Monsoon Cafe

Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Asian Restaurant · Downtown Santa Monica
1212 3rd Street Promenade (Wilshire), Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Open until 9:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–9:30 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–10:30 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–9:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 103 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    Tom H.
    "Great Outdoor seating - Happy Hour 4pm to closing"(10 Tips)
    Ryan B.
    "But you should get the wonton tuna decker instead."(2 Tips)
    Natalie D.
    "Festa Fridays features Samba music and dance."(2 Tips)
    Jenna E.
    "Salsa dancing in the back during the week...ooh!"(2 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • sushi
  • tuna decker
  • salsa dancing
  • sake
  • black cod
  • wine
  • bento boxes
  • good service
  • great value
  • mojitos
  • Tom Yum soup
  • outdoor seating
  • banana tempura
  • liqueurs
  • scallops
  • beef bowl
  • wontons
  • sea bass
  • good for groups
  • Harold M.

    Closed until April 2015 for remodeling

    Harold Martin · March 10
  • Foodporn B.

    Food and atmosphere in the back part of the restaurant

    Foodporn B. · October 11, 2014
  • Alex W.

    Skip the house wine—even at happy hour prices, it's terrible.

    Alex Warofka · June 24, 2014
  • Дина Л.

    Nice salsa classes on Wednesday and Saturday. :) No live band though :( And no bachata.

  • Matt S.

    Shrimp and scallops is to die for!

    Matt Samet · May 27, 2014
  • T R.

    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

    T R · April 11, 2014
  • Terri G.

    Food was so good!! Get the tom yum!

    Terri Green · January 4, 2014
  • Mar .

    I wanna come back again for salsa night 💃 amazing atmosphere

    Mar  · January 3, 2014
  • Rachel G.

    The chicken pai thai is... not pad thai. Strange and disappointing.

    Rachel Glegg · January 3, 2014
  • Monica

    The menu has changed for the better! The mango roll is now called the peruvian roll that and Spider roll are both absolutely delish!

    Monica · September 16, 2013
  • Sonny M.

    The avocado sushi is the best!

    Sonny Mangundayao · August 6, 2013
  • Kash, aka Dj. M

    A great place to eat and dance

    Kash, aka Dj. M · July 4, 2013
  • Tom H.

    Great Outdoor seating - Happy Hour 4pm to closing

    Tom Hall · June 13, 2013
  • Ken R.

    The Salsa teachers are great

    Ken Robin · May 9, 2013
  • Pelly

    Not to be confused with Typhoon, the better of Santa Monica's storm-related pan-Asian restaurants.

    Pelly · May 5, 2013
  • Nej K.

    For dessert, the banana tempura is a must. Sweet, savory and crunchy in one delicious package.

    Nej Kutcharian · May 4, 2013
  • Ken R.

    Salsa tonight!

    Ken Robin · April 28, 2013
  • Yvette I.

    Happy Hour from 4pm to close...I am in :)

    Yvette Inclan · April 18, 2013
  • Stephanie S.

    Shrimp in the monsoon noodles are great - and that is about it. Ashley rocked too...

    Stephanie S. · April 17, 2013
  • Andy K.

    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.

    Andy Klein · April 14, 2013
  • Maria O.

    Happy hours are the best , from 4pm till close!

    Maria O'bry · March 12, 2013
  • Otavio D.

    Get the bento box w/ $1 appetizer (try the potsnickers), tasty bang for the buck w/ good variety

    Otavio Dalarossa · March 7, 2013
  • Vicklet M.

    A cafe that doesn't serve coffee? What's up with that?

    Vicklet M · February 16, 2013
  • TLP

    Hate to sound like a broken record and agree with all the tips on this restaurant, but WOW the service is bad here.

    TLP · January 13, 2013
  • Natalie D.

    Festa Fridays features Samba music and dance. No cover if you get here before 9:30!

    Natalie Dunbar · September 15, 2012
  • April P.

    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

    April Pfender · September 1, 2012
  • Ingrid B.

    Festa Friday! Brazilian music in the first floor. Check the website!!

    Ingrid B. · May 5, 2012
  • Michael B.

    Kinda like top ramen, but it costsway more!!

    Michael Bond · April 15, 2012
  • Kyle D.

    Skip this lousy joint. Overpriced, poor service and ordinary food.

    Kyle Davis · February 26, 2012
  • Stu L.

    Beef bowl w peppercorn is tasty but beef is a bit dry.

    Stu Levy · December 27, 2011
  • Robert W.

    The Black Cod is fantastic!

    Robert Wallis · November 28, 2011
  • Jesse A.

    Great happy hour. Try the miso glazed eggplant

    Jesse A · October 22, 2011
  • Morgan M.

    Best edamame

    Morgan M. · September 12, 2011
  • Melissa C.

    Food sucks here. Too salty. Only good thing is the elaborate interior.

    Melissa C · August 16, 2011
  • Michael S.

    Shitty service

    Michael Suarez · July 31, 2011
  • Jackie O.

    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!

    Jackie Osorio · July 7, 2011
  • Ryan B.

    If your looking for tuna tartare you won't find it. But you should get the wonton tuna decker instead. Bartender Mark's recommendation.

    Ryan Berkowitz · May 29, 2011
  • Cheapism

    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

    Cheapism · March 14, 2011
  • Josephine C.

    Try the Okinawa Mango Roll. It is DELICIOUS!!!

    Josephine Cheatham · February 28, 2011
  • claudia b.

    Not the best service , but the sushi makes up for it

    claudia barrera · January 29, 2011
  • Lennie A.

    The tuna decker wantons kick ass!

    Lennie Appelquist · January 25, 2011
  • Geraldine P.

    The Unagi sushi here is da bomb!!! A must try for sushi lovers!

    Geraldine Pang · January 25, 2011
  • Rohnda A.

    Weds and Sat Salsa Lessons and Band! Awesome!

    Rohnda Ammouri · January 24, 2011
  • Tamikx

    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!

    Tamikx · January 23, 2011
  • L G.

    If you order an entree, certain appetizers are only $1!

    L G · October 23, 2010
  • 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.

    excellent sushi!

    Travis Peters · August 28, 2010
  • Lorena

    Do NOT get the lettuce wraps, too chunky. Really, this place is only ok at best.

    Lorena · August 15, 2010
  • Jamez

    happy hour is now 4-7pm

    Jamez · July 22, 2010
  • John C.

    Good happy hour specials 3-7. Do NOT order the slider. Barf.

    John Clinebell · March 29, 2010

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