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Tender Greens

Salad Place$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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  • Patrick H.
    "For sides, the mashed potatoes and Kale salad are BOMB!!!"(7 Tips)
    kim h.
    "Chinese chicken salad & mint lemonade, perfectly simple."(5 Tips)
    Bajda S.
    "Tuna nicoise 😍 one of the best salads I've ever had"(3 Tips)
    Gwyn F.
    "... potatoes, kale & happy vegan salads, sandwiches, EVERYTHING! Desserts are..."(3 Tips)
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  • Joshua V.
    Joshua Van DykJune 24, 2016
    Joshua Van Dyk thinks this is the best salad place in Santa Monica. The food is fantastic. I have been there several times and love it. The line can get a bit long but moves fast. 2 thumbs up!
  • heidi h.
    heidi harmanMay 7, 2014
    Amazing salad place. Doesn't look like much from the outside (architect help please) but the fresh local produce food makes up for all of it. The tuna salad is to die for and vegan alternatives ok.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21
    The backyard steak salad is the kind of super-simple meal you’d make for yourself at home: grilled steak over a green salad with a bit of horseradish vinaigrette dressing. Read more
  • Erika L.
    Erika Lopez GarciaFebruary 5, 2013
    ALWAYS order the hot plate. The mashed potatoes were SO GOOD,the steak and roasted vegetables were cooked to perfection (steak's usually a bit rare but you can change that) and the salad, my god!!
  • Angela S.
    Angela SoJune 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My fave salad place! However there's usually just 1 kiosk for orders. Do your part for humanity: Read menu in advance & have your order READY at kiosk. Helps move along an always incredibly long line.
  • Roger W.
    Roger WongMay 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Their salads are great, 'natch. I love the salt and pepper chicken and their *fried chicken*! Yum. Yeah it's a bit pricey, but paying for such high quality food is worth it.
  • Baskie
    BaskieMarch 3
    You can't go wrong. Food is really good here. Personal favorite is the Herb Crusted Albacole, grilled rare with kale salad and mushrooms.
  • Meli
    MeliJanuary 14, 2013
    Healthy and tasty. Chicken and steak were perfectly marinated to a T. Mashed potato was a bit too buttery. Lemonade is good but rather sour. Brownie topping is a piece of pure chocolate--yum!
  • Morgan B.
    Morgan BarclaySeptember 13, 2013
    Tender Greens is a slam dunk dinner with arugula salad, roasted corn, seared tuna, & a red velvet cupcake paired with mint lemonade. Their tagline should be, "it's not just salad"
  • Gwyn F.
    Gwyn FrankJune 28, 2012
    I LOVE this fresh & friendly place! Delish mashed potatoes, kale & happy vegan salads, sandwiches, EVERYTHING! Desserts are always delicious, especially the cowboy cookies & s'mores bars. Great staff!
  • Adam W.
    Adam WilliamsMarch 4, 2014
    This place is amazing! Fast, courteous service with a smile, and that's before you even sit down to eat the delicious food! I highly recommend the entire experience!
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HarkleroadMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The line is usually out the door, especially at lunch and dinner time, but it moves quickly. The staff is always nice. The food is always good - try the hot plate!
  • Lo
    LoMay 9, 2013
    The perennial line is worth it for the food. I know it's been said a million times over but the marinated steak and mashed potatoes are absolutely amazing. LOVE!
  • Samantha G.
    Samantha GarfieldJune 22, 2013
    The herb crusted albacore hot plate with mashed potatoes and kale salad is to die for. And all the employees are so nice! Borderline creepy, but very nice!
  • lawrence d.
    lawrence durhamDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here, if you go during lunchtime expect long lines. If you can order ahead of time, otherwise try going after 12:30 - 1:00 pm if you can.
  • Maia K.
    Maia K.S.November 18, 2014
    Their green hummus is spot on. I always get the veggies of the day on the side and the simple kale salad! Their tomato soup is also super tasty.
  • Daria Z.
    Daria ZlobinaJune 9, 2015
    A casual place two minutes from the beach. Truly healthy food with ample amount of options to chose from. Fast, nutritious, and pleasant. Highly recommend.
  • Jess B.
    Jess BarronNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The sweet potato pie bar is the best #dessert I've ever had @TenderGreens! If you see it, get it!
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderMarch 24, 2015
    Great chipotle chicken sandwich, wonderful salads, pleasant carrot cake, and passable french press coffee.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HMay 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Go with the hot plate or one of the salads. The mashed potatoes are delicious but you can substitute for grilled vegetables if you want.
  • Nadia Geneviève M.
    The gazpacho is amazing. This one is cantaloupe based and it has a kick to it. So yummy.
  • Elise L.
