Make the most of the gorgeous spring weather and dine outdoors this weekend at these top-ranked restaurants with water views in Santa Monica, California. Whether you are a local, live in Los Angeles, or travel from out of state, they are worth the trip!
Newsbreak readers love our stories on dining out, so we are featuring the top-ranked spots where you can get the best food complimented by the best views in your suburb.
Santa Monica, only 1 hr travel time from Downtown Los Angeles, has so many excellent restaurants offering fantastic sea views, so it's hard to pick. However, thousands of people nominate their preferred places to eat on TripAdvisor's website, so we have sourced the top 3 from TripAdvisor.
We consider the top 3 choices are the ones most people agree are the best. So here are the top 3 seafood restaurants with water views in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, according to TripAdvisor.
The top-ranked seafood restaurants with water views in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California
Blue Plate Oysterette
Diners from all over Los Angeles come to Santa Monica to enjoy the beachside dining, and Blue Plate Oysterette excels in both food and views. Over 900 reviewers on Tripadvisor have given it an average of 4.5 stars. (out of 5)
It is the No. 16 restaurant out of 447 Restaurants in Santa Monica and is the No. 1 restaurant with water views.
TripAdvisor diners love the ocean views, the sunsets, and the ambiance. Some claim it is the best seafood in Los Angeles.
Menu highlights include oysters, lobster roll, clam chowder, shrimp skewers, fish and chips, salmon, and mac and cheese.
Though our pick would be the First Mate Tower. The decadent seafood tower includes Maine Lobster Tail, Alaskan Crab Claw Cluster, Oysters, Oysters "ceviche style," Green Lipped Mussels, Peruvian Scallops, Black Tiger Prawns, Top 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 Ave, Santa Monica.
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Water Grill Santa Monica
A restaurant with a sew view is hard to beat, and that is precisely what diners love about Water Grill Santa Monica.
This seafood restaurant is a TripAdvisor Travelers Choice 2021 winner. It is also ranked as the No.2 restaurant with water views in Santa Monica. This would make it definitely worth the trip from anywhere in Los Angeles.
TripAdvisor reviewers claim that they love the excellent service, the view over Ocean Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, and the Pacific Ocean sunsets from the window seats in the restaurant.
On top of that, guests rave about the delicious food. Highlights include the seasonal Wild Alaskan Halibut, clam chowder, crispy calamari, sushi, raw bar, chilled shellfish, lobster, and cod, plus a large range of sandwiches.
Additionally, they have an extensive dessert menu and wine from all over the world, plus draught beers guaranteed to deliver a beach vacation feeling.
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 place that is comfortable for business, special occasions, or casual with family. Price is worth the experience!" -DunnTrips12, TripAdvisor.
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica.
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This favorite Los Angeles restaurant is all about the seafood and views. It has been named one of Santa Monica's Michelin Guide's Michelin Plate Restaurants and has offered fine dining in Los Angeles for almost a century!
Situated 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 lobster selection and fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. They also have a great raw bar.
TripAdvisor reviewers love the views and the curated selection of world-class wines and specialty cocktails.
"This lobster is a must to try if you are visiting Los Angeles; it has an amazing view and location over the beach, they have valet parking for 12 USD with Restaurant validation. I tried the starter crab cake. It was great, and the Lobster Mash potatoes were yummy; I wish to try the grilled lobster next time, try to catch the sunset time" - Hajjarmi, TripAdvisor.
1602 Ocean Ave, 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 with water views in Los Angeles, California.
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