502 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Photo by Anne Fishbein


  • Mon-Thu 5:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
JiRaffe is a pleasant space in a bright corner of Santa Monica, all neo-Palladian windows, white tablecloths, and the kind of minimal Gallic décor you see in the restored farmhouses they feature in Elle Decor. Raphael Lunetta's food tends to be elegant, almost ladylike, with the sort of seasonality you might expect from a serious restaurant located a few hundred yards from the best farmers market in Southern California, and careful, restrained presentations. JiRaffe is a real California bistro, the kind of casual yet slightly formal place the Ivy only pretends to be, and with much better food. In restaurants as in architecture, sometimes less is more.

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