Santa Monica Yacht Club

620 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90401
Critics' Pick
Santa Monica Yacht Club

Photo by Anne Fishbein Whole roasted turbot at Santa Monica Yacht Club


  • Tue.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Add chef Andrew Kirschner to the short list of purveyors of West Coast–style seafood. If anything, his restaurant, the Santa Monica Yacht Club (known also as SMYC), is even more Californian than the Hungry Cat. There are no lobster rolls here; instead, there is lobster on toast. With burrata, of course. There's a midcentury nautical vibe to SMYC. There is a lot that it borrows from Asia, borrows from Mexico, borrows from South America. Yet it all shares a common theme of colorful, bold flavor, an aesthetic that is certainly Kirschner's but also Southern California's. It's breezy and fun and, yes, almost too fashionable, but this chef in this town can get away with overt trendiness. It's a style of seafood restaurant we, as a region, can be proud to call our own. Read our full review.

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