Big Dean’s Santa Monica Pier

Big Dean's Ocean Front Cafe exterior

Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe Santa Monica Pier

With outstanding food and a comfortable atmosphere, Big Dean’s on Ocean Front Walk is one of the best places near the Santa Monica Pier to relax and have a great time. The restaurant is located right at the beginning of the Pier, with easy access from Lot 1 Short-Term Parking.

With outdoor patios, amazing ocean views, and a wide array of pub-grub favorites, Big Dean’s has something for everyone. From burgers and sandwiches to seafood and tacos, there’s no shortage of delicious food at reasonable prices.

Big Dean’s is more than just a restaurant. It also has one of the best bars in Santa Monica. Unwind on the patio while taking in the incredible sights or grab a draft beer and enjoy a sports game on any one of Big Dean’s 17 televisions.

Big Dean’s History

Big Dean’s in Santa Monica has been around for quite a while. Before it was Big Dean’s, the restaurant was known as Laring’s Lunch Room, which opened in 1902. This was several years before the Santa Monica Pier was even built. It has been known as a landmark for years.

In the 1970’s Big Dean’s took over the café, which was known to attract all kinds of interesting individuals. In addition to locals, the restaurant has served all manner of famous celebrities, including Robert Wagner, Wilt Chamberlain, Evel Knievel, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The open-air bungalow still maintains some of its history with the original 1913 icebox (which has been converted into a walk-in cooler) and shipping crates from the 1950s lining the walls.

Over the years, Big Dean’s has developed quite a reputation with locals and visitors from all over. The restaurant’s efforts to provide patrons with incredible food and drinks have earned it a Zagat rating. It has even been voted one of LA’s top 101 bars.

Big Dean's Ocean Front Cafe exterior


World-Famous Burgers

All burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, Big Dean’s sauce, and a pickle spear. You can also request to add grilled onions.

Snacks and Sides

Select from several options such as fries, onion rings, nachos, and buffalo wings. Don’t forget a side of ranch!

Soups and Salads

Soups include New England clam chowder and chili. All salads can be served with choice of protein.


Served on two flour tortillas with taco sauce, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and ranch. Choice of protein.


*menu and offerings vary by season and availability. See the full Big Dean’s menu. For hours, group information, and other inquiries, visit

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