No need to dress up for this “hippie-chic” street — come as you are. Santa Monica’s Main Street has been around for decades. Main Street was the place to hang out in the 80s when world famous Wolfgang Puck opened his amazing Cal-Asian restaurant, Chinois, and after that The Wave Restaurant and Bar opened in 1986. Chinois and Wave had new, hip food wowing the local artist, civilian and tourist alike.
Now, it’s rallying back better than ever. Could Main Street ever be more hip? New restaurants are popping up and showing what Santa Monica is all about; Ashland Hill, Hinterland, Areal and Fork in the Road just to name a few!
Between the colorful street art, amazing shopping and mouthwatering restaurants, this hip street is a force to be reckoned with. Main Street runs for just over a mile, from Pico Boulevard to Rose Avenue and I’m going to tell you about the restaurants to try (in one sentence:) on this one-of-a-kind street, and trust me, your taste buds will thank me!
Areal Restaurant & Craft Bar
A fun, dynamic restaurant with outdoor seating and great spirits and cocktails.
The best use of space and adaptive reuse of the building, even better food.
Dedicated to making your mouth water with a locally sourced menu.
BRICK + MORTAR
Luxe neighborhood bar serving up Modern American deliciousness.
CHINOIS ON MAIN
Owned by Wolfgang Puck, serving the best Cal-Asian fare in the city.
FORK IN THE ROAD
Bringing a whole new meaning to “bistro-chic”in Santa Monica.
2424 Main St.
Southern classic & celebrity-studded, did I mention Joe Jonas owns it?
2917 Main St.
KNUCKLE & CLAW
The Maine-fare on Main Street.
LA VECCHIA CUCINA
Keeping it classically Italian in a bustling atmosphere.
M STREET KITCHEN
Comfort food in laid back vibe.
O′BRIEN′S IRISH PUB ON MAIN ST
Live music, comedy and trivia nights make this a local hotspot for more than just the food.
Nautical feel with amazing food.
Creatively combining organic, local ingredients in an elegant ambiance.