Catch & Release

3.7
95 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

About

Catch & Release is a fun, casual seafood restaurant serving up fresh dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. The high ceilings, white walls and hanging nautical lights make the inside of the restaurant feel open and stylish at the same time. Bright red chairs next to dark wood tables fill the dining room, and ropes that might have come off a ship weave their way back and forth between the rafters overhead.

The menu is a seafood lover's dream. Chef Jason Neroni is known throughout Los Angeles for his delicious seafood dishes, and Catch & Release is no exception. Appetizers include little-neck clams, bay scallops, Dungeness crab and oysters on the half shell. Guests who come hungry can order one of Catch & Release's combination platters like The Mariner or The Baller, which feature different amounts of four to six appetizer items.

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vipDMGidan
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on September 1, 2016
Overall4foodserviceambience

This place is closed. Sad ... is was really great!

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vipGooglegirl
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Another great casual but sophisticated seafood restaurant on the west side. Small menu but very fresh beautifully prepared seafood. HoJo style clam strips outstanding. Unique well done cocktails. Wonderfully prepared swordfish and branzino. Will go back. Wait service terrific. Great people.

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Ollie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Most importantly the food was good. Especially the Atlantic swordfish
Also, the service was very friendly and helpful. I was a little disappointed
with the ambiance. From the street it looks like a classy place but when you
walk in you feel that you went in the wrong door. Most of the seating is metal
picnic tables. There is virtually no decor and the noise level is enhanced by the
echo in the room. All in all, I will go back.

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rasputin
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food selections were unique. Service was very good. Wine list was not extensive, but good choices. Noise level was high inside the restaurant, but quite nice on the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that we ate was amazing. Went with my friend and we shared everything so we could try more. Started with the hojo fried clams, and they were as good as the ones we had when we were little. Next we had the oysters, which were as fresh and delicious as could be. After that we had one of the best lobster rolls that I have ever had. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is strangely not as popular as it should be. Some of the best seafood dishes I've ever tasted. Didn't have one average or bad thing. It was all outstanding. Our servers suggestions were spot on and the wines were beautiful. New favorite!

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vipDH90291
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was really just average. Buttered rolls were like warm and dry. Salad was bland other than the bleu cheese. Fish and chips was over battered and over fine. Cole slaw was too heavy with mayo. Brussell sprouts were over seasoned and over done. Typical of the chefs coming at superba and rose cafe, he uses tons of oil, butter and salt. Atmosphere was kitche and loud and wasn't that interesting. Service was good and our waiter seemed interested and concerned. Overall, it's fine if your in the hood seeing a movie etc but for this kind of cooking salt air, fishing with dynamite, blue plate oysterette and water grill are all much better

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vipvenicefoodie
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

But i do not like the loud music. i guess i am getting older.

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LPHovercraft
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable setting, knowledable server and excellent menu. Highly recommended.

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vipLaRubia
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Kind of hard to believe it, but I may have found Brussels Sprouts that supplant my current faves from Tin Roof Bistro. Sweet little things, roasted, with lots of Parmesean and garlic to give them a pesto-y quality. Yum. We were stuffed but kept eating them, because. The cod poutine was a *great* twist on the French Canadian classic, much lighter and tastier. My dining partner devoured his huevos rancheros, and the rest of us weren't far behind with our Salmon Benedict and Shrimp and Grits. Add bottomless mimosas and Bloodys (margaritas were also a choice, but none of us partook, so I can't comment), and it was a great way to while away a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

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vipVeniceMom
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside at the far end of the patio and had a nice quiet nook. We dined with another couple who we hadn't seen in a while and so we wanted to catch up and enjoy conversation. The table was perfect for that. The staff was friendly and attentive - and gave great recommendations. We loved the buratta and the ho jo clams for appetizers and then all shared the branzino (delicious), lobster roll (really good!), brussle sprouts, and fried chicken. Everything was great - and we'd definitely go back. Liked the casual vibe. Felt like a good old fashion fish house - but with extra care.

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vipNena
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there at least 5 times, so tht gives the idea we think it is good

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asdfdgh
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was good. However, our server, Sam, left a lot to be desired. She made the entire dinner very awkward, and was attentive at the wrong times. After bringing over our starters she told us she now would put in our dinner order, and the fish would take 45 minutes. What? Why wouldn't you just put that in, and why are you telling us now? Side note: it only took about 20 minutes to come out. So why worry your table with an unnecessary time stamp? Our meal needed to be filleted, and we sat with a whole fish on our table for 10 minutes waiting/watching her avoid us until we finally did it ourselves. Only after it was done, she came over, reached onto my plate where I had begun eating and started to touch my food. She also kept pushing pasta as a side for fish (mind you it was another entree), which left my friend and I wondering if she had a pasta quota to meet as pasta is a very odd side to pair with fish, and she continued to push it over and over. She made it seem like the fish and our sides (veggies & rolls) wouldn't be enough food even though the meal was "for two." I had not even had a bite yet when she came and asked if I was full. How would I know yet? The entire experience was beyond awkward, and my friend and I felt she was staring us down every time she came over. She misspoke quite a few times (calling all of the cocktails handmade (?) how else would they be made? And the tea I ordered at the end of the night handmade - a weird way to describe tea. Again, the food was good. But not great, and due to service made the entire experience less than enjoyable.

