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Map & Directions 502 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • California, French
  • Mon-Thu 5:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Catering, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

JiRaffe is a pleasant space in a bright corner of Santa Monica, all neo-Palladian windows, white tablecloths, and the kind of minimal Gallic décor you see in the restored farmhouses they feature in Elle Decor. Raphael Lunetta's food tends to be elegant, almost ladylike, with the sort of seasonality you might expect from a serious restaurant located a few hundred yards from the best farmers market in Southern California, and careful, restrained presentations. JiRaffe is a real California bistro, the kind of casual yet slightly formal place the Ivy only pretends to be, and with much better food. In restaurants as in architecture, sometimes less is more.

Member Reviews

  • ross.plank wrote a review for JiRaffe
    on 02/22/10

    Fantastic restaurant to take a date. Excellent service. The wild mushroom risotto was perfect when I went last. Any foodie will like this place.

  • Jung at Heart wrote a review for JiRaffe
    on 07/27/08

    From the airy charm of its decor to the warmth of its wait staff to affable chef/owner Raphael Lunetta's gift for serving up unique and fabulous dishes that won't ravage your bank account, this gourmet haven rates its many awards. My family and I choose JiRaffe for our most special occasions -- -- it's always a yummy and fun experience!

  • claire85 wrote a review for JiRaffe
    on 04/22/08

    Fantastic for dates or a special occasion, I eat here on my birthday every year. Chef/owner Rafael Lunetta has French roots and SoCal surfer soul, and it shows in both his cooking and the atmosphere. If he's there, he works the room, so take the opportunity to get to know him. The menu changes frequently to take advantage of seasonal farmers' market ingredients, but some... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Alexandra E. on 12/08/12

    So glad I finally tried this place. I had the steak, and my friends had the chicken and trout. We also had apps desserts and wine, all were great. Ambience/environment was super nice as well. A must.

  • Paul D. on 02/12/11

    The mushroom soup appetizer is heavenly.

  • nelehelen on 08/12/10

    The food is so flavorful and the waitstaff super friendly. Get the rainbow trout!!

  • kevin d. on 02/18/12

    Seriously. Really really good: LOVE the pork chop

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