best new restaurants santa monica

Top new Santa Monica restaurants

The Santa Monica dining scene grows and evolves every year, and we recently welcomed some new flavors to the menu. Explore these tasty new spots and check out some of the old classics in our complete dining guide.

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Augie’s on Main

Turns out Michelin-star goodness can be found in a fast-casual setting. Two-Star Michelin Chef and Santa Monica native, Josiah Citrin opened this Main Street stop with a relaxed vibe and lots of flavor. Augie’s on Main is known for its “dirty chicken”—a spin on a roasted Jidori chicken, which earned its claim to fame on the menu at Citrin, another of Chef’s Michelin-rated restaurants. Grab lunch or dinner Wednesday through Sunday.

Need directions? Here’s the address: 2428 Main Street


French Californian cuisine on a Santa Monica rooftop? Sign us up! LouLou’s decor combines French Riviera feel with the best of California’s vibe for the ultimate flavor experience. You’ll find live music played here by artists and DJs so add to the ambiance. Make sure to make a reservation to secure your spot at this new Santa Monica hot spot. 

Need directions? Here’s the address: 395 Santa Monica Place, #300


At Rabano, everything is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, from the produce and meats down to the oils and seasonings, you’ll eat well and be well at this Main Street stop. Enjoy indoor seating or hang out on their patio to watch all the happenings of Main Street Santa Monica.

Need directions? Head to: 2507 Main Street

Vamos. Vamos.

This is nacho average Mexican food spot. In fact, Vamos Vamos‘ specialty is nachos and margaritas (and you’ll have to ask about their unique origin story). Chef Ivan Barros brings his French training and Italian cooking background to an eclectic menu of wood fired pizzas, New Mexico specialties and more. Enjoy their tasty bites from 3:00pm to midnight every day.

Need directions? Here’s the address: 2917 Main Street

Tu Madre

Catch a flight to Santa Monica, and then get a flight of margaritas at Tu Madre, on 6th and Broadway. Margarita flights come with a firecracker and floral accessories. So, make sure to have your camera ready once you order because you’ll want to share it. And, of course, the tequila pairs wonderfully with their signature red velvet churros, unique tacos including vegan and vegetarian options or their all-day breakfast burrito.

Need directions? Here’s the address: 316 Santa Monica Boulevard

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After you’ve had your fill of food, explore the pier, the promenade, music and other fun throughout the city. Check out more travel inspiration in our latest blog posts.

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