514-516 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90401
Erven +

Anne Fishbein Shredded cabbage pancake with braised eggplant and chili hoisin


  • Lunch: daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10:30 p.m. Cafe/to-go marketplace, daily, 11 a.m.-close
Erven is one of those double-storefront eateries that feels all inviting and glowy from the outside, especially on these rare rainy winter nights, and that feeling extends long after you've entered. Often there's a complimentary taste of cider or some other beverage when you're seated, and I've rarely come across service so gracious and enthusiastic as what the servers at Erven manage, even when they're exceedingly busy. It helps that they are obviously true believers in this food. If you choose prudently from the vegan menu, you might come to share their enthusiasm. Plenty of dishes here showcase that same playfulness and bright creativity that made chef Nick Erven's previous restaurant, Saint Martha, so appealing. —Besha Rodell
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