Rusty's Surf Ranch

(310) 393-7437 | View Website

256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA | Directions   90401

34.010039 -118.496191

Open Hours

Monday To Sunday From 04:00 PM To 12:00 AM

 
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More Categories: Restaurants

Bar & Club Special Features: Live Music, Under 21

Bar & Club Type of Music: Alternative Rock, Blues, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop & Rap, Jazz, Rock & Pop

Bar & Pub Special Features: Bar Food, Water View, Karaoke

Tags: Waterfront Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Debit Card, MasterCard, Travelers Check, Visa

Neighborhoods: West LA, Downtown

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Reviews for Rusty's Surf Ranch

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

AVOID THIS RESTAURANT! – OMG! It’s hard to screw up BBQ Chicken. But Rusty’s wins the prize for the worst BBQ Chicken I’ve ever had.

For our first visit to Rusty’s, my wife ordered the BBQ Chicken with a salad. A safe, simple order, right?

What Rusty’s calls BBQ Chicken is one chicken breast, sliced in half (to make it thin and quick to reheat), boiled in unsalted water (to remove all the flavor), refrigerated, then placed on the grill long enough to give it grill marks (but not long enough to heat it inside), and then slap a little cheap BBQ sauce on top before it is served.

After suffering through as much of this lukewarm, flavorless chicken as she could manage, she decided to eat the mixed greens salad.

If you’ve ever left lettuce in a plastic bag for a couple weeks and seen the slimy part that sticks to the inside of the bag, you know why her salad tasted awful. About 20% of the lettuce in her salad was like this, and, of course, stuck to the lettuce that had not yet spoiled. It was disgusting.

We brought these things to the attention of the manager. His response was to shrug his shoulders and say “Sorry”.

We visited Rusty’s in the middle of a Monday afternoon, so there were very few customers in the place. Yet, for some reason, it took 20 minutes for them to prepare our food.

So, for $15 at Rusty’s you get lousy food, slow service, and management that doesn’t give a damn.

If it wasn’t for the steady traffic of unsuspecting tourists, this place would have gone under years ago.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Fun and Food – We went to Rusty's as a group and had a blast. The food was excellent, the band was teriffic, and we had a great time. I can't wait to go back again as the drinks were reasonably priced. A nice time was had by all.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Rusty's Surf Ranch On The Santa Monica Pier – I've been going to Rustys for several years and the food is as good as you can get in Santa Monica or on the entire westside of L.A. for a moderately priced restaurant. It is on the Santa Monica pier and is a fun place to hangout, day or night, all year round. I have spent hours there involved in their special acitvities, eating and drinking (my favorite activities), or playing games (pool is my game) that they have. It is a great place to meet friends and socialize.

A wonderful experience every time that I am there.

TsutomuM

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Exciting, Fun, Great Dining and Super Hangout! – Have to say I haven't found much better food and especially combinations of foods and drinks to satisfy every appetite from young to old. Love the cuisine and the atmosphere. A delightful and satisfying experience.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

People watching/Great Food?Good Music – This is one of Santa Monicas best places to spend time. The menu has something for just about anyone. I enjoyed the crab cakes, clam chowder and a great burger.

If you want to just sit back and enjoy some time with friends, in a come as you are atmosphere, this is one of the best places anywhere.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Party On! – Good ocean view from front patio. I really liked the fresh ahi tuna salad and my friend had clam chowder in a bread bowl. My favorite thing was these yummy coconut desserts. One was like a coconut sorbet in a coconut shell and the other was a coconut covered snowball with mango in the middle. Very cool and different.

Our friend's band was playing and we enjoyed the music and the location. Lots of fun for locals (like me) and visitors to the area.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

i go there any time i'm in town – great place to sit and people watch on the pier and on the beach. while downing a great meal and drinks. i suggest it to all of my friends. it's also a great place to have a party or to do a fund raiser. try it out today.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

GOOD FOOD, FUN MUSIC – Great casual atmoshere with much better food than you would expect to find on a pier. Loved the ahi salad and the fish tacos. Service was friendly. It was a Sunday night and they had salsa dancing, which really ended our weekend at the beach on an up note.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Pass this place by – this place has horrible food and service. Chicken tenders taste like fish. chicken quesadiilas were the worst I ever had.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Expected more.. – We visited the Pier for a fun evening with the kids. Stoped at Rusty's and was dissapointed with the food. My husband ordered the surf and turf, Medium-Rare. He recieved and Burt steak that tasted like someone droped it straight into hot coals, and three tiny little pieces of shrimp. Very disapointing for over 30 bucks a plate. The drinks were bland, and the crab cakes were tiny. Kids hated their meals also. (Mac and Cheese was bland, and burger was burt) My mother was very happy all she got was a quesidilla. Kinda hard to screw that up. The best part of the meal, was something we could have gotten at Taco Bell.

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Best of Citysearch

Won for:
Beach Bar (2009)
Blues Club (2009)
Nominations Nominated for:
Outdoor Dining (2010)
People Watching (2010)
View (2010)
After-Work Bar (2009)
Live Music Venue (2009)
Beach Bar (2008)
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