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

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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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