Looking for a great restaurant for our only night in Santa Monica prior to heading to the Pier. We are a family of 4 with 2 little kids (7 and 8) who are really good in any upscale restaurant but we do like a more lively atmosphere. Nothing generic. We don't really care for Italian food but EVERYTHING else goes. Would like to keep the bill below $200/everyone but rules are made to be broken if need be. I think we will be there on a Sunday.
So in other words, if you had one night in Santa Monica, where would you go??