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Pasadena Loses One of Its Better Seafood Restaurants This Week

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The two-year-old restaurant finishes service for good this week

Lost at Sea
Lost at Sea in Pasadena
Lost at Sea
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Pasadena’s Lost at Sea restaurant will close at the end of this week. The mid-level casual seafood restaurant lasted over two years on Holly Street, but Friday looks to be the final night of service.

Chef Tim Carey opened Lost at Sea back in 2016 with partner Santos Uy (Mignon, Papilles), with the pair having previously collaborated at tucked-away strip mall bistro Papilles in Hollywood for years. The focus for the new breakout restaurant was, naturally seafood, done with a refined aesthetic and casual environment, and paired with Uy’s extensive wine knowledge. The restaurant garnered some favorable early press and even got a nod from Besha Rodell via LA Weekly at the time, who declared that she would rather: “eat here than at half the slickly perfect restaurants in town.”

Still, Lost at Sea seemed at times to struggle to find a consistent local audience, pushed a couple of blocks to the north off the main Colorado drag of Old Pasadena. It didn’t help that more fast casual competition in Fishwives on Fair Oaks Avenue and Mark Peel’s Prawn further beyond both opened just after Lost at Sea, making the restaurant one of the last year’s most underrated places to eat anywhere in greater Los Angeles.

Lost at Sea. 57 Holly St., Pasadena, CA.