Real Food Daily

Los Angeles, California

Closed as of Jul 1 16

514 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, California 90401


3.7 / 19 votes

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Organic vegan restaurant

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Caterer

Real Food Daily is an all-vegan restaurant that offers a variety of dishes, including a vegan take on TV Dinner, as well as things like nachos, spring rolls, a variety of dinners salads, some macrobiotic choices and more.

Their entree specials change every week, and desserts also change on a regular basis.

It's kosher too.

Added by on Sep 26 03 (last updated Jan 26 17)

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I love Real Food Daily. The food is the next best in Los Angeles after Madeleine Bistro. And since I can only afford to eat at Madeleine Bistro once or twice a year, I go to Real Food Daily more often. Both the West Hollywood and Santa Monica locations consistently serve great food, and our waiters have been helpful and friendly.

The restaurant has great weekly and salad specials. From the regular menu, the nachos (get them with seitan and jalapeno "cheese") are stupendous. I love to get their salads (so far I've enjoyed both the house salad and the farm chop) with the caesar dressing, which I can't get enough of. The house (tahini) dressing and the peanut sauce are also quite good. I love the El Bandito Rojo, which I get topped with the jalapeno "cheese." Also good are the mashed potatoes and gravy and the chai soy latte.

The desserts vary a bit more in quality, some (the chocolate hazelnut cake and the chocolate espresso truffle) are excellent, while others (the cupcake and the brownies with ice cream) are okay but not as great.

The great thing about RFD is that the menu is huge and everything is vegan. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I go there. It's thrilling to be asked "Would you like that with rice milk or soy milk?" when I order a chai. There are many menu items I haven't tried yet and I look forward to sampling them.

If I could change one thing about RFD it would be the prices. They are sadly typical of Los Angeles -- it is not uncommon to pay $14 or $15 for an entree. On the upside, at least you are getting a full meal when you plop down that kind of cash, which is not the case everywhere in this town (Madeleine Bistro, I'm looking at you). Still, RFD is one of the places that makes me glad to be in LA, and I recommend it highly.

As of October 2014, the menu has been revised and is now even better. Some of my favorites are the Mediterranean Bowl, the Lasagna, the Kung Pao, and the Burrito Bowl with the optional Taco Mix added. All absolutely delicious.

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Dined at this location twice. The food lived up to the hype. Worth raving about is the Sea Cake appetizer. It's a litte croquette from heaven...butternut squash, yam and sea vegetables, pesto with sweet chili aioli.

The atmosphere was a bit of a let down. The tables were too close together so you may as well just introduce yourself to the people next to you and eat together b/c you're going to hear everything each other is saying anyway. From the minute you walk in the door and literally bump into the hostess stand, the layout is arranged too tightly.

That said, the food is extraordinary and the menu choices excellent.

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Between 5th and 6th streets, south side of the street.


Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • American Express MasterCard Visa


  • Macrobiotic


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Delivery
  • Kosher
  • Private Rooms


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11:30am - 10pm

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