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Located within Santa Monica’s Gateway Hotel, Socalo is a beachy, California canteen and Mexican pub from award-winning chef/owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. Socalo serves conscientiously-sourced, seasonal SoCal Mexican fare with quick counter service at brunch and lunch while dinner shifts to full-service dining alongside cocktails featuring small-batch spirits, Mexican wines and craft beers on tap.

Socalo debuted in December of 2019, earning such accolades as “101 Best Restaurants" from The LA Times; “Superb Santa Monica Restaurant” and "Hottest Happy Hour" from Eater; "Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles" from Time Out and Thrillist; plus "Best Tacos in Los Angeles" from Lonely Planet.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Socalo uses organic rice, beans, and corn tortillas; seasonal, local ingredients; as well as antibiotic/hormone-free meats and poultry. Socalo serves only sustainable seafood and is a member of James Beard Foundation's Smart Catch and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.

Socalo is a women and LGBTQ+ owned restaurant. 

Our photography is by Luke Gibson & Anne Fishbein.

Susan Feniger holding luggage

Susan Feniger

Co-Chef & Owner

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Mary Sue Milliken holding a phone

Mary Sue Milliken

Co-Chef & Owner

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