Santa Monica Seafood

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

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 serves as a 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 ($18, half dozen; $32, dozen) and Alaskan King Crab legs. Crab Louie and cioppino satisfy with text-book versions of the classics, but the best deal might be hearty fish chowder, 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.

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Venue name: Santa Monica Seafood
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Address: 1000 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
90401
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, Sun 9am-8pm
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The Santa Monica Seafood market offers a comfortable and casual seafood experience for a post beach dinner (although I wouldn't go in your swim trunks). Half seafood market/have cafe, this place can get packed with its limited seating but it's worth the wait. My friends and I split an appetizer of their fried calamari and my main dish was their lobster roll with a caesar salad side. The lobster was tender and packed with meat, the bread could've been warmer but was buttery and complemented the lobster well. Highly recommend checking out the Santa Monica Seafood Market for a seafood feast, bonus points if you listen to the hit by 90's alt rock band Everclear, "Santa Monica" on your ride there. 


This is a restaurant and fish market in one. The cafe part is small and can get crowded so plan accordingly. The seafood is delicious! I'd recommend the Pan Roasted Halibut.