Restaurants in Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica is especially well-endowed with ethnic restaurants: dozens of Italian places, including Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery, which is known for its grand Italian sub sandwiches and featherweight, ultra-fragile sfogliatelle. For Caribbean fare, our Santa Monica savant likes Cha Cha Chicken, a beach shack that specializes in jerk chicken and its namesake dish, which is like jerk chicken but roasted rather than grilled, and is therefore saucier and juicier. For Greek-accented kebabs and gyros as well as hummus, babaganoush, falafel, spanakopita and house-made pita bread, the place to go is Stop ‘N Cafe, a welcome respite from the chain restaurants that surround it.

Santa Monica’s Most Famous Dishes

Bakery-fresh loaf of Italian bread, resting on the bag it was sold in

Bread & Rolls

Plated roast chicken in a pool of savory natural juices

Chicken Dishes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Cold cuts are piled high with garnishes and condiments in a long loaf almost too big to lift

Sub Sandwiches

Santa Monica’s Best Restaurants

Ham and provolone on a crisp-crusted Italian loaf
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery


Stop’N Cafe


Cha Cha Chicken


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