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We’re // HOOKED // on Kanaloa Seafood

What started as an unassuming restaurant in the middle of an Oxnard industrial park, has quickly turned into our new favorite hidden gem.

Kanaloa Seafood, with locations in both Oxnard and Santa Barbara, is easy on both your environmental conscience and your wallet — while being some of the best seafood we’ve ever tasted.

Too good to be true?  NOPE.

We’re gonna let you in on a little secret… without naming names, Kanaloa Seafood supplies the exact high-quality seafood brought to your table that you find in some of the top-tier restaurants in the nation, at a fraction of the price.  Their mission is to make their product more accessible to the public, which prompted them to open a restaurant in Santa Barbara (the head chef even lives on a sailboat in the Santa Barbara harbor, and knows all of his fishermen personally!).

Lucky for the more southern residents of the 805, Kanaloa Seafood opened a second location in Oxnard, open during lunch on weekdays!

These guys are the epitome of sustainable food — in fact, they were the first seafood company in the US and Europe to be ISO 14001 certified (which basically means they give a *** about the environment and actually do something about it). Kanaloa also has their Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certifications.  Speaking of being environmentally conscious and sustainable — their dishes are served only on reclaimed or compostable dinnerware (we even had our appetizer served on a piece of ceramic tile!), and to top it off, they invested in a machine that reforms their styrofoam for reuse like insulation for construction and picture frames. Now that is pretty awesome.

We know you’ll come for the seafood, but you’ll definitely keep coming back for the environmental sustainability!

Okay, enough of the technicalities — we know you came here to see the food pics.  Here’s what we were served by the incredible chef, who has trained in Basque cooking techniques all over the world.  Guys… he’s kind of a big deal.

Drum roll, please…

Beach House Mezze // olive tapenade, lavash crackers, tzatziki, whole-roasted garlic, chipotle-honey hummus

Baby Bass Fritters // basque bell peppers, watercress, smoked mussels

Spicy Tuna Poke // sesame, seaweed, Sriracha, sushi rice

OG Fish + Chips // seashore fries, beer battered fish, tartare sauce

Korean Salmon Tacos // pickled cucumber, cilantro slaw, kimchi aioli, sambal, + chips

Grilled Swordfish Reuben // sauerkraut, russian dressing, swiss cheese, rye bread

aaaand… DESSERT.

We loved these desserts, which were a perfect cap to our already delicious + filling lunch.  Dessert options rotate often, but the ingredients are always fresh and local!  These were topped with McConnell’s ice cream (straight from Santa Barbara!), and we still talk about that key lime one (left) ALL the time.

I just have to say… we all agreed that this was the best. fish. and. chips. we’ve ever tasted.  The swordfish reuben was another favorite, and don’t even get us started on the Korean salmon tacos!  Also, we dare you to find a better tasting poké bowl.

After lunch, we spent some time checking out their market, which offered tons of different items to help you make the ultimate seafood dinner in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Inspired by the lunch we had, we decided to grab some seafood to go — per the owner’s recommendation, we grabbed a filet of Ocean Trout (and watched them descale + filet it from start to finish!).  The entire staff was so knowledgeable, and was able to help us figure out a foolproof way to impress our husbands with dinner that night — spoiler alert, we totally crushed it.

We were SHOCKED at how much we could taste the quality in their seafood.  No matter where in the 805 you’re located, this place is worth the visit.  Also, follow them at @KanaloaSeafood to stay up to date, including to-go date night dinners [including wine!] + cooking tips!

 

You’ll get hooked [pun intended, obvi!] — don’t say we didn’t warn you 😉

xx, Nicole, Hayley, + Tanisha {LL805}

Kanaloa Seafood Oxnard Kitchen [251 Lombard Street] is open for lunch M — F 11am — 3pm

Kanaloa Seafood Oxnard Market open M — F 10:30am — 5pm

Kanaloa Seafood Santa Barbara [715 Chapala Street] is open for lunch Monday 11am — 6:30pm, Tuesday — Saturday 11am — 4:30pm; and dinner Tuesday — Saturday 4:30pm — 8:30pm

Kanaloa Seafood Santa Barbara Market open Monday — Friday 9am — 6:30pm; Saturday 9am — 5pm

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