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Blue Plate Oysterette opening on Ocean Ave. In Santa Monica next month.

I saw the menu and spoke with someone from the restaurant today. they are opening next month where Richie Palmer's was. They are modeling the place after an East Coast seafood shack.
Oysters are the main focus, but also on the menu are fried clams with bellies, lobster rolls and buckets of steamers.

it's affiliated with the Blue Plate on Montana.

Looks like a good addition to the neighborhood.
other nearby openings are coming soon as well.
La Cachette French Bistro is close to opening across the street from the Marriott and Loews, and a new micro brew tap house is being fitted out just down the street from the Yard on Broadway.

I think things are really starting to pick up in the neighborhood with the expectation that Santa Monica Place is going to have a big impact on future business.

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  1. Let's hope they get the rolls right.

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    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

      the Blue Plate people can't even make a soup or sandwich right so I'm not exactly optimistic. I had one of my worst meals ever at Blue Plate.

    2. i am counting down. LOVE raw oysters.

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      1. re: bruinike

        Time for you to schedule a vacation around Marin County - oysters every where around Tomales Bay...

      2. Let's hope that the fried clam bellies measure up. We can always use another source for those.

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        1. re: TomSwift

          Exactly, hopefully they're fresh, not frozen.

        2. Blue Plate is mediocre, and I expect Oysterette to be, as well.

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            1. re: Phurstluv

              funny. Sorry. But expectations have to be very low for this one.

            1. re: loveagoodmeal

              That what I was afraid to hear. Can you give us some specifics??

                  1. re: epop

                    What's horrendous? I didn't deep-six the restaurant. In fact, I would have their deep-fried oysters tonight.

                    1. re: lizziee

                      I think epop is referring to loveagoodmeal's comment that BP is mediocre. I have asked for specifics as to why BP is considered "mediocre", and as you can see, no response as of yet.... But I'm waiting with baited breath.....

                      1. re: Phurstluv

                        I had a chili there that was lumpy and one of the grossest things I've ever eaten. Then my silverware arrived and it was crusty with egg or something. I asked for a replacement and another dirty set was brought to me. The same goes for the plate that came with my sandwich. I am often in that 'hood and can't even think about eating there, let alone going for oysters at a place run by their management.

                        1. re: epop

                          That sounds a little worse than "mediocre". Did you complain & did they do anything about it??

                          1. re: Phurstluv

                            I did and they kept committing more errors. They took most of the bill off. But I care more about the waste of time and disgusting experience.

                  2. re: loveagoodmeal

                    I was waiting for this place to open, and i was very satisfied on my first visit. The place looks great, and I like the atmosphere a lot. they did not have all the east coast favorites I was looking forward to ( no fried belly clams and no east coast oysters), but there was plenty of good chioces on the menu. I am a big fan of steamers, and I was not disappointed. I was initially hoping for plain steamers with butter (east coast style) but the mariniere sauce was excellent.
                    The other two restaurants I mentioned in the OP are also open. The 5th amendment ale house feels like local a neighborhood pub, with an excellent beer selection and happy hour beer prices until 9pm. I have only had an appetizer at La Cachette, which was good, but I prefer the atmosphere of Anisette, and I am likely to coninue to go there for my french bistro fare.

                    1. re: Kevin Wozney

                      La Cachette had a fairly unique old world ambiance in the old location. It was possible to have a quiet meal. I've heard it is no longer the case. That means I won't be going there, which is too bad.

                  3. OK, I had been waiting to try Oysterette till after the new car smell wore off, and till picky friends gave it a thumbs up. Went to lunch with a group of 4, and tried enough items to say the food was better than I had hoped. Not without quibbles, but we did leave happy to have eaten some tasty seafood.
                    However the service was really annoying. I won't go into long details, and there was no one horrifying mistake, just a underlying tone. And let me say, we were an easy group, ordered a lot and no special requests or extra service expected.
                    As for the food, the oysters were great, very fresh and sweet, we tried raw, fried and rockefeller, the rockefeller had way too much tarragon, overpowered the oyster, the fried were perhaps the best. The lobster roll was OK, I was apprehensive, because I am SO picky about lobster, and it was tasty, but not sublime. There was a bit of a heavy hand with the tabasco, enough to make one wonder. I prefer the Hungry Cat LR. Lastly, the fish tacos were a nice dish, not earth shaking, but made my guests happy.
                    This is a really small space, and they are working with it as best they can, it is noisy. But do-able with friends, and you can just ignore the frosty attitude.

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                    1. re: ciaolette

                      Have to say I've had different experiences there. Been twice now, the most recent being this weekend. The food as you suggest is good, not great. Definitely a good choice if you're looking for that type of thing but a bar that should be exceeded by the next place that tries. However found the service to be attentive and gracious. We had an issue when we were there last (undercooked fish in one of the tacos) and I left feeling that the only thing they could have done to have handled it better would have to comp the entire meal. Prior to that had no complaints about the server at all. Anyway just my 2 cents.

                      1. re: Discokill

                        do they make those lobster rolls withoout mayo? or is it already mixed, etc/

                        1. re: kevin

                          They will make it either with or without mayonnaise. See link below:
                          http://blueplatesantamonica.com/2009/...

                        2. re: Discokill

                          What you describe in your meal as good sounds horrendous, Discokill. An undercooked fish in a taco?

                          Have we sunk that low that that is now good?

                          1. re: epop

                            fair point though I viewed it as one misstep among several dishes that was taken care of quickly and gracefully

                      2. The lobster mac and cheese is undeniably awesome

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                        1. re: la tache burger

                          Tried the mac & cheese today, since their shipment of fresh clams had not come in (curses!).

                          It is ridiculous how good it is. Off. The. Hook. The only thing saving my diet is that I can't eat a lot of rich, creamy food. Good thing. I took the other 2/3rds home, my husband will be the judge, but I think he will flip.

                        2. Tried the whole belly fried clams today for lunch. Really very decent, had no complaints. They were fresh, sweet, tender, not greasy, light batter. Definitely my new spot for whole clams, have got to say I haven't had any that good since I left New England, 15+ years ago.

                          Don't know what everyone else's beef is about - service was fine, place was clean, actually really cute inside, tho had to sit outside since it's so nice out.

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                          1. re: Phurstluv

                            Exactly what I though, re the fried items, we tried the calamari, shrimp and oysters, and they were cooked PERFECTLY, which is not often the case with fried seafood, as well, especially the oysters were very fresh and sweet. Will have to try the clams next, and hope someday that they might do scallops...yum...
                            as for my complaints about the service, it is too boring to go into details, but I stand by my statement that it was not great. glad you had better service. I hope I do too next time.