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Ocean Ave Seafood

Santa Monica
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1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106 (Santa Monica Blvd)
+1 310-394-5669
11:30 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Bellflower, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Beautiful ambiance, however, the food was tasteless. The wait staff was nice enough but the food was less than edible. Do not order the fish and chips.

Thank Susan G
Chicago, IL
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309 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The freshest seafood across the street from the nightlights of the Santa Monica pier. We went all out with a super salad, appetizers and crab. Oh we were in heaven. Crab cakes are divine, as are the mussels. Come hungry. Big portions and great service. Don't fill up on the bread!

Thank dreytuch
Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

This is one of the hippest places to hang out on Ocean Avenue. The best tables are at the front where the windows open upwards for your enjoyment of the ocean views during dinner. The valet parking is some of the quickest I have ever seen.

1 Thank Maggie B
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We enjoyed the food. We ordered seafood which is what the restaurant is known for and it was very enjoyable. The portion sizes were also decent. We had a seat by the window and there was a nice breeze and it was fun to people watch.

2 Thank Miss_Aky
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The ambiance is very nice, the food a little bit pricey but they have a great clam chowder. Good service and they validate valet parking. Nice place if you are around Santa Monica

2 Thank Z R
Los Angeles, California
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117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not as good as last time, but still better than the first visit. Ocean Ave Seafood is now The Water Grill, and although the downtown Los Angeles restaurant is still one of my favorites, this new version in Santa Monica lags quite a bit behind. The restaurant has such a nice location that visiting friends always suggest going there, but... More 

2 Thank YMRob
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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547 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

Walking down Ocean Avenue to our restaurant, now closed, we happened to see this inviting seafood restaurant with an open table by a window. Even a great menu with a cold, stuffy atmosphere or lousy, unattentive servers can ruin a dining experience. Not here, this was a restaurant with a great seafood menu, gracious staff and very accommodating, i.e. even... More 

Thank RikiUSA
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restaurant was great. Loved the drinks. I had the scallops and they were cooked to perfection. But the oysters were amazing, huge and taste. I def would go back and highly recommend this place. The view was great as well the Santa Monica pier.

1 Thank Hrdinvest
Brisbane, Australia
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Nicely located with the Ocean view, friendly staff, and good atmosphere really beautiful place. But, as one of the reviewer commented and I agree ‘Average rating due to the price’ the food in my opinion was nothing special for that amount of money you expect more testy food. I had fish and risotto really so average,, Go for see food... More 

Thank Teresa_katarzyna
Cocoa, Florida
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had lunch and cocktails. Wonderful ambiance, great grilled octopus, excellent entrees. Excellent service.

Thank id72

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 80
Seafood, American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
    (Santa Monica Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-394-5669

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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