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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

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Neighbourhood:
Santa Monica
American, Bar, Pub
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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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Today
12:00 - 21:00
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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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105 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Called here for a mid day drink and enjoyed the ambiance and vitality of the place. A couple of day later we returned for a bite of lunch and it was full. Spotting a bench seat at a table occupied by two men, my wife and I asked if they minded us joining them, and we did. They were both... More 

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Thank whiskers51
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in twice while in town. We are not surprised that you found some welcoming locals during your second visit. As we say, we like to create an atmosphere where everyone (first timers and regulars) can enjoy their time here and feel at home. Hope you stop in again when back in town! Sincerely - Big Dean's... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here to grab lunch while visiting Santa Monica. It's located next to the pier, with a cozy patio and fast friendly service. I had tacos and they were delicious

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

We are glad you were able to stop in and grab a plate of our fish tacos! They are definitely a favorite with our locals and regular out of town visitors! Hope you are able to stop in when back in town and enjoy them along with the great views and vibe! Cheers - Big Dean's Team More 

Wichita, Kansas
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband loved his burger and I devoured my fish tacos. The service was friendly and the food came out quickly. Definitely a great, inexpensive spot near the pier.

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

Many thanks for the review and we are glad you enjoyed our great food and service, where we strive to make everyone feel at home and relaxed!! Next time you are in town, don’t hesitate to stop in for a bite and we'd love to know what we can do to get that last star! Sincerely, Team Big Dean’s More 

Woodbury, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Decided to try Big Dean's based on TripAdvisor reviews and location to our hotel. Our first visit - the best breakfast burrito ever, great beer selection, and accommodating staff (brought out the heaters to keep a bunch of us Penn State fans warm). Our second visit - enjoyed the fish tacos and selection of football games to watch. Really friendly... More 

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

It's customers like you that makes us strive to ensure everyone feels welcome and at home. Thank you for spending time with us during your trip! Our food, great beer selection and laid back vibe are what we try to make sure everyone experiences. Safe travels and hope you spend time with us again when back on the West Coast!... More 

Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, United States
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We like this place and have gone several times: great fish tacos, burgers, wings, etc. at good prices. It's right next to the Pier, so provides great ocean views and people-watching! Inside and outside seating.

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

Eileen Great to have you as one of our regulars and we hope that our great food, atmosphere and of course the amazing views are enough to keep you with us for a long time! Happy Holidays! Cheers - Team Big Dean's More 

Carrollton, Ohio
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 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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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 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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128 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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 

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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, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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