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West LA Restaurants

Milo and Olive

Address: 2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 453-6776
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1100+ reviews)
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  • Epic garlic knot – huge and delicious
  • Everything from their knot, salad, pastas and pizzas is well executed

 

Mercado

Address: 1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 526-7121
Yelp link: (4 stars with 900+ reviews)
Website

  • We love their chile relleno and street corn
  • They are really strict about their no substitution policy

 

Tar & Roses

Address: 602 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 587-0700
Yelp link: (4.5 stars with 1500+ reviews)
Website

  • Everything here rocks – from the service to the ambiance to the food.  A true gem.
  • We love: Roasted corn, candied sweet potatoes, lemon ricotta gnocchi and their absolutely divine Strawberry Ricotta Crostata

 

The Misfit Restaurant + Bar

Address: 225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 656-9800
Yelp link: (4 stars with 2700+ reviews)
Website

  • Love the atmosphere here – perfect way to start off a fun night in Santa Monica
  • The cauliflower fried rice is an interesting, potentially healthy option that was surprisingly good

 

Fritto Misto Italian Café

Address: 601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90407
Phone: (310) 458-2829
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1800+ reviews)
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  • One of the best restaurants, Italian or otherwise in LA – there is always a bit of a wait because it’s just that good
  • All of their pastas are amazing, we love their Cajun cream sauce and they are one of the most vegetarian friendly spots we’ve dined at

 

True Food Kitchen

Address: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Ste 172, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 593-8300
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1500+ reviews)
Website

  • Try the Medicine Man and Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl
  • The Kale Aid is pretty popular and oh so LA

 

Tacos Por Favor

Address: 1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 392-5768
Yelp link: (4 stars with 1200+ reviews)
Website

  • Great for some good, cheap, tasty tacos before heading to the beach

 

The Veggie Grill

Address: 2025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 829-1155
Yelp link: (4 stars with 600+ reviews)
Website

  • Two words: Banh Mi
  • Veggie grill is an awesome, well known, popular vegan joint.  Live and let live, friends.

 

Gilbert’s El Indio Restaurant

Address: 2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 450-8057
Yelp link: (4 stars with 600+ reviews)
Website

  • Solid spot for enchiladas and other traditional Mexican options
  • We’d recommend starting with nachos unless you hate cheese (in which case we don’t know why you’d even be here)

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