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Santa Monica is an Ideal Central Location

Explore the best that Southern California has to offer in Greater Los Angeles!
You have your choice of shopping, restaurant and entertainment options, along with effortless accessibility to popular destinations like Venice Beach, Malibu, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Within Santa Monica itself, visitors will find a vibrant, active, pedestrian-friendly city with an eclectic population of artists and writers, entertainment industry types, and academics, all attracted by the cooler temperatures and world-class beaches of Southern California. Throughout Santa Monica, Mediterranean-style architecture creates a unique sense of character typically missing from many of L.A.’s neighborhoods.

The Ambrose hotel Neighborhood

We recommend the following establishments, attractions and services in the local area.


*Anisette Brasserie
225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica / 310.395.3200
A slice of Paris in Santa Monica! Beautiful ambiance and brasserie fare by Chef Alain Giraud. All dishes made with fresh ingredients including Santa Monica farmers’ market organic vegetables.

 *Bar Pintxo
109 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.458.2012
A Spanish-inspired tapas bar providing a combination of outstanding food and drinks at reasonable prices in a warm, festive atmosphere. Wine list features exclusively Spanish wines.

101 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.899.4466
Hip steakhouse and bar serving locally purchased produce and grass-fed, hormone free meats, fish and poultry.

*Border Grill
1445 4th Street, Santa Monica / 310.451.1655
Vibrant, upscale Mexican restaurant sets a new standard for gourmet Mexican fare, offering locally purchased produce, and grass-fed, hormone free meats, fish and free range poultry. Recipient of 2008 Sustainable Quality Award for Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment.

*Buddha's Belly
205 Broadway, Santa Monica / 310.458.2500
Eclectic, wholesome and affordable Pan-Asian cuisine. Buddha’s Belly recycles all plastics, glass, raw food, paper and cardboard waste and provides used cooking oil for bio-diesel vehicles.

*Comfort Café @ Fred Segal
420 Broadway Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.395.6252
A great lunch and shopping spot serving organic soups, salads, and sandwiches with organic coffees, teas, and smoothies.

*Daily Grill
2501 Colorado Avenue #190 Santa Monica / 310.309.2170
The great American grills of 1920’s were the landmark restaurants of their day, using the freshest quality ingredients and home-cooked techniques, yet at the same time adding bold flavors to bring an update taste profile to timeless favorites.

312 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.451.7482
A sequel to the popular Culver City restaurant, Fraiche serves rustic French and Italian cuisine made with market-fresh, seasonal ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner.

 Not in Santa Monica
1014 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.451.2311
A charming neighborhood café with a warm, casual atmosphere. All items made on-site with the best quality ingredients, including farmers’ market produce and hormone and antibiotic free meat, poultry and dairy.

*Jack & Jill’s
510 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.656.1501
Gourmet comfort food with a Southern accent and California flair. Breakfast is served all day, and organic coffees and teas are available.

2424 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.581.9888
Dine on American, Mediterranean, and French cuisine in an atmosphere that blends old country warmth with clean, contemporary sophistication. On Wednesday, a 3-course menu of local Santa Monica farmers’ market options is offered.

*Le Grande Orange
2000 Main Street, Santa Monica / 310.396.9145
The location used to house the famous Le Boulangerie, a 1960s gathering place for Santa Monica and Venice hipsters, and now offers all-day dining made with fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients.

*Library Alehouse
2911 Main Street, Santa Monica / 310.314.4855
Rustic craftsman-style bar and restaurant with charming back patio. Serves tasty sandwiches and burgers made with some organic ingredients. Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize Winner 2003.

*The Lobster
1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica / 310.458.9294
Watch the sun set over the Pacific while enjoying delicious seafood at The Lobster! Reservations highly recommended 2008 Sustainable Quality Award Grade Prize Winner.

*Planet Raw
609 Broadway Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.587.1552
LA’s raw-food guru feeds trendy clientele gourmet vegan meals.

*Real Food Daily
514 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.451.7544
Innovative vegan cuisine that is balanced, seasonal and made fresh each day.

*Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
1119 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.393.7050
Neighborhood restaurant with a cozy vibe serving Farmer’s Market inspired dishes paired with wines from boutique wineries. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers and fisherman who employ sustainable practices. Reservations are a must!

Upper West
3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.586.1111
Modern American cuisine served in chic, modern loft-style dining guestroom. Patio seating also available.

*Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica/ 310.586.1707
Large outdoor patio beautifully appointed with lights, candles, and a fountain. The menu includes a diversity of fresh, seasonal and organic foods- Wilshire supports local farmers and organic growers whenever possible. 2007 Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize Winner.


*American Apparel
2654 Main Street, Santa Monica / 310.450.7360
Shop for basic tees, tanks, and sweats at American Apparel, a vertically integrated, made-in-the-USA, sweatshop free enterprise.

*Conveyor at Fred Segal
420 Broadway Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.458.2800
Organic cotton shirts and hemp tennies for sale in a modern, street-style department of the Fred Segal Boutique.

*London Sole
1331 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica / 310.255.0937
Unique collection of classic ballet flats, loafers, and eclectic English flat footwear created by Chelsea-based British shoe designer. 2007 Sustainable Quality Award Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment.

*Lucky Brand
1426 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica / 310.260.9524
Rock ‘n’ roll inspired jeans store powered by 100% green power from geothermal generation.

