’t want to be right on the water’s edge.
Father's Office @ 1018 Montana Avenue: great burgers and wine by the glass.
Shutter's Hotel on the Beach: $$$$$$ Amazing ambiance mixing the aura of Ralph Lauren with the clapboard chic of Nantucket right on the beach with great rooms and poolside dining.
Casa Del Mar: Old world elegance on the beach, not for those who take Santa Monica casual seriously.