Ocean & Vine

★★★★☆
Million-dollar revamp at the Loews Santa Monica combines fireside vignettes, boutique wines and ocean panoramas.
  • 1700 Ocean Ave

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Cross street: Santa Monica Pier

    Map & Directions
  • 424-214-0963

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With a new chef, menu and look, I decided to check out Ocean & Vine for myself. Since it has been surprisingly warm in Santa Monica, I decided to take my dinner to the outdoor patio Ocean & Vine offers, which has six fireplace-seating

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★★★★★

With a new chef, menu and look, I decided to check out Ocean & Vine for myself. Since it has been surprisingly warm in Santa Monica, I decided to take my dinner to the outdoor patio Ocean & Vine offers, which has six fireplace-seating

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This is no 4 or 5 star restaurant. This is not a chef-inspired menu. Atmosphere did not work. Staff was nice, but not true professionals. Space had potential, but not pulled together by a real designer. I'm too tired to be funny right now, but I know I need to get famous for my reviews. This is a fair and honest review with no grudges. One Pico was a fabulous restaurant with fantastic views and phenomenal food. Boa was a great restaurant with a well-informed server. Ocean & Vine did not live up to either of those.

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★★☆☆☆

This is no 4 or 5 star restaurant. This is not a chef-inspired menu. Atmosphere did not work. Staff was nice, but not true professionals. Space had potential, but not pulled together by a real designer. I'm too tired to be funny right now, but I know I need to get famous for my reviews. This is a fair and honest review with no grudges. One Pico was a fabulous restaurant with fantastic views and phenomenal food. Boa was a great restaurant with a well-informed server. Ocean & Vine did not live up to either of those.

Pros: Nice view

Cons: Olive Garden (or slightly better) quality, uninformed staff

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Where does one begin? This restaurant was one of my favorite date places in all of Los Angeles. The service was personal and attentive, the food was elegant and worth the price tag, and the cocktails were inventive and note-worthy. Somehow in the past few years, the place fell flat on its face like a drunk chick on 5-inch heels. On the return visit, Ocean and Vine managed to drop from my top 5 down to "oh sweet Jesus never again." The service is better at Denny's at 3AM while "Marge" still has the fragrance of cheap whiskey and a cigarette that is dangerously close to your grand slam. The food tasted like the leftovers from an overpriced wedding with its familiar equation of rubbery protein plus vegetable medley equals matrimonial meal. The only redeeming quality to Ocean and Vine is the view of the Santa Monica Pier. However, there are plenty of cheap Douchey restaurants with spectacular views.

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★☆☆☆☆

Where does one begin? This restaurant was one of my favorite date places in all of Los Angeles. The service was personal and attentive, the food was elegant and worth the price tag, and the cocktails were inventive and note-worthy. Somehow in the past few years, the place fell flat on its face like a drunk chick on 5-inch heels. On the return visit, Ocean and Vine managed to drop from my top 5 down to "oh sweet Jesus never again." The service is better at Denny's at 3AM while "Marge" still has the fragrance of cheap whiskey and a cigarette that is dangerously close to your grand slam. The food tasted like the leftovers from an overpriced wedding with its familiar equation of rubbery protein plus vegetable medley equals matrimonial meal. The only redeeming quality to Ocean and Vine is the view of the Santa Monica Pier. However, there are plenty of cheap Douchey restaurants with spectacular views.

Pros: The decor, the beach

Cons: Everything else

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I work nearby and so when I got the address for a girl's night to this place and realized I could WALK there from work I was ecstatic. It was such an interesting experience. We arrived late- the vibe went from cozy and romantic to clubby and chic. We grabbed a comfortable corner and people watched while sipping on the specialty drinks. But watch out if you order the "house wine"... it was THE MOST expensive! I have never paid $24 for a glass let alone for an entire bottle so you better believe I nursed that baby all night long. It was definately worth a look, but a little overpriced and all because of the sweet location.

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★★★★☆

I work nearby and so when I got the address for a girl's night to this place and realized I could WALK there from work I was ecstatic. It was such an interesting experience. We arrived late- the vibe went from cozy and romantic to clubby and chic. We grabbed a comfortable corner and people watched while sipping on the specialty drinks. But watch out if you order the "house wine"... it was THE MOST expensive! I have never paid $24 for a glass let alone for an entire bottle so you better believe I nursed that baby all night long. It was definately worth a look, but a little overpriced and all because of the sweet location.

