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Apr 13, 2011 02:06 PM

Seafood on the Westside

Reaching out to you brilliant ones for a bit of help.
I'm not a big seafood or fish eater. My parents will be in town on Friday and we're going to be running a bunch of errands on the westside. My dad does not eat meat on Fridays and my knowledge of good seafood and fish restaurants is limited to what I've heard about Providence and Hungry Cat, both of which would be too much easterly traffic to battle on a Friday.

Any good suggestions for good fish on the westside? How's The Lobster?
Thank you!

The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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  1. The Lobster would be a good choice as would BP Oysterette as well as Ocean Ave. Seafood (sister restaurant to the Water Grill downtown) or even Dukes in Malibu.

    Duke's Malibu
    21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

    The Lobster
    1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Ocean Avenue Seafood
    1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    BP Oysterette
    1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: Servorg

      Servorg beat me to it, so seconded on the options. I vote BP personally.

      1. re: Discokill

        +2 for BP Oysterette. It's tiny tho, you may want to get there early.

        The Lobster is okay, nothing spectacular, but I've never had a bad dish there.

        I Cugini has wonderful seafood & fish dishes that are Italian.

        Catch in Casa del Mar used to do great sushi, plus a full resto, not sure if that's still the case.

        I Cugini
        1501 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        BP Oysterette
        1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    2. I like Santa Monica Seafoods on Wilshire and 10th...Duke's is also a great choice!

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      1. re: guavagirl

        +1 for both Santa Monica Seafood and Duke's. SM Seafood has dining in the same large space as the fish market, very fresh, yummy and (for the quality) - I think excellent seafood. The do the token non-seafood items, but fish is definitely the star. Dukes (on the way to Malibu - PCH at Las Flores) is the best food/quality balance of the "on the water" restaurants as you head north out of SM (I think food at least equal to the Lobster, and much less expensive) - and at Dukes you will have a number of non-seafood choices

        1. re: pambrain

          I will have to respectfully disagree. I don't feel Dukes has the best food/quality of the on the water restos. It is less expensive than the Lobster, but I wouldn't equate the quality on every level. It is more realistic to see if as a chain bar/resto with the same view as everyone else, and food that is okay. Not great, not horrible, but fine.

          Malibu Seafood is a seafood market and shack that is across from the beach on PCH, a bit farther north than cross creek rd. Its BYOB, but the fish is extremely fresh, and they have a simple menu that you would expect at a fish shack across from the beach. Uber casual.

          Sunset on Zuma beach has a to die for setting and really decent food. Nice Sunday brunch. Decent drinks from the bar, not outrageously priced.

      2. I love Ocean Avenue Seafood. Good prices and the most choices!

        Ocean Avenue Seafood
        1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401