About Sam's by the Beach
Sam's By The Beach, opened in July 2000 as a neighborhood bistro, and has become a destination restaurant, thanks to its innovative food and comfortable yet elegant dining experience. Elias, inspired by his heritage, considers the cuisine to be California-Mediterranean, with an emphasis on high quality ingredients. "I enjoy going to the Central Market each day to purchase my vegetables and seafood. It keeps me in touch with what is fresh, and helps me to plan my menus." Sam's menu is seasonal and changes at least four times per year. In addition, there are daily specials and a chef tasting menu based on what Elias discovers at the market. Regular menu items include appetizers of Blue "Fin" Tartar ($17.95), Wild Mushroom Salad in lemon basil dressing ($13.95) and Fennel and Blood Orange Soup ($9.95); and entrées include Vegetarian Crepes ($23.95), Grilled Atlantic Salmon with braised Swiss Chard and roasted Jerusalem artichoke ($26.95), Roasted Duck Magret with poached Pear.
Californian, Mediterranean, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Last Seating Tuesday to Saturday 9:30; Last Seating on Sunday 8:30
Pacific Coast HWY
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Wine Maker Dinners, Special Theme Events, Mom's Annual Dinner (Third Wednesday of January), Tuna Feast(May-1st to May 31st)...
We specialize in outside catering for Kosher and Non-Kosher Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs and Birthdays.. Back-stage Catering at Staple Center (Downtown Los Angeles)
Sam Elias & Chef Oscar Benitez
Private Party Facilities:
Sam's By the Beach is a destination restaurant know for its innovative food and comfortable, yet elegant dining experience. Owner/Chef Sam Elias has been inspired by his heritage and considers the cuisine to be California-Mediterranean, with an emphasis on high quality ingredients.
Private Party Contact:
Sam Elias: 3102309100x
Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sam's by the Beach Ratings and Reviews
The relaxed, romantic ambience of this cozy restaurant makes Sam's my favorite place for a good dinner after a hectic day. The food is always good!
The appetizers were good but not great a ...
The appetizers were good but not great and the waiter was really attentive until they brought my wife's steak out over cooked then I couldn't find a waiter or anyone for that matter. When I explained later when the waiter finally came to clear the dishes (which still had 3/4 of her steak on it) he dismissed it. No response, no explanation and you could clearly see it was well done not medium rare(the pictures show it very well!!). I would say it is definitely not a repeat restaurant especially for the price. Disappointed to say the least for a special night
Great Find - took a group of clients here from Japan. They loved it. Everything was really, really good. My client told me his lamb was amazing!
Sam greets you and treats you like an ol ...
Sam greets you and treats you like an old friend. He really cares about the quality of his food!
Exceptional food, service and atmosphere
We took our 20-year-old daughter to Sam's for her birthday - a party of six. We enjoyed a delightful evening with Sam's warm and lovely hospitality. The food is exceptional. Delicious appetizers and entries included black sea bass, grilled organic duck, braised lamb shank, roasted beet salad and a special lobster salad. The cherry pie, chocolate cake and a bread pudding are fantastic.
We enjoyed a wonderful Easter brunch with my parents. The food was innovative, delicious and very fresh. The service was outstanding and we would definitely recommend as well as try dinner here on our next visit to Santa Monica.
A nice spot for romantic dinner
The restaurant is located literally right next to the beach and this allows for a nice post dinner walk. The food was great however they didn't have a pesto sauce option for any entrées. Servers were very hospitable and welcoming.
A very pleasant dining experience! Try t ...
A very pleasant dining experience! Try the wild mushrooms salad , and bread pudding!!
Wonderful gem of a restaurant. Cozy and ...
Wonderful gem of a restaurant. Cozy and delicious.
Great for special occasions
Sam's is great, highly recommend for date night or special occasion dinner. Best service I have ever received, diverse menu with excellent choices.
Wonderful french with a middle eastern twist
Sam's is a wonderful family run casual but elegant French restaurant with a middle eastern flavor. The service and the food are equally superlative. The owner and staff make repeat customers feel like part of the family. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but the seafood soup (bouillabaisse) and the fresh fish are the standouts. There is good reason for all the loyal repeat customers.
We had a reservation for eight people, b ...
We had a reservation for eight people, but only five could make it. Sam's accommodated our needs graciously. Never having been there, it was a bit difficult to find since it is squeezed in between two restaurants and the line for valet parking for the three was chaotic. The staff was very friendly, and we were amused by a waiter from Bordeaux who was very funny. The Mediterranean/French food was good, and the service great. All five enjoyed the experience.
