i love jones on santa monica. there are few restaurants which i deem to be worthy of a gold star, but this is definitely one of them. there is nothing i would change. in the ever changing landscape of cookie cutter bars and eateries in los angeles, it is a breath of fresh air to walk into this classic staple. it is perfect for nearly every occasion: an intimate date, a reunion with old friends, grabbing a drink with a pal. the ambiance is perfect. the lighting is dark enough to make you look good on a bad skin day, but light enough where you can read the menu. you can hear the cool indie rock tunes playing, but you can also carry on a conversation without having to ask "what" every other word. the food is good, but not expensive. and the clientele is super hip and attractive. the side room, which used to house the smokers, is now the perfect place to congregate with a bunch of your friends. so the next time you are wondering where to go, just remember, oh yeah, jones.