Dialogue is an intimate 18-seat restaurant in Santa Monica led by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran (often recognized for his work at Chicago’s Alinea and Next). We offer one menu, telling a story through a tasting menu format. Our menu is market-driven, focusing on the produce of southern California with relation to the seasons. Guests should expect an immersive experience that plays to multiple senses and emotions.
With eight seats at a kitchen counter and three tables, our space is meant to incite conversations among our staff and guests.
Be a part of the conversation. Welcome to Dialogue.
“All of them are quite good — especially Dialogue, which has the potential to be one of the best restaurants in California.”Jonathan GoldLA Times
“In each of those dishes, there are flavor touchpoints that feel familiar: butter and crab or butter and popcorn, steak and onions. Beran's talent, though, lies in creating something new with those touchpoints. And I've personally never seen a chef who takes the childlike delight of burning things and applies it to fine dining. He's obviously razor-sharp with technique, and I found it impossible not to smile when I was handed a plate of purposely burnt food — albeit beautiful and perfect in its presentation — on a plate that itself was burnt by the potter.”Karen PalmerLA Weekly
“At Dialogue, there are are no magic tricks that turn solids into liquids or courses set to specific Metallica songs - and that’s because this place doesn’t need any of that. The exciting part of a meal here is that you’ll end up eating and drinking in ways you haven’t before. And that’s an experience we think is better than most things.”Jess Basser SandersThe Infatuation
“Former Alinea and Next chef Dave Beran has arrived in Los Angeles, and his ambitious tasting menu restaurant Dialogue has already sold its first batch of tickets on Resy. The place certainly has an unexpected location, deep inside a food court along Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. But with that unexpected space comes an intimate, mostly countertop experience that will treat diners to a high-end, almost theatrical experience one might see a place likes Trois Mec. But Beran has the pedigree of two of the country’s most ambitious restaurants in Chicago. It’s a thrilling look at LA’s fine dining future.”EATER StaffEATER, LA