Make way for Montana Ave's latest and greatest restaurant

By Jen Jones Donatelli

Talk about family-style dining: restaurateur Mark Verge hails from five generations of Santa Monicans, and he has paid tasty tribute to that legacy with his local restaurants Art's Table and now Margo's—the two spots named for his late father Art and his mother, respectively. Having taken over the Ox & Son space just 10 months ago, Margo’s serves up hyper-seasonal, "California modern" fare, making it a welcome addition to Montana Avenue's culinary scene.

In keeping with the family feel, the Margo's menu is intertwined with several of Verge's nearby eateries. For instance, the Ashland Hill turkey burger, topped with goat cheese, coleslaw, pickled onions and peppers, and garlic aïoli, is a nod to Verge's popular gastropub on Main Street. The menu also spotlights a selection from chef Nick Barainca's Gargantua pop-up inside Verge's OP Café. The ancient grains and eggplant green dish features six kinds of grains seasoned with dill pollen and dukkah spice and mixed together with roasted eggplant cream; Thomcord grapes, black lentils, and lavender beans round out the equation. Diners can then add their choice of protein—think salmon or chicken—for a truly satisfying mash-up.
Margo's also cultivates its customer family by plugging into Montana's friendly neighborhood vibes. The restaurant offers outdoor seating for the puppy-and-stroller crowd, as well as an indoor lounge space and full bar where "social hour" takes place every day from 3 to 7 p.m. Amaro cocktails comprise much of the mixology menu—with picks like the "Margo Spritz," a prosecco spritzer with Amaro Montenegro, cynar, and orange bitters. Patrons tend to savor their sips, as Margo's is one of only two spots on Montana with a full liquor license. Cheers to that!


Mon–Thu 11 AM–10 PM; Fri 11 AM–11 PM; Sat 9 AM–11 PM; Sun 9 AM–10 PM

price range

$16 (Ashland Hill turkey burger) to $34 (Angus NY strip)