I’ve walked by The Albright on Santa Monica Pier a few times, but never ventured in. The Pier has its fair share of restaurants that are geared towards tourists – so I’m never sure how good (or really terrible) the food is going to be or if I’m going to be overpaying for food that’s just meh.
I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, the thoughtfulness of the menu and the attentive service at this oceanfront seafood shack. The pricing was also fair considering the prime real estate, ocean views and fresh seafood.
The dish we went crazy over was The Spicy Seafood Soup ($25.75), a cioppino featuring clams, mussels, big chunks of cod, squid, crab and a langostine – served over jasmine rice. I thought there was a ton of value for this dish because it features everything but the kitchen sink.
As a true seafood lover, this is all the variety I could ever want. The broth itself was packed full of flavour and not overly spicy. It paired really well with the jasmine rice which soaked up all of the broth. Which I actually prefer over bread or biscuits. This is a dish that could easily be shared by two people.
One of The Albright’s bestsellers is their fish & chips. We opted for Fish Tacos ($13.25) that night, but were told that the battered fish is the same as the ones served up for their fish & chips dish. The fish portion itself is quite generous and the batter wasn’t too thick and still allowed the fish to shine. The tacos come topped with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and a special sauce. The only weak point of this dish for me was the flour tortilla, which I didn’t love.
Fresh Lobster (Market Price) was a major showstopper that night with a gorgeous presentation. We were given newspaper to lay our seafood down on and LOTS of napkins. The lobster comes fresh out of the tank and steamed to order. It’s served up with lemon wedges, corn on the cob, butter and potato salad. I definitely prefer this over fried seafood and it was definitely easy to share.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with my experience at The Albright. It has a local feel to it and a great place to bring friends & family for a casual seafood dinner after walking around Santa Monica and The Pier. If you can’t do dinner, The Albright is a great place to enjoy a cold beer, a few oysters and watch the sunset. There’s lots of seating and a it’s great place to bring a group to enjoy the menu family style.
To learn more visit: The Albright
Santa Monica Pier (310) 394-9683
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