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“Clam Chowder Heaven”

Brophy Bros. Seafood Restaurant & Clam Bar
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Ranked #5 of 427 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We are a casual seafood house that is located right on the dock in the Ventura & Santa Barbara Harbor. You'll find a bustling scene of fisherman, young professionals and sand-sprinkled beach-goers nearly every night of the week at these true-blue waterfront institution. Dungeness crab cocktail, oysters on the half-shell and fried shrimp round out the "small" menu offerings. Fresh fish specials, such as grilled white sea bass from local waters, mahi mahi dusted in Cajun spices and pan-blackened local yellowtail, are highlights on the "long" menu. No matter what, libations are always in order at this locals' favorite gathering place. Everyone is welcome at Brophy's, hope to see you soon.
Chardon
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Clam Chowder Heaven”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

My wife and I ate at Brophy Bros. on Tuesday March 26th. This is a boisterous restaurant with what seemed like a mostly local crowd. The clam chowder was outstanding and the seafood was excellent quality and well prepared. We wish we were not tourists and had a place like this back home! Great food and fair pricing. I would return if in the area again.

  • Visited March 2013
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Bakersfield, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great seafood!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Ate dinner here on a Friday night. Very crowded, but well worth the short wait for a table. Ordered the swordfish and my husband ordered the white sea bass. Wonderful! Reasonably priced for great seafood. Will eat here again.

Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Quintessential California views!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is the spot to go to for a quintessential California coastal lunch or dinner. It is in the marina with a lovely patio and nice bar. The clam chowder, fresh fish sandwiches and the shrimp/crab salads are all lovely!
If you are just in Ventura for a day trip or are passing through - check this spot out for lunch!

Jimmy was at the bar and took good care of us and made some to-do/to-eat suggestions.

My only fair warning - $3 charge for avocado - yup we spent $6 on an avocado. It was a lovely avocado - but whoops.

Visited February 2013
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Kirkland, Washington
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117 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fun place at the harbor with good seafood”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

I would have to rate Brophy Bros. "Very good" for the overall experience. Even from below the stairs leading up to the restaurant one can hear the sounds of the crowd urging you on. You might have to wait a bit for a table as this is a very busy place, We were fortunate to find two seats at the end of the bar, where we watched mussels, clams, shrimp and oysters being prepared -- a show in itself. The server was accommodating in offering us tastes of wine before we made our final selection -- always appreciated., Soup or salad accompany the dinner, and the salad is enough for two to share. One of us had sea bass and the other seafood pasta. The pasta was delicately dressed with white wine, garlic, lemon and basil . . .none of which overpowered the scallops and shrimp. There was a lingering desire to have ordered the cioppino so that many fish flavors could be enjoyed. Next time! There is a large deck on the harbor side; and sitting at the high seats at the bar made it possible to see the harbor. I would definitely return to this restaurant next time I visit Ventura. Wish they had one in the Seattle area!

  • Visited February 2013
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Moneta, Virginia, United States
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“Good dinner with a great harbor view”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Enjoyed a Caesar salad with a very tasty seafood pasta. The setting was comfortable with a harbor view; the service was good!

  • Visited February 2013
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