Restaurants, Diners Santa Monica
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 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
Photograph: Michael Juliano
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Pancakes at Swingers.
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
Photograph: Michael Juliano
 (Photograph: Michael Juliano)
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Though still a few blocks from the beach, the Santa Monica location of Swingers radiates the beach city’s sunny, easygoing atmosphere. The cantilevered ceiling opens up to greet floor-to-ceiling windows, while its blue-and-white-tiled exterior wall welcomes in light through a trio of portholes. The diner is a mutt of retro design and throwback flair, a place where oversized paper lanterns and tiled walls manage to mix with plaid plastic upholsteries and purple cow graphics. It’s bigger and brighter than its Beverly Boulevard counterpart, though that space boasts a beautiful, blue and white curved facade.

The prices on Swingers’ menu can make you feel like you’re getting away with something—it’s that much of a steal. The food here doesn’t skimp on quality, though. A shortstack of pancakes produces one of the fluffiest, most perfectly golden breakfast plates, made an even bigger accomplishment by the fact that they’re plain and not doused in whipped cream or slivers of fruit. The French toast is a dream, too, so it’s clear that Swingers has their breakfast carbs down pat. Also a plus: the counter is a friendly spot if you’re dining alone.


Venue name: Swingers
Address: 802 Broadway
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 7am-2pm; Thu-Sat 7am-3pm
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A vegan-friendly diner?! Have you ever heard such a thing?! Great retro diner vibes with a menu full of classic diner standbys and modern favorites.


Swingers is one of the best diners in LA!! They have such a wide selection of vegan/vegetarian options to pick from. I would highly suggest trying their began Cobb salad, so delicious!

Swingers is like going back in time to the quintessential Los Angeles diner experience except there are naked people on their menu and the servers are adorned with loud tattoos and a smile. Their Vegan Cobb is pretty good too!