Although we were part of a media visit, all opinions, grammatical errors and typos are my own.
Last weekend I wanted to spend a fun day with some friends and celebrate one of my best friend's birthday. I was looking for a place with delicious food, drinks and great views. Then I remembered that you can find all that in Santa Monica Pier at Seaside on the pier.
Seaside on the Pier is a restaurant located in Santa Monica Pier. I have been before at the downstairs quick service sandwich shop but this time was a special occasion so we wanted to dine upstairs on their rooftop grill and bar.
At the rooftop you can enjoy the view of the pier's rides including the roller coaster and Ferris wheel, watch the sunset and even listen to the calming sound of the ocean waves.
Not only the food was great, but the cocktails were pretty and delicious. I can't wait to visit again this nautical-themed restaurant and bar.
Here is a description of the food we enjoyed for my friend's birthday
Lightly breaded coconut shrimp with sweet Thai chili sauce. The batter was tight and stuck to the shrimp. They were perfectly crisp on the outside and the shrimp was meaty. The sweet and sour sauce was a nice accompaniment.
Lightly fried calamari with marinara sauce. You can never go wrong with this appetizer, right? It was delicious and not overwhelming.
Ceviche-style Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp with fresh cucumber, tomato, red onion, jalapeño & avocado. This was good, although I had to add tabasco, because I really like my ceviche spicy and even though this one has jalapeño, it wasn't spicy enough for me.
The main dishes
USDA Choice 12 oz. NY strip, served with seasonal vegetables & hand-cut steak fries. We replaced the fries for a caesar salad for an extra fee. It was tender meat and the greens were so good.
Fried cod, shrimp & scallops, served with French fries & coleslaw. OMG this was so good. It was worth going off my meal plan to enjoy some fried seafood. My favorite were the scallops.
Grilled salmon, served with seasonal vegetables & cilantro rice. The salmon was so good, and the rice was delicious. They also offer the salmon seared, but my friend chose the grilled one.
A refreshing sangria that sparkles with strawberries, oranges, mint & Lunetta rosé.
So refreshing and delicious, I can't wait to go back and have more.
Three Rum Colada
Cruzan Guava & Mango rums and Malibu Coconut rum blended with cream of coconut & fresh pineapples, served in your choice of a freshly-cut pineapple.
Can we say tropical delicious? yes please, I want more
Although nothing fancy here, I just want to point out that if you have any dietary restrictions, just ask the restaurant and they will do their best to accommodate you.
Seaside On The Pier
250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401