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Santa Monica’s Best Restaurants & Bars

From early-morning coffee and croissants to late-night dinner and drinks, there’s no shortage of great places to choose from when it comes to dining in Santa Monica. Best of all, some of our favorite restaurants and bars are mere steps away from our hotel’s front doors, making it easy to find food at any hour.

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Eater LA’s #1 pick for outdoor dining, Lanea serves up elevated Mexican food, a long list of tequila and mezcal, and weekend brunch until 2 pm. Swing by for a signature drink and handcrafted tacos or quesadillas in a stylish, lounge setting that complements the cuisine.

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Bar Chloe

For an evening of upscale dining and drinks, Bar Chloe delivers a lineup of delicious bistro-style fare and specialty cocktails in a chic and sophisticated setting. Chandeliers and candlelight tables, a late-night happy hour, and budget-friendly menus set this elegant lounge apart from other Santa Monica bars.


Room Service

When you’re craving the best restaurants in Santa Monica without leaving the comforts of your accommodations at Hotel Carmel, give us a ring and we’ll be right up with convenient in-room dining.