    Elise LevineSeptember 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The grilled albacore hot plate with mashed potatoes and spinach salad is the bomb... everyone that works at the Santa Monica location is super nice.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LamJune 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Can't go wrong with the Backyard Marinated Steak Sandwich with a Kale Simple Salad or the Roasted Roma Tomato Soup. Skip the coffee.
  • Andy L.
    Andy LaValleJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    chipotle chicken hot dish with mashed and butter lettuce, black cherry soda and pressed coffe with orange olive oil cake!!!
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddJanuary 31, 2016
    Officially in love with this place. The portion sizes are perfectly smaller than normal and the staff couldn't be friendlier.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HindsAugust 15, 2012
    For sides, the mashed potatoes and Kale salad are BOMB!!! For mains, the steak and chipotle chicken are insanely delicious!
  • Cihangir O.
    Cihangir OztuzunJuly 7, 2016
    Salad in a raw was tasty. When eating you don't feel like a cow. Roasted tomato soup was also awesome. Try!
  • Jess B.
    Jess BarronDecember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously, you will regret it if you don't try this sweet potato pie. They only have it in November & December. Act now!
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 29, 2015
    Pork shoulder sandwich (special) was awesome! Falafel wrap is great w/o pickles, quite spicy.
  • Jesus L.
    Jesus LuzonFebruary 7, 2015
    Everything on the menu is delicious. Options are somewhat limited but it does not feel repetitive at all.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GrillSeptember 3, 2012
    Love the patio at this location. I've never had a bad meal at any Tender Greens location. Ever.
  • Lucy R.
    Lucy RaskinJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great salads and hot plates! Meets many food restrictions. Great outdoor seats especially if you're walking Fido!
  • Dimitri G.
    Awesome salads and great value for the price. I recommend the chicken soup in addition.
  • Trukrr ..
    Trukrr .comApril 20, 2013
    The line does not mean long wait. It is just a purposeful way to force the line outside to save interior real estate. The cashier is like right at the entry.
  • Gonzalo F.
    Gonzalo FiorinaSeptember 17, 2015
    Delicious, affordable and fast. Great healthy options. You must try it.
  • Krista T.
    Krista ThomasApril 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the grilled veggie salad but ask for it on Kale instead of lettuce -- awesome.
  • Elliott 柳.
    Elliott 柳January 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have an excellent Grilled Octopus Arugula Salad here that is uniquely only served at this branch.
  • Josh F.
    Josh FurieOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Free refills on soft drinks and tea. They will even refill you with a to go cup!
  • @sloane
    @sloaneJune 16, 2012
    Love the Cobb, Chinese Chicken Salad is "just ok." Microbeer and mint lemonade is a good touch.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaAugust 25, 2012
    Get anything on the menu as a "hot plate" it includes mashed potatoes...and they are amazing!
  • Cy S.
    Cy SerranoSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get anything as a hot plate. The mashed potatoes will win you over and keep you coming back for more. Read more
  • Joe S.
    Joe ShelpDecember 9, 2012
    Try the chipotle barbecue chicken salad - Tasty giblets! Butternut squash & fisherman's soup.
  • eeena d.
    eeena d.February 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I've tried the Chipotle Chicken, the Steak and the Albacore. They're all good! :)
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GuerraJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Literally anything is possible here. 100% always my go to pick where to eat and plus I don't feel guilty after.
  • Helen W.
    Helen WeiNovember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt & Pepper Chicken with arugula salad and mashed potatoes. Tastes great as a sandwich or without the bread.
  • Dean H.
    Dean HudsonSeptember 25, 2014
    This place is amazing! I anticipate eating their salads the whole flight over from Australia :)
  • Brad H.
    Brad HallJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    You can be as picky as you want with the sides. Want only brussel sprouts, no problem.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MellorAugust 11, 2012
    Herb grilled albacore kale salad and cowboy cookie are taste sensations!
  • Samar H.
    Samar HamdanOctober 30, 2016
    I could not resist myself to order seasonal veggies to go although I was feeling full because they look so good
  • Bajda S.
    Bajda SpacFebruary 22
    Tuna nicoise 😍 one of the best salads I've ever had
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ColesFebruary 21, 2016
    Lovely spot near 3rd Street. Kale and salami salad is great.
  • Giuseppe R.
    Giuseppe RodriguezMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're tired of the hot plates. get the specials!!!!!!
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse TenorioNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Happy vegan salad, vegan Boston creme pie cupcake and mint lemonade... Yum.
  • Alexandra E.
    Alexandra ElizondoNovember 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Staff here is excellent (and cute too!!). Never disappointed.
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouJanuary 14
    The simple salad with steak is a good way to go.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MaggipintoMarch 18, 2014
    Steak plate, ravioli special, killer mint lemonade
  • Christina W.
    Christina WongOctober 7, 2011
    Try the specials! Don't be intimidated by the line, it moves fast.
  • Alexandra S.