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vipvenicefoodie
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we went there on a crowded friday night and still they were able to take care of us. the food is truly wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Waiter took time to explain textures and consistency to avoid surprises and made great suggestions with salad, sides & entree pairings.

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vipAngusmcg
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Catch & Release is a Maine-inspired seafood restaurant along the lines of Connie & Ted's, in West Hollywood, but on a smaller scale (both in terms of the space and the menu). We enjoyed our oysters. A particular favorite was the squid-ink spaghetti with uni. My husband proclaimed his fish & chips among the best he's had in the city (and that's saying something). One mroe thing -- no tipping! They automatically add a surcharge to your tab for the tip, which I appreciated -- I can't stand doing math after a couple of glasses of wine!
We're looking forward to many future visits.

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Hshapi
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This place is LA's version of a New England seafood spot with a west coast flair, but there is no substitution for the real thing. The food was okay but not great. Nothing to write home about. I really don't understand the fascination of some LA folks with these trendy spots. This one was listed as one of the top 10 seafood places in LA. If this is one of the top places then it does not say much for what LA has to offer. The on line menu was not what was available on the night we visited. Disappointed that the web advertised Steamed Clams dish was not available, but somehow they do have the clam bake? If they could not do the steamers, what exactly were they offering in the Clam bake dish? For the prices they charge I would have at least expected nice linen table cloths, but this was minimalistic dining with silverware on your table in a large cup holder. Not a romantic spot. I will say that the Cod chowder was hearty and had a good smoky flavor from the bacon. Mussles were okay but I have had better at other places around town. The Hojo style fried clams were very salty, and we sent them back. The Lobster Roll was just okay, not as good as the way it was hyped in some on-line restaurant reviews by so called local restaurant critics. The lobster rolls you can get back east are way better. The roasted Brussels sprouts were overdone with too much seasoning and such. Why can't restaurants just steam them up and put some butter on them like mom used to make them at home? I will say that our server was very attentive and friendly, and the manager came by to apologize for the clams being too salty.

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AnnaK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had fresh oysters, bloody mary's and brunch entrees. It was all good. Nothing outstanding. If I was hungry and nearby I would go back but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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NEILW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Of us, there were four
seeking an eatery not tried before.
We traipsed up one side and down the other.
Directions given were never clear,
all they suggested that we were very near !
Then a Miracle ! We found the place,
a light lit up our communal face.
Relaxed, seated and ready to dine,
the waitress seemed to take her time.
Finally the drinks and the food
which we must admit was very good.
And then the check which was quite pricey
making a return to here very DICEY !

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vipsdf35114
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Much bigger inside that patio suggests so this would be great for a big group. It was surprisingly not busy for a weekend and the food was yummy. Free parking was added bonus. Would be great option for a date night with all the nearby shopping and movie theaters.

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Jandye
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun spot to meet family before and after a journey. Fresh, inventive seafood easily accessed to and from the airport, with friendly folks and delicious Parker rolls!

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vipNena
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the scallops and little necks and fried clams....mmmmmm

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vipLovesFood
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2015
Overall2food3service1ambience2

When we came in (party of 2) we asked for a table outside, there were several empty tables for 4 . The hostess explained that she could not seat us outside because parties of 4 were coming in although some of the 4 person tables had couples sitting there. We insisted and were finally sat outside. For the next 45 minutes at least 3 of the 4 person tables were still empty. When we left there were still at least 2 4 person tables empty outside. The tabletop was sticky but I did not complain not wanting to seem like a demanding customer since we already had to argue with the receptionist. However the waitress was nice and accommodating and the food was enjoyable although I needed a magnifying glass to find the Dungeness crab in the Spaghetti dish.

A couple of things the restaurant might want to consider doing: train your front of the house staff to be flexible and accommodate customers without an argument; consider a bigger beer pour- for $8 this was measly-and a more generous wine by the glass pour; bring a bigger utensil than a soup spoon to dish out a soupy dish (the New England Clambake). It also would be nice to have a bowl for the shells; tell customers verbally that you are adding an 18% tip automatically instead of assuming they will read the card stuck behind the bill. I gladly pay and 18% tip but I need to know ahead of time since this is not a common practice and usually only for larger parties.

