What’s New in Santa Monica

Posted October 11, 2017

Explore the latest offerings from Los Angeles’ beach city

SANTA MONICA, Calif. [October 10, 2017] — This fall, Santa Monica welcomes brand-new dining, arts & culture, fitness and outdoor experiences to its eight unique neighborhoods. As a hub for culinary innovation, Santa Monica’s dining options continue to expand with the opening of new restaurants including a casual modern diner from chef Raphael Lunetta as well as an intimate tasting experience from James Beard award-wining chef Dave Beran. Free events return the Santa Monica Pier on the weekends, including yoga and outdoor movies. For those interested in the arts, Santa Monica debuted ROAM, a rotating public art program in Downtown Santa Monica with artwork by Emmy-Award winner Eric Rieger. Read on for full details on what’s new in Santa Monica this autumn.


Beyond the Beach at Shutters on the Beach Hotel (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Beyond the Beach provides guests at Shutters on the Beach Hotel with curated bespoke itineraries of quintessential Los Angeles adventures to experience during their stay. Guests can reach new heights while hang gliding on AIR Adventures, explore LA’s contemporary art scene on Greenwald’s ‘Go Green’ Gallery Guide, unveil magical secrets with acclaimed magician Derek Hughes on Magic Moments, and cruise iconic streets on Classic Cars and Drives.

Glam+Go at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Wilshire/Ocean Ave.) – There’s a new way to get camera ready at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows with Glam+Go, a blowout bar for busy women. Glam+Go brings quick, quality and convenient blowouts to Santa Monica with their 15-minute express service and membership options. First time visitors can receive a $15 express blowout with the booking code EASYGLAM.


Dialogue (Downtown Santa Monica) – Third Street Promenade welcomed Dialogue, an intimate tasting menu restaurant led by James Beard award-wining chef Dave Beran (formerly of Chicago’s Alinea and Next), to the neighborhood in September. Offering a set menu, the 18-seat restaurant tells a story via the tasting menu format, focusing on the produce of Southern California with relation to the seasons. Dialogue is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Lunetta All Day (Pico Blvd.) – Lunetta All Day is Santa Monica’s casual modern diner featuring new American eats from chef Raphael Lunetta, who also runs the popular Lunetta Dining Room & Bar next door. This all-day style diner serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu offers AM-PM food options paired with locally roasted coffee, classic cocktails and a large selection of craft beer and wines.

Meat On Ocean (Ocean Ave.) – Meat On Ocean is exactly what it sounds like –a meat-centric restaurant with breathtaking views of the Pacific, serving a carnivore’s delight of chops and seafood. Located on the corner of Ocean and Broadway, Meat On Ocean has a charcuterie bar and dry aging room, stocked with a vast variety of prime beef, from dry aged domestic cuts to Japanese A-5.

Perry’s Café & Beach Rentals (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Perry’s Café & Beach Rentals has expanded its menu to include breakfast and California Bowls, each featuring fresh California ingredients and homemade guacamole. Perry’s Café will also be hosting barbeques on Saturday and Sundays at their Ocean Front Walk location during lunch hours.

Uovo (Downtown Santa Monica) – A fine-casual restaurant from the co-owners of Sugarfish, serving up traditional pasta dishes made with fresh noodles flow in from Bologna, Italy. Uovo, which means egg in Italian, prepares its pasta daily using special dark-yoked Italian eggs. Upon arrival, chefs turn the pasta into classic dishes like tagliatelle, tonnarelli, lasagna and ravioli.


Kao Aesthetics (Mid-City) – Kao Aesthetics, a premier drip/IV spa, now offers customized IV vitamin drips and boosters to maximize health, beauty and wellness. For those short on time, their “Shot Bar” and “IV Pushes” take as little as 5-15 minutes, during which clients can catch up on emails, watch TV and use their complementary Wi-Fi. The selection of Shot Bar treatments ranges from $25 to $45 and $60 to $275 for Drips and IV Pushes. For travelers, the “Jet Lag Fixx” can help with chronic fatigue while boosting the immune system.

