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Big Dean's OceanFront Cafe
Bar & Grill$
Today 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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1615 Ocean Front Walk Santa Monica, CA 90401
1615 Ocean Front WalkUSCaliforniaSanta Monica90401
$Bar & Grill, Seafood RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Welcome to Big Dean’s Oceanfront Café on Santa Monica Boardwalk, where the "locals" meet and the "fun loving" tourist always return!
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Kitschy beach-view sports bar with a long history providing pub grub, draft beers & outdoor patios.- Google
"Had a delightful bread bowl of clam chowder, so good we ordered a second one."
"We have NEVER had any problems with the staff."
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Mary Carrell
3 months ago
Visiting Santa Monica pier from out of state, decided to listen to the fabulous reviews for our dinner. Had a delightful bread bowl of clam chowder, so good we ordered a second one. The calamari is ok. All super freshly prepared. Definitely a super low key place, don't expect white table cloths. Service was mixed, I think because it was almost closing time. Beer was tasty, I had a bottle of Guinness and my partner had Fat Tire.
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Mary, we're really glad you had a great visit overall! We'd love to see you again for some more clam chowder and an even better time. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team
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Ashley Cartwright
a week ago
Love this place. Eddie and James are the best! Chill spot to grab giant beers and soak up the sun
Response from the owner - in the last week
Ashley, this is the best. You're the best! Can't wait to see you again soon for more beer and sun. :) Cheers, Big Dean's Team
a week ago
Good for the price! Average quality, but the situation is pretty good...just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier
Response from the owner - a week ago
We're so glad you love the atmosphere and our location! We're big fans, too. That said, it's a bummer to read that quality wasn't as impressive as we know it can be! We'd love to welcome you back for an even better visit going forward. Cheers, Big Dean's Team
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Jordan Garrity
8 months ago
Well worth the price. Plastic cups, plastic forks and knives, and paper plates but the food is great and the beer is cold.
Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Jordan, thanks for your great recommendation! We're so glad you're a fan, and we can't wait to welcome you back next time. Take care! Big Dean's Team
Kim Pierce
a month ago
A trip to Santa Monica wouldn't be complete without a couple of fish tacos and a cold beer at Big Dean's! Totally laid back atmosphere, so don't expect quick service, but it's a great place to chill and people watch! See you again, next summer!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Kim, this is the best! We love knowing you're a big fan of everything from the fish tacos to the cold beer - we can't wait to see you next summer. :) Cheers! Big Dean's Team
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Phil Camron
2 months ago
Honestly the best burger! Different then all other burgers and the atmosphere is fantastic. Large beer is the way to go! Thanks Big Dean
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Phil, this is honestly the best review!! Cheers to big beers, and we can't wait to see you next time. Best, Big Dean's Team
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Rachel Hudson
a year ago
Most would consider the establishment a “bar”. I’d like to argue this and offer some highlights that I’m sure many “bars” don’t always receive. For many years we have used Big Deans for work events. We have NEVER had any problems with the staff. They are flexible, accommodating and work their butts off to ensure that our event has been a successful one. In addition to being the best burger around, there are enough selections to keep everyone happy on the menu. Cheers to continued success for our community establishment!
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks so much, Rachel! It's great to read that you've always enjoyed your visits to our cafe. We love hosting parties and gatherings, and we'll be sure to pass your kind words along to the staff here. Next time you get the craving for a burger, we hope you'll come back to see us! -- Big Dean's Team
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Russell Dunn
2 years ago
Spent the day at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, August 11, and decided to try Big Deans Beer Garden for lunch. They have amazing burgers and a great selection of beer. Surprising the prices were not bad either as it is right on Ocean Front Walk only steps from the world famous Santa Monica Pier. It has been recently expanded and upgraded and we really enjoyed our time there. The staff was very friendly and helpful and even though we had a couple of children with us is was a fun family friendly atmosphere. We will definitely go there again.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Russell, we apologize for the delay, but we just wanted to thank you for leaving us this feedback last August. We're glad to hear you enjoyed everything with your family, and we'll be sure to pass your compliments along to the rest of the team here. Hope we'll see you again soon! -- Big Dean's Team


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