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Sam's by the Beach

108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
+1 310-230-9100
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, American
108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Dining at Sam's By the Beach is as cozy as eating in someone's home. Each course of our dinner was perfectly prepared. We were greeted by the owner and our server was both professional and welcoming. A wide variety of mouth-watering desserts were available.

Thank munchingmavin
Reviewed 30 November 2016

I was looking for a quiet low-key place for Thanksgiving Dinner and Sam's by the Beach turned out to be the perfect choice. They offered a three course meal at a reasonable fixed price of $55 per person. The service was friendly and professional. The...More

Thank _dt_arch
Reviewed 7 November 2016

This place is a real gem. We were staying nearby for an easy walk to Sam's. This was an early evening mid-week night. We were warmly greeted at the door by Sam, the proprietor and seated immediately. The feeling of the dining area is small,...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

After 2 week trip in U.S taking in New York San Fran and California this was by far the best meal. French of course The lamb was sensation as was the ravioli Great wine

Thank DRM1972
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Lovely dinner. Came here before a performance at the Getty Villa Theater. We shared the soft shell appetizer which was a special, delicious lamb shank and duck breast as mains, and shared the very chocolatey mousse for dessert. The service was very friendly and appropriately...More

Thank Noodlie066
Reviewed 11 September 2016

We selected this restaurant for a date night randomly. We were very pleased with our selection. We arrived early. They sat us straight away. The staff is pleasant and welcoming. The restaurant filled up, with people that looked like locals. Many seemed to know the...More

Thank Max P
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We visited here for the first time. It's a very welcoming restaurant, not huge and very cosy The owner is very funny with a quirky sense of humour. Great food and large portions, recommend sharing an appetiser. Tried the bread pudding which was good. Try...More

Thank Susan E
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This has been our favorite restaurant in town for years. It is small and friendly and completely lacking in pretense. The food is great and the portions are huge. If you like fish, there is always a great special of the day. Unlike many "fine...More

Thank Joy F
Reviewed 25 July 2016

When my hubby worked in Santa Monica about ten years ago, I'd take the Gold Line from near my work in Pasadena to Union Station and catch the Big Blue Bus #10 to Santa Monica for date nights. One memorable date was Sam's by the...More

Thank astrojane
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Very nice dining experience that is easy to miss in Santa Monica. Find this place and go enjoy an upscale dinner. Adventurous menu choices are available, I'm pretty sure we tasted just about everything and it was all fantastic. The owner was there and gave...More

Thank Golf_wine_lover
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
    (Pacific Coast HWY)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-230-9100
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A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.
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