By Misti Kerns

With more than 400 restaurants, four weekly farmers markets and an array of talented and award-winning chefs, Santa Monica locals have long known that our city is home to a preeminent culinary scene. Earlier this summer, top restaurant critics recognized seven Santa Monica restaurants in the newly launched 2019 MICHELIN GUIDE CALIFORNIA. The famous Michelin stars identify establishments serving the highest quality cuisine – taking into account the quality of the ingredients, the mastery of techniques and flavors, the levels of creativity and consistency.

Local restaurants Dialogue and Rustic Canyon both received one-star distinctions and Cassia was recognized with a Bib Gourmand Award, which indicates inspectors’ favorites for good value. Four more Santa Monica restaurants are included in the guide with a Michelin Plate, indicating good cooking, fresh ingredients, capably prepared, or simply a good meal –Chinois on Main, The Lobster, Lunetta and Michael’s.

Michelin has spoken, but now it’s your turn to dish on the best restaurants! To celebrate our award-winning culinary scene, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism wants to hear from you about what Santa Monica restaurants you love and consider a “must-visit” when in our beach city. 

Dish on your favorite Santa Monica eatery using #DineSaMo for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to one of seven Santa Monica restaurants featured in the Michelin Guide California 2019 – the restaurant is your pick!

To enter, simply share your favorite Santa Monica restaurant on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #DineSaMo. For more details and full terms and conditions, visit

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