Santa Monica is home to the famous Third Street Promenade, iconic Santa Monica Pier and some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. The pace may run a little slow in L.A’s city by the sea, but when lunch is only an hour and you’re in a rush, quick takeout may be your only option. Here are the 10 best takeout spots for lunch in Santa Monica.
1. HiHo Cheeseburger
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This fast-casual burger joint is turning heads with their grass-fed Wagyu beef patties. They’re serving a small yet mighty menu of premium quality burgers, fries, and shakes. Their carefully crafted menu features ingredients like slow-cooked onion jam, house-made bread, and butter pickles.
Address: 1320 2nd Street B, Santa Monica, CA 90401
2. Tocaya Organica
If you’re looking for a quick lunch that won’t weigh you down at work, Tocaya Organica is a great option. This fast-casual eatery specializes in healthy Mexican food by using organic, all-natural ingredients. Their customizable menu allows meat lovers, vegans and vegetarian to find common ground here.
Address: 507 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
3. Pono Burger
Want to eat a burger and feel good about it? Head over to Pono Burger. In Hawaiian, “pono” means “to do things the right way.” Chef Makani Carvino embraces this philosophy by sourcing local, environmentally conscious ingredients (organic beef, kosher pickles, organic vine-ripe tomato) and combining them with homemade sauces ranging from Kona coffee bourbon bbq to spicy guava rum sauce and truffle aioli.
Address: 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
4. Cha Cha Chicken
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This family-run Caribbean restaurant will transport you to a tropical escape during your lunch break. The colorful, counter-order style beach shack dishes out authentic Caribbean classics like Jerk Chicken, fried plantains, and dirty rice.
Address: 1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
5. Bondi Harvest
Bondi Harvest is a laid-back Australian cafe specializing in all things breakfast—think eggs on toast, breakfast burritos, avocado toast and smoothie bowls. They also offer lunch dishes from big salads to sandwiches to fish tacos. This daytime-only cafe is perfect for a quick, healthy lunch on the go.
Address: 1814 Berkeley St, Santa Monica, CA 90404
6. Grey Block Pizza
Head over to Grey Block Pizza for authentic New York-style pizza without having to book a flight to the East Coast. Owner Thomas Schiffer brought his Brooklyn background and authentic N.Y. pizza technique to the streets of Los Angeles. Their crust is perfectly crispy and thin, the sauce is tangy and flavorful, and the toppings are top-notch. Don’t leave without trying their trademark Salad Pizza, which features a bagel crust with crispy lettuce, avocado, and feta cheese.
Address: 1811 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
7. Wexler’s Deli
Wexler’s Deli is serving up mouthwatering, nationally recognized Jewish deli food in a vibrant setting. Owners Mike Kassar and Micah Wexler first opened in Downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market and set out to push traditional cuisine forward while still staying true to their roots. Four years and three locations later, Wexler’s has done just that. They perfected all things cured by using old-school methods. Don’t leave without ordering their Salmon Lox and O.G. (Pastrami, Mustard, Rye).
Address: 616 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
8. Tacos Por Favor
Tacos Por Favor is known for their fresh ingredients and massive menu. Get breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this cozy, unpretentious Mexican eatery. From huevos rancheros to mole to birria (spicy stew made with goat meat) to tacos to dishes like chicken diablo — expect a filling meal for around 5-12 dollars.
Address: 1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
9. Bay Cities Italian Deli
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This family-owned Italian deli and grocery store is famous for The Godmother (salami, prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, ham, and provolone), but any sandwich on their menu is worth a bite. They offer more than 60 types of sides and salads so there is something for everyone. Enjoy your stacked sandwich on their patio or take it on the go to the beach.
Address: 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
10. Lunetta All Day
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Lunetta All Day is a casual neighborhood diner serving seasonal breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Diners can expect ingredients sourced from both local farms and along the California coast. Fan favorites include their O.G. Breakfast Sandwich (fried egg, aged white cheddar, beefsteak tomatoes, thinly-sliced ham cilantro aioli, challah roll), Wood-Grilled Jidori Chicken and L.A.D. Burger.
Address: 2420 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
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