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Cha Cha Chicken

Certificate of Excellence
Santa Monica
Caribbean, Central American, Jamaican, Gluten Free Options
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1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
+1 310-581-1684
11:00 - 09:30
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 09:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 21:30
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Santa Fe
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326 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great little shack on Ocean. Large picnic tables inside. Order at counter and food is brought to your table. Special of the day was the empanadas. I ordered one of each. FABULOUS! Hot, savory and large. I also ordered the jerk combo which was a jerk chicken enchilada and a jerk chicken tostado. The enchilada was covered with a sweet... More 

Thank KarumbaSantaFe
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The name of the restaurant is clever and catchy. Cha Cha Chicken. But, would it make our group dance? Answer: Positively Yes! Can you find parking in wicked Santa Monica? Yes! Park in the mall parking lot and walk to Cha Cha. You will be thanking the heavens you did. The food was fabulous. Being from the Northeast, going to... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there for a quick lunch and ate incredibly tasty food! Everything full of flavours! Coconut chicken rules!!! :)))) The best place in Santa Monica to eat good, a lot for a reasonable amount of money! :))))

Thank Ulinaaa
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Cha Cha Chicken has been serving up it's jerk for 27 years now and they are showing no signs of stopping. The Cha Cha Chicken has many jerk and mild chickens for your liking. Generally I get the Cha Cha Chicken, which it jerk chicken with a side of plantanes and rice with beans. For non-sensitive palettes this may... More 

Thank Number1eaglesfan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

I'm new to the area, and this place was recommend by a few people. Not a fancy place but great colorful atmosphere and great food. I had the Cha Cha Chicken,which just fell off the bone with superb flavorful jerk. They provide large portions, so go hungry and enjoy!

Thank Mike S
Foshan, China
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141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I spotted this restaurant on my way to my hotel and so later that night, I retraced my steps to get back. I'm glad that I did. I had some wings and some shrimp. Both were delicious. There was a very cosy feel about the place, especially with the heaters on inside - nice 'n' snug. If I'm ever in... More 

Thank TommySangers
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Cha Cha Chicken has flavorful Jamaican food served quick and in a relaxed local atmosphere. This is a fun stop to get tasty jerk chicken close to the beach and Santa Monica boardwalk. Ricky's Jerk Chicken wrap has shredded marinated chicken, rice and veggies and a lot of the local boarders were ordering the coconut chicken and tortilla soup. I'd... More 

Thank StaceyKelso
Malmo, Sweden
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, combined with great food and a friendly staff, makes this a truly great place. The menu is both affordable and exciting. All in all: well worth the visit, even if you have to wait in line.

Thank Thunderberg
Estes Park, Colorado
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92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place was delicious! I had the coconut fried chicken with potatoes and corn. It was all great. The reason I gave a 4 star is because I was a bit put off when I was sitting waiting for my food and an employee came and asked me what I was doing sitting there. I said I was waiting for... More 

Thank Todderup
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Amazing food! It's full of flavour, even if you prefer mild. The fresh made juices are also a must. I had the mango and it really complimented the sweet and spices jerk

Thank melt09

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Caribbean, Central American, Jamaican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 09:30
11:00 - 09:30
11:00 - 09:30
11:00 - 09:30
11:00 - 09:30
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-581-1684

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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