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Blue Plate Oysterette (BPO)

Seafood Restaurant · Downtown Santa Monica
1355 Ocean Ave (btwn Santa Monica Blvd. & Arizona Ave.), Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

In the know oceanfront eatery on picturesque Ocean Ave in Santa Monica.

9.0/10

Based on 320 votes

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    Lauren C.
    "Lobster rolls, Mac n cheese, an the key lime pie are must haves!!"(21 Tips)
    Michael E.
    "Lobster Mac n' Cheese and Fish Tacos were both delicious."(8 Tips)
    Jeff W.
    "curry mussels are amazing, everything is delicious."(5 Tips)
    Ryan S.
    "The oysters are amazing along with the fish tacos!!"(26 Tips)
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  • ahi tuna
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  • good for a late night
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  • g o.

    The warm-dressed Lobster Roll. About as far from New England as one can get in the lower 48-but, it's as authentic as those you can find at every Crab shack on Cape Cod or further Down East.

    g oconnor · October 31, 2015
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  • g o.

    Well, as one of the three restaurants in Los Angeles that sells Whole Belly, fried Ipswich Clams! They have another New England favorite: The Lobster Roll. Both are excellent! Oyster selection superb!

    g oconnor · June 19, 2015
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  • Alison P.

    The linguine and clams is fantastic, and be sure to get the key lime pie, even if you don't like key lime pie. It's so good, my mom (who hates key lime pie) really liked it! Service is great too!

    Alison Pitcher · April 7, 2015
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  • Sabina B.

    Sit outside and ask your waiter to put together a sampler of oysters to amuse your bouche. Don't fill up on appeteasers though - save room for the lobster roll, your taste buds will heart you for it.

    Sabina B. · December 27, 2013
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  • Kevin

    Everything I read about this place on Foursquare was 100% accurate! The only addition: Sit at the bar! I had Tiesha as a server and great guests on each side of me! A wonderful dining experience!

    Kevin · January 31, 2013
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  • KCRW

    The breezy cousin of the Montana restaurant you know and love, BPO is sure to bring you joy, especially if you flash your Fringe Benefits card for a discount! The lobster roll .... delicious!

    KCRW · August 7, 2012
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  • Liberty T.

    Lobster roll is amaze. Soft buttery roll with a light crisp. Compact and seasoned to perfection. Share this and a bowl of the chowder - they'll split it and make it for two.

    Liberty T · June 24, 2015
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  • Heidi Q.

    Great people. Great service. Great food. I've found a new favorite, although the lobster was overcooked and tough. Oysters were great and mussels in red curry were a highlight.

    Heidi Q · January 6, 2013
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  • Bon Appetit Magazine

    The LA area has arguably the most diverse food scene in the country. Exemplary lobster roll - served on top a split brioche roll with a side of house-made sweet potato chips. Read more

    Bon Appetit Magazine · March 30, 2011
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  • Caroline N.

    Amazing crab cake! Delicious curry mussels. Loads of lobster claws in the mac-n-cheese! Fish tacos were dry, tasteless, and small. Key lime pie was ok.

    Caroline Nam · August 24, 2012
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  • Rachel K.

    Limited vegetarian options: grilled artichoke, simple salads, a do it yourself rice bowl of coconut brown rice + Brussel sprouts + cocktail sauce.

    Rachel K · March 15, 2015
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  • M W.

    I am from the east coast and have never had Kumial Ousters from Mexico .dabbed with the fresh shaved Horseradish and Mingonette they were wonderful !

    M Wolpert · January 23, 2013
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  • g o.

    Sunset outside in late October! And a fantastic assortment of Oysters - and, AUTHENTIC NEW ENGLAND fried clams!

    g oconnor · October 31, 2015
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  • Kelly M.

    The Old Bay Aioli with the artichokes was to die for! Being from Maryland, this is a restaurant that tastes like home. Get the Old Bay fries, also!

    Kelly Mathews · September 27, 2011
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  • Tasting Table

    Try one of our favorite settings for eating bivalves (and other cooked seafood dishes, like fish sandwiches and lobster rolls, too) in the Southland: Read more

    Tasting Table · July 5, 2012
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  • Jessica T.

    Oysters are amazing! Even better with Villa Sandi Prosecco. Staff extremely friendly, great place with good atmosphere and extremely dog friendly.

    Jessica Trevino · May 31, 2014
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  • LA Weekly

    For those on the squeamish side when it comes to suction cups, Blue Plate Oysterette's seasonal octopus special is built to convert non-believers. Read more

    LA Weekly · May 26, 2015
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  • Puno D.

    Tried bald point (B - small, not as sweet), Kumamoto (A - silky, medium size), and skookum (B - good texture with more sea flavor).

