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Sam's by the Beach

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108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104 (Pacific Coast HWY)
+1 310-230-9100
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Boca Raton, Florida
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

While visiting LA our children sent us to Sam's for a 40th Anniversary dinner. What a great selection. We were greeted with happy anniversary wishes and seated at the perfect, romantic corner table. The entire staff was top notch. The food is excellent - as fresh, tasty and creative as it gets. The veggies accompanying the entres are seasoned and... More 

1 Thank Ed L
Santa Monica, California
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

Exquisite continental cuisine in cozy quaint atmosphere. Lovely spot for a relaxing dining experience. Wonderful alternative to hustle-and-bustle in downtown Santa Monica.

1 Thank ConduitConsulting
Dallas, Texas
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015 via mobile

I really want to sing the praises of this little gem. The food tasted as good as any we ate in Paris. The location is rough and as soon as you turn onto Channel Road, just pull in and valet park. I want this restaurant to thrive because the food and service were phenomenal. Give it a try.

Thank David T
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456 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

Sam's is a French/Mediterranean restaurant in the canyon. The food and service are excellent. While the room is pleasant and somewhat intimate, the noise level makes conversation a bit difficult. It will be a place we will value especially when we're in the mood for some old style French food. If the noise level were lower, it would be special.

Thank Chingachgook
Malibu, California
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1,057 reviews
551 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2015

SM canyon has several long-term upscale restaurants...Sam's is The secret spot. Small and intimate. Quiet without being silent. Greeted like family without fakey-ness. Eclectic menu from pasta, steaks and great seafood to elk and quail! We had pasta and quail...So looking forward to returning. Only complaint is that it was sorta chilly in the room and cold outside. We'll be... More 

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Waretown, New Jersey
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

We had been on a very hectic couple of days and when we arrived we knew this was the right place for us. The welcoming was warm and genuine. It was New Year's Eve and although we were new to the restaurant we were treated like good friends. The menu was small due to the holiday but the choices were... More 

Thank LTG1938
Southern California
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015

While visiting my sister/cousin in her Santa Monica residence, we pondered a choice for dinner. Would it be a commercial venue on the Promenade, or a small setting populated by just the locals? We chose the latter. Sam's by the Beach seemed to be a place that those who have been there before would frequent again. The restaurant, located in... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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138 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

If you have to ask the price this dining experience will be no fun at all, but... California cuisine with a heavy French influence. Be prepared to take the server and owner's advice and go for the specials. The wine list is extensive and they may have extras, so ask. I loved the food and the vibe. My best dining... More 

1 Thank michaelh409
Santa Monica, California
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276 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2014

I had eaten here previously and was not excited. This time I was very excited and enjoiyed fine food, service and hospitality.The food was well-prepared and tasty, in fact downright creative: Calif-cuisine combined with French and Syrian influences.All based on using fine raw materials. Wine friendly. Worth a visit.

Thank aresverde
Malibu, California
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2014

First, Sam. Sam has to be the most gracious owner/host in America. Will remember you forever. Had Sam's trio of Hummus, Taboule and Baba ganoush to start. Excellent ! One of my friends is vegetarian and she had the Vegetarian Crepes which we all tasted and agreed were among the best we ever tasted. My other friend had the Braised... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Mediterranean, American
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
    (Pacific Coast HWY)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-230-9100
A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.

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