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Back on the Beach

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Santa Monica
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445 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
+1 310-393-8282
08:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Thu 08:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place for lunch directly on Santa Monica beach with feet in the sand, people watching. The food is simple and good cafe food, but with so many great dining options around town, you're not here for the food!

Thank oceanseekerDC
San Diego, California
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's St Patrick's day. So I asked if they have corn beef and cabbage. They tried passing off a ham loaf as corn beef. REALLY. They seemed not to care one way or another. The service terrible. I am at the beach daily. Thought I would try this spot. Sorry won't be back or recommend. The website said tine is... More 

Thank kidkeno
Salt Lake City, Utah
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoy this spot for a solid breakfast on the beach when I'm in town. Have been twice and will likely return. The wait times have surprisingly not been atrocious, even on weekend late mornings. I like to call ahead and ask but last time we only waited about 30 minutes which isn't bad at all if you want to... More 

Thank Jannah D
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

The service was really fast. Had the recommended mushroom omelette and it was decent. Felt very cared for, waiter checked in often, coffee cup was never empty. The chairs and table sink into the sand, if you're tall I recommend sitting on the deck so your knees fit under the table.

Thank Garland B
Saint Charles
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Sat on the beach. Burger was too done but the salads were very tasty. The view was the best. Great time in the beach.

Thank Jim P
Los Angeles, California
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170 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

The location, location location. Right on the beach, watch the walkers, skaters, bike riders and beachgoers. You can sit outside or in and the food is delightful. Nothing fancy, just delightful. The wait staff is excellent. You'll find yourself going back often, especially for special occasions.

Thank Ron D
Santa Monica
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is a very good place to go for breakfast or lunch while you visit Santa Monica or Venice. Breakfast is good but coffee is so so. It's right on the beach bike path and the same entrance of the annenberg community beach house. You can walk or bike there from or near the Santa Monica pier. Or if you... More 

Thank auntiePen
Santa Monica, California
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A great place to put your feet in the sand, look at the ocean and have a good breakfast or brunch and entertain out-of- towners. Back to the Beach is next to the Annenberg Beach Club and a nice 15 minute walk north from the pier with only 15-20 outside tables. There is also good parking and is a short... More 

Thank JimRich90402
New York
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We stopped at Back on the Beach for breakfast on our way out of Santa Monica on a Tuesday morning. Parking was no problem. We had our pick of outdoor tables as there weren't many customers. We enjoyed sitting with our feet in the sand, under an umbrella overlooking the beautiful beach. You can watch everyone go by on the... More 

Thank OchoIIX
Great Falls, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Our family travels to Los Angeles 6-8 times per year & our first stop is Back on the Beach Cafe in Santa Monica! The food is fresh & delicious! We love all the menu items, but some of our favorites are the Bananutella French Toast, Fish Tacos & all the Omelettes & Burgers! The staff are friendly & attentive. The... More 

Thank dianeanderson5

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 445 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-8282

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Santa Monica

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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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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