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What’s New in Santa Monica – Summer 2018

July 11, 2018 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The arrival of summer has brought longer days, beach worthy temperatures and an endless lineup of things to do to Santa Monica. Head to the Southern California coast to experience the newest offerings, from outdoor dining experiences overlooking the Pacific Ocean to shops that offer the latest summer trends, and do as the locals do when you enjoy
time outdoors at a variety of events. Read on to find out all the latest developments from Los Angeles’ luxurious beachside city.

Del Frisco’s Grille (Downtown Santa Monica) – Del Frisco’s Grille, an American steakhouse located across from the historic Santa Monica Pier, has introduced a new brunch menu. Visitors can enjoy sweeping ocean views from the patio while tasting 12 new beachside brunch food and cocktail items including delicate Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, an energizing Greens & Grains Bowl full of farmer’s market veggies, decadent Smoked Salmon Tower, Short Rib Hash drizzled with rich borderlaise and béarnaise sauces, and kick-in-the-pants Eggs in Purgatory made with cage free eggs. The menu also includes five refreshing new beverages – Watermelon Frozé with Jean-luc Colombo Rosé, White
Sangria topped with a Strawberry Peach Popsicle and Crack Coffee spiced with chai and cinnamon.

The Dude’s Brewing Company (Downtown Santa Monica) – The Dude’s Brewing Company, a family owned and operated craft brewery based in Southern California, has opened a tasting room in Santa Monica. Located on Level 3 of Santa Monica Place shopping center, The Dude’s offers 27 local brews on tap and four local wines, served alongside scratch-made pizzas and salads. Founded in 2013, The Dude’s Brewing Company specializes in innovative approaches to classic beer styles designed to appeal to casual beer drinkers and craft beer fanatics alike.
The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories (Downtown Santa Monica) – The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories, one of LA’s most respected cooking schools, has expanded to a new, larger location at Santa Monica Place shopping center. Neighboring ArcLight Santa Monica and the forthcoming Zimmer Children’s Museum, the school’s space is nearly triple the size of the original location, offering three kitchens. The new home also includes an extensive retail area, offering goodsand ingredients from local, sustainable purveyors.
Gramercy (Mid-City) – Santa Monica has welcomed Gramercy, a new neighborhood bar, to Mid-City this month. Gramercy owners and East Coast natives, Travis Clemens Santos and Troy Donnell, drew inspiration from New York City for the menu and cocktail list. Gremercy serves comforting breakfast and lunch options, with a mix of healthier food options every day.
Little Prince (Main St.) – After a successful restaurant pop-up run, Little Prince – a formerly weekend only brunch restaurant – has become a permanent culinary staple on Main Street. Run by chef Ari Taymor, Little Prince has added dinner service Monday through Saturday, with a menu that draws inspiration from Santa Monica farmers market ingredients and vegetable seasons.
Mom & Bop (Pico Blvd.) – Mom & Bop, a new casual Asian-fusion restaurant has made its debut on Pico Blvd., offering Korean food influenced by California lifestyle. Serving upscale and fast casual fare, Mom & Bop uses ingredients from Korea, China, Japan and Southeast Asia in its menu of high-quality grilled and slow cooked meats and fermented, pickled, and fresh vegetables.
Punta Cabras (Mid-City) – Punta Cabras, formerly Tacos Punta Cabras, returned to Santa Monica in May with a fresh take on modern Mexican cuisine. Chef Daniel Snukal and managing partner Mark Mittleman reimagined the multi-faceted space which includes a sit-down dining room, quick and casual taqueria, as well as a more exclusive eight-seat chef’s tasting table within the kitchen.
TŪMBI (Downtown Santa Monica) – TŪMBI, a modern Indian restaurant and bar, is now open in Downtown Santa Monica. Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean, TŪMBI takes modern Indian cuisine to the next level with an innovative menu that combines authentic Indian street food with haute cuisine. Owner, RJ Singh and chef Imran Mookhi take guests on a journey throughout India offering an array of robust flavors, spices, fresh ingredients and inspired dishes that celebrate the best of each region.
The Georgian Hotel (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – The Georgian Hotel, famous for its 1933 Art Deco architecture and Old Hollywood glamour, is now serving High Tea at The Veranda Restaurant. The new service offers guests a choice of three tiered services which each include hot tea, finger sandwiches, decadent petite pastries, and the ever-traditional scone. High Tea also includes a distinguished array of Highball cocktails a la carte. 24-hour advance reservations are required.
Hotel Casa del Mar (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica’s oceanfront 1926 renaissance revival hotel, is bringing seaside summer style to life with a new pop-up shop and partnership with Rooms & Gardens. Open now through Labor Day in Hotel Casa del Mar’s lobby, the pop-up shop offers guests the opportunity to incorporate coveted elements of the luxury hotel’s Mediterranean villa-inspired accommodations into their own homes.

