Santa Monica Seafood

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Photograph: Courtesy Santa Monica Seafood
Santa Monica Seafood
Photograph: Courtesy Santa Monica Seafood
Santa Monica Seafood
Photograph: Courtesy Santa Monica Seafood
Spicy tuna burger sliders and pan roasted fish at Santa Monica Seafood
Santa Monica

This LA seafood institution started at Santa Monica Pier and, more than 70 years later, the retail market and café—now operating blocks from the Pacific—is still family-run and the city’s go-to, one-stop shop for all things seafood. The 60-foot, horseshoe-shaped seafood case boasts every imaginable bivalve, crustacean and finned creature with a daily-changing board that lists fresh catches of the day like sturgeon fillets and spiny lobsters. Grab a seat at the raw bar and dive into oysters ($16, half dozen, $30, dozen) and crudo ($15)—choose silky salmon or buttery hamachi—simply dressed with lemon oil, basil and sea salt. Crab Louie ($19) and cioppino ($22) satisfy with text-book versions of the classics, but the best deal might be hearty fish chowder ($4, cup, $7, bowl), chock-full of whitefish, swordfish, and mahi in a corn and potato–studded tomato broth. Join the lunchtime crowd and pre-dinner market rush, or loll over a glass (or bottle) of wine in between services.

Venue name: Santa Monica Seafood
Address: 1000 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, Sun 9am-8pm
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