Bodega is a massive wine bar at Broadway and Lincoln in Santa Monica with a good bottle list, a food menu that’s better than it needs to be, and an atmosphere far more lively than your average wine bar. Their weekday Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm gets you $6 glasses of wine as well.
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The Bird Cage Santa Monica
The Bird Cage is a fantastically weird Miami-themed bar on Main Street, and the kind of place Santa Monica needed yesterday.
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West 4th And Jane
West 4th/Jane is a casual restaurant/bar in downtown Santa Monica with one of the best happy hours around.
J. Nichols Kitchen
J. Nichols Kitchen in Marina del Rey is the kind of good-at-everything spot every neighborhood needs.
James Republic is one the more reliable brunch spots in downtown Long Beach and a great place to catch the game too.
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Sushi note is part sushi spot, part wine bar, and unlike any other place to eat raw fish in the city.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
Plant Food and Wine
For vegan fine dining, and one of the best patios around, Plant Food + Wine in Venice is the place.
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