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Ocean Ave Seafood

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1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica Blvd)
(310) 394-5669
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
good food, nice view

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2014
Miss_Aky
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New York City, New York
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Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is one of the hippest places to hang out on Ocean Avenue. The best tables are at the front where the windows open upwards for your enjoyment of the ocean views during dinner. The valet parking is some of the quickest I have ever seen.

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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
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109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 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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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 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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58 restaurant reviews
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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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13 restaurant reviews
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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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Additional Information about Ocean Ave Seafood

Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: (310) 394-5669
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (Santa Monica Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 394-5669

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Doing business, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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

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