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After Being Named "One of the Top Ten Beach Cities in the World" by National Geographic, Santa Monica Touts More Than 125 Accolades Received By Local Businesses and Organizations in 2013.

Santa Monica: California's Most Celebrated Beach City

Whether we’re recognized for having the best beach for a holiday getaway, the top hotels or the coolest bars, Santa Monica has proven its place as a beloved starlette on the California Coast. It’s why celebs and tastemakers alike choose Santa Monica when they’re doing business in Los Angeles or just in need of an oceanside escape. Don’t believe us? Just ask Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, Zagat and more!

Check out all of the awards received in 2013 by Santa Monica’s hotels, attractions, restaurants and bars, stores and services, and more. If you're a Santa Monica business, learn how you can help spread the good cheer with branded promotional materials.


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DESTINATION

  • Most Popular Date Spot, LAist, January 2013
  • 5th Most Bikeable City in US, WalkScore, May 2013
  • Best Holiday Destinations This Summer, Friday Magazine, July 2013
  • Top Beaches in California, eTravel Trips, July 2013
  • Best Beach Holidays, Tropical Sky, August 2013
  • Best Summer Hot Spots in California, Laguna Beach Magazine, August 2013
  • 30 Fabulous Fall Foodie Destinations, Zagat, September 2013

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Hotels


Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

  • 38 Essential LA Hotels, Curbed LA, June 2013
  • World’s Top Pet-Friendly Hotels, CNN Travel, July 2013
  • World’s Most Gorgeous Hotels, Casa Sugar, July 2013
  • Top 25 Hotels in Southern California, Conde Nast Traveler, October 2013

Hotel Casa Del Mar

  • Most Romantic Hotel in LA, Oyster, February 2013
  • Forbes Travel Guide 2013 Star Winner, Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • 38 Essential LA Hotels, Curbed LA, June 2013
  • Top 25 Hotels in Southern California, Conde Nast Traveler, October 2013

Hotel Shangri-La

  • Best Rooftop Bar in US, Oyster, January 2013

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

  • Best Business Travel Hotel in US, Conde Nast Traveler, September 2013

Oceana Beach Club Hotel, Santa Monica

  • Hottest New Beach Hotels, Travel + Leisure, June 2013

Palihouse Santa Monica

  • 38 Essential LA Hotels, Curbed LA, June 2013
  • Southern California Hottest Hotel Openings, Fodors, July 2013

Shore Hotel

  • Top 25 Hotels in Southern California, Conde Nast Traveler, October 2013

Shutters on the Beach

  • Forbes Travel Guide 2013 Star Winner, Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • 38 Essential LA Hotels, Curbed LA, June 2013
  • Top 25 Hotels in Southern California, Conde Nast Traveler, October 2013

The Georgian

  • 38 Essential LA Hotels, Curbed LA, June 2013

Viceroy Santa Monica

  • World’s Most Gorgeous Hotels, Casa Sugar, July 2013

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ATTRACTIONS


Annenberg Community Beach House

  • Best Beach House, Timeout LA, November 2013

M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

  • LA’s Best Comedy Venues, LA Weekly, December 2013

Pacific Wheel

  • Amazing Ferris Wheels Around World, CNN Travel, August 2013

Santa Monica Pier

  • Best Tourist Spots in LA, LAist, June 2013
  • Most Iconic Beach Experience, Sunset Magazine, June 2013
  • Best Sunsets in America, Huffington Post, August 2013
  • America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks, Huffington Post, August 2013
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DINING & NIGHTLIFE


41 Ocean

  • Coolest Bars in LA, Thrillist LA, March 2013
  • Coolest Bars & Restaurants in Town, Thrillist, November 2013

Barney's Beanery

  • LA’s Best Bars to Watch Football, Los Angeles Magazine, September 2013

Bay Cities Italian Deli

  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, January 2013
  • Best Sandwich in LA, Huffington Post, May 2013
  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, July 2013

Beachy Cream

  • LA’s Best Ice Cream, Huffington Post, April 2013
  • Best Ice Cream on the Westside, Mommy Poppins, July 2013

