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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-393-2666
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“burger” (79 reviews)
“wings” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
American, Bar, Pub
Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Age 56. Lived in SM all my life. Still do. Came to Big Deans for the first time ever this past Father's Day. Wish I would have visited earlier. Terrific food. Great beach/bar atmosphere. Very accommodating staff. Diggin' the music mix. What's not to like?...More

Thank L699RJjeffc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On our visit to Santa Monica, we wandered past Big Dean’s. Since they were serving beer, we thought maybe we couldn’t take a minor in. The witty and pleasant “bouncer” said we could - family friendly, score! We ordered three burgers and an ahi melt-...More

Thank Eileen S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found that place via tripadvisor. I saw it has good comments. Especially for hamburgers. That was what we wanted to have. Place is not very expensive, they serve without frenchfries but burger is really big.

Thank totoloz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved loved the music, beer, just the whole little outdoor thing the have going on is fun! Best place at the Santa Monica pier besides the ocean. We had a couple of beers, wings, and potato skins. Food nothing fabulous, but the atmosphere is great...More

Thank Katherine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for lunch one day and loved the food and service. It wasn't too expensive and had a good selection for lunch!

Thank ginat4134
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In my week long visit to Santa Monica I have been to Big Deans several times. Really nice place to sit down for a gold beer or something to drink. We had their hamburger speciality for lunch one day. Really good. Very friendly staff, will...More

Thank BrynjarOrn61
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Stopped in on a whim. The burger was amazing (so much so that we may be returning a second time on our trip.) Good view of the pier, with outdoor seating.

Thank ChachaXIV
Reviewed 29 April 2018

The hamburgers are always good but go hungry, they are huge. The beer selection should suit every taste and is served cold (32 oz for $10) like it should be in real beer garden. Very hard to leave.

Thank mgrace2018
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Just brilliant. Thank you Big Deans. Great food and very good value. We thought somewhere so close to the pier wouldn’t be up to much and would be expensive but it was so good we went back again in a short 4day trip. Inexpensive, delicious,...More

Thank FlipperMum
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

The service and ambience for a beer and burger are perfect. Service is efficient, great variety of beers, staff are extremely friendly and fun. Lots of sports on screens. Loads of friendly happy people. Great burger for dinner, came quickly, tasted delicious. Highly recommend.

Thank Sheryn R
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-2666
  • E-mail
Welcome to Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, where the "locals" meet and the "fun loving" tourist always return! Voted one of L.A.'S 101 best bars, we are open every day and have all the sports games on Sundays on TV. Conveniently located on the beautiful Santa Monica Boardwalk, this is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax, sip a beer or have a burger. In addition to fun in the sun on our outdoor patios, you'll find some great food, beer and wine at the world famous Big Dean's. Just ask any of our regulars- they'll tell you to try our World Famous Burgers like the Santa Monica Burger or Big Dean's Double Cheeseburger. We also have sandwiches, sausages and dogs, seafood, tacos and sides, as well as an extensive beer, wine and specialty beverage list, to satisfy guests of all ages! We invite you to check out our website to see what we offer, then bring your friends and family to join us at Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe today! We look forward to seeing you soon.
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