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Have you tried Salt Air in Venice? Looks good!

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  1. Not yet. It does look good, but I can't justify going now when I'm gonna get my fill of some of that kind of fare back in Rhode Island in a few weeks (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9064...).

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    1. re: PeterCC

      Lucky you! The seafood here never compares

      1. re: PeterCC

        Always looking for Ipswich clams in L A. Connie and Ted's were good but larger than they typically are on the east coast.

        1. re: flowergirl

          Quality seafood at the Redondo Pier has them fresh, live in tanks. They will steam them for you or you can take them home and steam them yourself. Really good. Soak em in water with corn meal to rid them of any sand. Rinse and steam till they open. Have some lemon and butter at the ready.

      2. I have been a few times. Nice addition to the neighborhood with a good bar and friendly service. The pretzel-coated fried oysters were delicious, the lobster roll was good--though not as good as the ones at SofaG or Littlefork--but I would have preferred the corn relish on the side rather than on top (presumably you can ask them to do that for you), the mussels were ok (could have been plumper and needed more broth) and the fish and chips were tasty and well-fried but I prefer a firmer textured fish than the one they are using there...these were more like fish puffs. The amuse of the fried corn fritters were a nice touch. The menu has several non-seafood options as well but I have not yet tried them.

        1. I just love the look of the room.

          1. Had dinner here Thursday evening for the first time and really enjoyed it very much. The room was packed but the meal was still really relaxed. We had the grilled octopus app, the butter Cod with artichoke and their Burger. Ended the evening sharing their warm monkey bread. Very good service. I will return.

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            1. re: wienermobile

              I had a very nice lunch there last week. The bouillabaisse was exceptional and the lobster roll, though quite small it's not as teeny as SoaG's, was delicious.

               
               
            2. Damn, they have fish'n'chips on their lunch menu but inexplicably not on the dinner menu.

              1. Pretty pretty pretty! This space is so beautiful. The front/ main dining area is clean, white, and brightly (but not obnoxiously) lit with natural light during the day. It is still airy and bright enough in the evening without sacrificing ambiance. The back/ private dining area has a MAP WALL. IT IS AWESOME.

                I've been there for both lunch and dinner. Food is great, service is friendly and attentive. Photos and descriptions are from the lunch I had there in early February (2014):

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                Non-liquor cocktail (1 photo):

                Tonic (Bonal, lemongrass, ginger, tonic)

                Light and refreshing. Would be great on a warmer day.

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                Main (2 photos):

                Olive Oil Poached Salmon (melted cabbage, caraway, butternut squash, mushroom, fresh horseradish)

                This was fantastic. Butternut squash tends to be too sweet for my taste in most preparations, but here, the other ingredients in the dish made the squash taste super savory. Loved how this complemented the lightness of the fish. The ingredients have changed with the season, but I still would recommend the salmon anyway. It was very well done (in execution, not cooking temp).

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                Coffee (1 photo):

                Espresso

                Very well-made. Got it to have with dessert but was pleasantly surprised with how satisfying it was. Props to my server, who made it himself.

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                Dessert (2 photos):

                Flourless Chocolate Cake (w/ peanut butter mousse)

                Indulgently good. I liked it, but I probably didn't need a portion this big (it's very rich).

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                Miscellaneous (1 photo):

                Paperweight Pear (came with the check, and I was encouraged to take it with me)

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                Interior (2 photos):

                I love the back room map wall like crazy.

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                1. re: phamschottler

                  I did not notice the back room when I went. Do you think it's big enough if someone wanted to do a semi private party there? It seems secluded enough as I didn't even notice it went back further past the bar. I loved the interior too.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Dirtywextraolives, the back room is not so far removed from the main area, but even at it's most crowded, Salt Air has never felt overwhelmingly loud, so I image it would be quiet enough to feel secluded for a semi private party.

                    1. re: phamschottler

                      Even with the front room packed sound was not a problem like it is at Rustic Canyon or A-Frame. We could actually talk to each other. Nice.

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Yes, this exactly. Not sure if I've said it before, but I highly recommend Salt Air for group dining, since it's a nice place for a meal (any meal) that is also conducive to conversation.

                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      DWEO, just noticed your question about the back room. As you know, I really like Salt Air, and I have admired that back room without having yet eaten in it. I think it's often used for private or semi-private parties. It probably can accommodate 8 - 12 diners; I'm fudging because my memory as to table size is hazy.

                      1. re: Wayno

                        i still haven't made it there.

                        parking is terrible there too, right ????

                        uh-oh, did i just say parking is terrible ?

                        1. re: kevin

                          I usually find a space without all that much difficult within 4 or 5 blocks. Obviously if it's First Friday (like tomorrow night), it's tougher. I really like the ambience - shit, did I just use THAT word? - there; friendly bar staff if dining solo in the bar area. No hard liquor, but a good shandy.

                          1. re: Wayno

                            Parking is not as bad as you'd think! Or take the #1 Big Blue Bus there and order extra booze.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Raises his Hand. "You should try it some day Kevin, it builds character."

                            1. re: Wayno

                              oh, yeah, i'll probably definitely skip tomorrow night in that case. however, there's usually some nice eye candy on friday nights there.

                              what's a "shandy" ????

                              1. re: kevin

                                A shandy is essentially a beer cocktail; beer with fruit juice or soft drink. A common one is with lemonade. Several brewers sell a bottled, pre-concocted shandy. E.g., "Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is a Fruit / Vegetable Beer style beer brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, WI."

                              2. re: Wayno

                                Parking is not that bad, except stay away on First Fridays.