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Erica May 14, 2004 05:56 PM

Hi,
I haven't been there in years and years. I'm visiting in town and wanted to have dinner there, but I'm not sure if it's really any good any more (or if it was good to begin with--I was in my early 20s then and probably wouldn't have known the difference).

Appreciate any feedback or link to previous messages.

thanks,
Erica

  1. wyatt3290 Jan 5, 2008 02:13 PM

    I took a date ther on a spur of the moment thing (the whole day was great) I don't remember what we ordered, I do remember it was good (not great) I do remember the place was almost empty, and I remember that it was pouring rain (I loved every minute of it) so this place good or bad will always have a special place in my heart.

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      LMS1108 Feb 21, 2007 10:53 AM

      When I first moved out here in the early 90s, I used to love taking out of town guests there for the food, etc. Over the years, I have grown disenchanted with the quality of fish and with the prices. Not to mention the horrible bathroom. The last time I went was over two years ago and I have not been back since.

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        tigercactus Feb 21, 2007 09:12 AM

        I am never happy with what I order at the Reel Inn ... I agree with previous posters. if I were you I would either go further up on PCH and go to Malibu Seafood for some fish n chips or hang a right on Topanga and go to Froggy's.

        ETA -- I didn't realize that the OP was so old! this board seems to be resurrecting old posts -- probably because the search function doesn't allow for sorting by date (at least I can't figure out how to do that)

        1. pinotgrisgirl Feb 21, 2007 06:29 AM

          I love the Reel Inn -- their Mahi Mahi sandwich is awesome as are their Oysters. I go there probably two times a month and fortunately haven't experienced any of the problems listed above. Great place for a late lunch on Saturday afternoon...

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            debra Feb 21, 2007 12:54 PM

            I really like the Reel Inn, and I think it's a fun place to take out of town guests who want to eat by the beach/water, (and of course who I know aren't looking for the likes of The Lobster, or the Water Grill). It's not the least expensive place, and it's not the best fish in town, but the whole package is really enjoyable on a pretty day. I usually get the grilled fish tacos, they're tasty, and p.s. they happen to be one of the lesser expensive items.

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            lalindabell Feb 20, 2007 04:03 PM

            I just went to the Reel Inn last night and I must say I thought it was terrible. In the first place, they were out of almost everything. Secondly, their prices are outrageous for what you get. My daughter and I split a dinner because it was a bit late. The total came to $44.00--splitting a dinner. Let me tell you what we had. We ordered orange roughy cajon style. We got two sides with that. Can you imagine that they charge extra for steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes as subsitute for french fries or rice? That came to about $19.00. Then, a bowl of chowder that was way way too peppery.(and I love hot food, but black pepper is tricky)-- ($4.00); A pitcher of beer that we were going to share with friends--$14.00. And a miniscule glass of wine, about 3 ounces, $5.00. AND--you wait on yourself!! I will never go back. Astounding they get by with this kind of food and service.

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              LBQT May 14, 2004 07:36 PM

              The one on PCH was still there a few weeks ago when I drove up the coast. It's certainly not the best place for seafood in LA, but there's some kind of appeal that keeps me going back when I'm in that neck of the woods. Sometimes a simple piece of fish and a cold beer just hits the spot.

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                pauly May 17, 2004 01:40 AM

                Yep, its still there and packs 'em in. Just passed by on PCH today.

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                Rich Gould-Saltman May 14, 2004 07:22 PM

                Is it even still there? The SM #rd St. Promenade branch is gone; with the demise of the last of the indie bookstores, there's hardly a reason to go to the Promenade any more...

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                  Charles May 14, 2004 07:42 PM

                  The Promenade is a lot more pleasant since they banned amplified sound...it's night and day. Give it another try.

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