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This renowned seafood market and restaurant, a local landmark since 1939, has earned a well-deserved reputation as "the cathedral of seafood." A family-owned business with a history dating back to... Read More
This renowned seafood market and restaurant, a local landmark since 1939, has earned a well-deserved reputation as "the cathedral of seafood." A family-owned business with a history dating back to nineteenth-century Italy, Santa Monica Seafood is the city's go-to for the freshest catch, boasting the largest selection of fresh seafood in the Pacific Southwest. At the charmingly casual cafe, diners swoon over smooth, sweet oysters and decadent clam chowder followed by roasted whitefish drizzled with lemon oil or a rich, satisfying bowl of cioppino stew. The café is a perfect place to grab a quick lunch: try the spicy salmon burger or mahi mahi sliders and get a zing in every bite.
- Seafood: "Check out the Seafood Watch sustainability rankings of the fish here; it's good to get to know the ones that have the top "good" rating and choose those when dining out."
- Best for Seafood Because: A classic place designed for a casual bite, there's no doubt their fish is fresh, since the famed Santa Monica Seafood Market is also here.
- Santa Monica's Best Restaurants: "Call ahead and find out if Santa Monica Seafood Café is doing any cooking demonstrations on the days you're in Santa Monica and head to the café on that day."
- Best for Santa Monica's Best Restaurants Because: Santa Monica Seafood Café is a restaurant and market that has over 600 seafood offerings every day.