While downtown tends to steal the spotlight when it comes to trendy Los Angeles restaurants, you'd be remiss to overlook Santa Monica's burgeoning foodie scene. Of course, you can't skip the spaghetti rustichella at Bestia or the minestra nel sacco at Rossoblu in DTLA, but we're making the case that you should look beyond the high-rises and extend your view to the eateries on the sunny Westside. Convinced to make a reservation at one of the best restaurants in Santa Monica? Ahead are eight local haunts that we think live up to the hype.
By morning, this Santa Monica bakery boasts an array of pretty pastries and steaming hot organic coffees. By night, the bustling Wilshire restaurant has customers lining up out the door for a taste of its perfectly cooked al dente pasta and woodfire oven–baked pizzas.
Part butcher shop, part sit-down restaurant, Belcampo is a Santa Monica spot that belongs on any carnivore's Los Angeles eatery bucket list. Order the steak frites (pictured) or the burger at this Westside hot spot, and you will not be disappointed.