One Pico in L.A.
One Pico is the fine dining restaurant at Shutters in Santa Monica, California. It’s a beautiful, cheerful place with large windows that face the beach. The food is market-driven and focuses on seafood and steaks. Start with charcuterie, salmon crudo, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, roasted heirloom carrots or prosciutto with grilled pears. There is a nice selection of steaks which are conveniently labeled by weight and range from seven-ounces to 14-ounces. Seafood main courses include crisp sautéed wild snapper with couscous, seared diver scallops with black bean sauce and grilled swordfish with white beans. Service is efficient and the wine list is well-chosen and carefully curated. In all, One Pico offers a very pleasant experience at both lunch and dinner. Any shortcomings – and there are few – are mitigated by the lovely ambiance and spectacular view.