Manduu (Main St.) – Manduu, a unique fitness studio, opened its first California location off Main Street. Manduu uses electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) to strengthen all 656 muscles within the body, fifteen minutes and once a week. The studio provides personal training to everyone, regardless of age, or fitness level.

ROGA (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – ROGA (Run + Yoga) returns to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday mornings, Sept. 16-Oct. 21. Fitness enthusiasts can meet at 8 a.m. under the Santa Monica Pier sign for a 2 or 5 mile run around the beach and pier. Walkers are also welcome. At 9 a.m. the workout continues with yoga at the far west end of the Pier. Bring your yoga mat and have your peace of mind restored by Santa Monica’s top instructors while you enjoy panoramic ocean views and the sound of waves.

YogaWorks 30th Anniversary (Main St. & Montana Ave.) – YogaWorks celebrated 30 years of strength, mindfulness and community during the month of September. Founded in 1987 on Montana Avenue, YogaWorks gained notoriety for gathering many styles of yoga under one roof, attracting the best teachers in Southern California, expanding to 40 locations across the country.


Gearys Rolex Boutique (Downtown Santa Monica) – Gearys Rolex Boutique opened its third Los Angeles location in August, located in the Santa Monica Place shopping center. The 3,100-square-foot, ocean-inspired boutique features a large and impressive selection of Rolex wristwatches, showcasing many classic and coveted timepieces. The boutique also features a customer facing, fully-equipped watch workshop to enhance the in-store experience for guests. SantaMonicaPlace.com


Pico Block Party: Translation (Pico) – The Pico Block Party: TRANSLATION, held by 18th Street Arts Center, invites the local and extended community to gather on Oct. 14 for a festival of performances and artist workshops celebrating their PST: LA/LA exhibition A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity. This family-friendly event will feature tours of the exhibition, art-making workshops, live music by Cuñao, Brazilian dance performances, open studios, and food.

ROAM (Downtown Santa Monica) – ROAM Santa Monica is a rotating public art program in Downtown, featuring ground-breaking counterparty artists know for creating unique installations across the country. The program kicked off in late August with a piece from Emmy-Award winner Eric Rieger and will run for at least one year, with new art filtering through every few months.


Front Porch Cinema (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Front Porch Cinema, Southern California’s free movie series set under the stars and over the Ocean, returns to the Santa Monica Pier every Friday night this fall from Sept. 29-Oct. 27. During these free events, the Pier is transformed into a cozy and perfect setting for a night of movies, scrumptious food, themed drinks in the cinema lounge, and activities for the whole family. The audience can unwind on lawn chairs, curl up in comfy blankets, and watch on a giant screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound. Upcoming films include La La Land, Hidden Figures and The Princess Bride.

OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – The third annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival makes a splash onto the Santa Monica Pier on Oct. 14. Celebrating National Seafood Month, the festival showcases the city’s best restaurants and chefs with dishes featuring their favorite underwater ingredients, highlighting Santa Monica’s unrivaled seafood offerings.


Bird Rides Inc. Scooters (Downtown Santa Monica) – Santa Monica is home to the newly launched scooter sharing app, Bird. Launched in September by a former Uber employee, Bird makes it easy to explore all 8.3 square miles of Santa Monica while being environmentally friendly. Similar to a bikeshare or carshare program, black scooters are dispersed throughout Downtown Santa Monica and users can unlock one using a smartphone app. Each ride costs $1 plus 15 cents per minute, with the scooters traveling up to 15mph. At the conclusion of a ride, the user can leave the scooter at their destination and lock the scooter using the app.

About Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call (800) 544-5319 or (310) 393-7593; visit santamonica.com; or email info@santamonica.com. Follow SMTT on Twitter @GoSantaMonica or become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/visitsantamonica.

Contact: Lauren Salisbury
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism


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