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Aestus

507 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

424.268.4433

A sleek and sexy yet warm space in an unassuming storefront on Wilshire, Aestus is a delight!  Truly exceptional cuisine, cocktails and wines on the Westside.  Thank the sweet Lord above!  We’ve been waiting for you.  We are pretty confident everything is divine and can recommend the octopus, branzino, steak, pasta with truffles…  we can recommend it all.  Chef Alex Ageneau, formerly of Patina, is easy on the eyes which doesn’t hurt especially as it’s an open kitchen.

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Ox & Son

1534 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403

310.829.3990

Brand new (two weeks old) hot and hipster spot on Montana, Ox & Son is a welcome addition to the dining scene on Montana.  Ox & Son has definitely taken notes from Tasting Kitchen in Venice and Little Dom’s in Silverlake and done their best to implement their version on conservative Montana Ave.  The mushroom gnocci, salmon and coconut black rice were all delicious.

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Cadet

2518 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA

310.828.3300

Somehow Cadet has been open for several months and we only just discovered it about a month ago.  Maybe it’s the location?  On Wilshire near 26th?  Frankly easy to get to and once your inside, the food and the service is just the right amount of friendly and hipster.  The decor is cool — very dim with exposed brick.  The tartines are absurdly good and the bavette steak is not to be missed.

Bon appetit and happy weekend!  xoo