Great food in a cozy setting
Great food in a cozy setting
Wonderful, romantic experience.
Wonderful, romantic experience.
Lovely experience in a quiet area
We received a warm welcome when we arrived at Sam's. Our server was attentive and very pleasant. The food was well-prepared and tasty. Sam himself spent time chatting with us and is charming and an excellent host.
We just left the restaurant and I'm stil ...
We just left the restaurant and I'm still in shock with how we were treated!!! We were a party of 8 and two ordered the fish special stripe bass after a long wait it finally came and you could smell the fish from across the table!!! The smell was so bad!!! They told the waiter that the fish was smelly and very fishy tasting, he sent the owner who did not apologize , he tasted it with his fingers and said he never had a complaint and said we could leave! Really!!!! Is that how you react and treat a customer!???? Not in my life have I been treated like that at any establishment!!! He was rude and disrespectful!!! I hope you will let other people know so they don't waist their time and money in such a horrible Restarunt!!!! They really ruined our evening!!! Such behavior is unexceptionable towards anyone!!!!
Great food, great taste, great service. ...
Great food, great taste, great service. Nothing to add: simply a good tasty meal Ina friendly environment
This restaurant is nothing but consistently fabulous!!! Service is friendly, food is yummy. It's not loud at all, which makes for a nice romantic dinner
Really nice people; great service, and c ...
Really nice people; great service, and cozy. We cannot wait to go back.
Outstanding food, wine list and service
A lovely, intimate spot for couple's or pair's of couples out for a leisurely evening of great food, great wine, good conversation and delicious deserts. It the closet to Tuscany I have found on the Westside. Our new "favorite" date night spot for special occasions.
Everything we had at Sams was delicious. ...
Everything we had at Sams was delicious. My wife had the filet and I had the seafood soup. Both were very good. They have an extensive wine list that is very reasonable. The grilled calamari is very good as well. Overall a great experience
Sam's in Heaven by the Beach
Yo! Everything about this place was great. The service was top notch, The French staff were all great! The food was good and filling and the wait staff appreciated couples who act like couples so we were treated to soup and dessert on the house. Not to mention the music. Slow French love songs coupled with Disco/Funk/R&B from the 70's/80's; all too perfect. This is the date night place to be!
What a fabulous find in Santa Monica/Pacific Palisades! Quaint little gem of a restaurant. Food was excellent! Service even better! The entire staff made us feel as if we were the only table in the restaurant when in fact the place was packed for New Year's Eve. I will be back on our next trip. My favorite place in Santa Monica by far!
Gotta love Sam's...
SM canyon has several long-term restaurants...Sam's is best of the best--The secret spot! We've been here several times the it's consistently way way above average. Small and intimate. Quiet without being silent. Greeted like family without fakey-ness. Eclectic menu from pasta, steaks and great seafood to cornish hens and quail! We had pasta and quail... So looking forward to returning again
Fabulous Food for my Paleo Diet!
I'm on a really restricted diet these days - no gluten, no dairy, no nightshade vegetables. I chose the asparagus soup (non-dairy), and the grilled salmon with vegetables and no starch and a superb oregano, olive oil, and herb sauce. It was unbelievably delicious - so much so, that I saved 1/3 of it for my airplane lunch the next day. The service could not have been nicer, and the people serving were very kind to serve me vegetarian appetizers as an amuse bouche. My husband had the chicken, and my daughter the quail, and both thought they were delicious. I don't live in Santa Monica, but I would definitely go back to Sam's on my next trip!
Amazing personalized service with an ado ...
Amazing personalized service with an adorable accent. Well prepared and well presented. We had filet and tuna tartar which were both wonderful. The chocolate mousse and bread pudding desserts put the perfect finishing touch. We will be back for sure.
Romantic Birthday Dinner for my fiance at Sam's!
