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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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Laguna Beach, California
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332 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Thank Byron R
Huntington Beach
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91 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank Marilyn S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Amy T. G
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106 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tremendously good seafood which you can take home and cook or buy prepared in their deli. Some foods are made to go. There is a wide selection. The fish is always fresh and good. I shop here regularly.

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Thank I13JAmarym
Newport Beach, California
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To much delight, the restaurant was remodeled, adding a much needed and counter friendly, well-stocked oyster bar; the Bostonian chowder is the best in Costa Mesa; tasty shellfish abounding; the inside dining area is small and intimate, complimented by an attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable staff; The fish cuts in the deli case are of vast selection and superior quality. Noticeably... More 

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Southern California
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to Santa Monica Seafood in Costa Mesa for many years and were there again yesterday. I had wonderful Clam Chowder and a great Crab Louie Salad that was actually more than I could eat. I also had their flavored Ice Tea which was quite good. My wife had a Lobster Sandwich that was more than she... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are always looking for a good fish place and usually go to The Crab Cooker. Just for a change, we tried SMSF. It is less crowded, the parking is much easier, and the food is comparable to The Crab Cooker. I had shrimp, but it was less than memorable, in fact, I only remember that, because it is what... More 

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Irvine, California
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

I usually shop here once or twice a week for seafood to take home and cook for dinner. They have a great selection of fresh seafood and it has always been of high quality. They also have prepared pokes, salads, cooked shrimp, etc. The restaurant was upgraded a while ago and I occasionally come for lunch. Last week I stopped... More 

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Thank Dan H
costa mesa, california
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

the food here is mostly fresh. good sides.. everything does look so good. is close by and is not hard to buy some fish and have it on the grill later.

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Thank chuckman
Costa Mesa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This establishment is equally a restaurant and a fish market. The fish in the market always looks fresh and appetizing. In the restaurant, the offerings are limited, but what is offered is quite good. For travelers, this place is on 17th. If you are driving up Newport, away from the beach, you would turn right onto 17th. This would be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Seafood, Soups
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, 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
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

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