Top Choice Seafood in Pismo Beach

Cracked Crab

Fresh seafood and regional wines are the staples at this super-casual, family-owned grill. When the famous bucket o’seafood, full of flying bits of fish, Cajun sausage, red potatoes and cob corn, gets dumped on your…
Top Choice Seafood in Pacific Grove


Fresh, sustainable seafood is artfully presented in any number of inventive ways, and a seasonally inspired menu also carries slow-cooked meats and vegetarian dishes spotlighting local farms. The earth-tone decor is…
Seafood in Monterey

Monterey’s Fish House

Watched over by photos of Sicilian fishermen, dig into oak-grilled or blackened swordfish, barbecued oysters or, for those stout of heart, the Mexican squid steak. Reservations are essential (it’s so crowded), but t…
Seafood in Cayucos

Ruddell's Smokehouse

‘Smoker Jim’ transforms fresh-off-the-boat seafood into succulently smoked slabs, sandwiches topped with spicy mustard and fish tacos slathered in a unique apple-celery relish. Squeeze yourself in the door to order.…
Seafood in Moss Landing & Elkhorn Slough

Phil’s Fish Market

Devour buckets of crab, mussels, squid, scallops and prawns covered in San Francisco–style cioppino sauce at this warehouse-sized eatery right by the harbor.
Seafood in Morro Bay

Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley

At this family-run joint on the Embarcadero, folks line up for batter-fried fish and chips and killer garlic fries. You'll have to dodge beggar birds on the outdoor deck. Inside there’s a market with all the fixin’s…
Seafood in Avila Beach

Olde Port Inn

Clam chowder and cioppino are standouts at this seriously old-school seafood restaurant at the tip of Harford Pier. A few tables have see-through glass tops and floors, so lucky diners can peer down into the ocean. …
Seafood in Monterey

Sandbar & Grill

Watch otters play outside the bay-view windows at this floating seafood kitchen on the wharf. Stick with the classics like creamy clam chowder, grilled sand dabs and jumbo crab club sandwiches. Reservations strongly…