Connie and Ted's

4.6
2535 reviews
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Seafood
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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 2535 People Are Saying
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DC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is consistently good and the drinks are strong.

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DR
Los Angeles
111 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sam Baxter., the chef, is spectacular. He made us several special dishes...fabulous. The oysters at connie and Ted's are the very best you can get anywhere. They serve more than any place in LA...they may serve more than all of the other places put together. The quality of Providence runs through Connie and Ted's...fabulous!

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L
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious New England Seafood with courteous and friendly staff!

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SJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was friendly and attentive. The food was fresh and phenomenal. Got to sit at the "raw bar" area and watch the guys shuck the oysters. It was a special occasion dinner, and it was truly memorable.

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JR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute decision and was able to get a quick reservation via Open Table. Service, Food, and drink excellent.

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HO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I have found in LA. Consistent, fresh friendly and relevant!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love C and T

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M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the atmosphere at Connie & Ted's. There was a good vibe, lots of chatter but not overwhelming. I wish I had caught the name of our server because she was very helpful, efficient and friendly. Drinks and food were good, enjoyed a delicious bottle of wine with dinner. Would definitely return!

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The seafood is always very good to outstanding, the noise level was perfect early Sunday evening (quiet enough to easily talk) though it can veer towards too loud other times, and the bar always has a surprise up its sleeve. All it needs for perfection is the occasional surprise on the menu as well.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food as always!

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EB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Very overpriced for what you get. I had the steak, it was terrible and the quality of apple bees. It was upsetting that I paid $30 for this. Also, the sides were extremely salty and the fried calamari appetizer was soggy, as if it was sitting for awhile. My fiancé has the lobster, he did enjoy that. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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KC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

C & T is one of my fave locations for clean eating. However, something seemed off this night. Our server seemed to be out of touch. After two prompts to a server and bus person, we waited for almost 15 minutes for our cocktails to be served. The table to our left was a party of four dudes that were acting like they were in a sports bar. Incredibly loud, a bit obnoxious, and completely inappropriate for this environment. I absolutely love going to C & T and will go again. But what a bummer on this night !

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a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! Every single item, including the cocktails!! Truly felt welcome and 'at home' from start to finish. The entire staff looked like they were having a great time as well. I'm coming back as soon as possible.

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r
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We always get the steamer clams -- they are amazing -- and the chowder, a clean, non creamy variety that is clammy and wonderful. Tonight we had grilled fishes (Black Cod and Halibut) and they were beautifully prepared, with pickles, green salad a smashed fingerlings as sides.

The service was not a good as before, with our water glasses going unfilled for a long while, but the staff is always friendly and polite and we were seated outside as requested.

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Hadn’t been to Connie & Ted’s in probably three years. What I remembered about my experience was the food was great, but felt a tad expensive.

This time I felt the same way, but service was lacking. The hosting station group of people was very nice, as was our waitress she just lacked general knowledge and didn’t seem too intent on the customer service part and seemed overwhelmed, but had lots of time to joke and talk to other servers. I’m vegan and I know C&T is almost exclusively fish, and asking her for what she’s recommend I could eat she said, “CLAM CHOWDER.” I said how can that be? And she was pushing that it was and after checking she said “OH, I THOUGHT YOU SAID GLUTEN FREE!” Big difference and still never offered me recommendations after the mixup.

Older relative I was with was trying to order a beer and didn’t really understand the small brewery concept and as he struggled to name a few beers he knew, she kinda just sat there and finally I had to speak up and said, “He’s only going to know big name brand beer maybe you can recommend something and maybe let him try it!”

Maybe sounds like nitpicking, that kind of service in a pub on a $12 burger is fine. I think all restaurants in this price range should have more knowledgeable and more professional staff.

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D
Sacramento
45 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great seafood. You know the joke. Most importantly substainable fisheries I understand. Great chowder. Oysters too!

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QQ
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great date night

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h
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to share a wonderful meal with family or friends.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Always solid service and menu, s great night out

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very slow service this time.

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n
Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was great as always and the service was top notch.i cant wait to go back again

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a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster rolls - the best I’ve had!!!
Cocktails are amazing

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good, a little salty and pricey though. I had the fish and chips and was thoroughly enjoying it until I pulled a long hair out of my mouth - the waitress was great about about and deducted that from our bill.
All in all, I would go back

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TG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is not your average fish joint. They only serve really fresh stuff and they cook it with great skill. No farmed fish. There are always fish on the menu that you have rarely, if ever, eaten before but that's OK because you know it will be delicious.

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LP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is always solid. So fresh and yummy. Just great! Clean, attentive (if kind harried) staff. Cocktails are great!! Love this place and I’m really picky/ squeamish about seafood but I love this place!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Everything was underseasoned, except fries which was too salty. Clam chowder was too watery. Tartar sauce was underwhelming. Battered fish from fish and chips was great. Grilled fish of the day (yellowtail) was overcooked and bland.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Very poor service from our waiter. Food was good though.

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b
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints just a solid classic. Staff is friendly and food is consistent every time.

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P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It just doesn’t get any better… We enjoyed the high standards of quality and service

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OT
Los Angeles
703 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Liked their take on a “hot dog” but found the chicken sandwich to be overly salty and not something I would want again. I need to remind myself that you go to a fish restaurant for fish and not chicken. Oysters are always a safe bet as are the fries and onion rings.

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CL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at Connie and Ted's last Sunday. The food was delicious and fresh from the oyster appetizers to the fried clams and clam and mussel steamers to the succulent boiled lobsters. The service was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere comfortable, casual and fun! What a perfect dining experience!

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BL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We eat at Connie and Teds every other week for brunch and it was the obvious choice for my wife’s birthday. This is the first time we’ve had a problem. After our raw bar food was served it took 45 minutes for our hot food to be served. Since we had our kids with us we made an early reservation so we could finish dinner before they got too tired. Of course this plan was foiled by the delay in food service. Then it took us another 20 minutes to flag down our server to ask for the check. It made my wife’s birthday a failure, but at least the manager understood the situation and put a credit on the bill. We’ll be back but probably not for dinner.

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DA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food highly overrated. Ordered crab salad which was more of a crab cocktail, served in a cup lined with lettuce leaves that should never have left the kitchen. Definitely not worth a return.

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WM
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Breaded fried skate was inedible. The fish was lost in the breading. Two fried (again bread?) was disgusting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Sam and staff were amazing. Every dish from starters to mains were prepared exquisitely. Was a perfect way to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday

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K
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely Easter dinner with some fellow New Englanders and felt very much like home. Thank you!

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C
Los Angeles
145 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and hospitality always - Getting real steamers is such a treat here in L.A.

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TP
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu selection was far more limited than I expected (No Salmon) and we were disappointed that the Clam Chowder used Salt Pork as my girl is primarily vegan and could not eat the soup, which was initially why we chose Connie and Ted's (it's not easy to find good Manhattan style clam chowder on the West Coast). It was a little pricey I thought but overall it was a pleasant experience, not sure if we will be back though.

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KE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at C&T's. Took a foster kid there for Easter dinner, and he tried mussels for the first time and loved it. Service is attentive and friendly. Food is consistently luscious and fresh. Lively atmosphere, with view of open kitchen.

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