Connie and Ted's

4.6
2664 reviews
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At Connie and Ted’s you’ll find simply prepared fish and shellfish, inspired by the classic clam shacks, oyster bars, and fish houses, that dot the New England Seaboard and the Western Coast.

Enjoy one (or two) of 24 California craft beers on tap, while sampling from our large variety of oysters, clams and shellfish, shucked to order, at our Raw Bar. Wind down the day with a classic cocktail at the bar, or enjoy a warm lobster roll outside on the covered, open-air patio overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard.

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The Infatuation
7.5

Take Connie and Ted’s for what it is and you will love it: a fun, casual place to grab a cold beer and some oysters with friends. Just don't listen to the hype and expect much more.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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DK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We frequent this place fairly often. We live right in the neighborhood. Usually we go at an off peak time or if we go at peak we sit at the bar.

Tonight we had a friend with us so I made a reservation the day before. We arrived ten minutes early, I asked to sit on the patio there was no place to request that when making the reservation. So they wanted to sit us at a really bad table in the back next to the bathroom. Then they wanted to sit us in a back room that was hot and closed in. They told us that we could not sit on the patio because there was only 3 of us. We had to be a party of 2 or 4 or 5. That is the most ridiculous thing I bet heard.

Finally after me being persistent they gave us a four top in the back of the patio almost inside right next to the bussing station.

Why where we treated like second class citizens? Our bill was just over $300. Why didn't we get charged less when people had great tables on the patio and payed the same price? Ridiculous question right? Well so is being destined for a horrible table when there's 3 of us.

I HATE THIS PLACE!!!!!'

BV
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh seafood restaurant, never had a dish here that wasn't delicious. I tend to order catch of the day with the simplest available preparation. Often start with oysters. Cold shrimp starter is available as peel-your-own or, for a few dollars more, peeled. Excellent chowder, but on occasion has been too salty. Little gem salad and those yummy little crab cakes are great to split. Not a fan of the clam balls (rubbery). Thursday night fish tacos are a delicious bargain. Bar and interior tables are wildly noisy, but the deck is wonderfully less so and heated for all-weather dining. One of our favorite places. Reservations recommended.

OT
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Clam cakes were like fried dough. Fish was undercooked and we didn't have time to send back. Had higher expectations.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Great service and awesome food.

B
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Connie and Teds is always good. We had a reservation for 7, and it took a bit beyond our appointed time to be seated... But it was Mother's Day, so we can let that one slide.

The Halibut was fresh, and delicious. The sides, salads, etc were all good.

Been here before, and we shall return.

CA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh seafood like the east coast what can be better. Sit on the patio. It's quieter.

JM
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always outstanding when I go here for dinner

DC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Went here for the New England seafood. Not bad

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food not as good as it has been

OT
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Dervice is good. Food is great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and the service was great. We will definitely be back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food...high prices. In a nutshell.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Connie and Ted's is an incredible fish and shellfish restaurant with stellar preparation in a laid back setting. There are plenty of options for folks who don't care for fish/seafood. It's packed and loud. Pricey but we didn't feel taken advantage of for our meal or service. There's valet parking out front.

E
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great, fresh seafood in a fun, relaxed environment. creative cocktails and super interesting oyster selection....

y
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We were slightly disappointed after reading so many outstanding reviews and recommendations from friends. The dishes we ordered were OK - but nothing special. The lobster roll was supposed to be outstanding, but it is not on our great list. The atmosphere was fun and since it was a special occasion, we had fun in spite of the fact that the server forgot it was a birthday. . . (others celebrating birthdays got a special treat). Perhaps the lively environment and location is the lure or maybe we just went on the wrong day.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The waitress didn't ask if I wanted sparkling or flat rosé so she automatically brought me flat and the vodka pineapple/cranberry my mother got had no cranberry (not a big deal but not a great way to start the night). It would've been nice if we were asked if it was our first time to get the run down of the menu but perhaps that's asking too much. I had expected the service to be more involved given what I heard about the place but it was more akin to an Olive Garden in that the bare minimum was being done ("hello" to "what's your order" to "is everything ok") which is again totally fine but I just expected more from what I had heard about Connie & Ted's. The oysters were very good as was the crab cake and clam chowder. The rockfish I had was overly spiced and the overall dish was super basic with just the fish and some relatively interesting tasting mashed potatoes. The plate just appeared kind of sad for that price point especially considering the fish was overly spiced. Everything was good but by no means remarkable in any way shape or form. To be honest, I didn't quite understand the hype behind Connie & Ted's before and I don't understand it now either. I would go back but probably only if a friend wanted to go.

m
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We asked for a quiet area and were seated in an inner room where a party of about 8 men came. We could not hear our conversation let alone feel sane. It was SO loud and echoed everything they said.

Service was good. Food was good.

g
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food with great service! Super accommodating hostess, helpful server and fast valet. Will definitely be coming back.

Y
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Wonderful service! Very authentic New England food!

N
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good seafood place & menu simple to choose from & food delicious. Great oyster bar!

