1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.016048 -118.470112
Monday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 02:30 PM Monday To Sunday From 06:00 PM To 10:30 PM
Neighborhoods: West LA
Great view, bad food – I was hopeful when my husband and I arrived at this restaurant and were ushered to a wonderful table right next to a window overlooking the ocean. Unfortunately, our meals revealed that the expensive menu prices paid for the view, and not the quality of the food. We started with the crabcake appetizer, which was decent but pretty bland. My husband then had the halibut, which was also bland, and I had the lobster. I noticed that it tasted rather fishy and one bite in particular tasted oddly foul -- it reminded me of the smell of sewage. Needless to say, I ate less than half of my meal. We still thought the desserts might be rewarding, but once again we were wrong. I ordered the chocolate mousse cake which was a poor attempt at a chocolate lava cake. I have never tasted a chocolate cake with so little flavor! The only good part about the dessert was the ice cream on the side. My husband had the butterscotch pudding (of which they gave him a HUGE portion) and although it wasn't bad, it just tasted like regular old pudding. My recommendation is that you not visit this restaurant unless you only care about the view and do not mind bland and/or odd-tasting food.
a great restaurant – absolutely beautiful view, restaurant and food! the seared ahi tuna is to die for, and the service is impeccable. a great place for a romantic evening.
Great view, great room, great food – the first review is obviously not for One Pico, it seems like it's for the restaurant on the ground floor. One Pico does not have outdoor dining. Also, the food here is great but beyond that, the room is spectacular. The ceilings are so high and the windows are huge. That is one of the things that makes it such a great place to eat. I have never had a bad meal here and I've been about 12 times. For dessert, i recommend the s'mores. Also, it's the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.
have had better food at the gasateria – This place is a joke. I ate outside expecting a nice view of the ocean and/or the boardwalk. Unfortunately the fence which borders the entire dining balcony area blocked the view. Why on earth would you make the fence come up to eye level??? The food was at best lacking. When I ordered the lobster salad, I opted for the full size lobster. The portion of lobster was so miniscule, that I would have gotten more for my money if I had paid the same amount of money just to watch them try to divide this in half so I could see what the "half" lobster salad looked like. So to sum it all up, a view blocked by a fence, bad service, worse food, and tiny portions...sounds a lot like prison...except you dont have to pay for prison food.
save your money, go somewhere else – We went here thinking we were in for an exquisite dinner. The nightly special fluke fish was quite good, but my porterhouse steak was very disappointing. This $40 steak was very tough, and the "red wine reduction sauce" tasted not too different than A-1. The garlic mashed potatoes tasted only slightly better than the gritty kind out of the box. The salads are quite good, and dessert was OK--the chocolate molten lava cake wasn't exactly flowing when it got to our table though. The view of the ocean is quite nice, but the sun actually sets over the hills, not the classic ball dropping into the ocean view you'd hope for (neither are the zillions of people whizzing by outside). We've dined at some extremely good places around LA, but this was not one of them--this place could use a new chef. Save your money and go somewhere else.
Spectacular seaside views and casual Cal-Med dishes. – The Scene
As the formal dining room of the exclusive Shutters on the Beach hotel, this warm, upscale restaurant offers a wraparound view of the beach and Santa Monica Pier. The soaring open-beam ceiling, limestone fireplace and exceptional service lend a tone of effortless elegance, bringing a splash of East Hampton to the Pacific.
The California-Mediterranean menu offers predictable dishes of the moment (think seared ahi tuna and steamed mussels) enhanced with some inspired innovations. The traditional American rack of lamb is seasoned with earthy Moroccan spices, while corn chowder is jazzed up with smoked shrimp. Although the panoramic sunset view makes dinner a good bet, the best meal is Sunday brunch. Homey favorites are updated with gourmet ingredients. Zesty tomato soup is made with Roma tomatoes and served alongside diminutive grilled cheese sandwiches. A delicately cooked frittata with fontina cheese, tomato and basil brims over with tender rock shrimp.
Caveat Emptor – Brunch was far more expensive than its value, even with the oceanfront view and service that competent, but just a notch or two above a Denny's. Pancakes at $17.00 or so (the recipie can be found on the web, so make them yourself) were great, the fingerling potatos hash with poached eggs were just o.k., but the biggest issue was the sticker shock with the bar bill. One bloody mary cost $12.00. I suppose if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it, but there was no warning that they were charging double what another comparable restaurant would charge for the same drink. And, affter paying $60.00 per head for breakfast, we still had to pay $6.00 for the valet. Just a little more insult to injury.
Yummy! – The BEST scallops I have EVER had! Plus, the Cakebread wine we had was a divine pairing! The service was neither exceptional nor was it poor. The thing that stood out was the food and the ambience. Shutters is just nice in general and eating at the restaurant just reaffirms my affection for this place.
Good food, blah service – This place has great food but the service was so-so, even for a Saturday evening. Our waiter was nice and knowledgeable but rarely checked on us and we had to ask other staffers for things like water and tea. Also it was too warm in the place for my taste. Our table was too close to the one next to us and we could hear too many conversations clearly.
dreadful – My wife and I went. It was one of the worst experiences I have ever had at a restuarant. The food was horrible and the service was worse. I had to beg a waiter to get me a coffee after about 30 minutes of waiting for one. This restuarant is way over rated. Do not go.
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