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Pacific Dining Car

Santa Monica
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2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-4706
+1 310-453-4000
00:00 - 23:59
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Los angeles
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612 reviews
331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best food ever, delicious crab cakes, superb filet mignon and very good fries. Top dining experience, good service too! I'll go back soon! The restaurant is expensive but it's worth every dollar, I have never had such tender meat and the ambience is perfect, very quiet and classy. It's an old style restaurant, and it's totally worth the price.... More 

Thank ManuLLosangeles
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Extremely expensive but good. Chocolate souffle was excellent. Steak was like butter. Salmon was very good.

Thank Jenny94536
Malibu, California
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1,015 reviews
521 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

If you'r in the mood for classic style steakhouse...PDC! I've been here for lunch many many times. I've been here for dinner several times. Quality steaks that melt in your mouth. Good fish. Good salads/sandwiches (lunch style) Reasonable prices, although a little expensive Professional servers and staff. Old school booths with lots of wood and dim lighting. Way fast parking... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Very over rated and over priced, service needs a ton of work and the portion maybe ok but no sides. I wouldn't go back we have been to the one downtown if that has become like this one I would never go back.

Thank ALAN B
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here late to eat on the way home from a night in West hollywood. There were 4 of us. It has an old school style and there a full menu available. My friend had tuna salad and another the breakfast of eggs and steak..and I had the beef sandwich which was very large. I also had a... More 

Thank Sarah L
Los Angeles
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152 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I know this place, as well as the one downtown. It is pretty much all pretend. The menu is okay and palatable, by far from consistent. And the pricing is obscene; truly fantasyland for what is served. The service is intended to make you think that you are in in a fine dining establishment, but it is not. This place... More 

Thank DoctorRetired
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

My daughter has lived in Santa Monica 5 yrs yet never realized this restaurant was right in her town! We went one night for dinner & loved the food, atmosphere & the staff! Now I can't wait till next summer!

Thank Lorifurey5655
Pacific Palisades, California
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

I'm a longtime fan of the original Pacific Dining Car. But the Santa Monica branch fails to match it. Same high prices, but without the quality and charm of the original. The steak I recently had there was tough and stringy, and my dining partners were equally unimpressed with their orders. Little wonder it's virtually empty every time I go... More 

Thank bvanderet
Durham, North Carolina
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109 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

A friend took me here because it's one of her favorite places, and the food was certainly delicious. The restaurant was quite empty, but the wait staff were slow to bring menus, slow to take our orders. At the end, they brought me "tea," which turned out to be a pot of hot water only, and then disappeared.

Thank 12trvlgirl
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90 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Used Groupon Thank goodness, The place is nice wanted to celebrate 33 Anniversary in a special place. I heard various patrons complaining about prices out loud. The filet Mignon was wonderful my husband ordered the ribeye steak and it was wonderful. I heard the main waiter pushing side orders shaming man for being cheap! Very unprofessional! We had cocktails and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 25
American, Steakhouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403-4706
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-453-4000

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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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