Hotel Shangri-La (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Hotel Shangri-La, a full-service boutique hotel in Santa Monica, has introduced public pool day passes just in time for summer. Available for purchase from the hotel, the day passes entitle the guest to a full day of relaxation on the Streamline Moderne Art Deco design hotel deck and the chance to dip their toes into the full-size swimming pool and Jacuzzi, both warmed by solar panels. Hotel Shangri-La also has cabana and chair rentals as well as a poolside bar. Dive in!
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica (Pico Blvd.) – Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica, a AAA Four Diamond hotel in the heart of Santa Monica, is refreshing its brand concept this summer and will be hosting a grand brand-wide introduction in July. The hotel will also be holding bi-weekly summer activities, such as “Rose & Illustrate,” “Splashin’ Backgammon,” and an on-going art installation from July 21, 208 through August 30, 2018.
Shore Hotel (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Shore Hotel, an eco-friendly boutique hotel across the street from the Santa Monica Pier, has launched the #SignForTheShore campaign in honor of SustainabilityMonth in June. As a leader in sustainable hospitality, Shore Hotel is empowering its guests throughout June to join in on eco-friendly contests and partnerships. Guests can declare their commitment to ocean sustainability by joining the #SignForTheShore giveaway by writing a message in the sands of Santa Monica honoring their love of our ocean and posting a photo on social media tagging Shore Hotel and the hashtag #SignForTheShore. One lucky contestant will win a two-night stay at the hotel.
Shutters on the Beach Hotel (Pico Blvd.) – Shutters on the Beach, a luxury beach hotel, has debuted a new line of ultra-luxury facials at its celebrated ONE Spa in partnership with premier skincare brand, Biologique Recherche, pairing the skincare company’s personalized approach with ONE Spa’s sought-after estheticians and seaside setting. Four specialized treatments are tailored to target the unique needs of each guest, gently improving the skin’s balance and hydration.

Shutters on the Beach has also partnered with the Champagne House of Pommery to bring guest the very best place to Rosé all day! Located just outside Coast Beach Café and Bar, the al fresco Rosé Bar is yet another perfect spot to soak up sun, catch sunset and celebrate the hotel’s 25th anniversary.
Erewhon (Wilshire Blvd.) – Erewhon Organic Grocer and Café, a specialty health food store, opened its fourth location on Wilshire Boulevard. Erewhon features an expanded Coffee and Tonic Bar with eight taps of Kombucha, a gas and wood burning pizza oven and more. Erewhon has remained an independent, family-owned business for fifty years.
Face Haus (Montana Ave.) – Face Haus, a brand-new concept “facial bar,” has opened along bustling Montana Avenue, the city’s upscale and open-air retail destination. Offering high quality an affordable skincare “for the people,” Face Haus features high-end skincare lines and highly trained estheticians in a clean, hip and Scandinavian modern space.
Santa Monica Pier Shop (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – In time for the summer rush, the brand-new Pier Shop is officially open. Located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, the shop features stickers, pins and postcards for visitors to choose from to create a ready-made token from their day at the Pier.

Make sure to stop by and check it out on your next visit.
The Westside and Everaafter (Montana Ave.) – The Westside, a new multi-brand boutique focused on easy Californian dressing, opened this month in Santa Monica at 256 26th Street. Established by husband-and-wife team Haro Keledjian and Sari Sloane, the new 1,300-square-foot shop sells denim, T-shirts, dresses, sweats, swimwear and yoga clothes. The opening of the Westside coincides with the unveiling next door of Everafter, a boutique for children’s fashion.,

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