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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With Little Prince, Main St. in Santa Monica finally has a cool, neighborhood-y spot for brunch and dinner.
Plan Check Santa Monica
The Santa Monica location of Plan Check is an excellent first date spot with great burgers and lots of seafood.
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Thyme Cafe and Market
Thyme Cafe in Santa Monica is a great neighborhood spot for breakfast when you don't feel like waiting two hours to eat.
The Country Kitchen
The Country Kitchen is the ideal place for a post-surf breakfast burrito in Malibu.
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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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