1315 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dialogue +

Anne Fishbein Black cod, yuzu kosho beurre blanc, sea grape


  • Wed.-Sun., ticketed seatings from 5:30 to 9:15 p.m.
The 21-dish tasting menu at Dialogue was worth the trust and the investment, which is not small. The meal alone is $200, paid for ahead of time through ticketed reservations on Resy. The restaurant itself feels like a discovery, a plush jewel box accessible only with a code, tucked in next to an ice cream shop on the second floor of the Gallery Food Hall. Eight of the 18 seats are at the wood counter of the open kitchen, where chef Dave Beran and his cooks not only plate dishes but find time to chitchat with guests. Because the dinner is served kaiseki-style, with no printed menus, you're in Beran's hands — and in his head — for the entire night. And his head is a good place to be: equal parts earnest, lighthearted and obsessively thoughtful.

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