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Dec 20, 2010 06:37 PM

(Money no object) Best Fish/Seafood restaurant in Santa Monica or Malibu

Hi Guys,

Need a recommendation for a big-spending relative of mine. He is visiting LA from Europe and wants to spend some money in the flashiest seafood place in LA and has asked me to help him out.

I am not one who generally enjoys fish in restaurants (and I don't think he knows the difference between good and bad fish) -- I prefer ones that I freshly-caught myself -- but no matter -- your tips are most appreciated in advance.

So, ambiance and location and view are most important with the quality of the food being secondary.

(Sad, I know).

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  1. Not really on the Westside, but Providence is probably what you want...

    If sushi is not a problem, then Urasawa, with its Rodeo Drive locale, limited/exculsive seating, fantastic presentation and princely prices, may fit this bill.

    Urasawa Restaurant
    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    1. re: J.L.

      So, ambiance and location and view are most important with the quality of the food being secondary.

      Providence fits none of those criteria, unfortunately.

      Beaurivage, The Lobster and maybe Geoffrey's might be more in line with what the OP is looking for.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Alas, sad but true... Maybe the restaurant Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach may suit OP better, though definitely a schlep from the Westside...

    2. Catch at Casa del Mar fits the bill.

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      1. re: yogachik

        Second on this. Food is solid, view is stunning.

        1. re: Pei

          Had our wedding reception at Casa del Mar, so I know this hotel quite well...I agree the food will not disappoint and the location is just right. I'm a bit of a lobster fanatic, so I also would have to give my props to the Lobster!

      2. I'd steer you towards the Lobster- "ambiance and location and view" are all top notch as you are quite literally dining upon a ledge that slopes down into the ocean (and has a nice view of the well-lit SM pier at night), but the restaurant also has an intelligent (if slightly small) wine list and your relative can splurge away on 3-4lb lobsters until the night's end. And, they do make one hell of a good lobster. A 4lb lobster and a bottle of Coche-Dury? That is luxury in the best possible sense.

        1. For flash, ambience and a terrific view of the ocean, I also recommend The Lobster. I think he will enjoy the grilled lobster.

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          1. re: Ogawak

            I agree on Lobster - can't get much better in terms of view and ambiance And the food is good too. I haven't been to the newly renovated Gladstone's in Malibu - can anyone comment? They too have a great view and location, but the mediocre food and outdated decor of the previous incarnation of this restaurant was not something I would recommend to people.

          2. Let us not forget Nobu in Malibu

            11357 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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            1. re: gdodgerfan

              Let us not forget that the getting there may not be half the fun given the current state of the PCH.

              1. re: Servorg

                Nobu is a great idea for "ambience" that is if you're looking for the Hollywood Malibu scene. And the food is good.

                Melisse has the best food, yes, but the ambience is very upscale. Some nights are sedate, but some are surprisingly lively.

                11357 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA