Rating: one-and-a-half stars
Location: 119 Broadway (at Ocean), Santa Monica; (310) 395-6037; http://www.theyardsm.com.
Prices: Plates, $10 to $19; cheeses, $10 to $14; sides, $5 to $6; desserts, $8 to $9. Corkage fee, $15.
Details: Open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Happy hour, 5 to 7 p.m., except on Mondays when it's happy hour all night. Late-night weekend menu starting at 10 p.m. Street or public lot parking.
Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.