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1. Belcampo Santa Monica 1026 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Part-butcher-shop, part-restaurant, Belcampo Meat Co. sources all of its grass-fed, organic beef from its own sustainable farm. The restaurant at the Santa Monica location serves innovative dishes like goat tartare, mutton chops, and the infamous cheeseburger, sandwiched on a toasted brioche bun with a thick slice of Cheddar, caramelized onions, and house sauce. The butcher shop up front sells cuts to go, plus ready-made meals so you can have a locally sourced, carnivorous feast in the comfort of your own home.

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2. Estate Restaurant + Bar 1519 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

This chic, dark-toned restaurant is trendy to the extreme and offers an international menu full of fish and swanky cocktails.

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3. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Slinging sandwiches in Santa Monica since the 1920s, Bay Cities is responsible for masterpieces like The Godmother, a sub made with basically every Italian cured meat, Provolone cheese, and the works (mustard, mayo, Italian dressing, onions, pickles, tomato, and lettuce). More than just a sandwich specialist, the shop also serves prepared pastas like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and stuffed shells. While the counter crew assembles your order, browse through the grocery section that's stocked with imported Italian specialities.

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4. Melisse Restaurant 1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Melisse's a Santa Monica swank-house that's serving French seafood fare. Try out their tasting menu and enjoy the scene.

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5. Milo & Olive 2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

Milo & Olive specializes in wood-fired pizzas (consider the pork belly sausage and kale), homemade pastries, and hearty breakfast dishes. The bakery counter is what dreams are made of, backed by a wall of huge loaves of bread and lined with a spread of decadent pastries, such as sweet cream brioche, buttery croissants, and maple walnut sticky buns. You'll want to get here early before that selection slims down, particularly for the sought-after and often sold-out bagels. All carbed out? This bright and rustic communal space also a fresh selection of soups and salads, like a sweet corn bisque and an heirloom tomato & peach.

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6. Cadet 2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.

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7. The Lobster 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

The Lobster remains in its original structure that was built in 1923 and serves killer lobster rolls made with Japanese mayo and pickled cucumber.

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8. Ox & Son 1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

An ode to the butcher father who first taught him how to break down an animal, Ox & Son is chef Brad Miller’s eclectic meditation on hearty, meat-driven fare. Set in a rustic space with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Santa Monica restaurant serves daily oysters, surf and turf specialities, and a burger topped with raclette cheese, pickled onion, and truffle aioli. It's also a brunch destination thanks to inventive breakfast sandwiches, customizable omelets, and bottomless mimosas.

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9. Tacos Por Favor 1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)

Get breakfast, lunch and dinner at this cozy, unpretentious Mexican diner that makes all your favorite standbys (huevos rancheros, quesadillas, carnitas, and tacos, obviously).

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10. Herringbone 1755 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This is the second LA location of the La Jolla favorite, helmed by Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey. Its seafood-centered menu includes pan-roasted Ivory King salmon and a "salt and brine" raw bar flush, as well as a a slew of oyster, uni, octopus and bay scallops dishes.

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11. Pono Burger 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

The Hawaiian burger chain comes to Santa Monica -- and they're stationed in a sweet old WWII-era bunker.

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12. Cassia 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

From the team behind the now-shuttered Spice Table, in collaboration with the team behind Rustic Canyon, Cassia is a Vietnamese-French bistro in Santa Monica. Cassia is housed in an open and lofty space, with sleek wooden tables and communal dining areas, an open hearth, and an outdoor patio. French tradition is expressed through the chilled seafood bar, and fused dishes include the pot au feu — a hybrid French stew and Vietnamese pho — with a chile-laden bone marrow broth, charcuterie fried rice, or any of the numerous cocktails crafted with a tropical bent, bearing in mind the heat of Vietnamese cuisine.

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13. The OP Cafe 3117 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This Cali cafe features healthy, organic takes on classic American fare that's perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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14. Inotheke 606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This sunny, minimalist Greek diner hosts seasonally inflected fare with a modern twist-- think zucchini mousaka, grilled seafood souvlaki, and colorful veggie side plates.

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