Only three train stops from the ocean!
Tucked away within Santa Monica’s historic Bergamot Station, we’re helmed by award-winning chef Jeremy Fox (also the chef/owner at Rustic Canyon) and Chef de Cuisine Matthew Schaler. As a member of the Rustic Canyon Family, a collection of celebrated, neighborhood dining destinations, Birdie G’s is a partnership with Jeremy and our co-owners Josh Loeb, Zoe Nathan and Colby Goff. Curious about our name? Birdie is Jeremy’s daughter and the “G” stands for Gladys, his grandmother. We’re the kind of place where you eat too much, drink too much and leave with a really big smile on your face.
The comforting, seasonal menu pulls influences from various regions across the United States and Eastern Europe. Everything from the food to the cocktails to the wine list has a story and pays homage to loved ones (friends, family, farmers!) who inspire the team. We make nearly everything in house, and always with great, local ingredients.
Gather on our sprawling, outdoor patio or in our airy dining room over a variety of wood-grilled California meats and fish, handmade pastas, playful salads and veggie dishes featuring the most beautiful peak-season produce. Deanie Hickox, Jeremy’s friend and ex-wife, is our rockstar consulting pastry chef, so don’t forget to leave room for a slice of “World-Famous” Rose Petal Pie!
Just as Gladys served as Jeremy’s muse, Rustic Canyon Family Wine Director Kathryn Coker looked to her own grandma, who used to drink a glass of wine every night, for inspiration. Sommelier Kobi Tsesarsky can help you navigate our massively, fun list of over 250 selections (we’ve got 90+ half bottles too). Bar Manager Stephanie Reading leans on farmers’ market produce and a variety of housemade infused spirits, syrups and tinctures for her cocktails, which range from nostalgic classics to more modern drinks.
Meet the Team
It takes a lot of people to keep this place humming, and we’re really proud of everyone’s hard work and passion. Meet a few of the talented folks who make Birdie G’s so special.
Jeremy Fox — Chef/Owner
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Nothing gives Jeremy greater joy than watching people eat while shaking their head either in agreement or in disbelief with how good something tastes. His favorite dish as a kid was Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard. He’s pretty sure he recalls his grandma Gladys saying in 1988 that “Jeremy is without a doubt one of my top four favorite grandchildren.” Here’s to you, Gladys.
Matthew Schaler — Chef de Cuisine
Hometown: Port Orange, Florida
Matthew’s favorite part about cooking here is that he loves manifesting creative ideas and refining his skills. His favorite dish growing up as a kid was vegetable soup. According to his wife Hannah, “he’s passionate about developing other cooks and leading the diner through a joyful, educational and delicious experience.
Keely Obbards — General Manager
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Keely’s natural curiosity and desire for connecting with people are what drives her on a daily basis and makes her proud to be working at Birdie G’s. Nothing gives her greater joy than making someone’s life a little bit brighter – even if it’s only for an hour. This SoCal native’s favorite dish growing up was tamales! Her mother Sue says, “Keely’s creativity, passion for excellence and out-of-the-box thinking has enabled her to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. It gives her an innate sense of how to empower those around her, and allows her to hone in on how to elevate others’ dining experiences.” We couldn’t have said it any better, Sue.
Kathryn Coker — RC Family Wine Director
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
One of the top things that gives Kathryn joy about overseeing the wine programs for the entire restaurant group is all the amazing people she works with every day. Her favorite thing to eat growing up was beets. According to her mom, “Kathryn was born with a fist-pumping attitude toward everything she is involved in leading, creating or tasting. She can’t help it!”
Kobi Tsesarsky — Sommelier
Hometown: New York, NY
Kobi loves that his work entails taking care of others, sharing great wine and spend his time surrounded by this all-star team. His favorite dish growing up was…candy. His palate is a bit more refined now. According to his mom Robyn, “Kobi is very committed, a great listener and likes to make other people happy. Plus, he was practically born to work in restaurants—his first words as a baby were, ‘I want to eat a piece of pizza now.'”
