Catch
Catch

Catch

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bytheblueseasantamonica.com/restaurants-catch.html
  • Phone: (310) 581-7714
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Sven Mede
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Private Dining Room at Catch is an ideal venue for a shower, birthday, or elegant dinner party. Offering ocean views, a full bar, and seating for 16, this beautifully appointed room is perfect for your next intimate event.
  • Entertainment: Live Music every night Mon - Saturday in the Lobby Lounge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pico Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $7 after validation
A word from Catch
With a beautiful coastal setting and impeccable attention to service, Catch serves the freshest local fare from land and sea. Panoramic ocean views, sophisticated beach inspired decor, and a wine list honored with Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence will give you a brand new perspective on dining out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Catch reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (48)special occasion (30)romantic (28)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (18)notable wine list (14)hot spot (12)great for brunch (8)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A gem by the sea
    willewonk
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    First, the ambience and the room itself in this throwback to an elegant time is breathtaking. All the food was perfectly prepared. The fish dishes were very fresh. The service fine. Seasonal pumpkin soup, a joy. The octopus tender, smokey. The Crudo was perfect. Maybe a bit more adventure and creativity from the kitchen would push this to a five star. My only complaint is the wine list, just too pricey with almost no reasonable choices under $50. Plus a $25 corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful place
    Denise
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is a beautiful place. A little xpensive, but not that much. We had just arrived at santa monica, and thats why we just ordered a pizza. The pizza was great but got cold so fast.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Menu
    Candy
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We appreciated their menu which was well thought out and filled with creative taste combinations. Lots of fresh caught seafood options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Everything that we tried on the menu was exceptionally average
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Experience
    AdefloVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We went to Catch on Friday and had a wonderful meal. The Hamachi crudo was extremely fresh and delicate. The ahi tuna and filet were also both delicious. Both prepared and cooked as requested. The view of the ocean can't be beat and the nightlife and live music (especially on Friday nights when the Leftover Cuties play) is top notch. Great food, good energy and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date night
    NorCalTransplant
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at Catch this week. We had the perfect table overlooking the ocean. Great care was taken to ensure our special evening was enjoyable. The food was divine and the wine pairings excellent. The hamachi crudo has been a favorite my last couple of visits and the pistachio cake at Catch might be my favorite dessert on the planet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary
    Duckeater
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a lovely time here for our anniversary dinner. The food and wine were excellent and the server was charming and funny--plus he provided great service. The complimentary dessert on the house was a really nice touch that made the night extra special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss!
    AhappyLocal
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Catch has consistently been our choice for special family events or guests visiting from out of town for more than a decade. We much prefer this intimate restaurant with a #10 view and classic hotel to the others in Santa Monica and along PCH.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribs and Hops
    MarinaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I did not expect a restaurant known for great seafood to serve great bbq. Were we in for a surprise! Pork ribs, succotash, cheddar biscuit, onion rings and a glass of brew $27. I thought I was back in Texas again. Fantastic! Clifford our waiter was as excited about the food as we were. All around great Sunday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Evening
    CRM1VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A birthday girls night out brought us to Catch. SEated by the window with a great view of the beach and sky. We were all happy with our meals. I had very crispy fish with thick cut fries which was lovely. We ordered a nice bottle of Sauvignon blanc and were not disappointed. This restaurant is a little out of our normal price range but I would heartily recommend for a splurge
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fries with a side of fish
    MarkP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Companion order whole fish catch-of-the-day and was served a very nice WHOLE plate of food. I ordered Pacific Rockfish Fish and Chips. Was served four small pieces of fish with a very large helping of steak fries. I was stunned! This dish was Fries with a side of fish. Pacific rockfish is plentiful and inexpensive, so no excuse. Setting was great and service was very good, but I go to a restaurant for the food. I will not return to Catch. Our personable and very good waiter got huffy when I shared my displeasure!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful room & view
    HappyKamper
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a memorable family birthday celebration w/great service & very good food. Surprised to notice a $20 charge after we paid our bill for still water. (?) Will return to Catch before we go back to Shutters to dine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great find
    seafoodlover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful place. Excellent seafood and a great oyster selection. Friendly and courteous staff. We will definitely go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catch serves very good hotel food!
    Eating4funVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nothing wrong with this oceanfront eatery - make a reservation and try!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Catch
    LAPhil
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Catch is a restaurant with a south side view of the Santa Monica pier and the bike path in a beautiful hotel with a very friendly and spot on wait staff serving good food. What more could a hungry guy need? Well, I guess there is the money...but it's worth it. We went early enough to get a window table and had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catch is Lovely
    Joyce
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We celebrated a birthday at Catch. Everyone was happy with their meal. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. The location is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Great, Great Service
    VicFVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was great. Our server was knowledgable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No longer a catch
    LuvfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Used to be a good place to have seafood and wine with a fantastic view. What happened to Catch? Food was terrible. I wonder who is the executive chef at Catch now. What a loss.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restaurant
    Babs
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Celebrated my birthday at Catch and ate from the DineLA menu. The food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. Will go here again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and good food
    dishy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Traffic in the area can be horrendous. Valet only as street parking is all taken in summer even at night. Good dine LA menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 737 reviews are from the Catch reviews archive.
