Bodega is a massive wine bar at Broadway and Lincoln in Santa Monica with a good bottle list, a food menu that’s better than it needs to be, and an atmosphere far more lively than your average wine bar. Their weekday Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm gets you $6 glasses of wine as well.
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Lula Cocina Mexicana
Lula Cocina Mexicana is good-time cantina in Santa Monica with solid Mexican food and great margaritas.
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Franklin & Co Tavern
Franklin & Co. is a solid neighborhood bar/restaurant and good place to get your buzz on before seeing an improv show next door.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House
Uncle Bill's Pancake House is a Manhattan Beach breakfast classic for, you guessed it, pancakes.
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Plant Food and Wine
For vegan fine dining, and one of the best patios around, Plant Food + Wine in Venice is the place.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
Sushi note is part sushi spot, part wine bar, and unlike any other place to eat raw fish in the city.
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