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The Albright, Santa Monica Pier: Any thoughts?

phamschottler Feb 25, 2014 12:01 PM

I heard that The Albright (which opened December 2013) was a re-branded, mega-upgrade to SM Pier Seafood. I’d never been to SM Pier Seafood (and frankly never even heard of it), but I went to The Albright on a whim last week and enjoyed their Spicy Seafood Soup (photo attached). Like, really, really enjoyed it. It was a piping hot bowl of perfectly spicy tomato broth filled with what seemed like endless amounts of tasty seafood (I liked the springy squid best) and a small bowl of jasmine rice on the side. It was HUGE. Throw in another rice bowl or fries, and this could have fed 3 people. Has anyone else been yet? Interested in other opinions.

 
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    yogacat RE: phamschottler Feb 25, 2014 04:58 PM

    i went there and had lobster.i asked if they could get a female one for me.the manager said they were all males.
    I got the lobster-it was a female.i had the clam chowder-it was awful.service sucked also

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      kevin RE: phamschottler Feb 25, 2014 08:07 PM

      Do chez jay instead and then call it a day.

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        JeMange RE: kevin Feb 25, 2014 08:32 PM

        Do you actually recommend eating at Chez Jay?

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          phamschottler RE: kevin Feb 25, 2014 09:43 PM

          (Hi kevin! This is Natalie -- I met you last week at Jitlada.)

          Do you really recommend Chez Jay? What dishes? I walk by there often and want to go in for a dirty martini.

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            kevin RE: phamschottler Feb 25, 2014 10:03 PM

            Yes. Go in for drinks.

            They make the best bloody Mary in town.

            And I really do enjoy their brunch eats on the weekends.

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              phamschottler RE: kevin Feb 28, 2014 10:19 AM

              Done. Got my dirty martini fix there the other day. Totally hit the spot. Loved the atmosphere. Will be back for breakfast and Bloody Marys soon. Thanks!

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          VenusCafe RE: phamschottler Feb 27, 2014 07:29 AM

          Chowhounders, go to The Albright if you must, but know that Santa Monica's decision to make the pier 'a venue' is crap. Know that the 4 exits to Santa Monica are now blocked all weekend and you will find yourselves in a traffic nightmare. The venue idea sux; it is just a scheme to make big bucks and give nothing. The pier is being abused. Actually all of Santa Monica is being abused for money.

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            kevin RE: VenusCafe Feb 27, 2014 08:02 AM

            Isn't it always about the money ????

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              phamschottler RE: VenusCafe Feb 28, 2014 10:16 AM

              VenusCafe, completely agree with you about the pier. But I live in Santa Monica, was walking near the beach, thought I'd give The Albright a shot, and was pleasantly surprised.

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                VenusCafe RE: phamschottler Mar 3, 2014 08:30 PM

                Jeez, i'm jealous! I used to walk to the pier.
                The photo you put up looks DELICIOUS!

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                westsidegal RE: VenusCafe Mar 1, 2014 06:46 PM

                venus cafe, i felt the same way when it took me about 50 minutes to get from wilshire and lincoln to the parking lot at The Lobster during restaurant week.

                tour busses totally blocking everything.
                gridlock at every intersection.

                will say, though, that the fish and chips that were served to me at The Lobster were really top flight
                still, because of the traffic, i doubt that i ever will go near the place on a weekend at lunch time again. strictly for the tourists who have tour buses to drive them.

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                  westsidegal RE: VenusCafe Mar 1, 2014 06:52 PM

                  i felt the same way when it took me over 45 minutes to get from wilshire and lincoln to the parking lot at The Lobster during restaurant week.

                  tour busses totally blocking everything.
                  gridlock at every intersection.

                  will say, though, that the fish and chips that were served to me at The Lobster were really top flight
                  still, because of the traffic, i doubt that i ever will go near the place on a weekend at lunch time again. strictly for the tourists who have tour buses to drive them.

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