I took my fiance here for a romantic birthday dinner on Sunday December 6, 2015. I took her here once before for a Valentine's Day dinner back in February 2013. I decided to reserved for earlier dinner time because the last time we came here back in February 2013 it was really busy because of Valentine's Day and it took longer to get seated and for us to get our dinner. The food we had before was really good so I decided to take her here again for her birthday. My decision to take her at 6:00 pm at night which was 1 hour after their opening time of 5:00 pm was a good idea because we were the second customer there and we got seated right away. More people came in after. We really like the set up and ambiance of Sam's by the Beach restaurant. The restaurant had a romantic atmosphere. In addition, the restaurant was classy and elegantly decorated. The people working here were very nice and friendly. We heard the people working here speak in French and we enjoyed hearing them speak in French because it reminded my fiance and I of the trip we took last year in France. The best part of our Sam's by the Beach restaurant experience is the Salmon dish we ordered was delicious and amazing! She had the Salmon last time and we remembered that it was delicious so she decided to have it again this time around. I had the lamb last time which was okay so I decided try another type of fish they were serving that night on their special menu. The other fish they served was good too but I really enjoyed the Salmon more that she ordered. The Salmon was cooked just right (not over cooked), tender and tasted really delicious! It was definitely marinated and seasoned perfectly and I think that it is one of the best Salmon dishes I have had. If we come back I would definitely order the Salmon dish again! We had an awesome experience at Sam's by the Beach so I definitely would recommend it to family, friends and other people! I highly recommend the the Salmon dish as a meal!
Fantastic as always
I've been coming to Sam's ever since winning a fundraiser cooking experience with Sam 8 years ago. I haven't come the last couple of years but when foodie friends from Chicago came to visit, I knew this was the best place to take them since it was boring to take them to the typical restaurants here in LA everyone knows about. Sam's food was delicious as always. Both he and his server (I forgot his name) greeted us and came by to chat and tell us about their food. It was a wonderful experience. Love this place.
Sam's by the Beach
The food was excellent, and the menu was more diverse and creative than the usual suspects at other restaurants currently. The service was excellent and very attentive. The owner stopped by the table multiple times. The seasonal pumpkin ravioli was delicious, and the bread pudding desert is outstanding. All four of use thought our meals were delicious and had unique flavors. Definitely will go back soon, highly recommend.
A neighborhood gem
The food is extraordinary. The service is personal and charming. The restaurant is quiet enough to allow conversation yet still maintains the right vibe. Sam is an amazing host, assisted by a loyal group of servers.
Incredible Food AND neighborhood warmth
The food at Sam's is incredible and inventive. Sam and the entire staff are part of the experience because they love to make your experience special. The food was delicious! Sam prepared a cocktail based on what I like - crazy good. Lots of time a restaurant can have superior food. Lots of the time you can have a great neighborhood restaurant where you feel welcome. Sam's is both and that is rare!
This was my wife's birthday and it was a very nice surprise. The service couldn't have been better and the food was excellent. A very cozy and friendly find!
Best food and service!!!
Best food and service!!!
A True Gem by the sea
The restaurant is very charming and Sam's hospitality and charm makes you feel like a local. With new specials every night, we have gone there three nights in a row and there's always something new to try. Last night I had to sea urchin pasta. It was truly fabulous !!
Cozy by the beach
My family and I went to Sam's for my birthday dinner. It was recommended by a friend who knows the area. We were staying nearby and it was a pleasant walk. When we walked in, I was impressed by the intimate, cozy setting, with white tablecloths, and subdued lighting. The wait staff was excellent and Sam came personally to our table to say hello. The food was excellent, My daughter and I especially enjoyed the salmon and my husband's lamb dish was tasty. I highly recommend Sam's!
Overpriced, mediocre food.
We just expected a great deal more. The food we had was mediocre, and we went because of the high rating on Trip Adviser. The only dish that lived up to expectations was the lamb shank. The starters, desserts, and other dishes on the menu were mediocre and one entree (the fish) was mushy, flavorless and had a heavy purple colored sauce that did absolutely nothing for the 34 dollar fish. The owner is very friendly, the service was fine, the atmosphere is pleasant (it is a very small restaurant), but I have had much better food at off the road diners than this place.
The vegetables are superb and the servic ...
The vegetables are superb and the service excellent.
It was our first visit to Sam's ,but we will certainly return! As soon as we walked in the door we were very warmly greeted and seated in a large comfortable booth . We took a 3 year old and colored pencils and paper was brought over,without us asking. The menu and specials all sounded so delicious we had difficulty deciding. But,from the appetizers ( tuna tartare ,pumpkin ravioli,salad) to the entrees(swordfish,salmon,pasta), everything was great!
Outstanding Meal in Santa Monica
Wonderful experience at Sam's in Santa Monica. Amazing mushroom soup, pancetta and spinach salad, swordfish special and desserts. Will definitely visit again when I'm back in the area! Sam was a wonderful host and the service was impeccable!
It was absolutely superb. Couldn't have ...
It was absolutely superb. Couldn't have asked better food or staff!
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