Restaurant: Ocean Avenue Seafood
Location: 1401 Ocean Avenue. Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310-394-5669
Date: November 5, 2011
Rating: Good, but overpriced
I’ve been going to Ocean Avenue Seafood for probably fifteen years, but while it was once a staple in our rotation it’s been a few years. OAS offers classic American seafood right above the bluffs overlooking the Pacific.
The have both an extensive ocean view covered patio and a clubby inside.
A green salad.
A sampler of six various Pacific oysters with cocktail sauce, horseradish, and mignonette sauce. Each of these six were different, but all were good.
Their clam chowder. It’s not as goopy creamy thick as I ideally love, but it did have a nice bacony flavor.
Grilled salmon with mash potatoes and asparagus. Pinot noir reduction. My wife is a connoisseur of salmon, and she likes this one.
Lobster roll. The fries and slaw were good. And while this roll had lots of lobster it was somehow lacking in flavor.
Expresso so I can stay up through the movie we are going to see.
Overall Ocean Avenue Seafood has a lot of competition. Both the Blue Plate Oysterette and the Hungry Cat have very similar cuisine and are located nearby (the Blue Plate about a block away). Both are a little less expensive than OAS and a little more “modern.” OAS does have more different types of fresh fish if that’s your thing, they have 7-10 grilled fish at all times. Just depends what you want.