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When it comes to American Restaurants, Gastro Pubs, Bars and Grills or even Microbreweries, what do Zagat, Google reviewers, the community, Yelpers,, and over 4,200 Facebook users have in common with The Library Ale House? They ALL have taken time out and given The Library Alehouse high reviews as the Westside destination of choice for their food selection, beers on tap, ales, ambience and the place to find great food, great drink and great people. Maybe it is because The Library Alehouse boasts 29 carefully selected craft beers on tap, over 30 gourmet bottled beers, a selective wine menu and tasty cuisine with patio dining just one block from the ocean at 2911 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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West Los Angeles, Ocean Park

The Library Alehouse

Bars, Restaurants, Libraries
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No


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Good beer, good food

I'm a fan of the Sunday lunch on the back patio. Though, I don't drink beer anymore. I know that they have great offerings and often have specials and raffles. The food is always good, and it's a great gathering space for a meal with friends.



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A Main Street Favorite

Love the food at the Library Alehouse. A few of my favorites: the portobello mushroom sandwich, the salmon enchiladas & the strawberry-spinach salad.

Also great salsa and a nice selection of beer.

On the downside, the place is a little cramped, so you may be elbow to elbow with your dining neighbors or have a tough time finding a seat at the bar after work.



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I enjoy coming here bc it doesnt get to crowded unlike the other bars on main st.



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Excellent Food

I love this place! Great beers and great food. Outdoor patio rules too.



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my fav

I love this place, it's my favorite place to eat in Santa Monica, the salmon I love this place, it's my favorite place to eat in Santa Monica, the salmon enchiladas are amazing. The manger is so nice.



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Rude Manager

I stop in there often for lunch on weekends. A few weeks ago I went on a Friday afternoon. When I arrived, I was told I could not have a table because I was alone. I requested that the host ask the manager if it would be okay for me to sit at an empty 2-top. The manager said no.

They sat me at the tiny counter in the front window. It's about 8 inches deep! I sat there quite a while with my menu. The manager came over and asked what I was doing there - as if I'd just walked in and parked myself there! (I don't look like a homeless person, by the way).

So I didn't exactly feel welcome there. Eventually they gave me some chips and salsa, which I had to spread out along the entire counter along with my food and drink, since the counter was so shallow.

The waitress was phenomenal. She apologized, made sure I got my food, and even took some money off the bill.

The manager, however, was totally rude. Really, is it worth alienating a regular customer for the extra $20 they'd make with 2 people instead of one? Several tables came open while I was eating, trying not to be conspicuous while facing the street. So no one would have been turned away because I took a table.

Won't be going back there.



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Holy shizz this is the best place I've ever been

Need I say more? This place will kick you right in the junk and leave you begging for more. Also, it is not a library. They got mad when I tried to check out an menu.



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Great Patio on the Backside

Kind of packed inside but usually can find a great seat on the backside patio. Great selection of brews. Super spot on Main St when you dont have a reservation elsewhere. Food is above average and definitely not over priced.



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Great beer, friendly staff, awesome food

I go to the Alehouse all the time, and I have been for years. The food is yummy and fresh (farmers market veggies) and everyone that work there is super friendly. The wait is generally pretty long, but I try some beers (huge selection) and it goes by quickly. Nights when they show a Laker game can be way too crowded but overall my experiences have been fun, and my meals delicious. I suggest getting there early and putting your name on the list as they don't take reservations. Fun times, good beer.



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Loved the food, but not the lack of patio lighting

I really enjoy the crispy coconut shrimp with pineapple salsa I ordered, and my friend?s burger was delicious as well. Service was quick and attentive. The downside though is that ?cause the front inside dining area as well as the patio outback are both rather tiny, waits for a table can get long. Also fyi, the restaurant only serves wine and beer (though their selections in those categories are substantial enough). Also be aware that while the outdoor patio is VERY romantic with all the candlelight, my friend and I found it very hard to hard to read the menu once night fell. We had to hold our tiny table candle over the menu to be able to read anything at all.

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