Stephanie Reading — Bar Program Director
Hometown: Mill Valley, California
Stephanie loves being able to see a person and create them a drink they’ve never had or heard of before – the exact perfect drink for them that they didn’t even know they had wanted in the first place. Her favorite dish growing up was Spinach Quiche. Her stay-at-home mom was an awesome cook and introduced Stephanie to all sorts of foods growing up with the help of her trusty Good Housekeeping cookbook (also the first cookbook that Stephanie owned). According to her dad Michael, “Stephanie has the bartending skills, enthusiasm and imagination to craft amazing and unusual drinks to complete your dining experience.”
Jeremiah Lacsamana — Sous Chef (Also Squire & Back-Up Vocals)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
One of Jeremiah’s favorite parts about the job is working with people from so many backgrounds, which includes communicating in broken French, Spanish and English. His favorite dish growing up as a kid was Vienna Sausages with eggs, rice and banana ketchup. His mom, Henedina, is proud of him because “he’s always been able to maintain a job.”
Alex Barkley — Sous Chef
Hometown: Seattle, WA
For Alex, Birdie G’s is all about progress with the lovely team—every day is a chance to be better than yesterday. Additionally, there’s no better feeling than a fast-paced service with everyone firing on all cylinders. Growing up, he loved blackberries off the vine on a hot day and extra firm tofu, and had a propensity to eat red bell peppers like an apple. According to his fiancée, “Alex’s creativity and care can’t help but come through. He’s able to make simple moments special and extraordinary moments seem easy.”
Deanie Hickox — Consulting Pastry Chef
Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
To Deanie, baking is just a pure expression of the desire to nurture. It brings her great delight when one of her desserts manages to bring a little sunshine to someone else. She has fond recollections of her mom’s chicken and dumplings – she can’t think of anything that made her feel more loved! Her husband Francisco says that “every time I try to describe what makes Deanie’s desserts so transcendent, all I can come up with is a growled ‘MMMMMMMMM!!.’ Also, if I could only pick one of her desserts to survive the apocalypse, it would be her ice cream. And her cheesecake. And her donuts. And oh yeah, her chocolate chip cookies! Those four things are the one thing. And her chocolate cake.”
Sara Martinez — Events Manager
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sara is all about creating an experience for our guests. She has a passion for amazing food, thoughtful wine selections and excellent hospitality. Mama Michelle tells us that Sara wanted to be a manicurist as a kid. Luckily, Sara’s close attention to detail enables her to curate an unforgettable atmosphere for any celebration, special occasion or simply a good time with friends. P.S. She has a special place in her heart for Puerto Rican food, including rice, beans, pernil and tostones.
Hot off the Press
- Los Angeles Times – “101 Best Restaurants - 2021”
- Michelin Guide – “2021 California Guide - Plate Recognition”
- Los Angeles Times – “101 Best Restaurants - 2020”
- Los Angeles Magazine – “Best New Restaurants - 2019”
- Los Angeles Times – “101 Best Restaurants - 2019”
- The Infatuation – “LA's Best New Restaurants of 2019”
- Time Out LA – “The 15 Best New LA Restaurants of 2019”
- Thrillist – “The Best Restaurants in LA That Opened in 2019”
- Los Angeles Times – “Rustic Canyon’s Jeremy Fox Opened Santa Monica’s Hottest Restaurant of the Year”
- Eater LA – “The 16 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles”
- New York Times – “Where Dessert Is Much More Than An Afterthought”
- Food & Wine – “Jeremy Fox Finally Opens Birdie G’s in Santa Monica, and It's a Big Deal”
- Robb Report – “Why You Should Care About Birdie G’s, a New Restaurant Steeped in Americana”
- Life & Thyme – “Jeremy Fox’s New American at Birdie G’s”
- Vogue – “2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings ”
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