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The Albright, Santa Monica Pier: Any thoughts?

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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  1. 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

    1. Do chez jay instead and then call it a day.

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      1. re: kevin

        Do you actually recommend eating at Chez Jay?

        1. re: kevin

          (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.

          1. re: phamschottler

            Yes. Go in for drinks.

            They make the best bloody Mary in town.

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

            1. re: kevin

              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!

        2. 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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          1. re: VenusCafe

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

            1. re: VenusCafe

              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.

              1. re: phamschottler

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

              2. re: VenusCafe

                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.

                1. re: VenusCafe

                  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.