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“Romantic Valentine Dinner”
Review of Sam's by the Beach

Sam's by the Beach
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Ranked #76 of 693 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Coast HWY
Description: A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Little restaurant with a lot of charm and very dedicated staff.
We had a wonderful meal and very personable service. There were quite a few regular customers for this special evening and the owner made sure to acknowledge everyone.
We would go back.

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Thank sookeod
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Sam's is a wonderful restaurant in Santa Monica. We had a supurb dinner, I had sea bass and my wife had salmon. Wonderful atmosphere and the prices are fair. Sam is a hands-on owner, he came to our table and introduced himself. We will return on our next trip for sure.

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Thank Leo S
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

The place is cozy, dim lights, and very friendly. We had mushroom soup, a delicious salmon, and vegetable crepes, everything beautifully served, and Sam himself taking care of the food, and always around to chat a little bit and oversee every detail. Valet parking only
I would certainly recommend it and hopefully come back some day!

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Thank Marcos H
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

A quant little Mediterranean Restuarant in Santa Monica . The owner Sam is working with the staff and is very friendly and helpful . The food was fantastic . 4 of us all had different meals and we were all impressed . The staff were great , the menu was sparse as was the wine list . The price was right . We would defiantly go back again . Highly recommend this Restuarant .

Thank Murials
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

I had an intimate wedding reception at Sam's. I don't even know where to begin, everything exceeded my expectations. All of our guests commented on how amazing the food was and many even said they look forward to bringing loved ones there for dinner in the future. We had a special private menu but many of these items are available on the regular menu. The appetizers were delicious, these included a cheese and apple tar teletype, lamb sausage and a spinach and cheese appetizer. Next we had salad or soup, both looked and tasted amazing. For the 3rd course we had the pumpkin ravioli, which IMO, is a must try. For our entrees, we had the butterfish and the Cornish hen, both got rave reviews from all our guests. I'd say the Cornish hen is a must try. For dessert we had a fruit tarte and the bread pudding. While both were amazing, if you must choose one, definitely go with the bread pudding. Out of this world. The decor in the private room was romantic and comfortable. Sam made bouquets for the table center pieces at a very modest cost and they were absolutely lovely. Throughout the entire process he was remarkable to work with and was active throughout the evening, filling wine glasses and bussing tables.
We walked through the main dining room and it looked amazing as well. Highly recommend this restaurant, truly no course was amiss and service was superb. So thankful to Sam and his staff for a truly remarkable evening.
*also, if you are looking for a location for a small private event, Sam's is an absolute value.

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Thank Victoria C
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