802 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.018164 -118.489654
Monday - Thursday 7am-2am Saturday - 7am-3am Sunday 7am-2am
Neighborhoods: West LA, Pico
Sending back an omelet twice because we ordered it w no cheese only to have it brought out - TWICE - w cheese = no bueno. While I love the fact that you can come here late at night and there is an hour wait because it's that fun, most of the food really is well done w the occasional faux pas.
This hip diner has a fun vibe for hanging out, but the food is actually quite good as well. Not the cheapest, but it's worth it for the atmosphere.
The Worst BuzzKILL – ive been to the swingers location by the grove several times and never had any problems there. however when i went to the santa monica location with some friends and the experience was nothing short of awful. DON'T expect to have your drinks taken promptly.
DON'T expect to have your order taken within 40 minutes either.
DO expect attitude from your server.
DON'T expect them to get your order right.
DON'T expect to see your server more than twice ( once to take the order, once to give you the bill-we had to keep asking other servers for everything.)
*I'll also add that it was not a busy night, and there were plenty of people on staff.
**I hope the short skirts help these girls with their tips, b/c their service does not.
A retrofitted diner that screams kitsch while maintaining its cooler-than-thou vibe. – In Short
Located on an otherwise not-so happening corner, this almost-24-hour diner has become an L.A. institution. Andy Warhol-inspired wallpaper (cows, not cans), tartan-plaid booths and George Nelson pendant lamps set the scene, while waitresses in fishnets cater to the crowd of vintage-clothed screenwriters, anti-corpo-looking yuppies and scruffy singles desperately seeking greasy spoon staples. The elaborately illustrated menu includes grilled cheese stuffed with sharp cheddar and jack, milk shakes with fruit juice, salads, turkey burgers and breakfast basics.
Tasty Fun Nights to be had here!! – My friends from the westside brought me here for dinner before we went out on the town one night. It was my first time here and I just fell in love with the quirky decor and atmosphere. We were waited on by an extremely friendly young woman. The service we got was personal, friendly and made me feel very comfortable in this hip joint.
The food was just amazing. The menu really has something for everyone. One of my friends is Vegan and they had a number of things that he could choose from. I went for a scrumptious grilled cheese that had avacado and grilled onions inside that was super good. Desert was just as perfect. I think we went for a brownie that came with ice cream and other goodies.
It got pretty busy by the time we left, but our waitress still came by to check on us before we left. I had a really good experience here and can't wait to share this place with my family when they visit from out of town and I will definitely come back when I am on this side of town again!!
Good food, one waiter is awful, the rest are cool! – I've eaten there on several occasions, and had great service and great food. Recently, I had the unfortunate circumstance to be waited on by a young man who couldn't care less about any of the diners he was serving. Not only did my five friends and I all have something to complain about with this waiter, the table next to us were shocked as well. The bus boys were doing all of the work, and when our waiter came around (only once) to check on us, we had already been taken care of by the bus boys. I wanted to tip the bus boys but couldn't do that without tipping the lousy waiter. I served drinks and food in LA since 1990 and tip really well, since I lived off tips for many, many years, but this was one of those rare circumstances where I actually brought something up with the owner/manager, and he was even rude with me. If you go there, only get waited on by anyone who's not a young, thin man who likes to flirt with other men. Wish I knew his name. It's too bad one lousy server and a encounter with an angry manager/owner can ruin a fun place to go after a movie.
Love this place!!! – I love eating at Swingers! I've been going one in Santa Monica for years, and I can honestly say that I have always had a really positive experience. The food is consistant, the servers have always been cool. It's a great place to not only eat (lots of vegetarian options) but also always has a fun social crowd. I deffinately recommend you check it out for yourself atleast once. From experience I can tell you that you won't be disappointed!
Come one, come all – Love, love, love this place.
It?s the only place that I can bring anyone of my dieting friends, vegetarian, vegan, or the hungry burger man. It has awesome salads that would keep any healthy eater happy or burgers, milkshakes, and fries that are great for any diet free day.
All of the staff was laughing and eager to help us during our visit and they were slammed. It was nice to see a smiling face amongst all of this busy diner's commotion.
I've eaten at the Hollywood Swingers and had a fine experience. The Santa Monica Swingers, however, is Greater L.A.'s worst restaurant. I've read other reviews that call the food fun and the waits long. Both true. And I will say that the menu is creative and the vibe singular. But... The service is beyond abysmal. Staff is rude and inattentive. There is no care nor craft. If you eat here and are not a young clubber, you will be totally out of place. Granted, a tough place to work. Swingers thrives on the rowdy after-two-a.m. crowd. But that's just it. We were the few adult lucid sober people in there. And they threatened to kick us out.
We were quietly and privately discussing the service at our table (three of us packed into a booth for two). Note that this is a loud and bustling place. And if it matters, our comments were not overly disparaging. I had said that Swingers is not a place you go for service. It's not even a restaurant, really, it's a place that serves food, and at that time of night you know exactly what you're getting. We even took the time to tell one food runner / busser that he was doing a great job. He was the only one paying attention to us. Next thing we know, our server is telling us that, under the manager's orders, they've heard us speaking ill of their restaurant and if continued, will ask us to leave. We didn't get angry; we just said okay. We told our server we were going to write the L.A. Times and Citysearch about our experience, and our server said, "Yeah, you do that." (While this was happening, the people one table over were complaining to their server about being overcharged.)
Swingers won't care -- they do high volume business -- but I'm never setting foot in either location again. I'm an adult male pushing 40 who has dined in fine establishments around the world. And the one time I almost get kicked out is at Swingers? Almost hard to believe they're not in the Michelin guide.
Good Fast Breakfast – We just went for breakfast this morning, after driving past it maybe a hundred times - and glad we finally stopped to try it out! And No, it has nothing to do with the movie Swingers! The decor is amusing and fun, with interesting tile work on the walls, and purple cow heads painted against a yellow wall (very Andy Warhol). There are counter seats and booths (a somewhat tight fit for my large fiance)... The food was great - no complaints! I had a very tasty turkey burger, while my fiance tried the eggs, bacon and multi-grain banana pancakes (served with real maple syrup) - everything delicious. Our server was very cool, and as they all are, dressed in a very retro-short skirt! We will be back!
Best quirky diner with class! – Any time I'm craving diner food, I go to Swingers. The prices are great, the foods great, the staff is cool, and the customers are just as awesome. On occasion, a celebrity spotting can occur. I was just there the other night when their power went out, and everyone was chill and fun about it. They just pulled out a box of candles and listed off the things they could prepare and serve without electricity! It's a great place to hang out with friends, bring the parents, or go to solo with a book at their counter.
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