Seafood: 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.
Santa Monica's Best Restaurants: Santa Monica Seafood Café isn't just a place to dine, it also has fresh seafood available for you to take home and cook yourself, which is the secret to its success as it focuses on high quality seafood for every facet of its business and those who dine at the café benefit from it. The café has an excellent oyster bar with a variety of different types of oysters from around North America. In addition, you'll find seafood delicacies on the menu like Alaskan King Crab, Mediterranean mussels, New England clam chowder, Alaskan cod fish and chips, lobster roll, grilled swordfish and many other types of fish.
Local Expert Gina Douglas Tarnacki Says:
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.
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