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Sam's by the Beach

108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
+1 310-230-9100
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Mediterranean
108 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
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Reviewed 6 June 2015

As we were staying at the Channel Road Inn just up the street we thought we would try Sam's. It was mid week and quite quiet, but we were warmly welcomed by the owner and shown to our table. The menu covers most tastes and...More

Thank Mikealpine
Reviewed 5 June 2015 via mobile

Two thumbs up for service, food, and atmosphere! The staff is very attentive and friendly, and complimentary dishes kept making their way over to our table. The owner makes his rounds, the fish is fresh-caught, and the location is great for celebrity sightings. Not to...More

1  Thank Lejla B
Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

My husband and I came to Sam's on our first night in Santa Monica on May 19th. It was our anniversary dinner. Wow! The owner, Sam, was our waiter. The nicest guy! He was fun to talk to. He also surprised us with dessert. We...More

1  Thank SimoneKMeyer
Reviewed 22 May 2015 via mobile

To be exact, it's "by" the beach, there is no window view of the beach, it's the 2nd house on the right when you turn in from PCH. You then park in the middle of the road for valet. Not where I would park and...More

1  Thank chiontheroad
Reviewed 30 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...More

1  Thank Ed L
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
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 8 March 2015

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...More

Thank Chingachgook
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...More

Thank SanMo
Reviewed 12 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...More

Thank LTG1938
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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
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A Mediterranean bistro, featuring some Middle Eastern tastes, run by a native of Damascus.
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