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Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe

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Santa Monica
American, Bar, Pub
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Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 310-393-2666
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really good fish and chips and a nice place to relax, have a drink, and watch a ballgame on one of their many tv's

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Thank Jeremy W
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On first seeing the bar it looked great; busy, good atmosphere near the pier etc. Was with my girlfriend so we decided to have a drink. We found the staff uninterested especially the guy checking IDs at the door who was almost aloof with me. Ive seen other reviews commenting on the lukewarm welcome offered here and we experienced this... More 

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Thank Lee G
Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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439 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked 10k along the beach and came across Big Deans so stopped for a nice cold beer. We sat outside watching the world go by listening to 80s music. The staff were friendly and we had a good laugh. The food was good bar food. We left - had a walk further along the beach - returned later in... More 

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Thank delacourt
James C, Public Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

First, congrats on doing your 10k. We can't think of anything better for after a 10k than some good bar food and of course an ice cold beer! Hope to see you again when in need of another pit stop when working out! Sincerely - Big Dean's Team More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and great prices. Right next to the carousel. Wonderful burgers and good fish tacos. Although its mainly a bar, it's outdoor tables are a great place to eat and relax.

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Thank mandyfern
James C, Public Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for spending time with us and trying our "world famous" burgers and fish tacos (a big favorite!) We hope to see you again when you need some time to kick back with good food and a relaxing vibe. Cheers - Big Dean's Team More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and my husband recently had lunch and drinks here whilst on a road trip round california. We had quite a few pretentious burgers whilst in Santa Monica and longed for normal pub grub. I had the nachos and my husband had a burger and we were not disappointed. A really lovely place to stop for normal, no frills food.... More 

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Thank Penny D
James C, Public Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Penny Thanks for stopping by and having some cold ones during your road trip. We hope that the burger and nachos provided enough fuel during your pit stop with us. Hope you visit again when back in the area! Cheers - Big Dean's Team More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quick and friendly service, cold beer and great people watching. Some of the tables are outside and so it's a great place to get some sun. The bar area opens to the patio and has cute little stools like an old school soda shop. The menu is simple and inexpensive. Lock up your bike and linger!

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Thank jennifer m
James C, Public Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Jennifer Thank you for the kind words!! We love when visitors feel relaxed, enjoy our good food, cold beer and of course, the great views and people watching. Hope to see you again on the patio! Sincerely - Big Dean's Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a place to eat after spending time on the pier. We chose Big Deans because it was convenient and didn't seem too touristy or crowded. It was a very pleasant surprise. Food was good, service was good, we were made to feel welcome and the price was good. We spoke to our waiter who was friendly... More 

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Thank RichardSW15
James C, Public Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Richard Glad to hear you all enjoyed the visit with us! Although we do receive a lot of tourists, we always keep the atmosphere laid back so it feels like you are surrounded by locals. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers - Big Dean's Team More 

Turlock, California
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342 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

our sandwiches were good. This place is good for a relaxing outdoor place to eat. across from the Carousel.

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Thank Tcard2013
James C, Public Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and we are very glad to hear you enjoyed the sandwiches! They are a favorite! Hope to see you again! Regards - Big Dean's Team More 

Chicago
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Nice somewhat hidden little joint right near the Santa Monica pier. They only serve beer and wine but it is a solid spot to do a little day drinking right off the beach. Crowd is younger (late 20s on the day I went) but people tended to keep to themselves. They have all the sports packages too if you want... More 

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Thank matthewmV3026XW
James C, Guest Relations Manager at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Matthew Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us! We love to keep the atmosphere at Big Dean's laid back and inviting for everyone. Next time you want to come check out a game on one of our many TV's with a cold beer and great food, stop on in! Regards - Big Dean's Team More 

New York City, New York
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290 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Sat down at a table and waited for service forever - as every employee walked by ignoring us - so finally went to bar to order drinks. I think they feel it is cool in some way - to ignore the customer. Not sure why! I guess they can ignore there ZERO tip too! ha ha! Had beers which were... More 

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1 Thank JimB_Traveler
James C, Owner at Big Deans Oceanfront Cafe, responded to this review

Jim First, I do want to apologize that your experience was less than great while visiting with us. I do want to ensure that we investigate this to ensure that we correct anything that may have taken place that could be done better. Can you contact us directly via our site and provide us more details such as the date... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Santa Monica Pier, 1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica Pier Overpass, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-2666
Description
Welcome to Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, where the "locals" meet and the "fun loving" tourist always return! Voted one of L.A.'S 101 best bars, we are open every day and have all the sports games on Sundays on TV. Conveniently located on the beautiful Santa Monica Boardwalk, this is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax, sip a beer or have a burger.

In addition to fun in the sun on our outdoor patios, you'll find some great food, beer and wine at the world famous Big Dean's. Just ask any of our regulars- they'll tell you to try our World Famous Burgers like the Santa Monica Burger or Big Dean's Double Cheeseburger. We also have sandwiches, sausages and dogs, seafood, tacos and sides, as well as an extensive beer, wine and specialty beverage list, to satisfy guests of all ages!

We invite you to check out our website to see what we offer, then bring your friends and family to join us at Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe today! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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