    Alexandra SchulzOctober 16, 2015
    I absolutely LOVED the chipotle barbecue chicken salad! 😍😍😍😍
  • Chrissy S.
    Chrissy SutphinOctober 23, 2014
    Tender Greens salad with steak is my fave!
  • Carolyn W.
    Carolyn WangMay 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Albacore Sandwich with the Kale Salad. So good!
  • Abdulmajeed
    AbdulmajeedJuly 8, 2016
    This is the right place for healthy food & so delicious 👌🏼
  • John K.
    John KiddeMarch 3, 2015
    Chipotle chicken sandwich is delicious along with the baby spinach salad.
  • Kathleen A.
    Kathleen AndersonMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Gabi is one of the hardest working and most sincere employees working at this location. Very positive attitude.
  • Miguel S.
    Miguel SeguraJuly 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Chipotle Chicken Sandwich and Mashed Potatoes are to DIE for or sacrifice a limb for
  • Tavis
    TavisOctober 17, 2014
    Great food for people who like long lines.
  • Alexa F.
    Alexa FeuermanAugust 23, 2013
    A great place for herbivores and carnivores alike!
  • Miles G.
    Miles GeorgeJanuary 20, 2013
    The carrot cake is amazing. Probably the best I've ever had.
  • Stacey W.
    Stacey WisnomJune 6, 2013
    Order online or by phone in advance
  • Sam S.
    Sam ShemarOctober 13, 2013
    The steak sandwich with mashed potatoes is delightful
  • Jen O.
    Jen OstrichSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Call ahead and you can skip the line to the to-go register!!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BellSeptember 12, 2011
    Just opened their new Santa Monica location. Looks great. You know already knows it tastes great. Read more
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawDecember 1, 2015
    Best mashed potatoes I've gotten in a restaurant.
  • Lulli C.
    Lulli ChiddoAugust 4, 2013
    So delicious and quite cheap. I love this place. Really.
  • James L.
    James LeeJune 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Octopus.... it's exclusive to Santa Monicazzz and amazing!
  • Niky V.
    Tuna nicoise! It was awesome
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezSeptember 21, 2013
    Gluten free and vegan cakes
  • Arnold
    ArnoldApril 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    wifi password is tgwireless and please don't forget to tip these hard workers.
  • Winston S.
    Winston SMay 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is excellent! Food is ono!
  • kim h.
    kim halversonApril 8, 2013
    Chinese chicken salad & mint lemonade, perfectly simple.
  • Ashley
    AshleySeptember 24, 2013
    If you ask nicely, they'll chop your salad!
  • Darren G.
    Darren GAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best salad ever!! Octopus salad is amazing.
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NgNovember 25, 2014
    Really good food here. Highly recommend it.
  • Janet H.
    Janet HFebruary 25, 2016
    The complimentary garlic bread is yummy
  • Joe S.
    Joe ShelpDecember 10, 2012
    Try the grilled butternut squash - Great after workout carb
  • Simon K.
    Simon KreuzerSeptember 7, 2015
    It's very nice to sit outside with the good food. :P
  • Brad H.
    Brad HallAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Phone ahead to place order. Walk up and skip the line.
  • SherylCT
    SherylCTFebruary 9, 2012
    Steak hot plate with baby spinach salad = sooooo good!
  • Shaw
    ShawFebruary 7, 2015
    Souplantation for ballers. Fast casual is so hot right now
  • Shannon
    ShannonJune 22, 2013
    Love everything!
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RosarioMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The strawberry cupcake is delicious.
  • eSolutions
    eSolutionsJune 18, 2012
    Remember, you can order online so it's ready to go when you get there!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MellorJanuary 11, 2013
    Great value and great good!
  • Buy Local Market
    Buy Local MarketAugust 11, 2011
    Welcome Tender Greens to Santa Monica. They open Monday, August 29th!
  • Liliane S.
    Liliane SchnaidmanSeptember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt pepper chicken is so good with romaine hearts
  • Joe R.
    Joe RomeOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    New favorite lunch/dinner/anything spot in Santa Monica!
  • Reinaldo P.
    Reinaldo ParreirasJanuary 14, 2014
    Really nice salads. But a bit pricey.
  • M T.
    M TifJuly 25, 2016
    Steak salad was healthy
  • Jasmine S.
    Jasmine SaeiDecember 3, 2013
    slimy chicken, great service
  • Nicholas A.
    Nicholas AbouzeidMarch 24, 2015
    Their falafel wasn't half bad, and the BBQ Chicken Salad is slightly bland but oh so addicting.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PNovember 13, 2011
    Excellent, healthy, fresh food.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JonesJuly 2, 2015
    Roast vegetables are great
  • Marco M.
    Marco M. SpinelliAugust 29, 2016
    Albacore tuna with baby spinach 🔝
  • Tony E.
