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1212 Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

1212 Santa Monica

4.4
4.4
1249 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
1212 Santa Monica is a unique New California Cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. Our menu, crafted by Chef Luca, highlights the palette and diversity of the SoCal landscape. Complimenting the food, our beverage program includes select wines and creative cocktails to enhance your dining experience.

The space is multi-faceted, with vintage-chic decor and mixed media art. Enjoy the beautiful beach weather in the patio, or indoors in our massive dining room. Plan a private event/meeting at our balcony, private dining room, or board room.

Mon-Thurs: 4pm-10pm
Thursday: 4pm-11pm
Fri: 4pm-1:30am (Food Served Till 11pm)
Sat: 11am-1:30am (Food Served Till 11pm)
Sun: 11am-11pm (Food Served Till 11pm)
Brunch (Sat & Sun) - 11am-3:45pm

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 98 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean, American

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:30 am

  • Phone number

    (310) 576-9996

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Luca Maita

  • Private party facilities

    1212 Santa Monica is a unique New California Cuisine restaurant perfect for large groups and parties. Our menu, crafted by executive chef Luca, highlights the palette and diversity of the SoCal landscape.

  • Private party contact

    The 1212 Events Team: (844) 202-0714

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Wilshire Boulevard

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available on Wilshire Blvd. We are also steps away from the numerous parking structures located on 2nd Street between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd.

  • Public transit

    There is a bus stop located on the corner of Wilshire and 3rd Street Promenade.

  • Entertainment

    Join us for our weekly DJ series #1212soundsgood Friday to Saturday from 6pm-9pm at the Main Bar.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,249 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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    susanb

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was excellent.. Victoria was on top of everything and did a great job. The band was loud so we sat inside which was fine. Good music, very festive. All and all great experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Super fun place for brunch! Music is great and so is the staff. Very accommodating for dogs. We wish the brunch menu was a bit larger, but overall it’s delicious!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Excellent!!
  4. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t ever write reviews but this place is just worth going too 10/10 would highly recommend!
  5. S

    Stella

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We sat inside. The outside band was so loud we could hardly hear ourselves. Frustrating. I ordered the sea bass special. It was way overcooked, basically well done. The decor and space is very nice. Overall, a disappointing experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great salsa band playing during dinner. Excellent drinks and food - 1212 is my new fav restaurant with friends OR family. Excellent service. BTW - order the Brussels Sprouts!
  7. MN

    MNar

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was Father’s Day celebration at 1pm. They tried to seat us in the Sun on some couches. Nice if you are lounging and having drinks but not for eating lunch. Plus it was hot in the sun. When I made the reservation there was no mention of couch seating. I would have declined that. We got lucky and they gave us table. Then they sat the next group at the couches and they were complaining that they didn’t like it but were forced to stay there.
  8. MD

    MarcusDahhhling

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the karaoke was a great idea! It was great to get up and sing!
  9. JE

    JennieE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, super hip, right on the Promenade. Loved the outdoor patio dining. We had a variety of seafood options including the super fresh oysters. Lasagna was grandmas recipe, where filet was a thin missed opportunity. Overall, great experience. Karoake on a Wednesday was a mixed blessing.
  10. BA

    BelenA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    food was nice and well served. Hated that music was so loud, we could not talk to each other (group of 8 poeple) . service was nice, but took a while to get our check splittes
  11. n

    nahumarmas

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. I had a great time with my friends.
  12. B

    Bruno

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Every dish we ordered was done to perfection. The live music was fun.
  13. ND

    NatalieD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1212 was an amazing experience for my big family. I am so glad I chose 1212, and to see how the food and the ambience made my family all smile was so amazing. It could not have been a better night. Thank you for being so detailed, and careful with who was around us. Your service was impeccable!, Will be coming back
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had an awesome experience I just wish they had a live band or something on Sunday nights for a better up beat ambiance
  15. AW

    AiriW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rico was amazing !
  16. WH

    WillH

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service, delicious food, and funnest Drag Show Ever, helped by Peg Bundy from Married With Children!
  17. JV

    JonV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    When we arrived early the security was rude, I asked what the process is like to be seated and he told me that the restaurant was still closed and that we need to back away from the booth and when my girlfriend asked if it was possible for her to use the restroom and he said in an aggressive manner, “ Did you not listen to what I said! I said we’re still closed what do you not understand? And after we got our table we ordered drinks and the waiter hit my girlfriends mimosa and spilled all over her and the plate he was holding almost fell on her because he was surprised that the drink fell. He said he was gonna come back and clean it but he never came back we had to ask our server if we could get a towel. Overall, the place was great but for our first time experience, we got unlucky with the customer service.
  18. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    I was excited to eat at this restaurant. However, both my husband and I were very disappointed. I feel that it is overhyped and overpriced for what it is. We went for dinner and I ordered the Chicken Milanese and my husband ordered the Risotto with Langoustine Scampi. My chicken was dry and just ok, and the texture of the mashed potatoes was very strange. My husband's langoustine (prawns) were small, which is to be expected, but the quantity was very low. We both left hungry after finishing our meals. The ambiance also left a lot to be desired. We sat outside and while there was a live band, the seating stretched far along the Promenade. Despite a large amount of seating, we were sat at a small circular table squeezed in next to a trash can. Our dinner was continually interrupted by waiters throwing trash in the trash can a foot away from our table. When we were finished eating, a manager noticed we were finished and took our plates. He then hunted down our waitress to bring us our bill. (This is without us asking, but he noticed we were waiting a long time for our bill.) Overall, we felt we chose very poorly for dinner and would look elsewhere for any meal in Santa Monica.
  19. JH

