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Santa Monica Seafood

154 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3709
949-574-0274
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Ranked #12 of 432 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
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English first
Davidson, North Carolina
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106 reviews 106 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a small (seats 24) place within a seafood shop. The shop is crazy clean and doesn't smell, always a good sign. I started with the Pacific Fish Ceviche, which is probably the best thing I've ever had in a restaurant. The cioppino was also incredible, full of flavor and perfectly seasoned. All in all this was a great... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We dined here on 1/4 and the food was very good. My friend had steamed clams and I had a grilled cheese sandwich. The service was also very good and I would certainly return here again. This was our second visit to this restaurant and it was as good as the first. We also ran into some friends that were... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My hubs and I went here for lunch yesterday on the suggestion of a true foodie friend .. Wow! Wonderful service, delicious food. Truly best little neck clams we've had, and we shared fish & chips (yum!) and the tuna melt (yum, again) wish we lived closer, we'd be regulars! The fish market was beautiful, with anything you can think... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Santa Monica Seafood (Costa Mesa) is the very best merchant of the freshest seafood available in Orange County. The retail staff is very conscientious, very friendly, and always willing to give tips on the best way to cook their seafood. The assortment of seafood is the best and most varied that you can find, and the quality of the seafood... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We ate dinner at the Costa Mesa location recently. This is a place where you can buy fresh seafood in addition to having a restaurant on the premises. My husband ordered clam chowder and the special (halibut), I had fish & chips, and our daughter had the chicken. The clam chowder and halibut were both really good. I would not... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My wife and I Loved this Lunch. Ordered a dozen Oysters; the Kusshi's, preferred over the Kumato's, absolutely ( five stars) as good or better than the Zuni in San Francisco. Fresh as the Sea Breeze, a nice Chardonnay. Then we ordered the Mussels in broth with French fries ( four stars) broth was somewhat bland, Mussel's as fresh as... More 

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Corona del Mar, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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Additional Information about Santa Monica Seafood

Address: 154 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3709
Phone Number: 949-574-0274
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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