You’re by the ocean, so eating things that live in the ocean seems like the logical option. Seasalt has everything from fish & chips and poke to fried clams and fish tacos. We tend to go for a piece of grilled fish with rice and vegetables, for a sort-of-healthy change-up to the salad rotation.
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Bardonna's Santa Monica location sells fresh, but not too flavorful, salads and grain bowls - sorry, "squad bowls".
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is the neighborhood spot in Santa Monica the rest of the city is jealous of.
Santa Monica’s KazuNori is a hand roll-only sushi option from the people behind Sugarfish. Expect the same quality without the crazy wait.
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Boston Lobster in San Gabriel has solid Chinese food across the board, but you’re here for their massive lobster special.
Holbox is a fantastic Mexican seafood counter and raw bar inside the Mercado La Paloma in South Central, near USC.
Dudley Market is a low-key neighborhood seafood restaurant that’s just what Venice needed.
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