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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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American, Bar, Pub
Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw the sign , like an oasis in all the heat , so the son-in-law and I decided to check it out in case it was a mirage . A cooling off period was called for and some beer . Bliss .

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank raymonddavies
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Cool, basic, decorated walls, good staff and OK food. Fine for a quick stop and a beer. Good location near the beach. Great for bikers.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank John P
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

If you want a non-pretentious hang out, close to the water and good for people watching, this is the place to come. The fried clams we ordered were tender and the portion large. And I can't believe there's somewhere on the beach where you can...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lovetravel888
Reviewed 2 October 2018

My cousins took me and my girlfriend here when we went on vacation and it was awesome. The burgers were so so good, and the beers were huge! Friendly staff, amazing food, great beer, what else could you ask for? And it's right on the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mike N
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Ate and drank at this gem after reading reviews. Burgers were great and reasonably priced, staff relaxed and welcoming. Great to be able to watch the football on many screens around the bar. Saturday night very busy but still managed to deliver cold beer and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Debra V
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We hoped to have dinner here our first night but the kitchen was closed when we got there so we just had a drink outside. There was a good atmosphere and it was super busy. We found the drinks very expensive.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Beanie14
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for a beer on the was home after a day at the beach and had a ball. The vibe is really fun, chilled. You meet folks from all walks of life. The staff were all very attentive and friendly. You can get...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank BackPacker137234
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch and a few beers today. Located right near the Santa Monica Pier. Great people watching!! Very relaxed atmosphere with friendly and attentive service. Food prices are very reasonable and beer was cold!! I could have hung here for hours, just...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 20edk
Reviewed 17 September 2018

This really is a great place for an honest bite, a massive cold lager and first class people watching

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank GEORGESDAD186356
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Wow! Happened upon this awesome place after parking at lot 2. Down to earth people, chill vibe & great food & music! Teens loved the nachos & burgers. My salad was delicious too. Reasonable prices & great service.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank stewart6
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, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Kids
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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