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Chez Mimi - Closed

246 26th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90402


  • Wed-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$
  • Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Chez Mimi’s is surely the loveliest patio dining spot around, where the vine-entwined gateway alone makes it hard to remember you’re in California and not some gentrified country stable yard in southern France. Inside, in charming low-ceilinged rooms that, if we didn’t know better, we might assume were built for our far shorter 18th-century ancestors, fires snap on cold nights and Mimi herself (who for years labored under another woman’s name at Chez Helene) checks in on her customers. Try the excellent bouillabaisse and the rich, soothing cassoulet.

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