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Our Little Story
Welcome To Z Garden

At Z Garden, food is our love language. Chef Ben takes great pleasure in people enjoying
delicious recipes he recreated from years of learning and mentorship, exploring middle-eastern and levantine cuisine at the best tables, and with the best and most exclusive chefs.

Since its inception 15 years ago, our restaurant has become a local staple in mediterranean cuisine in the city of Santa Monica, CA. We continuously strive to serve flavorful and healthy meals made from the freshest ingredients. Perfecting our recipes, in addition to creating seasonal favorites is our daily mission.

Come visit us and enjoy a hearty meal in our intimate setting or our patio. We promise you
delicious food and the friendliest of service.

Chef's Selection

Combo Kebab

Three of our house kebabs, beef steak, chicken and kafta.


Our Menu

  • beef_shawarma
    Beef Shawarma
    Juicy angus strips with blend of herbs & spices, seared
  • chicken_shawarma
    Chicken Shawarma
    Blend of dark and white marinated chicken charbroiled and served with low carbs – high proteins & healthy fats.
  • Tabbouleh-
    Golden-fried chickpeas & fava beans patties, minced with cilantro.
  • Chicken-Kebab
    Chicken Kebab
    Tender chicken breast skewers charbroiled
  • falafel_plate
    Falafel Plate
    Fried vegetarian patties made from fava and garbanzo beans
  • Kofta-Kebab
    Kofta Kebab
    Charbroiled, minced ground beef, with onion, parsley, and our select spice mix.

—— Our Services

ZGarden Catering

If you are looking for the best Mediterranean restaurant in Southern California to cater to your event, business meetings, weddings, or super bowl Sundays, then look no further. Z Garden Catering has an extensive catering menu that will turn your events into an exceptional gathering. Our catering menu features fresh and healthy dishes such as our juicy kebabs, and our voted best in LA falafels and smokey hummus, in addition to our customers’ favorite selection from our famous chicken shawarmma, to our signature lemon salmon and authentic kibbeh.

—— Customer reviews

What Customers say?

Amazing place, Delovious food, Jucy meats and fresh rice, Love it free parking, And well marinated chanks of meats, Definitely will come back !
Azamar T.
— Customer
90s (1)
Beachside dining with these flame-grilled lamb chops, combo chicken kata steak kebabs, yogurt mint labneh, edible stuffed grape leaves w/ rice tomatoes onions, baked eggplants w/ garbanzo beans moussaka, lentils rice + caramelized onions moujadarah, fattoush salad, pistachio knaafa & coconut pistachio rice pudding! Free parking lot on both sides of the restaurant and a CVS pharmacy overfill lot if you need. Outdoor patio and lots of natural lighting.
Kai C.
— Customer
90s (2)
I stopped by with Partner off the menu to try the Chicken Shawarma it is sooo flavorful and juicy. The chicken is cooked to order and the vegetables are just as fresh as the chicken. They add a garlic sauce to tie the freshness of the veggies to the warm savoryness of the chicken. I got some hummus on the side because I freaking love hummus. Jessica took care of me and made me try some desserts. I Had the Basbousa because I've never had it before its. A thick coconut based cake soaked in rose syrup. You have to come in and try new favorite. Thanks Jess.
Tielle D.
— Customer
90s (3)
Amazing Mediterranean food. Everything comes out warm and the portions are generous. So many options, so it is friendly for all dietary preferences. I've had the shrimp and salmon so far, and the lemon salmon was to die for. Definitely a place I will frequent when in the area.
Emilia L.
— Customer
90s (4)
Z Garden is my favorite Mediterranean food restaurant! I have been coming here for 7 years already and quality remains the same: still awesome chicken shawarma with absolutely the best garlic sauce, amazingly tasty hummus and a little pepperoncini - all I love so much And for desert my favorite Baklava mmmm Thank you Z Garden crew so much!
Vlad Y.
— Customer