Blue Stove: A Hidden Gem In Santa Monica Serving Small Plates

Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 9:09:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Risotto with seared scallops and French beans.
Photo by Brenton Garen
Risotto with seared scallops and French beans.

Could this be the best-kept dining secret in Santa Monica?

Located on the third floor of Santa Monica Place inside Nordstrom,

Blue Stove has been serving those in the know since September 2011 – the

same time the department store opened.

Blue Stove is named after its matching blue stoves on its frontline that draw a lot of attention.

General manager Michael Brand said Blue Stove was a stylish yet

casual restaurant featuring its interpretation of contemporary flavors

focusing on bold tastes and textures. 

“The menu allows our customer the chance to experience our offerings

through a variety of small plates that are bold in concept and

internationally inspired,” Brand said. “We invite our customers to

select combinations of menu items with the goal of sharing each dish,

making a dining experience unlike any other.”

Brand said the exhibition kitchen provides a stage for its chefs to

prepare the menu in a colorful, energetic environment while its wine bar

provides an alternative dining experience.

“Blue Stove is a full service restaurant that prides itself on

service that is both professional and relaxed while demonstrating

knowledge and passion for our food and wine,” he said. “Our cuisine is

inspired by local ingredients at the peak of seasonal freshness and all

organic. The menu is complemented by a well-chosen selection of

interesting wines, many available by the glass to pair well with the


Brand said the core menu changes twice a year; once for fall/winter and again for spring/ summer.

“This allows us to offer seasonal ingredients at the peak of

freshness,” he said. “Some of our most popular items are the Cilantro

Lime Chicken Tacos, the Crisp & Spicy Dark Cherry Glazed Beef, the

Heirloom Tomato Salad & Burrata Cheese. We have weekly specials

created by our Chef from some of the freshest ingredients from the local

Farmers Market.”

While the restaurant is located inside a department store, Brand said

he and his staff pride themselves on being a destination location as

well as a convenience for both the Nordstrom shopper as well as the

everyday diner.

“Regardless of the occasion, the Blue Stove staff prides themselves

on phenomenal service, ambiance, and food,” he said. “Located amongst

more than 1,500 restaurants in a five mile radius, the Blue Stove

strives to set ourselves apart by offering the freshest ingredients,

some of the most unique specials, a wine list of fun and eclectic wines,

and a dining experience like no other. We are available for large

parties, business lunches, special occasions, and we are family


Blue Stove is open Monday through Saturday at 10 am, Sunday at 11 am.

It closes Monday through Thursday at 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 9

pm, and Sundays at 7:30 pm.

Blue Stove

220 Broadway (Nordstrom, Upper level)


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