Santa Monica: The Albright
We could point you to some hidden patios to dine in Santa Monica, especially during the summer when anything within blocks of the beach is overrun with tourists, locals, locals with tourists and everyone in between. But, if you’re going to go gangbusters and find a spot to eat near the waves, this seafood restaurant on the pier is where you want to be. It’s super-casual (so, yes, you can park your bike nearby), family friendly, and has everything from fish 'n' chips to lobster rolls to fill your seafood craving. The view is a bit obstructed because it's near the parking lot, but hey, you’re on the pier.
Must-Order: If you’re splurging, get the Maine lobster boil. They’ll pull the lobsters live from the tanks and serve with potato salad, corn on the cob and drawn butter for $39.95. Keeping it light? Grilled tacos come with pico de gallo and fresh guac.
Insider Tip: There’s really no getting around the crowds on busy, hot summer days at the Pier. But with so much open seating, and everyone else eating hot dogs and burgers near the rides, it’s usually not too difficult to find a table.
258 Santa Monica Pier; 310-394-9683