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R+D Kitchen

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Santa Monica
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1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1709
+1 310-395-3314
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Santa Monica
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123 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

R+D Kitchen has a small menu in comparison to other restaurants but through their r and d (research and development) they have chosen the best and most tasty items to serve. My favorites are the salmon, the filet and the chicken (they changed the chicken awhile back and it wasn't nearly as good as it was previously, so they changed... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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230 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A hip place. We all order different dishes. Salad - just OK Sandwich - OK My Aji for $24.00 salad was poor. Fish quality was not up to the price. Very thick. Fries - excellent. Wine selection good.

Thank Kelly R
Estes Park, Colorado
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92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is part of the Houstons / Hillstone..... I stopped in here back in January when I was wandering down Montana. It was great. What can I say. Limited menu but everything is very good.

Thank Todderup
Altrincham, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We have eaten here several times and the whole restaurant never varies. Great atmosphere- more like a NYC cocktail bar. A super place for people watching. This is where the locals eat - no tourists! Excellent waiting staff. I ordered my fav drink - punte e mes. Most waiters pull a face "what is it?" Not here- it arrived just... More 

Thank TheFlyingFrock
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

This was a great lunch spot. I loved everything about the lunch menu, and had a hard time deciding. I went with the seared ahi salad and I wasn't disappointed. They have a good wine selection, and the service was stellar.

Thank Amy A
La Grange, Illinois
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33 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Make it a habit to eat here every time I visit friends in Santa Monica. Not a boring thing on the menu. Great comfort food like mushroom meatloaf and beef ribs, good salads, fish, hangar steak, fries, etc. Great people watching too!

Thank Chris M
New York City, New York
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Some of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten come from this wonderful place. Be prepared to wait for a table, 20-40 minutes, but you will be rewarded. Nothing fancy here, just great food. We shared two different sandwiches, one with pulled pork and one with crispy chicken. Both were amazing, piled high with lettuce tomato avocado, jack cheese and... More 

Thank Corn1789
Santa Monica, California
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Really good bar type food with really good salads, burgers, fries and more. Great ambiance and social atmosphere and is the only place on Montana Avenue that serves cocktails was well as wine and beer.

Thank JimRich90402
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

This is the best food and service out of any restaurant on the west side. I travel the world and it's by far one best haunts that I go to. Kyle was superb and also one of the best waiters we have ever had. If you've not been here it's a must go when in Santa Monica.

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Huntington, West Virginia, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Very nice evening and dinner. Just moved to the area and this is the first restaurant I visited. Very nice atmosphere, staff and burger. Nice wine selection by the glass.

Thank jel27

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1709
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-395-3314
A favorite spot with Santa Monica locals, expect a lively, bustling atmosphere each evening. Exceptional artwork, open kitchen and a welcoming staff greet you at the door. Don't miss the Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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