The creators of a couple other hot and trendy spots in Los Angeles, Fia and Fia Steak, bring Dono set to open this year. While we don’t know much about the menu specifics yet, we do know that the goal is to take your tastebuds on a trip to Spain. “We want you to experience the charming nostalgia we felt when traveling through Spain,” says the Dono team. Given its namesake of the city Donostia-San Sebastian of Spain, it’s safe to assume the aesthetic of this restaurant will also accomplish the goal of honoring Spanish artwork and culture. The team behind Fia and Fia Steak have hit the ground running since their openings, and we are expecting the same for this highly anticipated Spanish restaurant. This is an opening you will not want to miss - stay tuned for more on Dono’s Instagram account.
Urban Skillet is making a name for themselves for their mouthwatering food and for being the only burger restaurant in Los Angeles with a 100% halal menu. This fast casual restaurant offers various types of burgers like the southern bbq (lettuce, swiss cheese, tangy bbq, house sauce, halal bacon, onion ring), the oh so hot burger (house sauce, sauteed jalapenos, pickles, lettuce, swiss cheese, spicy sauce, spicy aioli), and the truffle burger (house sauce, sauteed mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, swiss cheese, caramelized onions, bbq, coleslaw, pickles). However, burgers aren’t the only thing they do! They also offer hot dogs with all types of toppings like the what's up dog (topped with ground beef, american cheese, caramelized onions, parsley, house sauce.) With any of these options you can also pair it with fries and a shake! Urban Skillet encourages indulgence because they can assure you that every bite will be worth it.
The ultimate trifecta has arrived - restaurant, bar, and lounge - Sugar Palm is here. The space is perfect for Summer, open and airy, and great for groups. A few of the most popular dishes are the breakfast sandwich, chicken and waffles, dutch baby (cast iron baked, mixed berry compote, cheesecake batter, berries), salmon poke, falafels, and the deconstructed cheesecake. If your crew is more into a cocktail night, try the la familia (casa del sol resposado tequila, cynar, orange bitters) or the al pastor (Rayu Mezcal, Mi Campo Blanco Tequila, Serrano Compressed Pineapple, Micro Cilantro, Agave). Be sure to try out this new trendy and summery spot, Sugar Palm, with a group of friends looking for a great time!
Nostalgia Bar and Lounge has arrived, and it has more to offer than just reminders of your favorite cartoons. The kitchen is also run by Chef Chris Sayegh (aka The Herbal Chef) so although current legislation won’t allow cannabis-infused food, you will be able to check out CBD-infused cocktails (and mocktails) upon request. To go with the nostalgic theme, some of the popular choices are the “end of the otter pop” which is a fruity vodka cocktails garnished with a berry fruit popsicle, “woo-hoo” which is a 21+ friendly take on the classic Yoo-Hoo chocolate beverage, and the "enchanted tiki whip" - destined to take you back to disneyland’s classic Dole-Whip. As far as food goes, the masterminds behind this new brick and mortar Chef Sayegh and Jared Ventura have stirred up some great options like the kampachi crudo (fresh kampachi lightly smoked, nori dressing, allium oil, avocado puree, & whipped creme fraiche), fish & chips, and kobe toast (sourdough toast, mustard aioli, lightly torched A5 kobe beef with marinated radish, turnip, and microgreen.) Grab a group of friends and head to Nostalgia Bar and lounge for an evening of great memories, CBD-infused cocktails, and flavorful bites.
Your new favorite donut shop is headed to Santa Monica! Well, it’s here but only the food truck! While Holey Grail’s new Santa Monica location is in the works, they’ve decided to kick things off early and have their truck outside serving up their beloved exotic donuts. Some LA locals may already know them from their location in Culver City, but the Santa Monica community is getting a sweet glimpse of what’s to come when their new location officially opens. Created with Hawaiian grown taro root as the dough for all donuts, some of the most loved flavors are the strawberry fields forever (local strawberry, matcha), hail mary (cardamom, rose), and notorious p.o.g. (passion fruit, orange, guava). Be sure to check out their Instagram for new weekly flavor drops, hours, and for Holey Grail's grand opening of their official Santa Monica location!
Standings Butchery is known as “LA’s source for ethically sourced, sustainably raised meat and poultry.” Since opening, Standings Butchery has launched ‘Burgers by Standings.’ Currently the Burgers can only be found at their popups - recently spotted at Domaine LA - and soon to be a permanent space shared with Salt’s Cure who will take on breakfast while Burgers by Standings takes over for lunch and dinner. Locals already love the meat from Standings Butchery and its no secret that the burgers are a hit as well. With local quality, juicy beef patties and all the toppings you desire, it’s hard not to love. Keep an eye on their Instagram account for updates on popups and their future store opening.
