When people think of iconic Los Angeles restaurants with amazing food, there are several famous names that come to mind: Spago, Nobu, Gladstones… But Santa Monica has an absolute treasure in Patrick’s Roadhouse. Sometimes called the “Barney’s Beanery by the beach,” Patrick’s Roadhouse has been one of my family’s favorite restaurants for a long time.
You’ll never ever miss the turn because Patrick’s Roadhouse’s exteriors are completely painted in green. What other restaurant in LA is so bold with their color choice? We are talking bright, bright green right near the beach.
The ambiance in Patrick’s Roadhouse is wonderful. It’s much more casual then some of the “hipper” Los Angeles restaurants, but it’s so much fun and is honestly more enjoyable because of it. It’s super funky and very entertaining. It’s awesomely quirky and I always enjoy just looking around inside of the restaurant, as the decorations are very fun as well.
It also has quite a celebrity history. Established in 1973, the great food and fun vibe has brought in a steady stream of celebrities including Tom Hanks, Lucille Ball, Sophia Loren, Farrah Fawcett, Johnny Carson, Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn, and many more. You can read the full history here. Be sure to check out the story about Arnold Schwarzenegger who accidentally broke a chair in the restaurant and had his own special chair brought in so that his seat is always waiting for him when he visits Patrick’s Roadhouse.
Arnold’s mother once came into the restaurant and didn’t like the look of what her son was eating, so she went back into the kitchen and cooked him a special German breakfast which was eventually put on the menu. “The Governator” has become a favorite on the menu. It’s so good, in fact, that Guy Fieri even featured it on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.
Whatever my family orders, we always love and devour it. My favorite is definitely the mushroom burger, a gourmet favorite with a twist of magic from the chefs, but if you’re more of a breakfast person (and The Governator is more than you can handle) I recommend the mozzarella omelet with sun dried tomatoes. Have a bit of a sweet tooth? They also serve amazing pies.
In addition to great food and a fun atmosphere, the service is phenomenal. We’ve become quite close to the owner of Patrick’s Roadhouse over the years and can say absolutely that he never lets anything leave the kitchen that isn’t perfect. He really understands the restaurant and its patrons, and he works hard to create a restaurant that is unique to Santa Monica Canyon’s residents. If you see him, tell him we sent you!
Patrick’s Roadhouse is really not the place to bring your laptops or iPhones. Its patrons pride the establishment on being a well deserved break from the typical Los Angeles life. It’s a place for relaxation, somewhere to step away from their busy lives and enjoy the ocean breeze and an excellent meal.
What’s your favorite go-to spot in Los Angeles to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city? Is there an off-beat gem in the city where you live?