1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach

Immerse yourself in the idyllic scenery of picture-perfect ocean views and the cozy ambiance of a crackling fireplace at 1 Pico, nestled within the elegant yet relaxed atmosphere of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. Experience Californian fine dining and brunch in this captivating beachside setting, enhanced by a seasonal, market-driven menu and an extensive wine list.

Executive Chef Sean Michael Runyon, a Southern California native with over a decade of culinary expertise from Michelin-starred restaurants and Forbes Five-Star Hotels, brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to 1 Pico. His culinary vision celebrates California’s bounty with seasonally inspired and innovative dishes that reflect a passion for local ingredients and exceptional dining experiences.

Before exploring Chef Sean’s culinary expertise, it’s important to note the original reason for our dining experience at 1 Pico. Renowned Chef Rob Rubba from MICHELIN-starred Oyster Oyster (D.C.) designed an experiential menu focused on environmentalism and conscious gastronomy, commissioned by Ruinart. This exceptional, mostly vegan-tasting menu showcased meticulously crafted dishes, highlighting the culinary prowess and dedication of Chef Rob Rubba and the entire team at 1 Pico.

This collaboration celebrated the Ruinart Carte Blanche Program and yielded a limited-edition tasting menu with expertly curated Ruinart pairings, honoring Frieze Los Angeles, a prestigious global art fair. If you were fortunate to attend this month-long Ruinart event at 1 Pico, then you enjoyed an exceptional culinary experience featuring dishes by Chef Rob Rubba paired with Ruinart champagnes. This collaboration celebrated art, gastronomy, and sustainability, offering a unique and elevated dining experience.

The spring menu at 1 Pico showcases Chef Sean’s exceptional culinary talents, delivering an unparalleled and unforgettable dining experience. Whether you’re a devoted vegan or passionate about vegetables, the offerings from their Forage menu promise to bewitch; we relished the John Givens Organic Tomato plate, a quintessential taste of summer. Enhanced with a delicate drizzle of oil, a sprinkle of salt, and fresh basil, the robust flavor of the tomato truly shines.

The Roasted Baby Leek with Parmigiano, thyme, extra virgin olive oil, and Snap Peas paired with rocket pesto, pine nuts, and oven-dried cherry tomatoes provided a slightly sweet yet savory, robust flavor. Be sure to pay attention to the Corn and Shishito Pepper dish, boasting a delectable blend of corn puree, shallots, and honey—an exquisite representation of California’s culinary diversity.

Indulge in Chef Sean Runyon’s personal favorite from the Savor menu: the Wild-Caught Bluefin Tuna. This dish epitomizes freshness, with each bite leaving a lingering taste that was satisfyingly meaty and pleasingly oceanic.

1 Pico seamlessly merges modern sophistication with timeless Cape Cod charm, offering a contemporary interpretation of coastal elegance. The serene atmosphere, complemented by panoramic ocean views, invites guests to immerse themselves in Cape Cod’s essence reimagined for today’s discerning palate.

Chef Sean’s culinary style showcases excellence in sourcing fresh ingredients and promoting clean, healthy eating. His dishes showcase the authentic essence of California flavors, bringing the finest in Californian cuisine straight to your table.

Discover why 1 Pico is renowned for offering the best in Californian cuisine. Whether seeking an intimate dinner by the fireplace or a leisurely brunch with friends, 1 Pico welcomes you to an unparalleled dining experience.

1 Pico at Shutters On The Beach

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1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 587-1717


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Photos by Chanin Victor

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