Ocean Avenue Seafood
Ocean Avenue Seafood
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Ocean Avenue Seafood

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oceanave.com/
  • Phone: 3103945669
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Silvano Mestas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ocean Avenue Seafood is located in the heart of Santa Monica. The restaurant’s private and semi-private dining rooms provide a classic and comfortable backdrop for entertaining large and small groups alike. We will customize lunch, dinner, or reception style menus to suit any occasion or budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Alicia Hammons 8772321149

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Monica Blvd
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and self parking available. Valet parking on Ocean Avenue. Self parking behind building off of Santa Monica Blvd.
A word from Ocean Avenue Seafood
Join us for our Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For eighteen years, Ocean Ave Seafood has delighted restaurant patrons with the finest and freshest regional fish entrées in Southern California. Yet, the Ocean Ave Seafood experience doesn't stop with the freshest fish - the atmosphere is also perfect, a patio overlooking the ocean, a warm and intimate bar, a mouth watering oyster bar, all enveloped in a classic yet comfortable relaxed dining experience.
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Ocean Avenue Seafood reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Fresh seafoof
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    I enjoyed raw oisters very much. Sea food pasta is perfect, too.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm going to miss Ocean's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    I'm going to miss Ocean's Ave. I am actually closer to the Water Grill in downtown, but I like this menu better when it comes to the preparation of the Peruvian scallops. I also love their lobster taquitos. I hope the menu isn't exactly the same at both locations.
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  • Have always loved Ocean Avenue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Have always loved Ocean Avenue SeaFood. Am sorry they need to renovate but do hope they keep the same feeling and some of the wonderful items on their menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing special, to the contrary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Nothing special, to the contrary poor food, expensive
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IT'S A LITTLE HIGH ON THE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    IT'S A LITTLE HIGH ON THE EXPENSE SIDE, BUT THE FOOD AND SERVICE WERE EXCELLENT. THERE BREAD WAS SO GOOD THAT WE BOUGHT A LOAF TO TAKE HOME. WE BOTH HAD CRAB :LOUIE FOR LUNCH LARGE SALAD AND WE ATE IT ALL. LOVELY DECOR!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • We were in town for a meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    We were in town for a meeting and wanted an iconic dining experience. We selected the restaurant for the oyster selection and location. The oyster sampler we chose was very good. The entre's were mixed - one was excellent the other was only so-so. Both seserts were very good. Service was acceptable.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a lovely meal as usual
    AConstable
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Had a lovely meal as usual at Ocean Avenue, staff very welcoming, food good, just an overall nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Sunday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Service was outstanding and staff went out of their way to make my experience a memorable one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good seafood choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    The menu had a lot of choices and they seemed willing to prepare the fish anyway you wanted it. I had the crab cakes which was a generous portion and my fellow diners had mahi mahi and sea bass. All of us were satisfied with our choices and the service was attentive and informed. The location is perfect, right across the street from Santa Monica Beach and steps to the pier.
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  • Nice location , average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Went on a business dinner with a colleague. Menu has variety of offerings. Food was adequate but nothing very creative. Service was attentive . Nothing special here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed the entire meal,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    I enjoyed the entire meal, employees, environment, etc. all around great experience. One complaint: start carrying Budweiser!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • After the manager asked us
    shopperVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    After the manager asked us how the food was, we complained that the base of the clam chowder was very thin. He agreed and sent it back for a new batch. The second bowl was better. My caesar salad was tasteless with hardly any dressing on it. After asking for more, it was palatable. Our entrees were good and prepared well. Server was attentive and ready to help with any problems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but the restaurant
    esp42
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Great food, but the restaurant was incredibly busy, which affected our service and overall experience. We waited 20 minutes, despite the fact that we had made reservations. Our server was rarely available, especially when we were ready to order. There is a large wine list with great options, and the food was fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On this visit, we were dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    On this visit, we were dissapointed, with the service, and some of the food items, were less than inspiring. In particular, the Crab Louie Salad was not only dissapointing, but below acceptable standards. The waitress was always late with beverages, and the order of the food presented was off (they brought the desert but not the coffee; we waiting for our drinks till after the food was delivered--not the way you enjoy a fine expensive meal, as this is supposed to be a cut above, as the prices reflect that. Sure, it was the day after Valentines day, but a customer is a customer and we will not return for some time. The hostesses insulted us with how we were treated, like we were stupid, we asked for a booth/view, they put us in the bar
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Got sat at a horrible table for what should of been a nice valentines day dinner. The waiter was horrible. Never came to see if we needed anything or drinks refilled. Came once to take order and once to bring check. I will not be returning or recommending.
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  • Great Place for Romance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This place is amazing. My wife and I love it. Very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    AlessioVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Good food and good service. Eating in the outdoor part is nice, but the bus stops right in front and it's very noisy (we could not talk).
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Lovely restaurant, great ambiance, good variety of delicious food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was very good. For a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Food was very good. For a seafood house, they need to get scallops on the menu. Service was great. Had a window in the front overlooking sunset on the beach, beautiful.
