(310) 393-2666    1615 Ocean Front Walk | Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Where The Locals Meet & The Fun-Loving Tourists Always Return

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 12p to 9p
Tuesday-Wednesday: 11a to 9p
Thursday: 11a to 11p
Friday: 11a to 11p
Saturday: 10a to 11p
Sunday: 10a to 10p
Daily Specials Available

Tasty Buffalo Wings and Grilled Hamburgers

Sun, fun, great food, beer, wine, music, sports TV, outdoor patios, and reasonable prices are what you’ll find at the world-famous Big Dean’s Cafe on the Santa Monica Boardwalk in Santa Monica, California. This is where nostalgia surrounds you while you relax and sip a beer or have a burger. We offer 15 TVs that are always broadcasting all major sporting events. Bring the children, they are always welcome. In 1902, Big Dean’s Cafe was known as Laring’s Lunch Room and was a landmark for years. In the 1970s, Big Dean’s took over the popular cafe, known to attract colorful characters like local lifeguards, body builders, bicyclists, and jugglers. In fact, we have even served celebrities, such as Cary Grant, Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, George C. Scott, Wilt Chamberlain, Evel Knievel, and former California governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Through the years, we have developed a strong reputation for providing outstanding food and great drinks in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed, as we are Zagat-rated and have been voted one of LA’s 101 best bars.

Eat great on a budget and satisfy your craving with mouthwatering menu selections from Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café in Santa Monica, California. From buffalo wings and chicken fingers to grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, our bar and grill offers a massive selection of the best-tasting food in the area. Be sure to ask about our daily specials.

Stopped by here on our honeymoon trip to LA as they were playing great tunes and everyone was having a good time. We went back every day!
Alan, Scarborough, UK
Good food, relaxed vibe, cold beer… what more can you ask for? A great experiential window into the Santa Monica of decades past.
Miles, Santa Monica, CA
Great customer service and awesome AstroTurf lawn in the back. Watched Game 7 CHI vs LA here, and it was packed!
Best tacos and beer! And only a bike ride away. 🙂
Best burgers and beer in town. Great staff, and I love the music!
Barb, Santa Monica
Love it here. Best burgers and beers by the beach. Crew is great. Always a good time!
Barb, Santa Monica
This is simply the best place ever! Wish I could spend every day here!
Michael, Thousand Oaks
We love the service, the music, the great food, and of course the big beers! Can’t wait for our next visit!
Mike, London
Fantastic staff. Great bar. Big beers. Missing you already!
Justine, London

Location & Contact

Thank you for your interest. For questions or comments please use the information below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

(310) 393-2666


Located Right across from the Pier on the Santa Monica Boardwalk

Service Area:
Serving Los Angeles County with an Emphasis on Santa Monica & Venice