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Rusty's Surf Ranch

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Neighbourhood:
Santa Monica
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256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126
+1 310-393-7437
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Rochester Hills, MI
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I thought it was pretty good. My wife loved the fish and chips I liked the clam chowder. We were able to walk right in on a busy day.

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Thank javamouses
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tasteless food. So, so service. I was expecting a lot better for being a seafood place on the pier. Was mediocre at best.

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Thank njpharmgirl6
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

On holiday from the Uk, with family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids - 11 & 8) and looking for somewhere to eat on a manic Easter Saturday at Santa Monica Pier. Had to wait 20 minutes for a table, but bearing in mind how busy it was that was fine. We duly returned and got our table. We ordered... More 

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Thank Dave F
Windsor, Canada
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunching on the pier was an experience. This restaurant was average, hit the spot at a good price, with a variety of meal offerings. I had the southwestern salad and my mother had the fish and chips. It took a bit of effort to wave the server down to request a soft drink refill, but otherwise, a great experience and... More 

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CDA
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120 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ocean winds and sunny days can't keep folks away from this lively spot on the Santa Monica Pier. We ate on the protected patio and the food was all very high quality. Wait staff was friendly. Portions were pretty light in two of our choices. Overall a friendly place. Beer selection was thin, but the location cannot be beat.

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Thank C K
stoke on trent
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208 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We wanted something to eat and spied this place. The staff were very welcoming, very helpful in helping us choose what we wanted. Food and service was both top notch, drinks were refilled without asking (it was soda) Great to look at the decor of the old surfboards. And even had English rugby on the tv

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Thank hmonster
Perth, Australia
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86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is in a great location however was quite disappointing! We walked in & got seated by the host straight away, he was awesome. Then 3 waitresses stood around talking rather than coming over to welcome us. We finally got served by the bar man! Our meals were just ok, nothing to rave about. We had crab cakes, calamari, linguine,... More 

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Thank crookie55
Wellington, New Zealand
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186 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

After strolling around the beach one gets hungry and Rusty's saved the day! We had soup, the quesadila and ceasar's salad - yummy!!

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Thank TAROTZAMM
Beenleigh, Australia
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We ate here on our first day in LA. It was well located and fitted in well with its surrounds. The service was good and the food also but we're not big fans of fried food. For what it was , it was good.

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Thank Jeffr22
New York City, New York
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Even though there was only one waitress, this girl was very attentive to all of her guests including us. I ordered chicken parmesan, surprisingly delicious giving that this is a sea food restaurant. My husband ordered a burger and so did my daughter. The burgers were delicious. The bun is buttery and the fries are good too. They have $5... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Cuisine
Seafood, American, Bar
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-7437
Description
Legendary surf inspired beach restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier known for live bands, great happy hours and a popular Seafood and American menu. Great place for parties and tour groups to catch the California feel of living. Serving food and fun!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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