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Connie and Ted's

8171 Santa Monica Blvd. (Havenhurst Dr.) Send to Phone
A West Hollywood seafood "shack" from Providence co-owners Michael Cimarusti and Donato Poto.
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Lunch Wed.-Sun., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Connie and Ted's, West Hollywood, CA

Connie and Ted's Restaurant Review

: Connie and Ted's has been a success right from the start. By the numbers, the West Hollywood restaurant serves about 750 meals a day, turning out 150 lobsters and 1,000 oysters. After helming Water Grill in Los Angeles and later creating his own esteemed seafood establishment Providence, chef Michael Cimarusti opened this luxe seafood "shack" with Providence co-owner Donato Poto. The name comes from Cimarusti's grandparents Connie and Ted, who instilled in him a love of fishing from outings off their Rhode Island cottage. (The "est'd 1940" mention on the restaurant logo is a reference to the year of their wedding.) This purpose-built space encompasses a patio, private dining room, wraparound bar and main dining room that's open to the huge kitchen. Unlike some seafood-oriented spots that are chock full of tchotchkes, here the décor is tastefully done with only a handful of maritime objects. Over the years, Providence has accumulated many oyster tags from shipments --- restaurants are required to keep them for a certain period of time --- and they've been plastered on two of the walls. Providence veteran Sam Baxter executes the menu, which kicks off with starters like grilled calamari. Oysters are crispy and briny, and you may be lucky enough to find fresh Santa Barbara sea urchin. Skip the "stuffies" (clams baked with linguiça, breadcrumbs and garlic) in favor of the steamers (soft shell clams). The lobster roll can be ordered hot with drawn butter or cold with mayonnaise. Check for specials such as a grilled scallop served in its shell or the catch of the day, perhaps California swordfish or Baja grouper. Desserts include comfort food classics like a blondie (blonde brownie) topped with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce. The short wine list is well rounded and fish friendly, though it plays second fiddle to the fun cocktails and craft beer program (two dozen on draft and another two dozen California selections).

User Ratings & Reviews for Connie and Ted's
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Spotty food & horendous service
by wbarry on Sat May 03, 2014 9:41 pm
We ate there on a Saturday at 1:45 pm, deliberately selected to reduce the crowd issue. Fabulous lobster roll and fried clam roll & the fries were very good, but the experience was definitely not good. I ordered a bowl of the Rhode Island "clear" chowder, and it was not a pretty sight. The ENTIRE top of the bowl was filled with pieces of the salt pork, floating on the surface. Folks, that's pork fat floating on top of your soup. I don't care if it's cubed; it's still pork fat. Worse, there were five bits of potato and a few bits of clams underneath the pork fat. That's it. I had a salt pork chowder! Connie & Ted would have died of embarrassment.
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