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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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The Independence Tavern

Known for its bottomless mimosas, hearty weekend brunch, and unbeatable happy hours, Independence Tavern is the perfect spot for upscale American cuisine and refreshing cocktails to kickstart the day’s fun. They even deliver, so you can enjoy a mouth-watering meal from the comfort of your own room here at Hotel Carmel.

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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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Interactive Café

Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, Interactive Café has the perfect workspaces and pick-me-ups available at all hours. Discover a lineup of fresh-pressed juices, coffees, and a full menu of breakfast classics, fresh salads, sandwiches, and sides — from morning till night.

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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.