Santa Monica is one of California's most famous beach cities, for many very good reasons. Beautiful beaches, the iconic pier with its Ferris wheel that lights up the evening sky, and – of course – its countless wonderful restaurants. Visitors (and locals, too) have so many eating choices it can be a bit overwhelming, from classic high-end dining spots to restaurants overlooking the Pacific Ocean to more casual places where a bit of sand in your shoes is the norm. We've chosen our favorites, the 10 Best restaurants in Santa Monica, which include Mélisse, the award-winning, high-end French spot, as well as more relaxed spots including Italian standouts Forma and Locanda Portofino (both found on chic Montana Avenue), seafood specialists like The Lobster, classic Mexican from a famed, James Beard award-winning chef (Red O), incredibly good pizza from Stella Barra and even a wine-centric place with the best sunset view in town. No matter what culinary style suits your fancy, Santa Monica has it in spades.