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Monsoon Cafe

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
56 Tips and reviews
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  • Annette H.
    Annette HarganJanuary 12, 2016
    The Salsa night was so much fun. They have an early beginners class (thank goodness) prior, then it takes off. A fun night out.
  • Martin M.
    Martin MartinMarch 10, 2015
    Closed until April 2015 for remodeling
  • Foodporn B.
    Foodporn B.October 11, 2014
    Food and atmosphere in the back part of the restaurant
  • Alex W.
    Alex WarofkaJune 24, 2014
    Skip the house wine—even at happy hour prices, it's terrible.
  • Дина Л.
    Nice salsa classes on Wednesday and Saturday. :) No live band though :( And no bachata.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SametMay 27, 2014
    Shrimp and scallops is to die for!
  • T R.
    T RApril 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    this place has really changed for the worse. being a local here, theyd give u local discount on your check at the end which drew regulars. new owners got rid of that and ruined the menu :( bummer
  • Terri G.
    Terri GreenJanuary 4, 2014
    Food was so good!! Get the tom yum!
  • Mar .
    Mar January 3, 2014
    I wanna come back again for salsa night 💃 amazing atmosphere
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GleggJanuary 3, 2014
    The chicken pai thai is... not pad thai. Strange and disappointing.
  • Monica
    MonicaSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The menu has changed for the better! The mango roll is now called the peruvian roll that and Spider roll are both absolutely delish!
  • Sonny M.
    Sonny MangundayaoAugust 6, 2013
    The avocado sushi is the best!
  • Kash, aka Dj. M
    Kash, aka Dj. MJuly 4, 2013
    A great place to eat and dance
  • Tom H.
    Tom HallJune 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great Outdoor seating - Happy Hour 4pm to closing
  • Ken R.
    Ken RobinMay 9, 2013
    The Salsa teachers are great
  • Pelly
    PellyMay 5, 2013
    Not to be confused with Typhoon, the better of Santa Monica's storm-related pan-Asian restaurants.
  • Nej K.
    Nej KutcharianMay 4, 2013
    For dessert, the banana tempura is a must. Sweet, savory and crunchy in one delicious package.
  • Ken R.
    Ken RobinApril 28, 2013
    Salsa tonight!
  • Yvette I.
    Yvette InclanApril 18, 2013
    Happy Hour from 4pm to close...I am in :)
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie S.April 17, 2013
    Shrimp in the monsoon noodles are great - and that is about it. Ashley rocked too...
  • Andy K.
    Andy KleinApril 14, 2013
    Good, not great. I've yet to find a really good fusion Asian restaurant, not sure it's possible. Surprisingly big inside. Bar up front looks inviting, could be a good spot for a casual meal.
  • Maria O.
    Maria O'bryMarch 12, 2013
    Happy hours are the best , from 4pm till close!
  • Otavio D.
    Otavio DalarossaMarch 7, 2013
    Get the bento box w/ $1 appetizer (try the potsnickers), tasty bang for the buck w/ good variety
  • Vicklet M.
    Vicklet MFebruary 16, 2013
    A cafe that doesn't serve coffee? What's up with that?
  • TLP🍂🏈🍁
    TLP🍂🏈🍁January 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hate to sound like a broken record and agree with all the tips on this restaurant, but WOW the service is bad here.
  • Natalie D.
    Natalie DunbarSeptember 15, 2012
    Festa Fridays features Samba music and dance. No cover if you get here before 9:30!
  • April P.
    April PfenderSeptember 1, 2012
    More like un-happy hour. I'm not sure what's worse, the awful street performer, the chicken lettuce wraps with no chicken, the rude waiters or the awkward POS "sushi" rolls -ugh so shitty. Never again
  • Ingrid B.
    Ingrid B.May 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Festa Friday! Brazilian music in the first floor. Check the website!!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BondApril 15, 2012
    Kinda like top ramen, but it costsway more!!
  • Kyle D.
    Kyle DavisFebruary 26, 2012
    Skip this lousy joint. Overpriced, poor service and ordinary food.
  • Stu L.
    Stu LevyDecember 27, 2011
    Beef bowl w peppercorn is tasty but beef is a bit dry.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WallisNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Black Cod is fantastic!
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AOctober 22, 2011
    Great happy hour. Try the miso glazed eggplant
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan M.September 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best edamame
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CAugust 16, 2011
    Food sucks here. Too salty. Only good thing is the elaborate interior.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SuarezJuly 31, 2011
    Shitty service
  • Jackie O.
    Jackie OsorioJuly 7, 2011
    Wow! Had the mojito and they substituted it with Xante, an amazing pear liqueur that is cognac based. Took out the sugar and it's still just as delicious. What's better is that it's only 35 calories!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BerkowitzMay 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If your looking for tuna tartare you won't find it. But you should get the wonton tuna decker instead. Bartender Mark's recommendation.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMarch 14, 2011
    This sushi spot’s happy hour is two fold, first 4-7pm, then late night from 9-10pm Mon-Thurs & 10-11pm Fri & Sat. You can grab cheap small plates, sushi rolls, sake, wine, and cocktails. Read more
  • Josephine C.
    Josephine CheathamFebruary 28, 2011
    Try the Okinawa Mango Roll. It is DELICIOUS!!!
  • claudia b.
    claudia barreraJanuary 29, 2011
    Not the best service , but the sushi makes up for it
  • Lennie A.
    Lennie AppelquistJanuary 25, 2011
    The tuna decker wantons kick ass!
  • Geraldine P.
    Geraldine PangJanuary 25, 2011
    The Unagi sushi here is da bomb!!! A must try for sushi lovers!
  • Rohnda A.
    Rohnda AmmouriJanuary 24, 2011
    Weds and Sat Salsa Lessons and Band! Awesome!
  • Tamikx
    TamikxJanuary 23, 2011
    I was very happily surprised when we tried this was great and the atmosphere is fun! Tom Ka Gai, create your own Tofu bowl and Sea Bass - you should try!
  • L G.
    L GOctober 23, 2010
    If you order an entree, certain appetizers are only $1!
  • Irina @.
    DineLA week participant, however no one at the restaurant has the menu. Had to show them the online version. Hope the meal is decent!
  • Travis P.
    Travis PetersAugust 28, 2010
    excellent sushi!
  • Lorena
    LorenaAugust 15, 2010
    Do NOT get the lettuce wraps, too chunky. Really, this place is only ok at best.
  • Jamez
    JamezJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    happy hour is now 4-7pm
  • John C.
    John ClinebellMarch 29, 2010
    Good happy hour specials 3-7. Do NOT order the slider. Barf.
  • Thai L.
    Thai LiuFebruary 18, 2010
    This is a great restaurant, bar, and nightclub venue. There is Salsa dancing on certain nights of the week and a late night happy hour at the bar starting at 9pm.
  • Marvin
    MarvinNovember 4, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy Hour M-Th 4-7; F-Su 4-7 & 10-11p. $4 rolls, $4 drinks
  • Jenna E.
    Jenna EnnisSeptember 17, 2009
    Great atmosphere, good food. Gassy lettuce wraps! Salsa dancing in the back during the week...ooh!
  • Ciça D.
    Ciça DinizJuly 3, 2013
    Delicious Japanese food!!!!
  • Alex C.
    Alex CostaFebruary 10, 2012
    Peça um Bowl de camarão com Korean BBQ Sauce e White Rice perfeito!!!
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