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You would expect Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s restaurants to be all about beach food — hamburgers, hot dogs and tiki drinks. In keeping with Santa Monica’s reputation as a health-conscious city, the chefs here have created a range of dining options that range from fresh local fare sourced at the farmers market to sushi and tapas-style bar bites.
Ocean & Vine focuses on fresh produce and grilled, daily caught fish from the California coast. Inside Ocean & Vine, Sushi at Sunset serves up sake and creative rolls inspired by Santa Monica, such as Muscle Beach (tuna, crab, salmon, avocado, cucumber roll and radish and volcano sauces) and Farmers Market (beet-infused rice, avocado, cream cheese, sprouts, roasted peppers, cucumber, asparagus and enoki). Try Papillion lounge the for breathtaking views of the Pacific, cocktails and a stellar bar menu that includes kale and Napa chips, duck taquitos and fresh ceviche during happy hour. Outside on the pool deck, Blue Streak provides culinary comfort (such as a half-pound burger on brioche with cheese, mushrooms and bacon) for those soaking up rays, lounging in cabanas and snuggling next to fire pits in the evenings. You also can warm up by the fire indoors at the Fireside Lounge, which offers huge glass windows overlooking the beach. Order some wine and snacks like Venice Beach nachos mariscos (nachos topped with shrimp, crab, fried calamari, aged cheddar, roasted peppers, pico de gallo, guacamole and jalapeño cheese sauce).
During the high season, the Santa Monica hotel hosts a series of pop-up carts in the lobby that dole out delights such as vintage candies and fresh baked goods.