Santa Monica Proper presents a trio of dining options, from restaurant Onda, an exclusive collaboration between chefs Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) and Gabriela Camara (Mexico City’s Contramar, Cala), who bring a strong focus on L.A. market ingredients, sustainable seafood and Latin flavors; to the art-filled Palma lobby lounge, all day dining with an eclectic menu of light bites to accompany small-batch mezcals and natural wines; and Calabra, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bistro pairing ocean views with Mediterranean and Californian inspired cuisine by executive chef Kaleo Adams, who also oversees our inventive 24-hour room service offerings. (Onda opens in October)



Ben Medansky’s elegant mural isn’t the only artistry behind the bar. From morning until late, the lobby lounge serves a casual menu of eclectic snacks and bites to accompany crafted cocktails, an impressive collection of tequilas and mezcals, and natural wines. Or, come October, order off the Onda menu.

Calabra Rooftop

The elevated rooftop restaurant and bar, led by Executive Chef Kaleo Adams, serves fresh and vibrant Mediterranean and California cuisine, prepared in an inspiring surrounding with the ocean as backdrop. Whether from the sundeck or the circular bar, views are best enjoyed with natural wines, seasonal cocktails and small-batch spirits.

Photography credit Mariah Tauger. Copyright, 2019, Los Angeles Times. Used with permission.


Proper’s signature restaurant, Onda, marks an epic collaboration of global talent: Los Angeles’ Jessica Koslow of Sqirl, and Gabriela Camara of Contramar in Mexico City and Cala in San Francisco. The seafaring Latin menu mixes Camara’s bold Mexican elements with Koslow’s market-driven fare. Seasonal California ingredients inspire fresh-baked pastries with a twist served with Proper x Sqirl preserves and Sqirl coffee & teas. (opening in October)

What is Proper?

Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy; an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Many in our milieu share the same daunting challenge: staying fresh and focused, energized and inspired—all whilst bouncing between London and Hollywood and Austin and San Francisco and Portland and back again. For them, intuitive service is a given. Mere table stakes. What they need and seek beyond accommodation, even at its most luxurious, is an inspiration. From the elevated and often surprising interiors imagined by Kelly Wearstler. From the sense of immersion in, and connection to, the vibrancy of the local culture. From the highly curated amenities. From the inspired collaborations with the city’s best and most innovative chefs and mixologists. From music and art. From every detail, every interaction, every moment. This is only Proper. And no one else.

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