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Santa Monica Seafood

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154 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3709
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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334 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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91 reviews
14 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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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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122 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

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.

Thank I13JAmarym
Newport Beach, California
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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 

1 Thank Paul C
Costa Mesa, California
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33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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 

Thank Ronnie F
Irvine, California
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Dan H

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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
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
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: 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?