Sure, you don’t hear people mention Santa Monica in the same breath as Chicago or New York when it comes to pizza. Is that an oversight, though? I’d contend it is! While Santa Monica might not be known for its pizza, if you find the right spot, you’ll never forget it! For that reason, we’ve come up with this list that includes some of the best pizza in Santa Monica that you could ever try!
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Where to Taste the Best Pizza in Santa Monica
Milo & Olive
- Address: 2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Milo & Olive is a classic Santa Monica pizza joint in all the right ways. You have plenty of woodfired, house pizzas to choose from as well as a whole menu of pastas, salads, dipping sauces, and sides to accompany your main course.
There are usually 11 pizzas to choose from, but one thing is for sure: no matter which pizza you choose, get the garlic knots as well!
Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar
- Address: 2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Wine and pizza in a place that features a modern take on Old World styling? What’s not to love? At around $20 per pizza on average, this is in line with what you’ll pay at most any comparable spot in Santa Monica, for all these reasons, we’ve also included this spot in our list of the best Santa Monica wine bars too!
All pizzas have Stella Barra’s signature artisan crust, but you also have the option to go thin crust on a few of their offerings. Order antipasti and a bottle of wine, and you have the perfect fancy dinner or date night! Note that Stella Barra is cashless, and reservations are encouraged.
- Address: 120 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Woodgrain and woodfired pizza meet in the latest offering from Chef Anthony Carron. Touting the highest quality of ingredients, this build your own pizza establishment is can’t-miss!
If you don’t want the pressure of creating the perfect ingredient combination, you can choose from some of Chef Carron’s specialty pizza menu offerings. You won’t find an extensive menu here (though 800 Degrees does offer wings and salads), but you also can’t make a wrong decision!
- Address: 1652 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
I personally love this place and think you will too! Just a few minutes from the Santa Monica Pier, it’s the perfect dinner spot if you spent your day at the beach. The food is fantastic and reasonably priced for the size of the plates, plus it serves arguably the best pizza in Santa Monica!
What wins overall at Bruno’s is the ambiance. It’s a cozy shop that just feels family-run, down to the classic checkered tablecloths. The pizza offerings here are modest, bolstered by a full Italian menu. There aren’t any gimmicks, shaved truffles, or ingredients you’ve never heard of. Bruno’s doesn’t need any of that, and if you sit down, you’ll know exactly why.
- Address: 1711 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The name of this spot gets a 4 for lack of creativity. However, the pizza gets a 10, so who cares about the name? SaMo is a popular destination for those looking for gluten-free pizzas. Whether you have your carbs in the traditional form or otherwise, you have a veritable swath of options.
Choose from 20 menu pizzas or build your own. Like any good pizza spot, you’ll find their sandwiches, salads, and sides are perfect supplements to your sustenance.
Rock ‘N Pies
- Address: 1120 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Overwhelmed by all the artisanal pizza choices on the west side of LA? Wish there was a straightforward option that has the feel of a dive but the quality of a woodfired kitchen? Feel like there’s a criminal lack of rock and roll when you order pizza? I’ll bet you may feel at least two of those three things. If that’s you, this no-frills classic rock meets classic pizza and beer spot is your place!
Rock ‘N Pies has a balanced menu with only six pizza offerings, but they cover all the classics. If your goal is to consume as many calories as possible, order the Appetite for Destruction. Want to savor it at home? Rock ‘N Pies can be easily classified as the best pizza deliver in Santa Monica, check the menu here.
Earth, Wind, and Flour
- Address: 2222 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
What are the odds there’s more than one music-themed pizza shop in Santa Monica? Honestly, maybe higher than you think. The similarities between Earth, Wind, and Flour and Rock N’ Pies begin and end there, though.
Earth, Wind, and Flour is classic California Italian dining. With a host of pre-structured options and the ability to build your own pizza with up to five toppings, the menu is all-encompassing without sacrificing quality. Stop by the attached bar after (or before) your pizza!
Spumoni Pizza Restaurant
- Address: 713 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Spumoni Pizza has quite the menu to boast about. With a pizza menu that probably offers a hundred selections, there’s something here for everybody. Spumoni’s serves New York-style pizza and has plenty of New York Italian options.
This is an excellent pizza restaurant in Santa Monica for the person who wants to find a spot they can stick to. With pasta, pizza, meat, fish, and a gnocchi bar (yes, you read that correctly), there is seemingly an endless number of options.
- Address: 111 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
It’s late, and you’re hungry. One of your friends suggests pizza, but you don’t want something cheap and greasy from a mega-chain. Your answer? Joe’s Pizza. Open until midnight on weekends and serving classic New York-style thin crust, this place is your oasis in a desert of quality late-night pizza.
Expect to pay in the upper $20 range for your pizza, but your late-night taste buds will thank you. As always, if it wasn’t implied, get the garlic knots.
Local Kitchen and Wine Bar
- Address: 1736 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Another place that also made it to our Santa Monica list of top wine bars, Local Kitchen and Wine Bar is an excellent option if dinner is an event for you.
In true Italian fashion, you plan to take your time, drink some wine, and have a good conversation without checking the clock or feeling rushed.
Local Kitchen is more special occasion than weeknight dinner, and their prices and selection reflect that. You won’t break the bank, but there are definitely cheaper, albeit less luxurious, options.
Start with a salumi or cheese board (or both) and pair that with one of their many wine offering. From there, a classic pepperoni pizza before a piece of dark chocolate luxardo cherry cake. For the most special of occasions (or for large enough groups), Local Kitchen also offers private dining.
There you have them, the best pizza joints in Santa Monica… whether it’s artisan or thin crust, double cheese or extra peperoni, these are the top places for when you’re craving a pie. Either on the spot, a roadie, or to Nextflix and chill!
Where to stay in Santa Monica
- Ocean View Hotel
- Stunning oceanfront condo
- Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier
- Hotel Shangri-La
- Santa Monica Loews Hotel
When you’re not discovering Santa Monica on your own, we suggest treating yourself to a tour. From private wine tours to kayak and SUP tours, cooking classes classes to tours of celebrity-owned homes, there’s a little something for everyone. Browse all the Santa Monica tours available on Viator by clicking here.
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