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Feb 5, 2009 08:00 PM

Santa Monica Seafood

I have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Santa Monica Seafood at their new location on Wilshire and drove by tonight and there were people inside!!!! Does anyone know whether that was a preview party or they're open? Also, I'd love to hear your advice on what pre-made goodies you love from there...

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  1. The clam chowder isn't bad.

    1. Used to buy my fish here two or three times a week, however last time as i was paying they told me they would no longer be giving out ice or ice packs for people that might need to keep their fish cold. The lady was nice about it and got me some ice one last time for me. But come on, i mean we don't all live within 15 minutes of this place. Until I hear they're offering ice packs or bagged ice again I won't be back, they could always charge for it...... Their prices are OK and their fish selection is great, but you can find similar fish at whole foods for a similar price and they'll give me ice. Granted they don't have the selection that santa monica seafood does..... If anyone from santa monica seafood reads this please find other ways to cut costs. LA has allot of traffic and having some ice to keep your yummy fish cold makes the difference between buying from you or from another store.

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      1. re: Ben7643

        I was given an ice pack two times before, and when I stopped by on a whim last week I got a bag of ice... but then, I go to the Costa Mesa (or is it Newport Back Bay?) store on 17th, not the mother ship in Santa Monica.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Ya my exp. was at the santa monica location i was told they are no longer giving ice out. It's a pity i really love the place other then that.

      2. Get some of the "Indian candy" to munch on. (It's salmon, not candy.) Their smoked mussels are a personal favorite as well.

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        1. re: 50sGuy

          I also love their Indian candy; it's a nice protein to pop during the week.
          Additionally, some time ago I purchased some of their fresh anchovies; they were delicious. I don't know if they have them all the time, but I would purchase them again.

        2. The email I received said they would officially be open on February 16.

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          1. re: Juji

            Their website is still listing the opening of the store on the S/E corner of Wilshire at 10th as February 16. I read somewhere (EaterLA?) that it was Feb. 9, but I can't find it now. I also like their clam chowder, and when it was the 10th Street Cafe, I had a very nice plate of three excellently fried fish filets, fries, and cole slaw for $9.95, and my companion and I also enjoyed the fried calamari ($6.95, if i recall correctly). Too much food, ultracasual (plastic trays and utensils) but very friendly and the cook had a good touch with the fryer.

            1. re: nosh

              I also thought that they served a very good fish-and-chips! Thanks for mentioning it.

          2. Thanks to everyone who replied. I just drove by there and they're hosting some big dinner inside. I can't wait till the 16th! It's President's Day and now I know where I'm going to walk for lunch!