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Living and hanging out primarily on the east side of LA (ie: los feliz) I decided I wanted to try something different. I wanted to find a really nice restaurant with an ocean view... somewhere either in Santa Monica or Malibu. When I came across the very good reviews for Ocean & Vine - and after checking out their beautiful website - I thought I had found the perfect place...... boy was I surprised!
Here's the thing: Although Ocean & Vine is by no means a terrible place to spend a couple of hours, I felt soooo mislead by all of the reviews and pictures. What I thought was going to be a dark & cozy yet clean & modern setting on the ocean - full of romantic candlelit tables and nooks and a huge selection of great wine - turned out to be a rather cold, poorly designed and almost sterile environment! YES, there is that big lovely fire pit in the middle of the room.... but it is so bright in there it really seems like a complete waste.
When you walk into the restaurant from the hotel, you barely notice the difference. It really feels as though you are dining IN the hotel lobby. The gorgeous location/ space is completely wasted. The glaring lights prevent you from even seeing the ocean, despite the huge windows. The bar was not set up well to display any of the wines they claim to have and the service was quite slow (albeit friendly). None of the tables were really set up to be in any way comfy or romantic. It felt much more like eating in a cafeteria than a lovely ocean hideaway. The service was alright, but in no way as professional as I was expecting.
And just so you know where I am coming from, I am in my late 20's and have worked in the service industry for about a decade. I am a PT bartender and have been for the past 3 years. I am not quick to judge harshly or throw a fit when it comes to dining out. BUT, I was SO DISAPPOINTED that i felt compelled to write this review to prevent others from expecting too much.
I chose this place for a 2nd date, BIG MISTAKE!

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★★☆☆☆

Living and hanging out primarily on the east side of LA (ie: los feliz) I decided I wanted to try something different. I wanted to find a really nice restaurant with an ocean view... somewhere either in Santa Monica or Malibu. When I came across the very good reviews for Ocean & Vine - and after checking out their beautiful website - I thought I had found the perfect place...... boy was I surprised!
Here's the thing: Although Ocean & Vine is by no means a terrible place to spend a couple of hours, I felt soooo mislead by all of the reviews and pictures. What I thought was going to be a dark & cozy yet clean & modern setting on the ocean - full of romantic candlelit tables and nooks and a huge selection of great wine - turned out to be a rather cold, poorly designed and almost sterile environment! YES, there is that big lovely fire pit in the middle of the room.... but it is so bright in there it really seems like a complete waste.
When you walk into the restaurant from the hotel, you barely notice the difference. It really feels as though you are dining IN the hotel lobby. The gorgeous location/ space is completely wasted. The glaring lights prevent you from even seeing the ocean, despite the huge windows. The bar was not set up well to display any of the wines they claim to have and the service was quite slow (albeit friendly). None of the tables were really set up to be in any way comfy or romantic. It felt much more like eating in a cafeteria than a lovely ocean hideaway. The service was alright, but in no way as professional as I was expecting.
And just so you know where I am coming from, I am in my late 20's and have worked in the service industry for about a decade. I am a PT bartender and have been for the past 3 years. I am not quick to judge harshly or throw a fit when it comes to dining out. BUT, I was SO DISAPPOINTED that i felt compelled to write this review to prevent others from expecting too much.
I chose this place for a 2nd date, BIG MISTAKE!

Pros: ocean, fire pits

Cons: CAN'T SEE OCEAN from inside, overpriced wine, too bright & sterile

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I've eaten at Ocean and Vine several times now as it is a convenient walk from work. Lunch has always been excellent. Sit on the patio and enjoy the beachy view. The sandwiches are delicious and you can enjoy a nice meal for $15 a person. The restaurant is also a great spot for drinks. The bartenders mix a good cocktail, though my favorite thing is to sit outside in a comfy chair by the fire pits while drinking one of their many red wines by the glass. My first dinner at Ocean and Vine was fabulous. Unfortunately, others have varied. One meal, the entire table ended up with overcooked fish. However, their poultry and steaks seem to be reliable enough. When everything goes right in the kitchen, it is truly a wonderful dining experience. I've had a couple longer waits for a hostess but never a complaint about a server. They have all been exceptionally friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Ocean and Vine for a nice time out for drinks and desserts with friends or for a nice lunch. I hate to have to hesitate about recommending dinner but sometimes dishes aren't up to par while on other occasions everything is fabulous. Pricing is what it is. It's not cheap, but also not any more overpriced than comparable places. There are some more reasonably priced wines by the glass and menu items, which is always nice to see and especially with lunch, you?re getting what you paid for.

