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“It's Really a Beer Garden ... of Eden”

Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe
Ranked #33 of 717 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: View, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Description: 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.
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Tripadvisor does not have a category for everything but the closest here is "restaurant". To me it is more an "attraction." I am a local and I hesitate to let you in on this "enchanted garden" because it's my go-to nirvana and is popular enough already. It gains new patrons daily because it is just off the well-beaten path of the oceanfront boardwalk next to the touristy Santa Monica pier -- the ideal foot traffic location. So you get a unique mix of populace -- tourists and locals. Tourists run the gamut from national to international, many of whom are world travelers staying at the 4 to 5 star luxury hotels gracing Ocean Avenue all to happy to let their hair down at the local watering hole, Big Deans, that coaxes passersby with classic rock tunes and ballads. There are 3 sections. The front open-air patio with wooden tables and umbrellas, the interior sports bar with several high-def TV monitors and the back patio bar (also with several high-def monitors. The food is higher-end pub fare that includes clam chowder in bread bowls, fish/beef tacos, burgers, dogs, garlic shrimp on a stick, chicken wings, salads etc. The tap beer selection is varied enough to suit any taste. But the charm and warm ambiance is hard to put into words. You'll know it when you feel it, buoyed by the friendly staff who will put a smile on your face and make you feel at home as you watch the endless multi-cultural parade of people strolling by.

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Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

This location has nice indoor and outdoor eating areas. The food is just bar food, but it is well cooked, the restaurant is very clean, prices are reasonable and the service is way above average,.

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

This is a straight up beach bar and hang out spot right at the end of the Santa Monica pier. No frills but great location and great service from Dave at the back bar for lunch! Cheers!

Thank Daniel G
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Sat on the bike path patio for a quick and easy bite. Great atmosphere. Quick service. Wahoo fish tacos are great

Thank Deanna O
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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We had burgers with beers for lunch and it was great! Tasted delicious, the price was okay and the place itself was clean. This was the only place along the pier which was not overcrowded and that’s becaus the restaurant was placed more on the side, but that was great too.

Thank nir089
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