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For those of us who can’t ever decide on what to eat, there’s nothing quite like a food hall. Packed with vendors hawking dishes from all corners of the globe, the modern dining temple offers a little bit of everything—giving us a perfect opportunity to order the ultimate mix-and-match meal.
Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade has long been a destination for shopping, but now that its Gallery Food Hall is finally complete and buzzing with restaurants, the stretch has become a destination for dining, too. The two-story space—find it between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard—features one of the best tasting menus in the city, plus a wine bar, a noodle shop, Top Chef celebs and a sweets factory, and it’s also the future home of David Chang’s chicken sandwich chain, Fuku.
But Gallery didn’t do it alone: They teamed up with K2 Restaurants, who curated half of the site’s vendors to create SOCIALEATS, the hall-within-a-hall that the group is calling its “food discovery platform.” The result? More than 10 stalls with delectable menus under one roof. Before you make a visit and get caught up in the culinary whirlwind, check out our guide to Gallery Food Hall’s best restaurants so you can plan your delicious, delicious attack.