Our Story

At Esters, we’re all about curation and fun, without any pretension. Our wine shop & bar is the kind of destination where you can spend an evening leisurely exploring new vintages from our 250+ wine list, enjoy some drinks paired with snacks or a full meal, try a bunch of different wines during our Sunday Tastings, get a glass of something rare or fancy on Monday Cellar Nights or stock up for a dinner party at home. Our chic and welcoming atmosphere encourages socializing with friends and fellow wine lovers, and our knowledgeable team allows for a sense of discovery. Think of us as your neighborhood clubhouse…for wine! 

As a member of the Rustic Canyon Family, we’re a partnership between co-owners Josh Loeb & Zoe Nathan and the group’s Wine Director Kathryn Coker & her husband Tug. Tucked inside a beautifully refurbished 1937 Art Deco building, our retail area features a library of wines focused on smaller, planet-friendly producers whose stories we know and love, along with specialty products from friends and suppliers whose work inspires us. Our team will help you pick that perfect bottle for your wine collection or craft a gorgeous gift box for any occasion. 

You’ll need some food to soak up all that awesome wine. Our seasonal menu primarily celebrates French bistro classics, with some Spanish, Italian and California influences. Chef de Cuisine Sheyna McCallister takes full advantage of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, located just a few blocks away, to craft a variety of snacks and composed dishes for lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch—all of which pair beautifully with Kathryn and Sommelier Randall Middleton’s eclectic wine list. Also, our gooey Grilled Cheese and addictive Lavender Almonds are not to be missed!

Additionally, we offer Private & Virtual Events and Guided Tastings for any occasion, so visit our Events page for more details.

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In the Press

Goop – The Wine Delivery and Subscription Guide

LAist – A Natural Wine Happy Hour For Every Day Of The Week

Los Angeles Times – 30 great places to drink wine in Los Angeles

Star Wine List – 16 great wine bars and wine restaurants in Los Angeles 2022

Condé Nast Traveler – 24 Best Bars in Los Angeles

Time Out Los Angeles – Meet the finalists of Time Out L.A.’s 2018 Bar Awards

Seven Fifty Daily – How to Successfully Co-Merchandise Food and Wine

Food & Wine – 5 Mistakes People Make When Drinking Champagne

Los Angeles Times – The Woman Behind Esters, Best Wine Bar in Southern California

Robb Report – Sunday Brunch: The Elegant Wine Shop Serving a Boozy Brunch

Santa Monica Centric – Faces of Downtown: Kathryn Coker

Insider – 9 tips for ordering wine at a restaurant without feeling like an idiot

Los Angeles Magazine – Best of L.A. 2017: 92 of Our Favorite Things to Eat, Do, and Buy Right Now

Food & Wine – F&W’s 2017 Sommeliers of the Year

Los Angeles Times – New Esters wine shop in Santa Monica has 250 wines and great bar food