331 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.319.9900
A yoga inspired athletic apparel company focused on a healthy, balanced, fun-filled way of life. Excellence Award in Stewardship of the Natural Environment, 2005.

2665 Main Street, Santa Monica / 310.450.4512
Women’s clothing boutique that carries eco-organic hemp clothing and a line made from recycling clothing scraps.

2936 Main Street, Santa Monica / 310.314.1776
Outdoor and travel gear for the whole family sold by a company with a strong commitment to protecting undomesticated lands and waters. Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize Winner 1999 and 2006.

Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place / 310.260.8333
The Santa Monica Place has it all - the stores, the views, the food and the fresh, open-air design.  A shopping and dining destination that is ideal for this iconic beach city.  A custom-designed Bloomingdale’s made for the beach-chic lifestyle, Nordstrom’s, and a collection of A-list retail names that bring star power to world-famous Santa Monica.  It’s all topped by a rooftop Dining Deck with six, chef-driven restaurants and gorgeous views of the city, the mountains and the Pacific.

Third Street Promenade  
The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment that encompass a three mile area in downtown Santa Monica. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Third Street is lined with a variety of shops ranging from traditional to unusual. Clothing outlets and stores prevail, sprinkled amongst specialty shops, book stores, gift shops, restaurants and coffee shops.


Bodega Wine Bar
814 Broadway, Santa Monica / 310.394.3504
A casual, comfortable place to kick back and enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

Chaya Venice
110 Navy Street, Venice / 310.396.1179
Hipster socializing and light flirting go a long way at this cool, Asian hangout

Chez Jay
1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica / 310.395.1741
A Santa Monica mainstay – you never know who you will see at this sawdust-on-the-floor restaurant and bar.

Circle Bar
2926 Main Street, Santa Monica / 310.450.0508
A Santa Monica tradition featuring deejay music and a bustling singles scene.

*Copa d'oro
217 Broadway, Santa Monica / 310.576.3030
Lounge mixing up quality cocktails using the freshest ingredients from Santa Monica farmers' market.

Fathers’ Office
1018 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica / 310.393.2337
Casual neighborhood spot with wide selection of draught and bottled beers from around the world.

Harvelle’s Blues Club
1423 4th Street, Santa Monica / 310.395.1676
Established in 1931, this dark, sexy venue is a great place to listen or dance to live music.

 Not in Santa Monica
104 Wine Bar By the Ocean
104 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.576.6104
Experience their enomatic wine technology which allows you to customize your own informal tasting by the ounce.

 Not in Santa Monica

The Yard
119 Broadway, Santa Monica / 310.395.6037
Neighborhood bar and restaurant with farmers' market inspired menu by Top Chef contestant Chris "CJ" Jacobson, cocktails and craft beer on tap.

1301 5th Street, Santa Monica / 310.451.2221
Dance to world beats and hip hop at this DJ Lounge with stylish Indian and African motif.


Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. / Santa Monica / 310.586.6488
Formerly a train station and currently home to the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station houses twenty two galleries in renovated warehouses.

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr / Los Angeles / 310.440.7300
Be delighted and inspired at the famed museum overlooking Los Angeles.

Santa Monica Farmer's Markets
Santa Monica offers four Farmer's Markets with a treasure trove of fine produce and delectable treats.

Wednesday, 9am-2pm/Arizona Avenue and 2nd Street
Saturday 8:30am-1pm/Arizona Avenue and 3rd Street.
Saturday 8am-1pm/Pico Boulevard and Cloverfield Avenue
Sunday 9:30a.m-1pm/Main Street and Ocean Park Boulevard

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway / Pacific Palisades / (310) 440-7300
The Getty Villa in Malibu is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.
What to See: Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War
Roman-inspired architecture and gardens

The Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive / Los Angeles / (310) 440-7300
The Getty Center in Los Angeles presents the Getty's collection of European and American art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views.
What to See: European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and European and American photographs; a selection from the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute Modern architecture and gardens

Museum of Tolerance    
9786 West Pico Blvd / Los Angeles / (310) 772-2505
Museum of Tolerance, the only museum of its kind in the world. It is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an internationally renowned human rights organization dedicated to promoting respect and mutual understanding, through education, community partnerships, and civic engagement.


*Santa Monica Pier
Intersection of Ocean and Colorado, Santa Monica / 310.394.8042
No visit to Santa Monica is complete without a visit to the neighborhood’s historic pier and amusement park. The nine-story Ferris wheel is the world’s first to run on solar power.

"The Stairs"
San Vicente and 4th Street, Santa Monica
Reach your cardio peak at this fitness enthusiast’s hot spot.

Best Walk: La Mesa in Santa Monica
26th Street and San Vicente, Santa Monica
Enjoy views of Banyan Trees while walking in a cool neighborhood.

Temescal Canyon
Offering some of the best scenic hikes in all of Los Angeles.


425 Broadway Boulevard, Santa Monica / 310.458.3800
Facial treatments with all-natural skincare products.

2425 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica / 310.829.2420
One of the first entirely green designed yoga centers in LA, built from recycled building products.

1426 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica / 310.393.5150
Established eighteen years ago in Santa Monica, Yogaworks offers an array of yoga and teaching styles to suit different needs.

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