I, for one, will not be back to this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A really great spot to sit outside and have some great cocktails and seafood

Service got a 3 because our waitress was not super knowledgable about fish. I asked for a recommendation for a meaty white fish and I Ordered what she suggested for a fish I'd never heard of. It ended up being a pink fish tasting similar to salmon. So I didn't enjoy my entree. But I'm sure if I liked that type of fish it would have been divine. The rest of the food was amazing

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vipSonya84
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad but a little over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded my expectations. Thought the drinks were spectacular. The Surfer's Report was so good that I got 2 of them. The raw scallops were beyond amazing. We got another order cause they were so good after trying them. The kale salad was very flavorful and one of the best kale salads I've had. The lobster roll was amazing and not too buttery. Perfect flavor. We got the special of the tuna and that was the only disappointment. Service impeccable. Overall I was surprised how much I loved this place and would recommend to others.

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Foodiegal
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh and tasty! The chowder was outstanding, my kale salad was excellent and my friend had the ling cod and chips which he liked very much also. Hubby had the oyster boy and we all split peach pie topped with yummy ice cream!

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vipPinkie
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am surprised each & every time I dine at Catch & Release. I EXPECT exceptial food based on my past dinners,yet somehow the food is better than I remember!!! I can not RAVE enough over chef Jason's creations. I have no favorite since I try new items every time. Seriously, it does not matter what you order... It will be amazing! Even the Merange desert with home made sorbet was the yummiest ever!!

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vipMarlamm
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We ordered everything at once as suggested by the waitress but it all came together piled on the table in two groupings, we wanted it to come slowly so we could enjoy the food. The food was just so so and I would not go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
231 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2015
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Went because of good LA Times review. Having grown up going to seafood houses, I was disappointed. The food is too complicated. The steamed clams with Andouille sausage had too much sausage but not enough savory spices. I had fried clams which, while good, had unnecessary Old Bay seasoning..but as long as there was the seasoning (which I knew was on it) there should have been more of it. Either more or less would have been better. My date had lobster roll. Pretty good, but way overpriced.

The service was attentive and enthusiastic.

Music was too loud

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vipNena
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love seafood and they have little necks, my fVORITE. THE PLACE IS great looking and everything so fresh!

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Rush
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank You Jason Neroni, for training your cooks to scramble eggs properly (lovely & soft..)
A hard thing to find in this town!

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vipcinshen
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2015
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Upon arrival, hostess was condescending. We were early for our reservation and told we could wait, or sit at a communal table. When we chose to wait, suddenly there was a "cancelation", and a table was available. Once seated, we felt rushed to order. Tried to order a Bloody Mary, but we were told they only serve those for brunch; really? Food was tasty, we shared peel and eat shrimp, lobster roll and clam strips. Would have liked to seen options for grilled or broiled fish. Don't plan on returning.

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Weekendaway
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Get the kale salad and the lobster. Those two were the standout stars at our table. We loved the mussels but ask for extra bread as the sauce that comes with it is divine!

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FoodieNoir
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a reservation for 6:30 p.m. on a Friday, we actually arrived at 5:40 p.m. and had hoped to take advantage of the Happy Hour menu. Host was nice enough to cancel 6:30 p.m. reservation and take us in, there were many open tables. He sat us down in the back of the restaurant and the sun was hitting us pretty bad, we were too tired to ask to be moved (long flight). The plants on our window were completely dead, and made our view of street pretty bleak. The cod chowder did not have any cod bits, and only a few bits of bacon. The parker rolls were tasty, but the price I expected something better. My pasta dish did not have but a sliver of crabmeat. My partner had the seabass, and again for the price we were less than impressed.

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drderek
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All food was excellent. Must try the lobster rolls

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vipZoeS
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall1food2service2ambience1

This was not a pleasant experience. first of all, it's incredibly noisy, the tables are picnic style with benches- very uncomfortable. We both ordered the lobster roll, too much mayo for me. the fries supposedly had old bay seasoning. Only 2 types of awful white wine by the glass. Unacceptable for a seafood restaurant. They also include an 18% gratuity. will not go back

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PapaPaul
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall1food2service4ambience1

The hype raised our expectations, but we were greatly disappointed and have no plans to return. We have no complaints about the staff, all of whom were competent, attentive and pleasant. Cannot, however, find much good to say about the food which, as the title indicates, was overly salted and overpriced. The clam appetizer was inedible, the cod chowder lacked cod. Only the kale salad and the steamed black cod were reasonably palatable. We'd asked to be seated outside to avoid the inside noise. Later, however, the sliding glass doors that separated the outside from the inside areas were opened and the noise level made conversation impossible.

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vipvelcro
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Surprisingly delicious! Didn't have high expectations. In fact was disappointed to find that Paiche (previous restaurant) was closed. But this is a fine replacement. Everything was spectacular - from the cocktails to the dessert. Will definitely return - soon!

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GreatspotinMDR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great lobster roll and a hip space with good energy. I liked everything about it

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Catch & Release offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 893-6100.

Catch & Release is rated 3.7 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.