JiRaffe Restaurant
502 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 917-6671
 
Cross Streets: Santa Monica Blvd & 5th Street
Parking:  Valet on 5th street
Cuisine: American & Californian, Californian, French
Services: Dinner, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Reservations
 
Welcome to JiRaffe, one of the most popular restaurants on the hot Santa Monica scene in greater Los Angeles. Located at the corner of 5th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, JiRaffe opened in 1996 and immediately gained attention and praise from food critics, local diners and food and wine lovers from around the world who visit this beach-side community. The restaurant is under the direction of Chef/Owner Raphael Lunetta. Chef Raphael was a local surfer who attended school in Santa Monica, honed his passion and skills as a surfer and then turned to his love of cooking and became one of the most well-known and interesting chefs in the city. Lunetta and his talented kitchen and restaurant staff continue to please and excite all who enter this charming two-story corner space in downtown Santa Monica.

JiRaffe offers a bright space with two walls of windows, dark wood furnishings and the feel of a neighborhood bistro with main floor and loft seating. This intimate restaurant offers dinner nightly, a full bar with signature cocktails and on Mondays a highly successful Monday Night Bistro where the decor and food all become a little more French, more casual and more popular with a special pre-fixed Bistro menu as well as special Bistro prices. Past Zagat Restaurant Surveys, the ultimate in restaurant guides, quotes include... "JiRaffe is perfect for a special occasion, like Tuesday night; Chef-impresario Raphael Lunetta's place offers fine dining sans attitude, and simply outstanding, simply elegant food and swoon worthy."

Chef Lunetta is sought after for special events and cooking demonstrations and often combines his love of the ocean and surf with his love of cooking and travel when he visits other kitchens around the world. His charming and enticing personality is matched only by his knowledge and expertise in preparing great food and a kitchen and restaurant staff that please all who come to JiRaffe. Visit JiRaffe for the ultimate food and Southern California restaurant experience. You won't be disappointed -- we promise.
 
 
Need to know details about this restaurant
Reservations
Recommended
Dress Code
Casual
Hours
Monday 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Good to know details about this restaurant
Payment Method
Cash, Visa/MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Meals Served
Dinner, Catering, Private Dining
Alcohol
Full Bar
Price Range
$$$$$ ($31 and above)
Dining Options
Dinner, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Reservations
Other
Romantic, Date Place
Specialties
Pork Chop
Tomato Tart
Mushroom Soup
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Restaurant Style
Upscale Casual
Facilities
Mezzanine and Restaurant available for private parties.