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Big Dean's Muscle-In Cafe

1615 Ocean Front Walk (Santa Monica Pier Overpass) Send to Phone
310-393-2666 | Menu
Wedged behind Santa Monica Pier, this casual eatery and beer bar is a favorite with volleyball players and beach bums.

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Breakfast Sat.-Sun., Lunch & Dinner daily
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Big Dean's Muscle-In Cafe Restaurant Review

: Big Dean's is open 365 days a year, rain or shine, and you’ll spot it wedged behind the Santa Monica Pier. This casual eatery and beer bar is a favorite with volleyball players, beach bums, and the more scholarly types from nearby Chess Park. Home of the famed First Beer of the Day, they serve a good variety of brews, many on tap, and, of course, you can catch up on the latest sports scores. They're often open until 1:30 a.m. when it's hopping, but have been known to close at 10:30 p.m. when it's not. The shady patio in the back welcomes kids and there's plenty on the menu they'll enjoy, from burgers and tacos to the chili fries.
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