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★★★★☆

I've eaten at Ocean and Vine several times now as it is a convenient walk from work. Lunch has always been excellent. Sit on the patio and enjoy the beachy view. The sandwiches are delicious and you can enjoy a nice meal for $15 a person. The restaurant is also a great spot for drinks. The bartenders mix a good cocktail, though my favorite thing is to sit outside in a comfy chair by the fire pits while drinking one of their many red wines by the glass. My first dinner at Ocean and Vine was fabulous. Unfortunately, others have varied. One meal, the entire table ended up with overcooked fish. However, their poultry and steaks seem to be reliable enough. When everything goes right in the kitchen, it is truly a wonderful dining experience. I've had a couple longer waits for a hostess but never a complaint about a server. They have all been exceptionally friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Ocean and Vine for a nice time out for drinks and desserts with friends or for a nice lunch. I hate to have to hesitate about recommending dinner but sometimes dishes aren't up to par while on other occasions everything is fabulous. Pricing is what it is. It's not cheap, but also not any more overpriced than comparable places. There are some more reasonably priced wines by the glass and menu items, which is always nice to see and especially with lunch, you?re getting what you paid for.

Pros: great atmosphere, wines by the glass, friendly service

Cons: When it's good, it's really good. Too bad the dinner menu isn't reliable.

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I LOVE FIRE. That said we decided to try this out. Our reservation specified seating near the fireplace. We arrived to disorganized reception, who informed us that they could not accomodate us as promised, however we could wait for an available opening. Happily we resumed at the amazing bar, with friendly bar staff who makes a mean martini. I love the countertops of the bar and the tall glass vases with bamboo. We were there on a friday. Beware, friday nights are fondue nights and the place stinks of cheese. It was so objectionable, that we took our drinks outside and sat around our own firepit. There are many outside. There was a large group enjoying the evening down aways, but it didn't interfere with our intimate secluded experience. We waited outside for almost an hour, enjoying the evening and almost forgetting why we came here in the first place. It appears as though perhaps we were forgotten about, and quickly they seated us at the indoor fireplace. The food was fantastic. The service was famous. They felt so bad about our wait, that they brought us a complimentary platter of desserts. I thought they wanted us to pick 1, but they gave us 5!!! 3000 calories OMG. So we sampled all the desserts and most were out of this world!!! We took the rest home and had another chocolate affair the following day. After we ate, we sat on the comfortable radiused array of couches that surround the fireplace. This fireplace is HEAVEN. It doesn't get any better. A buffed concrete cyllinder with glass chips in the center that cast a magical glow. I could have stayed all night! We closed the place down. Not a soul around. Just love it. Parking is a bit expensive.
Cost us $17. But treat yourself to a night out, this restaurant is at the Loews Hotel on the Beach, overlooking the Santa Monica Pier and views of the ferris wheel. Can't wait to go back with some friends.....xoxo Fran

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★★★★★

I LOVE FIRE. That said we decided to try this out. Our reservation specified seating near the fireplace. We arrived to disorganized reception, who informed us that they could not accomodate us as promised, however we could wait for an available opening. Happily we resumed at the amazing bar, with friendly bar staff who makes a mean martini. I love the countertops of the bar and the tall glass vases with bamboo. We were there on a friday. Beware, friday nights are fondue nights and the place stinks of cheese. It was so objectionable, that we took our drinks outside and sat around our own firepit. There are many outside. There was a large group enjoying the evening down aways, but it didn't interfere with our intimate secluded experience. We waited outside for almost an hour, enjoying the evening and almost forgetting why we came here in the first place. It appears as though perhaps we were forgotten about, and quickly they seated us at the indoor fireplace. The food was fantastic. The service was famous. They felt so bad about our wait, that they brought us a complimentary platter of desserts. I thought they wanted us to pick 1, but they gave us 5!!! 3000 calories OMG. So we sampled all the desserts and most were out of this world!!! We took the rest home and had another chocolate affair the following day. After we ate, we sat on the comfortable radiused array of couches that surround the fireplace. This fireplace is HEAVEN. It doesn't get any better. A buffed concrete cyllinder with glass chips in the center that cast a magical glow. I could have stayed all night! We closed the place down. Not a soul around. Just love it. Parking is a bit expensive.
Cost us $17. But treat yourself to a night out, this restaurant is at the Loews Hotel on the Beach, overlooking the Santa Monica Pier and views of the ferris wheel. Can't wait to go back with some friends.....xoxo Fran

Pros: A Fireplace dream

Cons: Smelly Fridays, Valet $pricey

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I was concerned that we wouldn't be seated outside as there's only limited patio seating and we had a 1pm reservation. (The City Search review describes this restaurant as a "busy power lunch spot".) When we arrived at the restaurant it was almost totally deserted (which we loved: no noise, no wait) - there were only three other tables occupied. We sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful view of the Santa Monica pier and a truly delicious meal. Per our waiter, the restaurant will have some busy days at lunch when an entire group staying at the hotel shows up to eat, but most days the restaurant does light to moderate business. Also, the valet parking is not free with validation - it's $3.50. (Not a big deal, but nice to know.) Overall a lovely place for lunch on a sunny day.