    JHarris

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The hosts were rude and their food is bland. Drinks are good!
  20. FO

    FranklinO

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    $18 for a plate of starch
  21. BM

    BaileyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday dinner, and 1212 was a great experience. We were first timers and loved it.
  22. MM

    MeliMelCap

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Live music was phenomenal, food was delicious, service was great, we will be back!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious, outdoor music was great but too loud for conversation. And I’m not usually sensitive to noise like that!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Tables and chairs were weak, my husband is 6’5” and almost fell over. Our server was sooooooo sweet and kind, loved the service. She was wonderful. Wish I knew her name so I could give her the recognition she deserves.
  25. PG

    PattyG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    If you’re here browsing for a dinner spot, I’d recommend scrolling past this one. My main concern was the value. There’s no reason a place that charges $26 for a plate of salty pasta should have tables that are literally falling apart. Shards of laminate were peeling back from the table, leaving a huge safety hazard. Clothes could’ve easily been damaged if snagged, or worse, skin could have been scratched or punctured. Our server offered to rotate the table (like THAT was the issue), but didn’t seemed surprised to see the damage. He offered to move us tables and give us free dessert, but I just wanted to finish my meal and leave. The more frustrating part was when (who I assume was) a manager approached. He told me that a lot of drunk people were in the area and pointed out the broken lattices on the border of the patio. It was hard to hear over the belting of the live musician, but I believe he was telling me that the table had been damaged by “drunk people” last night and he hadn’t had a chance to fix it yet. EVEN if that were true, the table was set by someone, a server served it, a busser cleaned it; it passed many eyes and still wasn’t removed. It was insulting that I was expected to believe this excuse and clear that they had no intention of removing this safety hazard. It screams “desperation” when an establishment keeps sub-par amenities just to hold on to the money. A place that passes as a nice restaurant in Santa Monica should be better than this. That said, the hosts were all super nice and friendly. So good first impression and the best part of the dinner.
  27. CS

    CSGLA

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun vibe. GrEAT service and food was delicious. Drinks were nice
  28. MD

    MayolaD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Totally enjoyed the visit. The food and cocktails were amazing. First time there. Experience was great. Customer service was great. My only comment would be the live music. Although it was amazing, the volume was tad high if sitting at bar and trying to talk. Other than that… happy to return!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner and birthday
  30. C

    Coraline

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place! We enjoyed the food and drinks plus the live music. Our server Laura was very nice! Definitely go back :)
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, we weren't expecting much considering it was on the promenade BUT he food was good AND the service was BETTER. We had 2 Waiters 1st was NIKE he was a child complete delight. 2nd we had ROBERT HOLMES, absolutely excellent the service is why I will continue to come back in addition to recommend to all i know!! THANK YOU NIKE AND ROBERT HOLMES
  32. AR

    AngieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The chief is great. The waiters very helpful and attentive. The club at night so much fun and the added entertainment makes this place very unique.
  33. RD

    RonD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Need to have more selections on the menu. Food are ok, nothing to brag about. Portion is very small.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1212 is hands-down my favorite place to grab drinks and food after work in Santa Monica.
  35. C

    Celeste

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I had amazing time here! The service was quick, the food was absolutely delicious, and our server (Holly) was super attentive and sweet!! Definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for a good brunch place.
  36. GY

    GabbyY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved that 1212 was able to accommodate our party size and still attend to us in good timing. Food was excellent as usual! Would definitely come again.
  37. VP

    VictoriaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome space that offers so many places to sit and enjoy all the energy and cuisine. Although the music was especially loud inside, we love that 1212 offers live music on Friday and Saturday. It's one of our top choices for a SM, "Foodie" restaurant.
  38. ER

    EbonyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Did happy hour here with girlfriends. We had a great time. The two that arrived first were allowed to sit and start the party off while waiting for the rest of us. The waitress was attentive but did not hover or come too often. There was plenty of space. The heaters kept the patio at a comfortable temperature. The food was of good shareable portions. It also tasted really good.There was also a decent food and drink selection for happy hour. They were not serving flatbreads but we still left satisfied.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The live music was energetic & romantic! The service was very attentive & accommodating. The food & drinks were DELICIOUS! Me & my husband will be coming back here again for sure!!!
  40. LP

    LisaP

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were great! The oysters…OMG!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

1212 Santa Monica is rated 4.4 stars by 1249 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 98 times today
Google Map for 1212 Santa Monica

1212 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wilshire Boulevard

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available on Wilshire Blvd. We are also steps away from the numerous parking structures located on 2nd Street between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd.

  • Public transit

    There is a bus stop located on the corner of Wilshire and 3rd Street Promenade.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luca Maita

  • Entertainment

    Join us for our weekly DJ series #1212soundsgood Friday to Saturday from 6pm-9pm at the Main Bar.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 576-9996

  • Private party facilities

    1212 Santa Monica is a unique New California Cuisine restaurant perfect for large groups and parties. Our menu, crafted by executive chef Luca, highlights the palette and diversity of the SoCal landscape.

  • Private party contact

    The 1212 Events Team: (844) 202-0714

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