Looking for the ultimate way to unwind after a busy day of exploring Santa Monica’s sights and sounds? Explore ocean view Santa Monica restaurants here. The cocktails just taste better with the ocean in sight at these scenic Santa Monica restaurants with a view. By Elizabeth Jenkins
Perched seven floors up, on the penthouse level of Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean, ONYX is the city’s only indoor-outdoor hotel rooftop bar serving signature cocktails such as the Berry Apropos, made with seasonal berries and Champagne.
Del Frisco’s Grill
This classic American bar and grill overlooks another classic location: the Santa Monica Pier. The bar at Del Frisco’s Grille is a hot spot for well-crafted cocktails like the “Adult Milkshake” with Nocello walnut liqueur and creme de cacao.
With the feel of a swanky surfer shack, this convivial den at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is tricked out with Ping-Pong and billiards tables and a fire pit. From a stool at The Bungalow’s outdoor bar, sip top-shelf house margaritas and gaze at the rolling tide in the distance.
Papillon Bar and Fireside Lounge
A pair of cozy fireplaces complements Papillon Bar and Fireside Lounge’s huge floor-to-ceiling windows surveying the beach and the ocean from the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Order tapas-style bites and peruse an extensive wine list and specialty drink offerings while savoring the ambience.