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Feb 9, 2010 03:38 AM

Good Seafood Restaurants in Ventura??? Lunch

Hi everyone, my sis and I are planning a long weekend jaunt up the coast from the L.A. area, and I'd like to know if anyone has any recs for a good lunch place in Ventura, on the way to Carmel. I've searched the boards, and it looks like it would take forever, so I'm counting on my fellow 'hounds. Anything reasonably-to-higher priced, preferably on the water, or a view of, since this is a kind of splurge, and seafood-based.
** We've never been to Ventura, always driven through on the way to Solvang/Carmel, so if you can sell Ventura, here's your chance!!!***
Any ideas?

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  1. A couple of decent options:

    Andria's Seafood Restaurant & Market
    1449 Spinnaker Drive, Suite A
    Ventura, CA 93001
    (805) 654-0546

    Good fresh seafood, either fried or charbroiled. On the waterfront at the Ventura Harbor Village, a nice little place to walk around. Enjoyed the Halibut fish & chips, fried shrimp and the clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. Can get busy during prime time but the line moves quickly. Fresh seafood market in back. Sit and eat inside or out.

    JD's Louisiana BBQ
    1045 Patterson Rd
    Oxnard, CA 93035
    (805) 985-6389

    Very decent BBQ, although not quite up to LA standards set by the likes of Jay Bee’s, Phillips or Bludso’s. Pork spare ribs were solid - tender with a nice smoke ring. Pork shoulder was also good; ask for it cut in chunks, not pulled or shredded. Make sure to get your sauce on the side – they tend to really poor it on. The catfish po' boy was very good. The fried chicken looked good. Great peach cobbler.

    Bon Appetit!

    3 Replies
      1. re: malibumike

        I third Andria's. Long table dining and patio if it's clear. Clam chowder is ver very good although in this economy there seems to have been a cutback in the clams. Fried fish and chips are just wonderful. Coleslaw is classic. Love this place. Certainly not Brad's in Pismo but well worth the stop.

        Andria's Seafood Restaurant & Market
        1449 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001

        1. re: Hughlipton

          I fourth Andria's, but it is the opposite of upscale - order at the counter, paper plates, bus your own table. But the food is good and fresh, and reasonably priced.

          And the view is of the harbor, not the ocean (even though it is right across the street from the ocean, there is no view of ocean).

          And it is a ways from the freeway - not a quick off and on.

      1. re: bruinike

        Thanks guys! Will check 'em out.

        1. re: bruinike

          Good but I still find Andria's better.

          1. re: Hughlipton

            I actually like Brophy Bros more than Andria's foodwise, servicewise and viewwise. But Brophy Bros. is more expensive - Andria's is a much better deal. They are just across the parking lot from each other, so check both out.

        2. This may not be what you had in mind due to the fact it's in the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, but it's interesting enough to pass along to you (and others who may come after you and see this thread) just in case:

          1. There are dozens of mariscos (Mexican seafood) restaurants in Oxnard-- none ocean-view, and not especially upscale, so maybe not exactly what you're looking for. But they offer lots of good food! We liked the half-shell oysters and snapper Veracruz style at Puerto Nuevo:
            Puerto Nuevo Restaurant
            3600 Saviers Road, Oxnard, CA 93033-6204
            (805) 247-1131‎