These are the best seafood restaurants overlooking the water in Santa Monica, CA | travel insect world

Make the most of the beautiful spring weather and dine al fresco this weekend at these upscale restaurants overlooking the water in Santa Monica, CA. Whether you’re a local, live in Los Angeles, or are traveling from out of state, they’re worth checking out!

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Santa Monica, just an hour’s drive from downtown Los Angeles, has so many great restaurants with fantastic sea views that it’s hard to choose. However, thousands of people name their favorite places to eat on the TripAdvisor website, so we’ve picked the top 3 from TripAdvisor.

We consider the top 3 picks to be the ones that most people agree are the best. So here are the 3 best seafood restaurants with water views in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, according to TripAdvisor.

Best Seafood Restaurants Overlooking the Water in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, CA

Diners from all over LA come to Santa Monica to enjoy beachside dining, and Blue Plate Oysterette excels in both food and views. Over 900 Tripadvisor reviewers gave it an average of 4.5 stars. (out of 5)

This is the #16 restaurant out of 447 restaurants in Santa Monica and the #1 restaurant overlooking the water.

TripAdvisor customers love the ocean views, sunsets, and ambiance. Some claim it’s the best seafood in LA.

Menu highlights include oysters, lobster roll, clam chowder, shrimp skewers, fish and chips, salmon, and mac and cheese.

Although our choice is the First Mate Tower. The decadent seafood tower includes Maine lobster tail, Alaskan crab claw cluster, oysters, “ceviche style” oysters, green lipped mussels, scallops, black tiger prawns, neck clams and Jonah crab claws.

Serving BOP cocktails for brunch, lunch and dinner, they have an extensive wine list and outdoor seating to enjoy at the end of the day!

1355 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.


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A restaurant with a sea view is hard to beat, and that’s exactly what diners love at Water Grill Santa Monica.

This seafood restaurant is a 2021 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice award winner. It is also ranked as the #2 restaurant with water views in Santa Monica. It was definitely worth the trip from anywhere in LA.

TripAdvisor reviewers say they love the excellent service, views of Ocean Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, and Pacific Ocean sunsets from restaurant window seats.

On top of that, guests rave about the delicious food. Highlights include seasonal wild Alaskan halibut, clam chowder, crispy calamari, sushi, raw sea bass, chilled shellfish, lobster and cod, and a wide range of sandwiches.

Plus, they have an extensive dessert menu and wines from around the world, as well as draft beers guaranteed to deliver a beach vacation feel.

And if you can’t make it to Santa Monica, they have locations in Downtown Los Angeles and Orange County.

“Ocean Avenue with a great view, great seafood, and great service! Nice, cozy place for business, special occasions, or family fun. Well worth the price!” -DunnTrips12, TripAdvisor.

1401 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.


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This favorite Los Angeles restaurant is all about the seafood and the views. It was named one of Santa Monica’s Michelin Guide Michelin Plate Restaurants and has been serving fine dining in Los Angeles for nearly a century!

Located on a high bluff where Route 66 meets the Pacific Ocean, The Lobster Restaurant overlooks the Santa Monica Pier.

As the name suggests, their specialty is the selection of fresh, seasonal, locally sourced lobster and ingredients. They also have a great raw bar.

TripAdvisor reviewers love the views and curated selection of world-class wines and specialty cocktails.

“This lobster is a must if you are visiting Los Angeles; it has an amazing view and location on the beach, they have valet parking for $12 with restaurant validation. Tried the starter crab cake. C was great, and the Lobster mashed potato was delicious; I wish to try the grilled lobster next time, try to catch the sunset time” – Hajjarmi, TripAdvisor.

1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.


Have you been to any of these restaurants? What do you think? Please leave a comment at the bottom of this story and tell us your favorite seafood restaurant overlooking the water in Los Angeles, CA.

(Source: TripAdvisor)

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