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Santa Monica Seafood

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154 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3709
+1 949-574-0274
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Irvine, California
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by for a lobster roll and crab cakes, the crab cakes were only okay but the lobster roll was the best I've had in California - and we've tried a couple. I was tempted by the oysters which were reasonably priced, maybe next time. Service was great.

Thank sandram972016
Irvine, California
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

I enjoyed Santa Monica Seafood for three reasons. The food was delicious, the prices reasonable, and the service attentive. This was my first time. I had two oysters, New England clam chowder, and a lobster roll. It was the best lobster roll I've had outside of Maine. The others with me had salmon and salad and all were satisfied. If... More 

Thank Michael C
Anaheim, California
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

We love seafood and fish and this is the place to get it. They have an oyster bar that is right on. Today we had a mixed of them. Plus lunch. I got the steamed mussels. The large portion was too much for me. I too some home. My son had the ahi tuna tartare that was fresh and delicious.... More 

Thank katycarey
Anaheim, California
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234 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

Fresh seafood options always available, bright, welcoming interior. All the classics, delicious salads, sandwiches, ceviche, seafood cocktail, chowder, fish n chips and grilled options.

Thank twinsaround
Dallas, TX USA
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121 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Ok, it's a small place in busy area with parking but you do not go there for parking or a fancy restaurant. It's all about the seafood. Extensive selection because the place doubles as a seafood retail store. We all know that fishing boats have pretty much vanished from So Cal but that has not stopped this small chain from... More 

Thank TXDavid937
Houston, Texas
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Being from the Gulf Coast, I feel I know seafood. Santa Monica is everything you need in a seafood restaurant. The wait staff, the food, the environment is all excellent. You will not be disappointed.

Thank txmmoore
Newport Beach, California
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

I am a regular customer. The fresh seafood here is incredible. The display is beautiful as well. I am not sure there is anywhere in Orange County this nice. The deli food is almost always fantastic. The "Indian Candy (cooked salmon) and the spicy cooked shrimp can be "hit or miss" but the other items are reliably excellent. (They let... More 

Thank PaulineMarie3
Laguna Beach, California
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388 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I have been a customer for fish in the market for years and now love to sit at the Restaurant oyster bar for a bowl of Manhattan Clam Chowder. Everything is fresh and tasty.My last visit was a Sunday for Happy Hour. I enjoyed a cup of chowder, some calamari, ceviche and a few oysters with a rose on a... More 

Thank Byron R
Huntington Beach
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95 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

I have been a customer at this store for years. Wonderful fish counter. Always the freshest available. Curious and friendly staff always very helpful. This is the only place I purchase fish. There restaurant is also wonderful. They will also package food for take out. Enjoy.

Thank Marilyn S
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Had kind of a strange experience here... was crammed out onto the "patio," which has several tables right on top of one another. Service was slow and clunky. I hate when servers complain about it being someone else's fault. She forgot my Dad's soup, and linked it to the restaurant not having a hostess that day. Announced/vented in front of... More 

Thank Amy T. G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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: +1 949-574-0274

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