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Santa Monica is an obvious and popular destination for hanging out with friends or someone special. Here are some of my favorite date ideas in Santa Monica. This hotel consists of a renovated Art Deco building with a new taller building that surrounds it. The hotel itself has a great Mediterranean vibe.
The styling is more like that of a home than a public restaurant. Then, take the elevator to Calabra, for some of the best views in town. Any time around sunset would be ideal. The Mediterranean menu has a variety of small plates, Meze, and large plates. This place is uber-romantic and quiet enough for date conversation. Ocean Avenue has gotten very crowded with lots of out-of-towners visiting in recent years. Some of these restaurants are high-end chains, but they all have good food and ambiance. Ocean Avenue has some of the hippest and most popular bars in Santa Monica.
Yes, the common thread here is that these are all hotel bars, but they all have a charming vintage ambiance. Note, Suite and the Bungalow can get really crowded with singles later at night.
The best santa monica date ideas
After dinner and drinks on Ocean Avenue, cross the street to stroll along the cliffs at Palisades Park. But again, I would avoid this area during weekends due to the crowds. Third Street Promenade is an obvious date destination with lots of interesting shops, restaurants, and street performers, ideal for an after-dinner stroll. At the end of the promenade is the Main Place Mall, with more window-shopping opportunities.
There are tons of restaurants to choose from right on the Promenade, and many are just fine like Locanda del Lagobut during peak periods they can be crowded with tourists and noisy — maybe not ideal for a quiet date. Their ature is the warm sushi rice. If you hate deciding, you can choose a set menu of sushi chosen by the chef. Note, however, that Sugarfish does not have California Rolls, chicken teriyaki, miso soup, or other common Japanese restaurant dishes.
This is an authentic sushi place! Sugarfish is located on 2nd Street north of Santa Monica Boulevard.
Their first location was in Beverly Hills, and they now have a location on Wilshire and 2nd Street. Explore the vintage merry-go-round, new Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and carnival games.
Be sure to walk to the very end and look back towards land to see a great view of Santa Monica and Malibu. If you want some really quiet time, walk down from the pier to the beach. Bring a towel and blanket, find a spot, and listen to the waves. Main Street in Santa Monica has cleaned up in recent years and is now a really great area to bring a date. There are tons of excellent restaurants to choose from.
Here are some of my favorites going from North to South on Main.
One of the best date spots for coffee or dessert is Urth Caffe on Main. Tip: go on Yelp and reserve your spot online before you got! Right next door is Little Princea small but charming spot featuring farm-to-table New American cuisine. Another super charming restaurant is Manchegoa Tapas and wine bar, perfect for a dinner date! If the Victorian is rented out, go to the back and enter the Basement Tavern for drinks and occasional live music.
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Note these venues get pretty crowded on weekend nights with young single people, so those times may not be ideal for a quiet date. Reservations highly recommended! Another restaurant with a unique vintage vibe is Pasjoli French bistro. But, it recently underwent a major renovation and split in two to form Citrin and Melisse.
Oh, and by the way, the desserts at Citrin were excellent. We vowed to return just for dessert sometime! Foodies will appreciate the French-Asian mashup which works splendidly. The ambiance is very open and hip. My only complaint is that gets very noisy inside when at maximum capacity, so try to book a less-popular time if you want quieter conversation, or opt for an outdoor table if the weather allows. After dinner, walk four blocks to Third Street Promenade and burn off some of the calories while window-shopping. Located in the huge combined former space of Jiraffe and Wokano on Santa Monica and Fifth street, Orto features home-style Italian food made from fresh ingredients.
We enjoyed every course, including their crab cakes, salad, pasta, and dessert. The atmosphere of their outdoor courtyard dining area is outstanding, though it can get noisy if there is a rowdy table there that night. The charming outdoor dining area is like a wooded oasis with plenty of trees and overhead bistro lights. This is an ideal date restaurant — quiet enough for easy conversation, dishes that will satisfy a foodie, and a romantic ambiance that is totally unexpected on Wilshire Blvd. Parking is free. There is no admission charge, but certain galleries are by-appointment-only at certain times, although most are open to everyone without appointment from Tuesday through Saturday.
There are over twenty galleries to browse, but check out their special open house events. Grab a bite at their cafe, then take the train to Third Street Promenade for further adventures. For amazing views of Santa Monica and many miles beyond, check out the Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel. The restaurant features new American cuisine, friendly staff, and amazing ambiance, especially around sunset. The penthouse at the Huntley is great for those special-occasion dates! The dining room is small but has expanded outdoors since the pandemic.
After dinner, take a short walk to Third Street Promenade to burn off the calories!
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Tartine started as a bakery in the Bay Area, famous for its croissants, morning buns, pastries, and bread. How about a low-cost daytime date idea? Santa Monica is well-known for the Strand, the beach pathway where you can jog, bike, or Rollerblade all the way down to Venice.
There are lots of beach parking lots. I like to park at the one next to Casa del Mar, off Bay Street, since it is a good, central location. Afterward biking or blading on the Strand, a perfect place for an informal but really good lunch or dinner is Cha Cha Chickenan outdoor Caribbean t at Ocean Ave.
For great drinks, amazing ambiance, and a spectacular view of the sunset, go to the vintage lobby lounge at Casa del Mar. This is one of my favorite hangouts in Santa Monica.
They sometimes have live music on Friday nights. Afterward, walk over to the Santa Monica Museum of Flying for a great date afternoon. Stroll the shops or dine in the inner courtyard.
For dessert, you must go to Sweet Rose Creamery located there. Every Tuesday evening on Main Street, you can choose from about five food trucks that park adjacent to the Victorian from 5 to 9 PM. Unlike the insane Venice First Friday food truck night, this food truck event is tranquil and relaxing. There are no long lines, and parking is no worse than usual. Bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn of the Heritage Museum below the lights in the trees.
Afterward, walk around Main Street to work off the calories. Or, consume some more at Sweet Rose Creameryjust a few blocks down Main. If you are looking to avoid the crowds and craziness of the Promenade and surrounding area, check out the much quieter and sublime Montana Avenuewhich runs parallel to Wilshire, four blocks north.
For Italian, I like Osteria Bigoli.