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Santa Monica’s 10 best restaurants: great food with a view

FIG Restaurant, located inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, is both a locals’ hangout and a traveler’s oasis, a lively place fueled by Executive Chef Jason Prendergast. Start with the Bread Balloon, then move on to two incredibly tasty appetizers, the Crispy Soft Shell Crab served with a tangy Salsa Verde and the Omega Blue Baja Kanpachi, served with strawberries and Fresno chilies. Main dishes like the Branzino with peas and the Diver Harvested Sea Scallops are cooked to perfection. Try the wood-fired vegetable side dishes for a smoky delight, and make sure to have some of the spectacular cheese chosen by Fromager Eric Brazel. He curates the best from around the world and creates an individualized cheese platter for your table that is spectacularly tasty and divers. The menu is seasonal and predominantly locally sourced, so changes to the menu are to be expected.

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