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Ocean Ave Seafood

1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-5669
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Ranked #166 of 562 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Santa Monica Blvd
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We enjoyed the food. We ordered seafood which is what the restaurant is known for and it was very enjoyable. The portion sizes were also decent. We had a seat by the window and there was a nice breeze and it was fun to people watch.

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Villingili
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The ambiance is very nice, the food a little bit pricey but they have a great clam chowder. Good service and they validate valet parking. Nice place if you are around Santa Monica

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not as good as last time, but still better than the first visit. Ocean Ave Seafood is now The Water Grill, and although the downtown Los Angeles restaurant is still one of my favorites, this new version in Santa Monica lags quite a bit behind. The restaurant has such a nice location that visiting friends always suggest going there, but... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Walking down Ocean Avenue to our restaurant, now closed, we happened to see this inviting seafood restaurant with an open table by a window. Even a great menu with a cold, stuffy atmosphere or lousy, unattentive servers can ruin a dining experience. Not here, this was a restaurant with a great seafood menu, gracious staff and very accommodating, i.e. even... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restaurant was great. Loved the drinks. I had the scallops and they were cooked to perfection. But the oysters were amazing, huge and taste. I def would go back and highly recommend this place. The view was great as well the Santa Monica pier.

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Nicely located with the Ocean view, friendly staff, and good atmosphere really beautiful place. But, as one of the reviewer commented and I agree ‘Average rating due to the price’ the food in my opinion was nothing special for that amount of money you expect more testy food. I had fish and risotto really so average,, Go for see food... More

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Cocoa, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had lunch and cocktails. Wonderful ambiance, great grilled octopus, excellent entrees. Excellent service.

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Malibu, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Ocean Ave Seafood is steady in quality and service. Best to go during off-hours for an enjoyable meal and a table on the covered patio. The main dining room is quite noisy with a bit too much bustle. Soups and grilled salmon are excellent.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Average rating due to the price. Who can't deliver solid, fresh seafood at these prices? Definitely a corporate card place. Perfect location with great view on Ocean Ave. Beautiful restaurant and great atmosphere. Food is only average for the prices they charge. Everything was solid, except for the steak and the fish and chips. Don't order these.

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent food in a very beautiful location along Ocean Avenue. Prices were fair and the service was excellent.

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