    Tony EmmentAugust 13, 2014
    Tuna nicoise excellent
  • Hanna A.
    Hanna AaseApril 13, 2012
    Everything with mashed potatoes!
  • Tina S.
    Tina SuAugust 18, 2013
    Love the ahi tuna here
  • Marcella C.
    Marcella CuonzoMarch 10, 2014
    Vegetarian friendly :)
  • Heather W.
    Heather White-LairdNovember 4, 2011
    Lovely raw kale salad w Parmesan
  • e r.
    e reidJanuary 16
    Everything, I mean, everything
  • vids s.
    vids samantaSeptember 6, 2015
    Octopus salad is very good
  • Hey N.
    Hey NahJune 2, 2014
    Thai tofu papaya salad
  • Karen S.
    Karen SolomonNovember 13, 2011
    Happy Vegan is amazing. Love it!
  • Kat K.
    Kat KarimiMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Free WIFI. And super nice staff.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HallSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Phone order in ahead of time.
  • Sea L.
    Sea LandJune 17, 2014
    Yellowtail special was good!
  • Jack D.
    Jack DuganneMay 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Tuna Nicoise Salad
  • Victoria B.
    Victoria BullisOctober 7, 2011
    Order the Thai salad with shrimp!
  • Krissie K.
    Krissie KingDecember 5, 2012
    Healthy, clean food. Love the mash potatoes!
  • Patricia
    PatriciaMay 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best steak sandwich. period.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BordowSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the grilled octopus salad. It's incredible
  • Beth S.
    Beth SavageJuly 10, 2016
    Carrot cake cupcake is devine
  • Rocio J.
    Rocio JimenezDecember 23, 2015
    Great chicken sandwich! 🍞🍗
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse TenorioJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They rotate vegan cupcakes monthly.
  • Drew S.
    Drew ShannonAugust 25, 2013
    This location doesn't have the Kale & Salami salad.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CallaghanFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy vegan makes me happy and I'm not a vegan
  • Josh F.
    Josh FurieDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Good French press coffee
  • Alisa O.
    Alisa OlanderSeptember 23, 2012
    Get the lemon bars w fig---divine
  • Alejandro L.
    Alejandro LlanoFebruary 4, 2016
    The salads are amazing
  • Sahil G.
    Sahil GuptaMay 8, 2014
    Thai Tofu is good
  • st
    stMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    congratulations, and welcome to heaven
  • George R.
    George RuizOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Vegan Salad is delicious!
  • Nikola A.
    Nikola ArezinaAugust 13, 2015
    <3 food is awesome
  • Jordan P.
    Jordan PetittDecember 31, 2011
    not a vegan, but happy vegan salad had me smilinnnn
  • Lee
    LeeApril 9, 2016
    Best salads EVER!
  • M T.
    M TifJuly 25, 2016
    Steak salad was good
  • Hamitron K.
    Hamitron KarlJanuary 21, 2013
    Get ready to wait in line
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse TenorioMay 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Salad in the raw... That's all.
  • teal f.
    teal fosterFebruary 9, 2015
    Hot plates!
  • Emily G.
    Emily GouldApril 5, 2015
    This place rocks
  • mi s.
    mi shiSeptember 14, 2011
    Very good!
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 10, 2014
    Very bland overpriced so so food.. I prefer "Lemonade"!
  • Suzy H.
    Suzy HighamDecember 4, 2011
    Tomato soup!!!!!!!
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesMarch 5, 2012
    Lemon meringue
  • Eoghan G.
    Eoghan GeogheganJune 7, 2012
    Give the girls fake names
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RosaDecember 29, 2011
    Watch out for bad service, incorrect orders and hairs in food. I won't be coming back here!
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KirklenOctober 13, 2015
    Poor service, long line, bad food.
  • Heshu V.
    Heshu VasquezJuly 10, 2015
    Riquísimas ensaladas, también buenos platos fuertes y mejores sopas. Buena selección de cervezas de barril y al menos dos opciones de vino.
  • M T.
    M TifJuly 25, 2016
    Steak salad was healthy .مختص بالسلطات مع اضافة مصدر بروتين مثل اللحوم او السمك او الدجاج . فرع سانتا مونيكا جلساته حلوه
  • Renata G.
    Renata GaliñanesOctober 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Saladas orgânicas e deliciosas!
  • Rafael D.
    Rafael Duarte MJune 22, 2015
    Excelente, todo es muy bueno y saludable.
  • Nataliya H.
    Nataliya HolodiukFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Подобається, що мясо можна замовити як сендвіч із салатом на вибір, як гарячу страву-із товченою картоплею, або просто як салат. Комбінувати можна довго- і все дуже смачно!
  • André M.
    André MoraesNovember 1, 2013
    Boas refeições por $11 + taxas.
  • Kio
    KioApril 6, 2013
    Coño su madre el puré de este sitio. 
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