Best New Restaurants 2021: Glasspar is a Spiffy Seafooder with a Deluxe Fish Market

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

When spiffy seafooder Glasspar debuted in late 2019, chef-owner Rob Wilson had no idea he would soon be running a deluxe fish market. Clobbered by lockdown, he stopped cooking and started selling his high-end vendors’ deluxe goods and fresh local seafood direct to his new clientele.

After a year of push-pull health directives, Glasspar is seating diners again. Wilson says he “opened a restaurant three times in one year,” gamely downplaying the massive investment made to upgrade permanent patios that seat 105. Fans sorely miss the oyster bar’s bonhomie, but Wilson’s secret-recipe Oysters Rockefeller has a way of finding a high-top for two with a view. That ad hoc market? It’s now online, and order pickup continues Wednesday through Sunday.    

24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949-240-6243

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