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★★★★☆

I was concerned that we wouldn't be seated outside as there's only limited patio seating and we had a 1pm reservation. (The City Search review describes this restaurant as a "busy power lunch spot".) When we arrived at the restaurant it was almost totally deserted (which we loved: no noise, no wait) - there were only three other tables occupied. We sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful view of the Santa Monica pier and a truly delicious meal. Per our waiter, the restaurant will have some busy days at lunch when an entire group staying at the hotel shows up to eat, but most days the restaurant does light to moderate business. Also, the valet parking is not free with validation - it's $3.50. (Not a big deal, but nice to know.) Overall a lovely place for lunch on a sunny day.

Pros: Great service, Delicious food, Uncrowded

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If you're looking for something beyond your typical large corporate hotel restaurant this isn't it. The food is merely average. You won't taste anything new or exciting here, just standard, non-offensive fare. Like most hotel restaurants, they try to give the impression of a fine dining experience without putting in the effort. The result is bland food, mediocre ambiance, and something akin to a 3 star Denny's. Of course they charge fine dining prices. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Los Angeles to choose from, so there is little point in choosing a hotel restaurant... unless you are in on business and don't have time to leave your hotel.

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★★☆☆☆

If you're looking for something beyond your typical large corporate hotel restaurant this isn't it. The food is merely average. You won't taste anything new or exciting here, just standard, non-offensive fare. Like most hotel restaurants, they try to give the impression of a fine dining experience without putting in the effort. The result is bland food, mediocre ambiance, and something akin to a 3 star Denny's. Of course they charge fine dining prices. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Los Angeles to choose from, so there is little point in choosing a hotel restaurant... unless you are in on business and don't have time to leave your hotel.

Pros: Near the beach

Cons: Average food, Pricy, Bad Service

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A friend invited me to dinner here last week and I really enjoyed myself. The views are great looking at the beach and pier. the food is served in interesting ways, some things I haven't experienced before as they serve them. We started with the hawaiian tuna, mussels, artichoke sampler. delicious and fun to share. Then i had the filet, excellent, perhaps the best I've had. My friends ordered the pork chop and shrimp, both fabulous. For dessert we shared the chocolate trio and smores with port and nivole, a sweet wine that my girlfreind loved. The waiter was very helpful explaining the wine pairings, food presentation and the concept behind the place which serves mostly organic, seasonal foods matched with wines that are from small production vineyards, many i've never heard of! I have a new place to show off to friends and visitors right on the beach.

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★★★★★

A friend invited me to dinner here last week and I really enjoyed myself. The views are great looking at the beach and pier. the food is served in interesting ways, some things I haven't experienced before as they serve them. We started with the hawaiian tuna, mussels, artichoke sampler. delicious and fun to share. Then i had the filet, excellent, perhaps the best I've had. My friends ordered the pork chop and shrimp, both fabulous. For dessert we shared the chocolate trio and smores with port and nivole, a sweet wine that my girlfreind loved. The waiter was very helpful explaining the wine pairings, food presentation and the concept behind the place which serves mostly organic, seasonal foods matched with wines that are from small production vineyards, many i've never heard of! I have a new place to show off to friends and visitors right on the beach.

Pros: great views, great food, unique wines

Cons: crowded, in a hotel

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Should have known better than to go after a write-up...it's close to my house. Firepits are tres chic...food and wine pairings are a really groovy idea. Servers were running and food was a long time coming - but worth it. The mussels & key lime pie martini mentioned in the article were dead on. Loved the smore's. I'll go back.

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★★★★★

Should have known better than to go after a write-up...it's close to my house. Firepits are tres chic...food and wine pairings are a really groovy idea. Servers were running and food was a long time coming - but worth it. The mussels & key lime pie martini mentioned in the article were dead on. Loved the smore's. I'll go back.

Pros: view, firepits, killer sunset

Cons: crowded, is that bad?, back of hotel

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The Tuna, The Mussels, The Artichoke flight, And don't miss the cheese fondue. Entrees- the beef, the lamb, halibut, and opakapaka are very good. Desserts are great. Churros, chocolate trio, and smores are my favorite.

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★★★★★

The Tuna, The Mussels, The Artichoke flight, And don't miss the cheese fondue. Entrees- the beef, the lamb, halibut, and opakapaka are very good. Desserts are great. Churros, chocolate trio, and smores are my favorite.

Pros: good value, great food, friendly service

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Ocean & Vine begins a different chapter in dining for the Loews Santa Monica. The former Lavande with Alain Giraud has been successfully transformed into a restaurant with contemporary style and maintains, of course, the same great views…

 

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