Your new lunch spot has arrived - Berbere is Santa Monica’s new vegan restaurant with ethiopian-inspired cuisine. Chef T says, “We don’t believe you should have to sacrifice a great tasting meal in pursuit of nutrition, so our menu is designed to maximize both.” A few of the popular items on the menu are ‘eat the rainbow evening (created with teff injera red lentils, turmeric garbanzo, purple cabbage with potato, sautéed greens), twist tacos (Potato, lentil, mushroom, cilantro, awaze, Ethiopian salad dressing, tangfaye sauce, microgreens), and tofu tibs (Sautéed tofu with berbere spice and rosemary served with sautéed spinach & kale.) For those looking for something sweet to finish off their meal, try the sublime confection made with Almond butter, home-made hazelnut Nutella, banana stuffed bread, chocolate coffee sauce, vanilla ice cream. Berbere is a great spot for a lunch break whether at work in the area on a weekday or shopping around Santa Monica on the weekends.
Sol Agave started out as a food truck with big dreams of expanding to share their desire of “making Mexican food even more complex, modern, and enjoyable, as well as healthier for our bodies.” Today, Sol Agave has almost 5 locations, Santa Monica being one of the newest additions to their list of locations. Some of the dishes that are gaining popularity are the lobster enchiladas, shrimp taquitos, tacos del mar and the butter cake for dessert. To drink, locals recommend the margarita flight for a variety of fruity (and spicy) options. After a day of walking along the pier, head over to this Mexican seafood restaurant ‘Sol Agave’ with your date for some margaritas and flavorful food.
“From Coffee til Cocktails,” Cult is the latest cafe in Santa Monica located on the corner of Broadway and 3rd St. Many locals are raving about this neighborhood spot for its relaxed atmosphere and the coffee, food, and cocktails. A few of the favored dishes are the burrata avocado toast, chicken tenders, broadway chicken sandwich, and the so-cal burger. For the avid coffee drinker, some of the popular choices are the vanilla latte and the specialty drink “Rose Dawson” created with cold brew, oat milk and rose petal syrup. In terms of cocktails, they have canned cocktails (like the mimosa and spicy margarita) and hand-crafted cocktails (like the watermelon sugar high made with rum, melon, and mint) pair perfectly with warmer seasons. This is a great neighborhood cafe in Santa Monica for those looking for options to please from morning until evening!
This charming spot in Santa Monica is the perfect place for a cup of tea and a light snack. Not only is the patio dog-friendly, but it is also a major attraction for its open and airy design, leafy plants and dangly lights hanging from above. When visiting this new spot in town, you can choose from a few of the drink favorites like jasmine green tea, yerba mate iced tea, and chai tea latte. For those looking for a light bite, Buena Vida has a handful of popular items like the scones, empanadas, quiches, and tea sandwiches. Grab your fellow tea-loving friends for a sweet afternoon at Buena Vida on Montana Ave and Lincoln Blvd.
This artsy, Turkish-inspired coffee shop doubles as a brunch spot on the weekends. During the week, you can find locals here sipping on the Turkish coffee or an oat milk latte paired with a popular bakery item like the banana bread or coffee cake. On the weekends, the menu is expanded to include brunch items like avocado toast with egg, Turkish eggs, meatball sub, and pupusas. Lokl Haus is a great place to meet up with a friend over coffee or a quick meal on the weekends before exploring sunny Santa Monica.
Located in Santa Monica, Fia is the latest hidden gem with a comfy and intimate ambience, and flavorful Italian food with a California twist. The interior has walls filled with exposed brick, paintings, and dim lighting. However most locals have been raving about the patio which is a spacious garden filled with trees, bushes, and dangling lights. A few of the most popular menu items are spicy salmon tartare cones, lobster bolognese, spicy tuna arancini, and grilled spanish octopus. For dessert-lovers, the chocolate dome (caramelized chocolate mousse ball, coffee creme, almond praline, cocoa biscuit, and lit with fire when served) is highly recommended. Fia is a great place to sit down and catch up with an old friend or have a romantic date night out with your significant other.
Located in Santa Monica is the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and it's newest addition ‘Soko Sushi.’ The name “Soko” translates to “storeroom” in Japanese - they chose this name as a nod to sushi’s origin - which dates back more than 2000 years ago. Soko Sushi is located inside the hotel’s lobby with only a handful of chairs and a modern, minimalistic design. “Well before refrigeration, Japanese fisherfolk preserved fish by wrapping it in fermented rice and salt, calling it ‘Narezusushi’.” A few of the popular sushi choices include the yellowtail nigiri, toro roll, and the sashimi assortment (chef’s 8 piece of omakase sashimi). You can also pair your sushi with sake or various cocktails like The Miramar (Vodka, Hibiscus, Rosemary, Champagne). Enjoy an evening with sushi and sake with a friend at Soko Sushi.