The Penthouse

(310) 394-5454 | View Website

1111 Second St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions   90403

34.018758 -118.501567

Open Hours

Daily Breakfast 7am-11am;

Daily Lunch 11am-3pm;

Sun-Thu Dinner 6pm-10pm;

Fri-Sat Dinner 6pm-11pm,

Late Night Menu until 2am;

Sun Brunch 11am-2:30pm;

Mon-Fri Happy Hour 4pm-7pm

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More Tags: Fireplace, Celeb Hangout, Fine Dining, Business Dining, Group Dining, Date Spot, Lunch Spot, Waterfront Dining, Late Night Dining, Brunch, Trendy Dining, View Dining, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: American Express

Neighborhoods: Wilshire Montana, West LA

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Gorgeous view of Santa Monica beach, the Penthouse is Gorgeous, and the people are Gorgeous. Drinks are strong.

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The moment you walk in you feel this sense of calm. I like coming for cocktails and the lounge menu (one day I'll come for brunch). Unique menu items like the twist on an American classic, black truffle grilled cheese and the tongue pastrami sliders make this a fab stop.

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Amazing food with and amazing view. Great for brunch and dinner!


Love the ambiance and service – The service and ambiance at The Penthouse is second to none. For this reason alone, it should be on your list of places to try in LA. The food is good, some of the dishes are excellent (the tomato Mozzarella flatbread, mac and cheese and all dessert were highlights for me), while others are a miss (salmon). The wait staff is incredible, as are the swaky booths overlooking the pacific.

The scene gets hip hopping at night, great place for drinks as well.

The bar can get noisy and valet parking can be a pain. All in all, I loved the experience and would absolutely recommend.

7 months ago

Premier Resorts and Michael Midkiff and sales staff have done it again we just saved so much money on our trip to the islands now were eating at The Penthouse this food is off the charts and now I am telling my family about the great travel club Premier Resorts and Michael Midkiff get 5 stars for excellent service.

over a year ago

The view is amazing- I take all my out of town visitors here!

over a year ago

I actually like lunch here best, great view and food without the crowd.

over a year ago

LOVE THIS PLACE!!! – This place ROCKS!

I have been to The Penthouse several times & I am constantly amazed at how AMAZING the food AND the service always is. And don't even talk to me about those views!

This is my go-to spot when I am celebrating something special, or have friends or family visiting and I have never been disappointed!

Don't believe all these haters who the place is "poorly managed." I would say that 3 out of the last 5 times I have been there the manager himself has come to my table to make sure everything was ok! That is excellent customer service if you ask me!!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

I just gave The Penthouse a 'Recommend' at Citysearch

over a year ago

This Place Isn't For Bros – So this place is not for bros, but I think I like that about it. I am still not completely sure. See, me and the wife wanted to celebrate and get fancy. She suggested this place, The Penthouse, which I thought was fine. Nascar would have to be on since it's Saturday, and I could tune her out by watching the races.

There was no nascar being played. So, my reaction was "bro, turn your TVs on." But there were no TVs. Just chandeliers and tons of bros in suits.

But here's the good part. the drinks. Had a $12 dollar gin n' tonic that I don't remember paying for. It was that good.! Attractive staff, made up for the lack of nascar. They could have played better music, like some Avenged Sevenfold, but instead they had a DJ pumping some current junk...but after my 3rd gin n' tonic I started to love it and get into it. Ended up getting into it with the staff and was asked to leave.

But I never left the hotel. Woke up the next day without my wife in one of the rooms at the Huntley. Amazing. Very posh, but they had sheets that I had to have, so I took them. My whole experience here was amazing, but if you're like most bros, you might reconsider this spot.

over a year ago

Great View – Fun place to go. Also, lovely in the afternoon when it is not that crowded and has a great view. The food is also quite good.

over a year ago

Great Atmosphere, Beautiful People, Chic Decor – Was visiting Santa Monica last week and stopped by the Penthouse with a couple friends. Upon entering, I was surprised as to what I found. In a very good way. We stopped by around 10pm on a Thursday evening, it wasn't too busy, but it was busier than most Santa Monica places on this rainy Thursday night. Gorgeous women are everywhere, bring your A game; or as a insane yet truthful guy sitting at the bar said "put them in a movie" and they'll talk to you. Drinks aren't cheap, around 12 bucks a pop for Vodka/Soda, but it's worth it for a night out to live lavishly. The decor is very clean and minimalistic. White everywhere, cabana type booths around the outside of the lounge, some smaller dining tables in various sections and a massive bar takes up the middle. Never had to wait more than a minute or two for a drink and the service was top notch. You may even run into a couple celebrities while you're up here.

over a year ago

This is the 1st time I have eaten at The Penthouse and they did not disappoint. The atmosphere is beautiful. Our waiter Todd was extremely knowledgeable. To our surprise we were also offered the Dine LA menu. We had the young romaine salad and the flatbread which were huge, I thought that was our meal. Todd reminded us we can have anything we want packed up so we had room for the rest of the food. The servers were always refilling our water and folding our napkins, Todd was always making sure our food tasted great. The manager Frankie also stopped by every table to make sure we were ok. For the main course we had Pappardelle and Braised Short Rib. The pasta was tasty, but the short rib was AMAZING!!!! The staff is all about telling you "yes", let me explain. If you ask the person who is filling your water if you can have more bread he will say yes and make sure the guy who serves the bread gets it to you. The table next to me asked if they could have the bread warmed up, and the answer was yes. We asked the lady who brought out our dessert if we could order another one and instead of telling me to "ask my waiter" she said "absolutely I'll tell your waiter". We had chocolate lava cake, creme brulee, mini ice cream sandwiches...ALL of it was delicious. I can barely breathe because I didn't want to waste any of that food.

over a year ago

BEST SPOT ON THE WEST SIDE! – I finally checked out The Penthouse after months of wanting to and I have to say… This is my new favorite west side spot for drinks and apps! Our experience started with an adorable hostess who showed us to a beautiful cabana that had THE MOST AMAZING view of the ocean and Malibu. Our server was SO nice and extremely knowledgeable on the menu as well as wine which is a huge bonus for me. The highlights were the following:

- Charcutierie plate (AMAZING)

- Ham & Gruyere flatbread

- Braised short rib tacos

- Aperol Smash cocktail

- Cucumber & Thyme Martini

Aside from the excellent food & incredible service.. this place is GORGEOUS. They somehow manage to keep a laid back vibe with this incredibly chic, upscale, beachy décor. I can’t wait to go back!!

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