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Don’t leave Santa Monica without eating in these restaurants

If you are visiting Santa Monica, California, there is certainly no shortage of things to do. When residents and tourists aren’t sunbathing on the beach or strolling along the city’s pier, many can be found enjoying one of Santa Monica’s superb restaurants.

Whether you love Italian cuisine, seafood or steak, the two dining establishments below were rated by Zagat’s as top in Santa Monica:

? Valentino – 3115 Pico Boulevard
Valentino is one of the premier Italian restaurants in California. Dishes such as homemade pappardelle with lobster and lasagna with duck ragu have satisfied residents and visitors for 40 years. Vino connoisseurs can take advantage of a wine list that includes 2,500 different bottles. Top off the meal with cannolis, tiramisu or praline pudding that are so delicious, they should be considered sinful.

? Sam’s by the Sea – 108 West Channel Road
Impeccably fresh food in a comfortable setting is what sets Sam’s apart from other restaurants in the area that serve comfort food.

”I enjoy going to the Central Market each day to purchase my vegetables and seafood. It keeps me in touch with what is fresh, and helps me to plan my menus,” says owner Sam Elias on his website.

Signature dishes include sea urchin risotto with sherolyn melon, grilled filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms, oxtail ravioli with baby fava beans and grilled mediterranean sea bass with chanterelle mushrooms and fresh black truffle sauce.

If you are going to be in this city for anywhere from a week to six months, make sure you don’t stay in a cheap hotel. Rent a beautiful beachside property that is as comfortable as it is sophisticated. Contact Signature Vacation Homes today to learn more about vacation rentals in Santa Monica.

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