1414 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
After the owner's daughter took over, the Santa Monica institution Warszawa transformed into hip, refurbished Solidarity, which luckily still offers the best Polish food in the area, plus (shhhhh) a secret speakeasy in the back. You really shouldn't miss the steamed pierogi or creamy beef stroganoff in the main dining room, which is dimly lit and adorned with framed Polish art and movie posters, but make the hidden lounge your destination. At the back of the restaurant, look for a (moveable) white bookshelf next to an ice machine. The bookshelf gives way to a clandestine space outfitted with thick red curtains, eclectic vintage furniture, live piano music, and cocktails like vodka martinis and the Warsaw Mule with Polish vodka, lemon juice, ginger, and a rosemary sprig. This area also leads to a spacious covered back patio aglow with twinkle lights.