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Restaurant Reviews for Santa Monica


posted on May 18, 2016
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
review by Patrick J. Comiskey

On a leafy street not far from Santa Monica’s boardwalk, Esters Wine Shop & Bar leads a kind of double life. By day it’s a retail space with bottles to take away, by night a wine bar, selling wines off its shelves, as well as barrel-aged cocktails ...Read the full review

posted on August 19, 2010
Wilshire
review by Patrick Comiskey

Wilshire takes its name from the Santa Monica leg of LA’s swankiest boulevard. Its warm, copper-hued lounge catches flickering accents from hundreds of tea lights, giving way to three different dining environments, including a serene patio. Chef/partner Christopher Blobaum fashions a local, mostly organic menu that is ...Read the full review

posted on December 6, 2009
Father’s Office
review by Jessica Strand

Father’s Office receives its name from its original owner, an aging volleyball player known as ‘Dad’ when he opened the place, back in 1955. Recently Sang Yoon took it over as a haven from the restaurant business (where he excelled, having spent time at Michael’s in Santa Monica, ...Read the full review

posted on July 10, 2008
Bar Chloe
review by Maria Vitulli

Bar Chloe is an unexpectedly upscale hideaway in beach-casual Santa Monica that manages to be at once elegant yet unaffected. Check out specialty cocktails like the ethereal Lavender Gimlet, with Distillery No. 209 Gin, lime, sugar and lavender essence, or the Sweet Ginger—Belvedere Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry, ginger syrup ...Read the full review