1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.014106 -118.497457
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
Major Negligence for Food Senstitive Customer – I have food intolarences due to a recent developed health problem. I called and spoke with the manager to see if they can accomodate someone with food allergies. All i needed was grilled fish on a separate pan so it won't touch the grill with other seasonings, and my fish to be prepared with butter or canola oil but not olive oil. The manager said it's simple and asked me to put a note in open table when making my reservation. I made a note, and also explained to the waitress that i wanted a plain fish w/ no olive oil, and plain steamed broccoli without any seasoning, especially no pepper. She assured me that it was no problem. Our food was delivered and i started eating my fish when my friend asked me how come my fish has grill marks. It took 10 minutes for our waitress to show up so i can ask her. She assured me that those were not grill marks! #1 request ignored. After insisting, she finally took the fish to ask the chef. In the meantime i started eating my broccoli which was full of pepper. #2 ignored. My throat starting burning and i had to ask her again. She casually said they'll make another plate for me. By then my friends were almost done with their food and she pretended like it was no big deal and as if i haven't explained her how i didn't tolerate these items. She never apologized just a bunch of excuses. In the meantime, next table there was a rude couple who accused our table for making a big deal of the issue. They insulted me and my friends. The manager came to apologize but at this point the whole night was a nightmare. I had food related pain for two days now. I have once again realized, there is no service like the one you'll get at simple Houston's or at Ruth Chris Steakhouses. Ocean avenue has mediocre food, and mistakes happen in the kitchen. But food allergies if mentioned 3 times, needs to be taken a little more seriously.
Great service and ambiance – We had a really nice time here. The food and wine are excellent. I took a chance with the monkfish which was absolutely delicious. The only drawback is that is seemed kind of slow so we were almost waited on too much, or maybe our server was just over eager. All in all great views and good time as always!
Not a Budget Date as Citysearch declares! – I rated this as a One Star because it's on Citysearch list of Budget Dates...are you f****en kidding me?! This is one of the priciest restaurants in SM/W. LA.
Hey Citysearch, why don't you do a better job at separating Church and State and come up w/ some original and worthy reviews of your own lists rather than blatantly patronize your sponsors.
Yelp it is!
Amazing Experience – Such an amazing experience. The staff is friendly and the restaurant is cozy and clean. The food is amazing. I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone!
Thank you for giving my husband and I such an amazing experience. We will be back!
Best Seafood and Steak and Oysters and View and Service AND.... – Get with it, this place is the best little secret in the town. No frills, just the bomb food. Go at sunset with a date, get some oysters and wine, and thank me.
Very beatiful seafood, absolutely fresh! – I can eat seafood all day long, I love it. I went to Ocean Ave. Seafood for dinner the other day and was blown away! First we sat at the oyster bar and watched the guy serve up live oysters on the half shell and they were awesome! I don't really see a place where you can sit and watch that and eat them while having a nice white wine to accompany it! For dinner I had shrimp that was stuffed with crabmeat, nicely seasoned roasted potatoes and crisp sauteed vegetables. I'll definately be back!
Wish I had read the reviews before trying this restaurant – While Ocean Avenue Seafood has valet parking, a nice view, excellent shellfish, and some good menu selections, it is expensive and poorly managed. Our party waited an inordinate length of time to be waited on, to be told that they were 'out' of several selections. Non fish items were mediocre, portion sizes small, and it was obvious that the restaurant itself is poorly managed.
Disappointing – I love seafood and this place had come highly recommended from a friend, but I was very disappointed. The fish was plain, tasteless and expensive. I won't return.
Not enough quality to justify the high prices – This place is in a great location and looks very nice inside. However, the very high prices do not match the quality of the food or the service. The appetizers were okay, very small salads. Seaweed salad was interesting. Clam chowder was watery, but the crackers helped. The appetizers and the main course took a looooong while arriving. Once the main course arrived, it was cold. The food tasted okay but was nothing special. The fish was a bit dry. Overall, we were not impressed. If we are in the area again, we will not be eating here.
Been eating here for 15 years! – They always have had great seafood here. I always order the special and been happy with everything.
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