Blue Plate Oysterette

  • Best Raw Bars in LA, Zagat, Janaury 2013
  • Best Raw Bars in LA, LAist, August 2013
  • Best Lobster Roll in LA, Conde Nast Traveler, October 2013

BOA Steakhouse

  • Best Steakhouses in LA, Thrillist, November 2013

Border Grill

  • Best Tacos in LA, Food Republic, January 2013
  • Jonathan Gold’s Top 101 Restaurants in LA, LA Times, May 2013
  • Best Happy Hours in LA, LA Eater, September 2013

Busby's West

  • LA’s Best Bars to Watch Football, Los Angeles Magazine, September 2013

Cafe Demitasse

  • Best Coffee Bars in LA, LA Eater, July 2013
  • Best Coffee in LA, Huffington Post, August 2013
  • LA’s Finest Coffee Shops, Los Angeles Magazine, November 2013

Cafe Luxxe

  • Best Coffee Shops in LA, Zagat, March 2013
  • Best Coffee Bars in LA, LA Eater, July 2013
  • Best Coffee in LA, Huffington Post, August 2013
  • LA’s Finest Coffee Shops, Los Angeles Magazine, November 2013

Cha Cha Chicken

  • Best Cheap Eats in LA, LAist, June 2013

Copa D'Oro

  • LA’s Best Cocktail Bars, Thrillist, December 2013

Cora’s Coffee Shoppe

  • Best Weekday Breakfast Restaurants, LA Eater, April 2013

DK’s Donuts

  • LA’s Best Donuts, Thrillist, October 2013

Espresso Cielo

  • Best Coffee Bars in LA, LA Eater, July 2013

Father’s Office

  • America’s 100 Best Beer Bars, Draft Magazine, December 2013

FIG Restaurant

  • Jonathan Gold’s Top 101 Restaurants in LA, LA Times, May 2013
  • Best Happy Hours in LA, LA Eater, September 2013

Hostaria Del Piccolo

  • LA’s Best Pizza Places, Daily Candy, November 2013

Huckleberry Cafe

  • Best Weekday Breakfast Restaurants, LA Eater, April 2013

Loteria Grill

  • Best Tacos in LA, Food Republic, January 2013

M.A.K.E

  • LA Times Critics’ Pick, LA Times, April 2013

Melisse Restaurant

  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, January 2013
  • Must Try Tasting Menu, Zagat, January 2013
  • 10 Must Try Coffee Dishes Around the US, Zagat, February 2013
  • Forbes Travel Guide 2013 Star Winner, Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • LA’s Best Fine Dining, Time Out LA, March 2013
  • Top 40 Restaurants in LA, Zagat, April 2013
  • Jonathan Gold’s Top 101 Restaurants in LA, LA Times, May 2013
  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, July 2013
  • Top 5 Comfort Foods in LA, Haute Living, September 2013

Milo + Olive

  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, January 2013
  • Best Weekday Breakfast Restaurants, LA Eater, April 2013
  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, July 2013
  • LA’s Best Pizza Places, Daily Candy, November 2013

Monsoon Cafe

  • Best Weeknight Happy Hour, CBS Local, May 2013

N’ice Cream

  • Best Dessert in the World, Travel + Leisure, April 2013
  • Best Ice Cream on the Westside, Mommy Poppins, July 2013

O’Brien’s Irish Pub

  • LA’s Best Bars to Watch Football, Los Angeles Magazine, September 2013

Ocean Avenue Seafood

  • Best Raw Bars in LA, Zagat, Janaury 2013

One Pico

  • Best Fireside Dining Restaurants in LA, LA Eater, November 2013

Pacific Dining Car

  • Best Steakhouses in LA, Thrillist, November 2013
  • Best Bars with Free Snacks, CBS Los Angeles, December 2013

Pono Burger

  • Top New Burger Joint in 2013, Burger Business, June 2013
  • Must-Try New Burgers in LA, Zagat, July 2013
  • Must-Try Milkshakes, LA Eater, July 2013

Primo Passo Coffee Co.

