Beachside dining is a year-round way of life in sunny Santa Monica – for tourists and locals alike.
Celebrate National Bike Month with a leisurely gastronomic bike tour along the Santa Monica State Beach. En route, enjoy fun activities and stop at one or more of these beachside favorites with takeout options and plenty of ways to eat well on-the-go!
Perry’s at the Beach
A local institution for nearly 40 years, Perry’s has multiple beachfront locations in town. Start the day with an outdoor café breakfast, then enjoy some beach time with your very own beach butler service (available at three locations). Rent a bike here if needed, and check out the Legends Beach Bike Tour for a guided look at historic Santa Monica beachside sites.
Chef Robin Hathaway’s flavorful menu includes the house favorite King Richard's veggie breakfast burrito with egg whites, veggie patty and more. Choose sides such as organic flaxseed granola, seasonal fruit, or a crudité veggie cup. The café offers many vegetarian, gluten-free, and heart-healthy items throughout the day.
Back on the Beach Café
Heading north along the beach bike path, look for the public Annenberg Community Beach House, built on the one-time site of film actress Marion Davies’ estate. Drop in for lunch at Back on the Beach Café. Then, tour the Marion Davies Guest House, play some beach sports, or take a refreshing dip in the gorgeous pool.
The cafe offers indoor and outdoor dining with a full slate of offerings. On the lunch menu, enjoy Fred’s salad with romaine, chicken salad, grilled potatoes and more. The seasonal market salad features organic greens with fresh produce. Other options include a vegan and gluten-free veggie burger, and grilled Mary’s free-range chicken sandwich. The café serves breakfast and dinner, too (check seasonal hours).
445 Pacific Coast Highway, 310-393-8282, www.backonthebeachcafe.com
Guests of Shutters on the Beach can rent bicycles at the luxury hotel, located along the south end of the beach bike path. Swing by Muscle Beach, then stop in for a pre-dinner cocktail and appetizer at this charming beachside café and bar on the property.
During the week, happy hour menu choices include ceviche with warm tortilla chips. A “skinny mini” (Akvinta vodka, VeeV açaí, cucumber and agave) is one of several seasonal spring cocktails. The bar menu has raw bar selections, and the dinner appetizer menu features vegetarian flatbread with shitake mushrooms and more.
The café also offers California-inspired menus all day long, including Chef Sven Mede’s farmers’ market dinner – with a weekly menu crafted from local Santa Monica Farmers Market finds.
One Pico Blvd., 310-587-1707, find them here.
Ristorante Al Mare
Park your bike and enjoy dinner, dessert and ocean views at this Santa Monica Pier newcomer, which serves authentic Italian cuisine. Or, choose takeout for a laid-back beach picnic. Afterwards, stroll along the pier and enjoy the sights and sounds of Pacific Park.
Savor appetizers like house-cured salmon carpaccio. Main courses include oven-braised beef short ribs with green peas puree, and organic chicken selections.Look for vegan options like penne all’arrabbiata and tomato soup. The pizza dough is vegan, too. For dessert, try the mango and lemon sorbet duo as a lighter choice among many temptations. The restaurant also serves brunch and lunch.
250 Santa Monica Pier, 310-458-4448, www.ristorantealmare.com