1212 Santa Monica


Cuisine: New California

Location: Santa Monica, CA 





1212 Santa Monica is a unique New California Cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. Our menu, crafted by executive chef Hiro Fujita, highlights the palette and diversity of the SoCal landscape. Complimenting the food, our beverage program includes select wines and creative cocktails to enhance your dining experience.

The space is multi-faceted, with vintage-chic decor and mixed media art. Enjoy the beautiful beach weather in the patio, gather with your large group in our massive dining room, or plan a private event/meeting at our balcony, private dining room, or board room.

On weekends, we heighten the sonic senses every Friday and Saturday with the best DJs and selectors in the west side, setting the vibe for the evening.

Chef Luca Maita

A native of Catania, Sicily, Luca Maita developed a passion for food at a very young age. During his school career & throughout summertime holidays he kept his culinary passion alive by working as Chef de Partie in a traditional Sicilian restaurant in his hometown. Here he honed his skills & craftsmanship in the kitchen. After earning his diploma, he had an itch to travel & explore the culinary world. In the four years that he spent in the United Kingdom, he worked for DSTRKT London and was able to experience several styles of cooking. In 2016, Luca made the move to the United States where he worked as executive chef in O+O Sicilian kitchen and bar in Santa Monica. He then brought his culinary knowledge to 1212 Santa Monica, incorporating his background in Mediterranean modern Italian Cuisine.