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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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderMarch 24, 2015
    Great chipotle chicken sandwich, wonderful salads, pleasant carrot cake, and passable french press coffee.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nadia Geneviève M.
    The gazpacho is amazing. This one is cantaloupe based and it has a kick to it. So yummy.
  • 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!!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 5+ times
    Great salads and hot plates! Meets many food restrictions. Great outdoor seats especially if you're walking Fido!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • @sloane
    @sloaneJune 16, 2012
    Love the Cobb, Chinese Chicken Salad is "just ok." Microbeer and mint lemonade is a good touch.
  • Gonzalo F.
    Gonzalo FiorinaSeptember 17, 2015
    Delicious, affordable and fast. Great healthy options. You must try it.
  • 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!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaAugust 25, 2012
    Get anything on the menu as a "hot plate" it includes mashed potatoes...and they are amazing!
  • Joe S.
    Joe ShelpDecember 9, 2012
    Try the chipotle barbecue chicken salad - Tasty giblets! Butternut squash & fisherman's soup.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Giuseppe R.
    Giuseppe RodriguezMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're tired of the hot plates. get the specials!!!!!!
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ColesFebruary 21, 2016
    Lovely spot near 3rd Street. Kale and salami salad is great.
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