I love seafood, but I always have a problem buying fresh fish at my local supermarket because it never seems so fresh, especially if I am buying farm raised fish. If you live in Los Angeles and are looking for quality fish, then Santa Monica Seafood is the crème de la crop for fresh seafood.
I know it may be a trek for some people, but it’s worth the car ride if you want fresh seafood. After 40 long years on Colorado, Santa Monica Seafood moved to
products, such as cheeses, fresh bread, prepared foods and even flowers. Also, if you are looking for variety on how to cook your fish, the store offers fun cooking demonstrations on unlimited ways to prepare seafood.
After I did my grocery shopping on a Saturday afternoon, I had a lunch at the café. It was very crowded and the service was on the slow side. I ordered the spicy salmon burger (served with a tri-color salad), which was worth the wait. They prepared the burger on a charbroiled grill and not on a flat grill, which makes it healthier. The sandwich was about $10 and it’s a nice price considering how expensive the fish is at the market. The café also has a nice selection of crudo, soups, and salads. I am not a big fan of oysters, but I heard they have one of the best oysters in Southern California. They also have a liquor license, so you can order a nice glass of wine with your meal.
The best part is that Santa Monica Seafood has its own parking lot so you don’t have to drive up and down the street looking for a meter.
It’s really a perfect place to have a light lunch on a Sunday afternoon. It’s about a mile from the ocean, so after you are done with lunch drive to the ocean and have a nice stroll on the beach. Or better yet, request the food to go and have a Santa Monica Seafood picnic on the beach. -MLS