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All 423 Costa Mesa Restaurants

Santa Monica Seafood

154 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3709
949-574-0274
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Ranked #12 of 423 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
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Corona del Mar, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The conditions were perfect with 75 degree weather and an outside table and a very well trained waitress. The oysters were cold, cold, cold in a bed of ice and absolutely delectable. And expensive ($3.00-$3.50 or $2/each at happy hour). But worth it. Our waitress explained each variety on a sampler platter of 6 different types. A glass of pinot... More

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Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Although I live in Los Angeles, I make it a point to stop in and have a bite to eat when I am in the area. The seafood is fresh and the service is very attentive. The beer and wine selection also compliments their menu. Being that this is a seafood market with a dining area, I typically have pre-dinner... More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a relatively small restaurant that is attached to a fish market. Most of the inside tables were occupied. Therefore, we sat outside. We started with both Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder. My wife and I liked the very good chowders although I prefer creamier New England Chowders. My wife and daughter ordered Excellent Shrimp Cocktails, each with... More

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Austin, Texas
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122 reviews 122 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It's a fish market with a small care and severely overpriced wine, but the food was deeelish. We three said we'd happily return. Great ceviche with blah corn chips, very good chowder and the lobster eaters were well pleased. And you know it's fresh! Cannot understand why it wasn't packed on. Thursday night.

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Irvine, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went there for lunch and bought 5 different salads for the three of us. Disappointed in all except the ahi tuna which was outstanding in an Asia sauce. Most of the salads had too much mayo to get any flavor of the seafood. Will we make better choices next time. Buy there fresh fish all the time. Love their... More

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Newport Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great seafood preparations. Had their lobster roll which was just like being back east. Also the cafe is part of the store that sells the best quality seafood around.

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Prescott, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Very wide selection of fresh, delicious seafood. Service was excellent, the value was very good, and we dined in this small restaurant twice in 4 days.

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Bakersfield, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Ordered the Cioppino, it was really really good. Will have it again on my next visit!! Ate at the bar and had a very pleasant server/bartender Renee Would recommend for a great casual meal

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Irvine, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The best seafood market I've found in Orange County. They have just every kind of fish and seafood! The cafe serves great fish & chips, clam chowder, mussels, crab cakes, cioppino, salads ... well, everything is wonderful!

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Costa Mesa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is one of the few places in my area that specialize in fresh seafood. they have an excellent variety and it is always the best quality. However bring your AMEX card as the pricing is very high. However, you get what you payfor!

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