Voted one of the top ten beach cities in the world by National Geographic, Santa Monica stands apart from neighboring stretches of coastline thanks to the sheer number of outdoor attractions it offers. On a tight sightseeing schedule? Try one of these favorite quick lunch spots for a tasty and satisfying midday meal on the go.
Cha Cha Chicken
Craving Jamaican cuisine? Make your way to Cha Cha Chicken, an unassuming spot at a fork in the road on Ocean Avenue. From coconut fried chicken to jerk salmon, the food is fresh, fast and served with a kick.
The Gallery Food Hall
Satisfy all your cravings at The Gallery and SocialEats. Choose from ten unique chef-driven restaurants on the historic Third Street Promenade. The curated lineup includes fresh beach tacos from Azulé Taqueria, fried chicken sandwiches from Fuku by Momofuku, custom bento boxes from Supertoro, and much more. The Gallery and SocialEats reimagines the food hall concept with elevated food options at an affordable price.
Salads are far more than sides at Greens Up, known for its hearty, health-conscious dishes that are sure to keep you going until dinner. Create your own in minutes at one of its two central locations on Montana Avenue and Main Street.
Serving burritos, tamales and tacos until midnight, Holy Guacamole is a cozy eatery that will satisfy any immediate craving for delicious and authentic Mexican fare.
Hummus Bar Express
Be transported to Tel-Aviv at Hummus Bar Express, located on Third Street Promenade. Its huge vegetarian plates include some of the best falafel and baba ganoush in town; and as its name says – it’s served quickly.
Looking for a speedy and satisfying lunch while exploring the Santa Monica Pier? Pause at Japadog for its tasty Bacon Cheese. Served with Japanese mayo on a warm bun, this is no ordinary hot dog.
Build your own poke bowl at Sweetfin, where endless combinations of add-ons mean you may well return here more than once. Try the spicy tuna on kale for the perfect California meets Hawaiian fusion.
If a fresh juice and whole grain salad sounds like your perfect lunch, head to Sweetgreen where everything is prepared right on the spot. Can’t decide? Try the portobello and an iced tea.