Connie & Ted's

8171 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-848-2722
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Photo: Anne Fishbein Lobster roll at Connie and Ted's.

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  • Mon.-Tue., 4-10 p.m.; Wed.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
The great tide of East Coast seafood shacks that washed over Los Angeles in the past couple of years has subsided for the most part, leaving behind a jetsam of lobster rolls and clam chowder. One restaurant, though, has more than weathered the trend. It’s perhaps unsurprising that it belongs to Michael Cimarusti of Providence, the fine-dining beacon in a city that had all but forsaken white tablecloths and tasting menus. Cimarusti’s more casual spot, Connie & Ted’s, is one of the best places in town to hunker down with a pint of beer and a dozen oysters, or whatever other seafood is available from the cold-water tanks flanking the kitchen. There are fantastic renditions of fried clams, crabcakes, fish stew, crab Louis salad — pretty much any dish you’d envision eating on a checkered tablecloth with a salty ocean breeze rolling in. That you can get all this in the heart of West Hollywood, along with assurance that your seafood is sourced with the same strict care as at Providence, is a testament to Cimarusti’s rare melding of lofty ideals and crowd-pleasing comfort food. —Garrett Snyder

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