  • Perfect Catch for Dine Out LA
    mesmVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We chose Catch for my niece's 30th birthday party. She loves it, and we have never had a bad meal there. Of course, the beach setting and the ocean views from the beautiful dining room are a draw. But it's the fresh catch that keeps us coming back. The sushi selections are inventive and delicious (you must try the hamachi crudo). We have been introduced to fish here that we have never tried (or heard of) before. The vegetable side dishes are always perfectly cooked. This is one of our favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful space and service
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Ask for a table by the window, this is a wonderful place for special occasions. Service is outstanding, leisurely, cordial, and friendly. Even a person eating alone will have a great time. Sadly, the food was not the highlight, somewhat bland and uninspired fish course.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, fabulous view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here to celebrate a birthday. The food was delicious and generously (but not overly) portioned and very nicely presented. We enjoyed the LA Dine 3-course meal very much, especially the seafood platter appetizer and the fish & chips main course. The only downside was that our server did not know or forgot about the birthday event. The restaurant called in advance that day to confirm and offered a special dessert presentation. I also confirmed with the hostess when we arrived. However, dessert came without the candle and I had to draw the server aside to inquire. He then brought out a nice scoop of ice cream with a candle -- but it would have been nicer if I didn't have to work behind the scenes to make it happen.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Choose Wisely
    ChefTester
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Catch is simply a lovely place to dine. But the food is uneven. My wife scored with Catch's celebrated crispy, olive dusted artichokes, followed by a grilled bream to die for, with superb Italian white. I went with a special, seasonal soft-shell crab with sushi roll, and it simply made no sense. It tasted like a gimmick: crunchy and attractive but without much flavor. My clam and sausage linguine was dead on arrival--way too much sausage in relation to the two or three clams lost in the sauce, with no shells. I think too much advance preparation for a robust clientele more impressed by ambiance than food has compromised the quality, which is inconsistent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Franklyca
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our waiter Jeff was terrific- friendly & knowledgeable - EXCELLENT evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat uneven
    uneven
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We went for the DineLA menu which, at $45, is cheaper than a comparable meal at the usual prices at that restaurant. Some of the dishes, such as the octopus appetizer, were very good, but the vegetables and salads accompanying the main dishes were quite uninteresting. It's quite an expensive restaurant and it's questionable whether it's worth the money.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent evening
    Gbigcrazy
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a great evening in this restaurant in the nice lobby hotel. Food was very good and service excellent. Perfect place if you like to eat and watching the ocean in the same time Great pleasure !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is key
    dostein
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Granted, hotel food is usually overpriced and only fair-to-good... and unfortunately Catch, while a beautiful place to sit, bongs all those gongs. The Black Cod was mushy and wet, portion small. My wife's fish and chips were fine, but so what? How hard is it to make fish and chips at 20 bucks per? Wine was good if not pricey. Chilled seafood looked good but was too expensive to try. The eatery is trying to be all things too all people -- a fish restaurant, but with other items... but not it's in no way special. What can I say? Neither sushi bar nor lobster center nor fowl. What is it? It's called Catch, which indicates a seafood restaurant but at best it's a beige concept. Nice views but food is meh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Toni
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were new to this area and found Catch via an online search for a scenic restaurant. Catch did not disappoint. The menu was varied enough for the group we were with. Excellent wines, good desserts. Server was pleasure. Over all a great experience and i would definitely rerun the next time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot
    Hongkong4ever
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The premises makes everything To make u feel happy and satisfy. The way they look after u is amazing.👍👍👍
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Caliang
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Was here for a romantic birthday dinner. The service, food, and view was outstanding in every way. The hostess really stood out - when she found out we were celebrating, she went out of out way to make the night special. Look forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were seated immediately in the newly redecorated space. It was late enough to enjoy dinner but early enough on a summer night to see the ocean and the sunset. The service was spot on. Not too often but just enough hovering. The food came in a manner that gave us time to talk and catch up and then enjoy. The baked cod was exceptional. Soft and with the right amount of taste to it. Side dishes were well prepared and tasty. Dessert was all that the server said it would be topped off with a perfectly hot latte. I would return often and sit in the bar/lounge to enjoy the live music.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Catch was fabulous
    Catchisfab
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Catch sat us right away even though we were early, it was a birthday dinner, and they brought out a great slice of birthday cake. Service was attentive and Warm.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Contrary to Negative Reviews
    RocketMan
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I'm glad I ignored the naysayers. The view, the food, and especially the friendly service. Plus excellent live music in the spacious, comfortable lobby.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful venue
    winedown
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The staircases at the entrance are quite grand. I like the comfortable lounge area. It's open yet intimate at the same time. The floor to ceiling views of the ocean can't be beat. The food was good, not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Catch! Everything we ordered was delicious and the chocolate mousse torte was amazing! We were served with the very best of care and the view was fantastic! We are very happy our daughter suggested it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food and Unbeatable View
    mesmVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I use this restaurant for special occasions, but I would eat there more often if I could. The restaurant has a beautiful space with great views of the ocean. The renovated bar area in the lobby is now most inviting and often has live music. But, of course, the real attraction is the incredibly fresh seafood. The sashimi appetizers are delicious. I tried the sea bream special, and it was light and buttery. The desserts are too good to resist. I like the wine list because it is not overwhelming, but has a wide selection and a fair range of prices for every budget. The service has always been very professional and friendly. My family visiting from Hawaii were most impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little overpriced
    NancyDVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great view, good food, but not really worth the price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • scenic seafood spot
    SirDinealot
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was notable amongst a scenic backdrop of sweeping ocean views. Great selection of small plates and raw bar items. Unfortunately staff was extremely lacking on being able to describe the various dishes and wines including the daily selection of fresh oysters. Entrees included non-seafood but the stars were all still fish-related. It's expensive but competitive for hotel upscale dining.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a trendy place for dining
    Kingdigimon
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have been coming to Casa Del Mar quite some time. They seem to be changing things up a bit in the hotel with their decor. Personally I liked the restaurant setting a little better before their remodel. It's now a little bit more casual, but the food and service still excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate