Connie and Ted's

4.6
2460 reviews
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Seafood
At Connie and Ted’s you’ll find simply prepared fish and shellfish, inspired by the classic clam shacks, oyster bars, and fish houses, that dot the New England Seaboard and the Western Coast.

Enjoy one (or two) of 24 California craft beers on tap, while sampling from our large variety of oysters, clams and shellfish, shucked to order, at our Raw Bar. Wind down the day with a classic cocktail at the bar, or enjoy a warm lobster roll outside on the covered, open-air patio overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard.

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The Infatuation
7.5

Take Connie and Ted’s for what it is and you will love it: a fun, casual place to grab a cold beer and some oysters with friends. Just don't listen to the hype and expect much more.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Connie and Ted's is a large, sometimes noisy, mid-century modern restaurant with a very casual atmosphere. The menu is seafood focused and although not complicated, everything is perfectly executed. Our table had the grilled squid, a wide variety of oysters, the wilted spinach, the halibut, the Portuguese shellfish/fish stew and onion rings. We loved everything. The wine list was very pricey for the choices so that could be improved. If you have a hard time hearing in noisy rooms, ask to be seated in the glassed in room in the back.

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Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting the area for spring break with our nephew. Desperate for sea food and reviews looked good as did the menu (options for a kid not sure of seafood). Fish and chips followed by the famous Blondie dessert made him happy!! I enjoyed the lobster roll ( warm with butter) and the cole slaw and my husband loved his Black Cod with a side of the best mac and cheese (and I am not a big fan of mac and cheese). We will definitely go back when in the area. They also had a peanut butter pie with oreo crust which was good ( Blondie was hands down favorite! Amazing rich buttery flavor). Nice outdoor seating and great service

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JM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It has an friendly easy going atmosphere. Very true to the New England style seafood dishes and many dishes to choose from. Great selection of oysters. The chowder had a great flavor but thinner than we were used to and a few more potatoes than we liked. The Lobster rolls were delicious! We chose the warm lobster with butter. A bit pricey but yummy. The french fries and onion rings were homemade. Our waiter was on top of it and overall a great experience. I look forward to going back and trying some other dishes.

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DW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in town for only a couple of nights and wanted some place authentically "L.A." that was a seafood restaurant. Google came up with Connie and Ted's and I booked a reservation for myself and my family, party of 6. We were seated pretty quickly once we arrived and order was taken by a fantastic waitress who was very helpful when we had questions about the menu. I had the gumbo (soup of the night) and it was easily the best gumbo I've ever had! Everyone felt the food was delicious and fresh. Great restaurant! Highly recommend!

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LC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, excellent food, friendly service, and a lively atmosphere.

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AG
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for fresh seafood. I still don't quite appreciats oysters, yet. If you do, they have quite a bit on offer. Great drink specials and a lovely outside patio that might get you a bit of celebrity sightings if you are lucky.

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Best seafood in town. Highly recommended

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We already spoke to the manager directly, but we were very happy with our waitress, Jasmine. She new the menu forwards and backwards, gave us great recommendations, and was so kind. We will return for sure!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and location. But got put off right from the beginning when the hostess was rude during seating.

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LA
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Usually a place with amazing service but I think we had a new server and she was maybe overwhelmed but what can I say it had an adverse influence on the particular meal. We’ll be back but I’m curious how the service will be next time. The food was delicious as always (except for one of the oysters which was off).

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JK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best oyster selection in Los Angeles! The smoked sturgeon salad is a classic.

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LV
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Connie and Ted's. I have been to this restaurant a few times and am never disappointed. Being from New England I appreciate the authenticity of their seafood, it is all so delicious. The service is also always great!

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t
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service; lively unpretentious atmosphere

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

the food and service was HORRIBLE. We spent nearly $200 for 3 .
Gumbo - was way too salty. we asked for extra rice, they said no because it's out then we asked to double check and they gave us one more bowl of rice but charged $3.00 ?!!!
oyster assortment - we ordered a dozen. no one introduced what is what and how to start - Hog island SF or other oyster restaurant always tell people how to start with as different oyster has different texture , some are creamy some are not ...... something like that.
black cod california - $37.00. way overpriced - it's not well cooked - i can't even cut thru but then been told there's bone inside ??! it's frozen fish. Our host din't even say Sorry - she just said she will let the kitchen know then walked away , excuse me ??!!!
lobster roll - not bad.
will never come back and recommend friends - btw, we are from San Francisco

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

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E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. They didn’t get my Order right

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time! Legit NE food, great selection, will come back

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AS
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A casual spot with sophisticated flavors. Ed’s Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew is the best anywhere. Lobster poutine was worth the calories. Don’t miss the cast iron skillet bread. The smoked fish spread on saltines is a tasty starter.

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OT
Los Angeles
692 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Had the fried skate. Found it to be a little heavy on the salt. I have high blood pressure and know when it gets spiked. Grilled calamari is always a great starter as well as the clam chowder.

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you grew up in the East like I did, you will love the fried clams, steamers and all the other back east dishes. The Oysters are quite good and from many different places. You must try the clam chowder trio (small cup of each). Really original and great food.

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c
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Always felt like when we came in the door they were trying to get us out the door. The drinks were not good because they tried to pass off a last part of a bottle as a shot, but I complained but they took care of. Food was really good, service was good because waiter female was great. It was busy because peepsloved food and price and place.

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a
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dessert was mediocre and expensive. Loved the cod and the baked potato.

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LA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved the huge variety of oysters - very fresh. Entrees were terrific. Waiters were on point. Reception a bit rude - but that was only drawback

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal

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M
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, waiter was nice but not very attentive. Bar server seemed rushed, unfriendly, rarely smiled.
Manager made an error with our payment and never told us. I called later and that's when he said he made an error with the credit cards. He should have told us his mistake when we were there.

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GR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Absolutely horrible. People screaming at each other, it was so loud. No effort to have any semblance of decent furniture.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Honestly the food was really amazing, but the service was pretty bad. My guest and I arrived and had a reservation for 8:30. We got there at that time and there were a few tables open and they said that they needed to seat other parties before us , but would let me know when the table was ready. My friend and I opted to sit at the bar instead seeing as that was open and we wouldn't have to wait for a table (that we reserved that time for). We get to the bar and there are 3 people working behind it and a solid 10 minutes go by before we're acknowledged and get our drinks ordered. We then wait several more minutes to place our food order and had to flag someone over to us to take the order and after we get the food, no one checks to see if we need anything or water. No water refills either. Getting the check felt like an eternity. There are other amazing seafood restaurants at that price point or less where I can get quality and friendly service.

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P
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Clamchowder thin with lots of uncooked potatoes and very few clams
Oyster A+ but the rest was mediocre

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TW
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We ordered the lobster roll (which was very good) and the striped bass market special. Although the bass was described as being 6 oz. it was barely the size of 3 oz. We do not mind paying good money for food if it is worthwhile, but $42 for 3 oz. of fish is insulting. When we mentioned this to the waitress, all she said was “well it’s 6 oz.” - not a satisfying answer plus she was very unfriendly. We would definitely not recommend this restaurant to our friends nor will we eat there if we are ever in Los Angeles again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The woman at check in was not the friendliest. Perhaps she was having a bad night. But we specifically requested a high top table, as we always do when we go to this restaurant - which is often. As she walked us by an empty high top I asked if she saw our request. Her reply was that she had, but didn’t think we’d wan to be by the door because “no one does.” We sat there and had no problem with it. Next time a smile and asking the guest what they prefer would be good.

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T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a good go to for a casual personal/business dinner or Lunch. Casual, Good food, good service, good wine/beer list and the greatest lobster rolls this side of the Mississippi River.

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

So noisy in the patio, could not hear our guest!

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GS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The fried clams, onion rings and steamers were all tasty and closest in style and taste to clams that I have eaten in Boston and New England.

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LT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We LOVE Connie & Teds. We eat there often. And love taking first time customers there. You can NEVER fail with their ultra fresh seafood! One of the few places where we trust the freshness of their oysters, always! There is nothing on the menu we haven't tried and loved. And of course the biggest plus is being able to get the fantastic soft shell clams. They are a birthday tradition for me. The clams are hard to find outside of Boston and always fresh and delicious! The roasted sweet potato salad is another favorite. The special skate entree with gravy was outstanding! They did not disappoint, terrific as always. They were very busy Friday and were able to accommodate us running late, nevertheless. Their staff is top notch and very welcoming. Our only complaint was that the food took longer than usual to hit our table (the main courses). However it is understandable seeing how busy they were. It gave us more time to talk and enjoy our outstanding drinks. This will continue to be our go-to place for excellent seafood and wonderful service. It's not cheap, but worth every dollar for the freshness and the skill their chefs exhibit.

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d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food has gone downhill. Service was slow. Overpriced.

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BP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very good and so was the service. But, the portions are small and their prices aren't

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent host, two female servers. One male server not so good. Everything else was great.

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LA
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. A little pricey but great for a special night out.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Fairly priced. Recommend highly. Large menu. Want to go again soon!!

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