My husband and I are staying in Santa Monica for 1 night (Easter night), before heading to Santa Barbara for a few days. When we were in Charleston, SC, we randomly decided to go to a bunch of different restaurants all in one evening. We had oysters, appetizers and drinks at all of them. We met and talked with other restaurant guests because we sat at the restaurant bars...and it was so much fun. I'd like to do the same thing for our evening in Santa Monica, because there looks to be so many great places with good food and ambiance. Can anyone give me some suggestions of places (all walkable in the vicinity of The Viceroy Hotel - we are in our mid-30's, so walking a ways is no big deal for us) and menu items that are must haves? We love all kids of food. We would also like to go to places that tend to be lively. Thanks!