Catch … beach views and giant scallops

When I visited: March 2016

Location: LA, Santa Monica (within Hotel Casa del Mar)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not rated in the Guide (the Guide doesn’t cover LA)

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress

Ambience: Semi-formal, fairly quiet

Course of the meal: Giant scallops with lemon and mascarpone risotto

If I could change one thing: Slightly more lively atmosphere


Catch is, like Terrazza, within Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, but is its slightly more formal counterpart. As the name would suggest, it specialises in seafood and didn’t disappoint.

I shared a bottle of white Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay (2012) from the Napa Valley with my partner Owl, as part of our ongoing LA mission to explore Californian wines. This particular wine was very fresh and went well with all the food.

We started with a pumpkin soup with truffle crostini, and roasted beets with burrata, capers, oranges and spinach leaves. Unlike some of the restaurants in America that we had tried, Catch doesn’t give you ridiculously large portions so we still had plenty of room for the other courses.

My giant scallops with lemon and mascarpone risotto were seriously good, and my partner Owl’s black cod with carrots wasn’t a let-down either. In America there is a weird trend of serving tea before dessert so we had a green tea followed by a shared apple cobbler (i.e. crumble) with vanilla ice cream.

Catch is definitely worth a visit if you are in Santa Monica, and its slightly quieter atmosphere might mean it is a good place for business meetings or dates as opposed to ‘group hangs’ (I’m practically speaking fluent American now, right?!).

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