THE NEW PLACES TO EAT AND MEET AT THE MAR­KET

Variety - - Focus - By KATHY A. MCDON­ALD

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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.

BLOCK­BUSTER DE­BUT

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.

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