Owner Catherine An chose to name her restaurant concept and event space TIATO as an homage to her family’s rich heritage and her mother’s cooking philosophy. The name is a play on the Vietnamese herb tía tô, a favorite ingredient of both Catherine and her mother, Chef Helene An. Known as the An family matriarch who established the renowned Crustacean restaurants, Chef Helene An has used the tía tô leaf in her cooking for more than a decade, and it has become a staple ingredient at various House of An concepts. The tía tô herb, chosen not only for its rich health benefits but for its bold and distinct flavor, reflects the sensibility of Catherine’s creative menu.
The colors on the two sides of the tía tô leaf, purple and green, are expressed in TIATO’s logo and repeated as a motif throughout the restaurant itself. Like the tía tô leaf after which it was named, TIATO has two sides: a full-service restaurant and a gourmet, quick-service market area. This allows for a wide range of dining options. The TIATO menu can be savored in our elegant dining room, at our bar seating, on our outdoor communal table or relaxing umbrella tables, or at our juice and coffee bar, where you can order “grab ‘n’ go,” house-made items to enjoy in our quick-service seating area or to take with you to your desk or home.
Catherine’s menu features many items that honor her mother’s cooking philosophy: One should eat what tastes good and is healthy. Catherine believes that part of keeping a balance is letting yourself indulge a little too, which is why you’ll find scrumptious treats like our Gluten-Free Brownie and savory dishes like our Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Bisque alongside our health-conscious options.
With her mother’s assistance, Catherine developed a simple menu of sophisticated, global tastes, rich in antioxidants and organic, immune-boosting ingredients. You’ll find a blend of Catherine’s favorite childhood dishes, charmingly reimagined comfort foods, and nutritious, light fare at TIATO.
VARIETY: TIATO offers cultural favorites with a fresh, contemporary twist.
QUALITY: Great taste begins with great ingredients. TIATO is committed to buying the finest and freshest ingredients, many in support of local farmers. Some of our dishes even feature herbs and produce grown on site in TIATO’s very own patio garden.
BALANCE: At TIATO, eating right is about eating a meal that makes you feel good. TIATO provides a thoughtfully balanced, appetizing menu of carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables, with enticingly indulgent items featured as well. The balance of these elements in our food is an expression of how committed we are to providing nourishment that balances the body, mind, and soul.
Breakfast: With options like our House-Blend 5-grain Oatmeal, Mama’s Chicken Porridge, and “Create-Your-Own Burrito,” Tiato offers the perfect selection of breakfast items to start your day off right. In a hurry? Grab a healthy, fresh-pressed juice or smoothie along with some fresh-baked pastries. (Link to smoothies)
Lunch: Whether you’re looking for a quick bite from our gourmet, quick-serve side or a full-service dining experience, you’ll always find something delightful and gratifying at Tiato. We offer fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and hot entrées made with fresh herbs and the finest ingredients. Have a power meeting or simply grab a bite and sit back in one of our sun-warmed, cushioned patio seats. Got a sweet tooth or are looking for just a nibble? We’ve got you covered with house-baked sweets and artisan snacks from our market.
Market Retail: Want something delicious and easy? Our market has house-made “grab ‘n’ go” products, deli items, and local and artisan snacks to make your day both convenient and satisfying. Stop by our market to see our selection, which will periodically be updated to feature exciting new items.
Corporate Catering: Our beautiful corporate platters are a convenient way to impress at the next company meeting or luncheon. Have your function catered by the award winner for “Best Catering” (BizBash National Style Awards). We can even deliver directly to you if you’re located in the city of Santa Monica! To inquire about delivery beyond our local radius or to request more information, please call.
Be sure to also ask about An Catering, our full-service catering division, perfect for any special occasion—on or off site. We cater everything from large, upscale events, including fashion shows, weddings, and birthday parties, to intimate gatherings such as corporate happy hours and bridal showers. (link to An Catering website)
Market Coffee: Our Gourmet Coffee Bar brews some of the finest beans in the world—all of which are Fair Trade Certified-and offers a wide selection of delicious, fresh-baked pastries. Have a cup of coffee with everyone’s favorite: Tiato’s Chocolate Chip Cookie! For each pound of coffee beans we use to brew your coffee, 5% of the cost is donated to various local Santa Monica charities.
Juice Bar: Our antioxidant-rich juice combinations will keep your energy levels high and help you feel good all day long. If you missed your lunch break or just finished working out, we offer protein shakes as well. Have a tasty juice or smoothie combination that you’d like us to try? CLICK HERE to submit your idea. If your creation makes it onto our menu, you’ll be rewarded with free juice for a week!
Swing by our market to also try some of our awesome retail products, including Kombucha, fine iced teas, coconut water, and more!
Beer/Wine Bar: (link to “Restaurant Menu”) The Tiato Bar offers beers on tap or by the bottle as well as wines by the glass or bottle. Our selection includes locally-crafted beers and various wines, 70% of which are sustainable by being organic and/or bio-dynamic. We are proud to provide such a unique list—a rare find on the West side. Also try our signature Herb-Infused Soju Cocktails, which are made with fresh herbs grown on site—perfect for a nice day on the patio!
Indoors: Designed by owner Catherine An, Tiato’s versatile venue space can be left bare in its natural rustic charm, or it can be lavishly dressed for a more extravagant affair. High honeycomb ceilings, raw concrete floors, and reclaimed wood panels make this eco-chic space a blank canvas for the most creative imagination.
Outdoor Garden: The Garden at Tiato boasts the largest outdoor dining space in Santa Monica independent of a hotel. Mingle with your closest friends for an intimate gathering, or host a fête or ceremony with the herb and citrus garden as your backdrop.
Private Dining Room: Our elegant, rustic-inspired private dining room can seat up to 12 people. The beautiful reclaimed wood dining table is perfect for an intimate gathering, celebration, or private meeting. Enjoy access to our plasma TV for presentations. Upon request, our Chef will be more than happy to design your own customized menu. Reserve our private dining room today!