OT
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Connie & Ted's. While the first visit was superlative, the food did not live up to our expectations based on our prior visit. Our server was wonderful, and the oysters and rolls delicious. The black bass crudo was nothing special - flavors did not work. I had the fettuccine with clams, and it was flavorless. My wife's fish was overcooked. Our friends seemed to enjoy their lobster rolls. The two desserts also were disappointing - Overwhelmingly sweet . Despite the inconsistent food experience, We enjoyed ourselves, and would probably give C & T's another chance, since our first experience was delicious.

DL
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a wonderful meal and good service interaction. We tend to meet fun and interesting people at this neighborhood spot due to the cozy seating on the patio.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, as always. Service, beer and food.

PD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was as good as always. Best fish and chips in LA, for sure.

CO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had been to Connie and Ted's a few times before, but not for a year or so. We had fond memories and wanted to celebrate our anniversary here. Unfortunately, the menu seemed pretty limited -- nothing in the entrees really jumped out at us. The food was good, but just good. Overall it was a fine experience, but nothing 'wowed' us-- which isn't great considering it was $150 for the two of us. Not sure if we'll be back anytime soon.

LR
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent again. Great food. Great service. Fair prices. Easy parking

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was fine - nothing special. However, the biggest disappointment was the kitchen service. Drinks we ordered were wrong.. and then the food we ordered was wrong too! And it took over an hour to get our food without the restaurant being at capacity. I will say our waiter did the right thing by not charging us for drinks or the wrong food.. but will not be back.

FA
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food Outstanding!
Vish the server was great. The hostesses went out of their way to seat us soon as possible

t
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Los Angeles needed a great casual seafood restaurant and Michael Cimarusti and his team provide it at Connie and Ted's, an upscale seafood "shack" - their words not mine - that pays tribute to the east coast tradition of exquisitely fresh fish in a casual environment.

From the variety of oysters in the every changing raw bar offerings to the daily fish (many from the east coast that we in LA have never even heard of) simply grilled the way you like it, the place makes even those who have never been to Cape Cod feel nostalgic for that level of simple excellence.

And it's not just about the fish. They manage to do it all, with one of the best burgers in town, cooked perfectly and topped with Hook's aged cheddar and Neuske's bacon, on a bun that can make paleo people groan at their abstinence. And then, there's the bone in filet cooked precisely as you request that rivals any steak house around. Get the onion rings with that and you can completely forget about the sea.

Alcohol is so personal, you're on your own among memorable bar offerings - knowing that whatever strikes your palate will be an excellent option.

And we haven't even mentioned the desserts. Even if you are not a dessert person, you'd be malpracticing on your dining experience if you miss the blondie with ice cream.

Only caution is that running amok as suggested above, your wallet will definitely be a bit leaner. And worth every dollar.

BB
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great seafood restaurant is Connie and Ted's. Full bar...and interesting tap beer and massive wine list. The oysters are spectacular! Fish tacos are very good. Chowder is lovely. Order the homemade butter rolls!!! Very noisy when crowded.

MT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fun with good service. Also, always a bit loud.

JL
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar as a single while on a business trip and was treated to a very nice evening compliments of the bartender, Deirdre (sp?). I gave her full reign of my choices for the evening to which I was pleasantly surprised by the oysters (which were good, but not the best part of the meal), rhode island clam chowder (awesome), and the whole Porgy (never had before and would definitely have again). I would have never ordered this meal on my own, but enjoyed every bit of it. Excellent job on the sides (mac/cheese and spinach with bacon) and the beer/wine selection was ample. I spent a couple hours here, had friendly company up at the bar with a few strangers and enjoyed the evening thoroughly. Definitely worth checking this spot out. For the location, I would say the price was excellent as well. Without alcoholic drinks my meal would have been less than $50 for what was a very large meal. Thanks, Connie and Ted's.

GN
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate after a play and it was not crowded at all. As always, the lobster roll is fabulous. We also had fried calamari (maybe the best in LA) and some very good wine.

AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun, staff very knowledgeable about the seafood and solicitous in a good way, esp. at the bar, fun vibe and hopping good time. Can't wait to return.

RC
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Server Erick was unimpressive , uninterested and frankly should have checked why it took 45 mins to get our appetizer and another 45 minutes for our main.

I do not need to return here

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant so much. The pickles, the rolls, the steamers. Service is always on point and the quality of product is sublime.

ET
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything! What a great meal. Made us all think we were on vacation in New England.

MC
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

connie & ted's is one of our favorite restaurants! Their seafood is always fresh, always sourced. Some of our fav mains: all of the fresh fish options, market fried fish,scallops, lobster roll, fettuccine. They also make a great burger - though I feel like I should not order that here! Fav appetizers: oysters (of course!), shrimp appetizer (splurge - let them peel it), chowders. Fav Sides: dinner rolls, fingerling potatoes, onion rings (best anywhere), coleslaw. great bar, too. Excellent service. What more could you wish for?

SA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner spot. Their smoked yellowtail appetizer was just outstanding; we've never had anything like it. Crab and fish were fresh. Servers are friendly and good place for both date night and with friends. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because this was our first time, would need to dine here again and see if it's consistent. But definitely worth it. Super yummy!

CC
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Lobster roll ever.

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