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Best Santa Monica pre-show dining on-the-go

Night view of the Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Grand Chapiteau under the Santa Monica Pier.
Night view of the Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Grand Chapiteau under the Santa Monica Pier.
Del Frisco's Grille Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Pier is always a fun place to see a live show – whether it’s during the annual summer Twilight Concert Series or the current Cirque du Soleil touring production of TOTEM.

For a quick drink or healthy dining before enjoying thrills under the big top - or before any area show - check out these neighborhood choices within walking distance of the pier. They also have current TOTEM specials - to get avant le spectacale delights on-the-go!

Del Frisco’s Grille
This national chain's Santa Monica location overlooks the pier. At the bar, indulge in the TOTEM cocktail - made with sweet Hawaiian pineapple-infused Svedka Clementine Vodka and a splash of Midori liqueur.

Show your TOTEM ticket to access the restaurant’s pre-fixe dinner menu with choices highlighting market-fresh ingredients and creative twists on comfort classics – such as an iceberg lettuce wedge (gluten-free), wild salmon, and lemon and white chocolate pots de crème.

Cocktail: $7*. Dinner: $35/person*.

1551 Ocean Ave., 310-395-7333, find them here, through March 16.

Ocean & Vine
The oceanside restaurant at Loews’ Santa Monica Beach Hotel has a Taste of TOTEM dinner package. Show your TOTEM ticket at the restaurant or mention the promotion when making a reservation.

Enjoy a two-course, pre-fixe dinner menu, along with a glass of wine, dessert on-the-go and four-hour event parking. Then, walk to the show or ride the complimentary shuttle.

Choose from fresh selections including Santa Monica seafood chili, a vegan grilled vegetable tower, and more. For pre-show dessert, enjoy the chef’s homemade caramel popcorn on-the-go!

Dinner package: $38/person*.

1700 Ocean Ave., 310-576-3180,, through March 16.

Raw food multi-hyphenate Matthew Kenney owns this restaurant and adjacent culinary academy housed within The Market at Santa Monica Place. The tasting menu features plant-based cuisine inspired by seasonal, local produce.

Show your TOTEM ticket to select a three-course pre-fixe dinner menu with shared starters such as zucchini hummus, and main choices like market tomato lasagna. For a matinee pre-show meal, choose the two-course pre-fixe lunch menu with items including a California kale salad.

Lunch $25/person*. Dinner $45/person*.

395 Santa Monica Place, Ste. 333, 310-394-7046, find them here, through March 31.

Seasons 52
The Santa Monica outpost of this upscale national chain features a seasonally-inspired menu in a casually-sophisticated setting - and all food items are under 475 calories!

Mention TOTEM to receive a pre-fixe dinner menu including a glass of wine and options like lobster and fresh mozzarella flatbread, maple-glazed roasted half chicken with winter vegetables, and a dessert selection of mini indulgences.

Dinner $72/person*.

1501 Ocean Ave., 310-451-1152,, through March 16.

*Not including tax and gratuity.

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