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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

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Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-393-2666
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11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Carrollton, Ohio
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for a late night snack, ended up having burgers, fries and drinks. Good time and good food! Oh yea, good music too. Was looking for this place and almost missed it. Tucked in almost beneath the pier.

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Thank BobbiFair
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Glad to hear we were able to completely take care of your late night snack craving and turned it into a full meal. With our location just south of the Santa Monica Pier, we love having customers who are in for a quick bite and our laid back vibe turns them into longer visits! Look forward to seeing you again!... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch while in Santa Monica and got caught in the rain so I ended up hanging out for a few hours. Luckily they had all of the football games on, great selection of beer, and some of the tastiest fish tacos I've ever had. Not to mention super friendly staff that was even kind enough to... More 

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Thank juli g
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Juli It's customers like you that make our team do all they can to make sure everyone has a great time. Glad you go to enjoy our fish tacos and of course catch all the games. Hope you come back and soon and hang out with us! Sincerely - Team Big Dean's More 

London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're in Santa Monica this is a fun spot to visit, popular with locals and tourists alike. The beer is good and cold, despite being served in plastic glasses (legal requirement I suspect). The main thing that always brings me back here though is the great service, it is always prompt and friendly - no matter how busy they... More 

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Thank Marc L
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Marc Thank you for spending time with us on your travels to Santa Monica. Just like our slogan, we love catering to our locals just as much as our tourists. Cold beer, friendly staff and laid back vibe are what we TRULY aim for every day! Hope to see you again when back! Sincerely - Team Big Dean's More 

Mandeville, Louisiana
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the perfect place for us to watch a college football game over the weekend. Nice big screens to watch the game, good beer, and good food at a reasonable price. Plus you're just steps away from the ocean.

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Thank Brook S
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Brook Glad to hear you enjoyed hanging out with us for the games. With cold beer and good food, we can't think of another place to watch (minus being AT the game of course!) Hope to see you again! Cheers - Team Big Dean's More 

Vienna, Virginia
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117 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Big Dean's is the sort of place that movies are made of -- these types of restaurants, I hope, will be here forever. Picture this -- you've baked all day in the LA sun, shopped a little, seen the posh places, biked a little near the Pier, maybe even sipped champagne at the nearby Shutter's. But while all the poshness... More 

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Thank Stephanie148
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Stephanie Big Dean's exists for our customers like you who enjoy great food, cold beer and a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere! We are happy that we reminded you of one of your other favorite spots from the southeast and look forward to seeing you again! Cheers - Team Big Dean's More 

Ontario, Canada
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158 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Looked like a fun place to relax and have a beer. Ended up having dinner there too. The great Dean burger which is what they're known for is a double cheeseburger. Was fantastic. It came sliced into two pieces which was necessary so you could hold it and wrap your mouth around it. Doesn't come with anything so had a... More 

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Thank 14Roger
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Roger We love when customers come in and have a great visit with us! Our food and great beer selection are what we are most proud of along with a very laid back, relaxed atmosphere. Hope to see you again soon! Regards, Team Big Dean's More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Had the best tasting chicken taco here. The "big" beer serve really is big larger than a pint. Friendly casual atmosphere.

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Thank Chris L
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Chris We LOVE our chicken tacos so glad that you enjoyed them as well and of course it pairs well with a big ice cold beer! Make sure to come see us again when back on the boardwalk! Sincerely, Team Big Dean's More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We ate at Big Deans three times last week. The first time we had fish tacos, calamari, and a couple of beers. The food was good enough to makes us want to come back again. The location is great, right at the foot of the steps up to the pier, the food is good, and the beer is reasonably priced.... More 

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Thank unckyherb
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Sounds like you got to enjoy all the things that makes everyone come back...great food, great beer and great atmosphere. Sounds like we may have a new regular! Cheers - Team Big Dean's More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We were with our 4 kids ages 11 to 21 for early dinner, ordered burgers, salads and fish and chips. All dishes where fresh and tasty. Service was fast and price was fair.

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Thank Talsharonh
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Sounds like you had a great family outing with us! Glad to hear everything was tasty and fast! We strive to make sure this is the case for all of our guests. Hope you come see us again when back on the boardwalk! Cheers - Team Big Dean's More 

Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

First day in Santa Monica went for a stroll and came across big deans, good snack menu, good selection of beers, food was tasty.

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Thank Tjmusic
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

So glad you were able to find us while out on your stroll. We like to keep a great laid back atmosphere along with great food! Stop in again when out on another adventure! Regards - Team Big Dean's More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
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.

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