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Blue Streak at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel offers an elevated dining experience

For those looking for the ultimate Southern California dining experience this summer, Blue Streak at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel offers a seasonal menu presented by Executive Chef Chris O’Connell combined with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the iconic Santa Monica Pier.

“Being in Southern California allows us to be exceptionally flexible with our menu,” O’Connell said. “We make changes to our menu every three to four weeks to stay seasonal and play around with new products. We go to the Santa Monica Farmers Market every Wednesday to strengthen our relationships with farmers and keep up to date with exciting new products.

The menu showcases the richness of local produce and includes small bites, dinner and dessert. Some entrees customers are enjoying right now include burrata and heirloom tomatoes, Aji Amarillo ceviche plantain chips, Nona’s meatballs, and Korean-style wings.

“The burrata is imported from Italy weekly and paired with locally grown tomatoes and basil,” O’Connell said. “We use snapper for our ceviche, which is extremely fresh and light. The fish is caught locally and delivered daily. The meatballs are actually a recipe from our catering manager’s grandmother. We take particular care to respect this traditional recipe. The Korean wings have a nice kick that pairs well with our California Lager.

Other specials include Beats & Brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a $35 bottomless mimosa special; and Jazz Night at Blue Streak, which takes place in the Lobby Lounge. Guests can listen to live jazz on the beach while sipping and savoring inventive cocktails from the music menu such as Red Bottom Shoes (Reyka vodka, pomegranate puree, lime, Cointreau) and Smoked 18 (Milagro Reposado tequila, peach, Cointreau, lime, ancho chili liqueur float).

S’mores, which can be enjoyed from any table or foyer in the Blue Streak, are another special treat.

“Aside from the thoughtful menu and welcoming, friendly service, our view of the Pacific Ocean is one of the best in all of Santa Monica,” O’Connell said. “Guests, visitors and locals all come to enjoy our restaurant bonfire-inspired fire pits. It’s a great experience to kick back with a blanket, glass of wine, or sides of s’mores and watch the sunset from our patio. Our Golden Hour is also very popular, basically our version of Happy Hour. Being part of the Santa Monica community and showcasing this gem of a hotel has been a highlight of my career. We’re excited for all the changes coming in the near future (no spoiler alert!)”

Loews Santa Monica beach hotel

1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica