The Pacific Ocean ripples outside the broad windows of Cézanne’s dining room, which exudes elegance through its high ceilings, cream-colored upholstery, and white, Victorian lounge chairs. Inside this warmly lit space, chefs serve up French-Californian cuisine, including filet mignon, lamb chops, and seafood fillets kissed with 7-year balsamic reduction or creamy bordelaise. More than 20 wines by the glass pair with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and more vintages are available by the bottle.
But Cézanne is only one petal in the Le Merigot blossom. Part of the JW Marriott franchise, the European-style luxury hotel offers direct access to beaches and the Santa Monica Pier. After polishing off a croque madame in one of Cézanne’s crown-shaped banquettes, guests can inquire at the front desk about Le Merigot’s world-class spa or the possibility of dividing up one night’s stay by occupying each of 175 suites for exactly 10 minutes.
Operated by two friends with a lifetime of experience in the deli industry, Fromin's Delicatessen & Restaurant has conquered appetites with generously sized sandwiches, burgers, and California-tinged diner-style dinners for more than 30 years. The owners bring a wealth of life experiences to the table as they ply their culinary trade, with Maurice Solomon being a survivor of Nazi-occupied Belgium and Dennis Fromin being a fourth-generation deli operator. The longtime buddies staff the counter themselves, whipping up blintzes and omelets all day long, and layering towering sandwiches with chicken salad, hot pastrami, and corned beef. The pair's commitment to preparing traditional delicatessen fare runs deep. Dennis draws from decades of family tradition and Maurice proudly sports the name “Deli King” on his license plate and library card.
Jody Maroni, founder of Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom, started linking gourmet sausages in 1979 and now rules over a royal court of meat artisans who assemble more than 20 all-natural varieties. Many of the homemade recipes renounce nitrates and MSG and instead fill the natural pork casings with meat that is naturally low in sodium and fat. Chicken-mole sausages blend chocolate, cumin, and chilies, and the louisiana hot links steep in duck stock and smolder with Boudin-style spices. Like Iowa's delightful airspace, the meaty morsels have drawn bicoastal praise—Splash! Los Angeles argues that they "might just top the Dodger Dog," and Time Out New York thanks the eatery for bringing "rays of sunshine to the food wasteland of Times Square."
Witzend, like the music industry itself, has seen a lot of changes over the years. The building that now houses owner Jeb Milne's restaurant and entertainment venue (as well as his animation company and holiday rentals) was known in the 1960s as the 4H Club, a bar frequented by Jim Morrison and The Doors and Gregory Hines. As the '60s gave way to the '70s, the space became Mad Dog Studios, then briefly a giant moth that terrorized the city, and then once again a studio, this time named Stanley Recordings. In 2005, Jeb turned the building into nerve center of his media operations, and after years of work in the neighborhood, opened Witzend in the same location. Today, bands from near and far perform for Witzend's lively audiences, while cooks prepare crowd-pleasing dishes, such as barbecue-chicken sandwiches and gourmet pizzas.
Fresh ingredients and special sauces become the 25 specialty sandwiches at The Sandwich Spot, creatively named with the nicknames of famous people and piled on fresh rolls. The Hope for Bob and the Senor Cheech commemorate classic comedians, the former with marinated chicken, jack cheese, and a spicy bomb sauce, and the latter with chicken breast, jack cheese, and a hot sauce and bleu-cheese dressing. Meanwhile, the Club Mitch pairs bacon, lettuce, and tomato—colloquially known as the BLT—but adds the surprising twist of avocado. Along with roast beef, pastrami, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, customers will find classic sides such as macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, or fresh-baked cookies.
Dr. Roshen Ganesh is a worldly dentist. In the 22 years before he opened Santa Monica Esthetic Dentistry, he trained in Germany and England, studied CEREC restorative technology in Switzerland, and mentored other dentists as dental director of a clinic in South Africa.
Inside a building that has never traveled outside of Santa Monica, Dr. Ganesh welcomes patients into the comfort and modern amenities of his clinic. He provides patients with composite fillings, veneers, teeth-whitening treatments, and general checkup services in private rooms equipped with televisions, music, and headphones. Bright lights illuminate the mouth and any gold hidden inside it while patients lie swaddled in pillows and blankets.