    Puno Dostres · January 2, 2013
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  • Jaimie L.

    Never knew that fish taco can be this much good. Get their lobster roll(in maine style) also!

    Jaimie Lee · October 18, 2015
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  • g o.

    A fine wine selection. We had a Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (2012) with dinner. An outstanding combination!

    g oconnor · June 19, 2015
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  • Jennifer M.

    Garlic bread, mac and cheese, and the seasonal lobster pot pie were all amazing.

    Jennifer Maas · December 24, 2015
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  • Lorraine S.

    Best fish house ever! Make sure u get the fresh selection of oysters & the homemade keylime pie is to die for

    Lorraine S · December 1, 2010
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  • Cyndie C.

    Great oysters, curry mussels & try the wine the girls that work there like! Super friendly staff!!!

    Cyndie Carlson · April 16, 2014
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  • Ramona S.

    You haven't lived until you have their lobster mac n cheese. Oysters are heavenly and staff is well-versed!

    Ramona Soriano · February 23, 2011
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  • Lindsey L.

    Everything about this place is perfect. Like visiting a giant, delicious lobster roll, that also serves them.

    Lindsey L · June 14, 2010
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  • Alex W.

    The garlic pesto is MAGICAL on the salmon. Shockingly not overpowering. I wonder if they sell it in ball jars.

    Alex Whittemore · January 27, 2013
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  • Didier D.

    The lobster roll was a hit. Not drowned in mayo . Fish tacos are good. Get the key lime pie.

    Didier Dorga · January 18, 2015
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  • LIVESTRONG_COM

    This fresh seafood spot is super chic and super Southern California. The low cal ceviches are a sure winner.

    LIVESTRONG_COM · September 10, 2010
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  • Adam G.

    Dot order the fish tacos unless you're into kid-sized portions. Upside: they make your hands look huge.

    Adam Gardner · September 18, 2011
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  • Price

    Good fish tacos come on homemade corn tortillas. Need an app or salad to fill up, though.

    Price · December 1, 2011
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  • Suzie L.

    Delicious food but a tad expensive. Also small space and at times we felt rushed to make decisions.

    Suzie Linville · June 17, 2014
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  • Michael E.

    Lobster Mac n' Cheese and Fish Tacos were both delicious. Amazing salt water taffy as well!

    Michael E · April 22, 2010
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  • Andrea F.

    The Oysters Rockefeller are amazing, and the peach cobbler....it's a little bit of heaven!!

    Andrea Finn · October 13, 2010
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  • Jessica H.

    The lobster mac and cheese is amazing! Great for sharing because it's a lot!

    Jessica Hart · January 16, 2014
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  • Katy M.

    Must get the ahi sandwich (+ lobster mac of course) best sandwich in LA - maybe west coast.

    Katy MacQuoid Chapel · April 3, 2010
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  • Lauren C.

    Really cute! Lobster rolls, Mac n cheese, an the key lime pie are must haves!!

    Lauren Craig · July 8, 2012
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  • M M.

    Smaller and not as foo foo as you'd expect but the oysters are good.

    M M · February 12, 2015
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  • Los Angeles Times

    What's best here is the raw seafood -- oysters, clams, ceviche and some. Read more

    Los Angeles Times · July 13, 2010
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  • Hanh

    Order a lobster roll your way (dripping wet with mayo or warm w/ butter).

    Hanh · December 7, 2009
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  • Caroline

    Red curry mussels were great, king crab legs not so much.

    Caroline · June 4, 2015
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  • Don S.

    Can't go wrong with the fish tacos & Anchor Steam. Key Lime pie is great.

    Don Steele · August 25, 2013
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  • Olessia

    Tuna roll with avocado is very tender.

    Olessia · January 10, 2014
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  • Jeff W.

    curry mussels are amazing, everything is delicious. Go.

    Jeff Walker · September 30, 2013
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  • Jonathan F.

    The ahi sandwich is hands down best ever. :)

    Jonathan Ferdenzi · June 18, 2014
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  • Andrew G.

    Great after a day at the beach! Yummy oysters. The lobster roll looked amazing

    Andrew Galdi · August 7, 2014
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  • Sean S.

    Added onto the patio, providing 3 additional tables with an ocean view.

    Sean Stoner · August 2, 2012
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  • Jan W.

    Cozy restaurant with amazing sea food and very good wine!

    Jan W. · December 23, 2014
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  • Ryan S.

    The oysters are amazing along with the fish tacos!!

    Ryan Skradski · January 26, 2011
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  • Austin P.

    The lobster roll was quite delicious undressed!

    Austin Passy · August 3, 2015
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  • Dylan B.

    Great food. Across from the beach. Sit outside.

    Dylan Boyd · September 12, 2015
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