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Santa Monica Seafood

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154 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3709
949-574-0274
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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SM Seafood has the best selection of fresh fish in Orange County. I only will buy wild caught, and Santa Monica seafood is one of the few places that still carries a large selection of wild caught fish, (although they do also carry farm raised). Their selection of side dishes and prepared foods is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Lisa C
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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  • Local cuisine
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

SM Seafood has the best selection of fresh fish in Orange County. I only will buy wild caught, and Santa Monica seafood is one of the few places that still carries a large selection of wild caught fish, (although they do also carry farm raised). Their selection of side dishes and prepared foods is excellent. I have yet to have... More 

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Templeton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The well known seafood market has a restaurant in it. Great choices to be had. Have never had a bad piece of seafood here. You can have anything from fish and chips, to a seafood salad, cioppino, or grilled fish. Fresh seafood is in order here!!

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Paso Robles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

What could be better. ? This casual restaurant owned by the premier seafood distributor in California affords the opportunity for all to enjoy prime seafood and fish wonderfully prepared at very reasonable prices. The oyster bar is great.

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Redlands, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Have eaten here several times. Food has been consistently good: fresh and flavorful, well prepared. The menu is not extensive but has some terrific dishes, and specials every day. Seating is limited; the fish market is the main attraction here, and that is top notch, if a bit pricey. The same can be said of the restaurant/cafe. Easy, casual atmosphere,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Best fish market in Costa Mesa,Newport Beach area..the impressive display case will have you pacing back and forth several times until you make your decision. You have many choices of the freshest fish,shrimp,scallops to take home to grill or cook or ready to eat Dungeness crab,Lobster,grilled shrimp,firecracker shrimp etc..Downside is they have a restaurant but very small.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I travel from Costa Rica and we have good seafood there. The food here was good and the service too. The only down side is that there is not much space to sit, so we had to wait like 25 minutes to get a table. They have a market with fresh seafood there and it has an attractive presentation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you want fresh and different, that's your place. Local folks, come early because the place is small. I will return for dinner.

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Caldwell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We were looking for a seafood place in the Costa Mesa area, saw the reviews for Santa Monica Seafood and decided to give it a try. We were glad we did. The menu was limited, with only a few choices of seafood entrees (although this was a seafood market so you would assume their selection would be varied). But what... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a seafood market with a nice little restaurant in it. We had a really nice waiter and the manager or owner came over and checked on us later. But the food is even better than the service. We had the absolute best calamari of our lives and we're old! Then we had the Cioppino, we both ordered it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We love this place. We have been coming here for a few years since our son has been down here for college. Freshest seafood - especially the oysters - you will find anywhere. I had their cioppino - it is so good, just a little spicy (a good thing). My family had scotch salmon prepared perfectly, and the seabass which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 154 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3709
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: 949-574-0274

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
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

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