With an extensive collection of historic surfboards and memorabilia, Rusty's pays homage to the "Surfing '60s", the Golden Era of California Surf Culture.
Rusty's lunch and dinner cuisine are consistent award winners, but great meals share the stage with great music at Rusty's when the Dining Room stage welcomes live music and dancing with top area bands and national acts.
Rusty's Game Room features two pool tables where a popular 8-Ball Tournament is held Monday nights in conjunction with Karaoke on stage, setting the tone for lots of action and fun.
A quieter environment for cocktails and conversation is available on one of the two patios, where natural sea breezes keep the air cool on even the hottest summer days and gas heaters keep customers comfortable in winter.
Rusty's is available for Special Events during normal operations or as a restricted facility for Private Parties.
Rusty's Surf Ranch is a perfect reminder of a simpler time in California's beachfront history, with good food in a casual environment, live music and FUN.
Although Rusty's Surf Ranch is nearing its 10th Anniversary on the Santa Monica Pier it is still in its infancy compared to the venerable Pier on which it sits.
Santa Monica's Municipal Pier was dedicated in 1909, and the Amusement Pier began operations with the Carousel at its heart in 1916. One year later the building where Rusty's is now located was built. The structure was referred to as "The Billiards Building" due to the seven billiards tables that were a central feature when it opened. Rusty's keeps that aspect of the building's history alive with two billiards tables located in the game room, site of Tuesday-Wednesday pool leagues and a regular Monday Night 8-Ball Tournament.
To celebrate the opening of the new building in January 1917, a bowling tournament was held between teams representing Santa Monica and Los Angeles. (There were also eight bowling lanes in the building when it first opened.) The home team out scored their L.A. counterparts, with SM Police Chief Furguson out bowling L.A. Mayor Berkley and taking home a silver-plated bowling pin as a trophy.
In the nearly 100 years since, storms, fires, neglect and political intrigue have threatened the building, but after a major rebuilding in the early '90s and the remodel that created Rusty's in 1994, it has continued to be a popular site for food, fun, and romance.
With its north and south patios overlooking the Pacific, award-winning food, popular live music and dancing, and historic game room, Rusty's Surf Ranch continues today to serve singles and families alike.
If you are looking for good food, live music and dancing, cocktails and games, or a quiet romantic interlude, make Rusty's Surf Ranch your choice.