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    romantic, scenic view
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  • Excellent place to take out-of-town
    JJCC
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Excellent place to take out-of-towners for a lovely view and dinner that is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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  • Great food and great service
    alexVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Great food and great service i was very skeptical after reading reviews but i still took my wife to eat..great variety of oyster and GREAT SEA URCHIN LIVE!! GREAT PLACE OVERALL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Give your review a title (optional)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Good news is that the food was very good and wait staff attentive. However I find it amazing that a restaurant in today's world would not have soy milk for those unable to drink cow milk. Additionally I called in advance to make sure that their was Wi-Fi as one of the people in our party had an important reason to be on line at a specific time. I was assured there was Once at the restaurant we could not get a strong signal. Our waitress said she knows nothing about the Wi-Fi and got the hostess. She gave us log on and pass word info but did not know the server name to log onto. Finally the waitress asked the manager who said the "signal was weak today".....huh?
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  • Shellfish was good. Oysters
    Marco
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    Shellfish was good. Oysters were very good. Tout also very good (Idaho and smoked). Our server was great. It was very late evening, and the usual Iranian women were complaining about the food after having eaten it to the last bit. Dreadful to watch. The server handled them perfectly.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waitress took our drink
    chephstephVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Our waitress took our drink order and then assured us 3 times they were coming, but nothing for quite some time. My oysters were good, but no cooking involved, after all. My husband liked his lobster taquitos. Then we waited and waited and waited. When my cioppino came it was barely warm. The "facilitator" came over and apologized, but when it finally came again, it was nothing special. The "broth" was practically undiluted tomato sauce. The crab came in a huge piece that you have to wrestle (in red sauce!) to get a bite. The same was true of the shrimp which came whole, head and all and spidery legs. It was overcooked. My husband's fried shrimp was dry. It took two hours to have two courses. I would not ever eat there again.
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  • Tastiest Alaskan Black Cod
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Tastiest Alaskan Black Cod and wonderful Italian sour dough bread. However, would not order their special cocktails again. One called "Maiden something", consisting of Vodka, pineapple juice and raspberry Chambourd, was mostly a tall glass of ice. Hardly any liquor or liquid. A "rip off"
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Seared sea bass with cous
    AustinPops
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Seared sea bass with cous cous. Excellent. Very nice meal.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome view right on Ocean
    Steve
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Awesome view right on Ocean Ave. But since it is winter, the temperature of the enclosed "patio" should have been a bit warmer. Otherwise, one of my favorite spots to go for seafood with a view.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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  • As always, Ocean Avenue Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    As always, Ocean Avenue Seafood is an excellent restaurant,
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was overpriced for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    The food was overpriced for what we got. The service was excellent, howver.
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  • There seems to be a change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    There seems to be a change in food quality compared to what I remember from last year. I ordered the albacore and I gave 2 pieces away and ate only 2 pieces because the outside was rubbery. I did not hear complaints from others. Service was good with good ambiance.
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    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Love the food here. It's a
    Obi1VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Love the food here. It's a family restaurant for us. Was surprised it wasn't very crowded.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • What a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    We used to love this restaurant and could not have been more disappointed! We live an hour away, so it's been a while since we've eaten at Ocean Avenue. The restaurant used to be packed and the food was consistently good. There was almost no one there and still we managed to have poor service. The oyster appetizer was good, however we were served the oysters before we were even served water (much less our wine) and were given no utensils. The entrees were almost un-edible. My son ordered crab cakes and they were all bread and completely overcooked. How does a seafood restaurant mess up crab cakes? My ono was so overcooked it was bone dry, and the bok choy was so overcooked it was almost transparent. Never again.
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  • One of my favorite restaurants.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    One of my favorite restaurants. Good food. Good service. Lovely location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We went to Ocean Ave Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We went to Ocean Ave Seafood for New Year's Eve. Although normally we avoid restaurants on New Year's Eve because service is bad and the noise levels are high, we had an absolutely wonderful dinner with more than excellent service! We sat in the outdoor patio, right next to the windows facing Ocean Ave, with a great view of all the New Year's revelers passing by. Our waiter was friendly and gave us excellent service, and the food was fabulous! Maybe we'll make reservations for next year now!
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  • This restaurant used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    This restaurant used to be so good. Food was just medium, very pricey. We will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu changes with the season
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Menu changes with the season ensuring fresh seafood selections throughout the year. For the most part recipes are unique giving Ocean Avenue Seafood it's own character. I highly recommend it.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Reliably Excellent
    InExileVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    I have never had a bad meal at Ocean Avenue Seafood. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food great, the service attentive yet unobtrusive and the room comfortable. Who could ask for more? The variety of fresh seafood is impressive but they also manage to prepare first-rate steaks and land dishes as well. Everyone seems to enjoy providing customers with a quality dining experience, something lacking in other establishments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • great seafood
    NancySVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Good solid place. Seafood is their strong point (obviously) and they deliver on that
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  • Nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    I visited this restaurant with my friends. We really love this place. We ate lobster rap. That was really good! We will back this place again!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    I took my beautiful girl friend there for our one year anniversary. The service was great. We seated promptly and got a great table. The appetizer was very good and our food was also great. We will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate