Santa Monica is quickly becoming the foodie mecca of Los Angeles, with culinary innovations that can hold the interest of even the most discriminating eaters with a regularly tilled restaurant crop. Learn about a few of Santa Monica’s most compelling new dining options to check out in 2016.

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Josh Loeb and wife Zoe Nathan have created a stir by partnering with talented people in an Art Deco building that dates to 1937. Bryant Ng and wife Kim Luu-Ng have Cassia, a red-hot Southeast Asian restaurant. Next-door, longtime Rustic Canyon sommelier Kathryn Weil Coker and husband Tug run versatile Esters Wine Shop & Bar. Rustic Canyon chef Jeremy Fox oversees a wine-friendly menu that may include smoked sablefish with pickled ramps, buttery kouign amann cheese twists, and knockout grilled cheese. Whether you sit at the U-shaped bar with cushioned stools or on the patio, Coker and her staff can suggest a spot-on pairing.

Esters Wine Shop Sablefish Chicken Liver Pork Terrine

Still hungry? Santa Monica’s culinary offerings don’t stop there. Explore a full list of restaurant and dining options.

 

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