THE NEW PLACES TO EAT AND MEET AT THE MARKET
Santa Monica’s dining scene improves each year. Fast, casual options abound on the Third Street Promenade and several new upscale eateries (Wally’s Santa Monica and Elephante Beach House) represent major capital investments in the seaside city. Best of all, the area is easily accessible by the new popular mode of transport: battery-powered scooters tied to apps such as Bird, Lime, Lyft and Uber. Within the past year, they’ve become the quickest way to navigate Santa Monica’s crowded streets. Hop on and buzz to one of these new spots.
ELEPHANTE BEACH HOUSE
Reservations are essential at the open-air Elephante, a breakout hit restaurant and lounge located on the rooftop of the Laemmle theater complex. The earthy decor and chill vibe combine for the ultimate beach house experience. There’s comfortable low seating,
while North African textiles add texture, and the views of the beach and Pacific are outstanding through oversized telescoping sliding doors. On the crowd-pleasing menu are wood-fired pizzas, grilled vegetables and innovative takes on Mediterranean dishes. Several bars keep the craft cocktails flowing. Once guests are seated, it’s almost impossible to get them to leave this singular setting.