  • Best Coffee Bars in LA, LA Eater, July 2013

Rustic Canyon

  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, January 2013
  • LA’s Most Craveable Buger, Huffington Post, May 2013
  • Jonathan Gold’s Top 101 Restaurants in LA, LA Times, May 2013
  • 38 Essential LA Restaurants, LA Eater, July 2013

Santa Monica Seafood Cafe

  • Best Raw Bars in LA, Zagat, Janaury 2013

Shophouse

  • Best Foodie Franchise, Timeout LA, November 2013

Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub

  • LA’s Best Bars to Watch Football, Los Angeles Magazine, September 2013

Stella Barra

  • Top Pizza Restaurants in US, Fox News, September 2013
  • Hottest Pizzerias Across America, Eater, October 2013
  • LA’s Best Pizza Places, Daily Candy, November 2013

Sugarfish

  • Best Sushi in LA, Thrillist, November 2013

Suite 700

  • Best Rooftop Bars in LA, New Zealand Herald, February 2013

Tacos Punta Cabras

  • Best Fish Tacos, Timeout LA, November 2013

Tar & Roses

  • Jonathan Gold’s Top 101 Restaurants in LA, LA Times, May 2013

The Basement Tavern

  • LA’s Best Cocktail Bars, Thrillist, December 2013

The Bungalow

  • Coolest Bars in LA, Thrillist LA, March 2013
  • Best New Bar, Time Out LA, April 2013
  • Hottest Outdoor Dining & Drinking in LA, Zagat, May 2013

The Daily Pint

  • America’s 100 Best Beer Bars, Draft Magazine, December 2013

The Lobster

  • Best Raw Bars in LA, Zagat, Janaury 2013

The Misfit

  • Best Fried Chicken Sandwich in LA, Huffington Post, June 2013
  • Best Happy Hours in LA, LA Eater, September 2013

The OP Cafe

  • Best Weekday Breakfast Restaurants, LA Eater, April 2013

The Refinery

  • Best Coffee Bars in LA, LA Eater, July 2013

Umami

  • Best In-Store Restaurants, Delish, October 2013

Urth Caffe

  • Best Coffee Shops in LA, Zagat, March 2013
  • Best Coffee in LA, Huffington Post, August 2013

Valentino

  • Jonathan Gold’s Top 101 Restaurants in LA, LA Times, May 2013

Water Grill

  • Best Raw Bars in LA, LAist, August 2013
  • LA’s Hottest New Restaurants, Zagat, September 2013
  • Coolest Bars & Restaurants in Town, Thrillist, November 2013

Zengo

  • Best Rooftop Bars in LA, New Zealand Herald, February 2013
  • Best Fireside Dining Restaurants in LA, LA Eater, November 2013

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SHOPPING & SERVICES


Alchemie Spa

  • Most Pampering Beauty Services, Allure, December 2013

Bhakti Yoga Shala

  • Best Yoga in LA, Huffington Post, August 2013

Burke Williams

  • Best Places in LA to Pamper Yourself, LAist, May 2013

Drybar

  • Best Places in LA to Pamper Yourself, LAist, May 2013

exhale Spa

  • Best Spa Baths for Your Body, Shape Magazine, August 2013

Fred Segal

  • Best Classic Places to Shop in LA, LAist, October 2013

French Lessons

  • LA’s Top Shops, Los Angeles Magazine, December 2013

Paint:Lab

  • Best Art Classes in LA, Red Tricycle, November 2013

Power Yoga East

  • Best Yoga in LA, Huffington Post, August 2013

Santa Monica Place

  • 2013 Best-of-the-Best VIVA Global Design and Development Award, International Council of Shopping Centers, May 2013
  • Best Mall in LA, LA Weekly, October 2013
  • America’s Most Amazing Luxury Malls, USA Today, November 2013

Yogis Anonymous

  • Best Yoga in LA, Huffington Post, August 2013

YogaGlo

  • Best Yoga in LA, Huffington Post, August 2013

Yoga Works

  • Best Yoga Studio in LA, LA Weekly, January 2013

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MISCELLANEOUS

 

Palisades Park

  • Best Picnic Spots Around the World, Conde Nast Traveler, December 2013

The Strand

  • Best Bikes Paths in LA, LAist, April 2013
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