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Fishing With Dynamite

4.8
4.8
2288 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A celebration of summers spent on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and SoCal’s vibrant beach communities. The cheerful, 32-seat restaurant is anchored by a lively oyster bar and features a menu of “old school” traditional seafood fare and “new school” dishes highlighting flavors from around the globe. Chef and co-owner David LeFevre and Fishing with Dynamite have been celebrated for serving only the most pristine seafood with accolades that include “Best Oyster Bar” and Best New Restaurant by Los Angeles Magazine, OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America (2016, 2017 and 2019) and a Michelin Plate in 2019.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 893-6299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David LeFevre

  • Neighborhood

    Manhattan Beach

  • Cross street

    Manhattan Beach Blvd and 12th St.

  • Parking details

    Arrive early for your resy and enjoy shopping at our 60 charming boutiques throughout Downtown Manhattan Beach. Long term parking can be found at https://www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 2,288 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. VS

    VickiS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food in a funky atmosphere. Impeccable service. Incredible oysters, hamachi and seared scallops, black bass. Everything on the menu that we had was delicious!
  2. JL

    JaniceL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite neighbor restaurant! The food, service and ambiance is always five star. This is my favorite place to bring visitors and celebrate a delicious meal with my loved ones.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  4. SC

    SamC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is really one of a kind. Never tried anything like it before. Raw bar was definitely the star of the show though. Kushi oysters on a half shell with their mignonette sauce... so good. And the most memorable dish... the Peruvian scallops. Those scallops alone are enough to make you want to come back. Tuna tartare, grilled octopus and pan seared diver scallops (HUGE). Tonya our waitress also suggested a white wine that paired so remarkably well with the seafood. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon in Manhattan Beach.
  5. CP

    CPHD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    One of my favorite restaurants but prices have really shot up!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation as they were ready and head the table immediately available – fantastic service, it was very impressed as the manager came over and asked how everything was. Delicious food and the best Uni, yet! Cannot wait to return!
  7. t

    toast

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    our server sophie was terrific …the brusselmsprout salad and lime meringue pie winners.
  8. W

    Will

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was excellent, as expected. Service was a little spacey and just not up to par with what is expected. Offered to split our dish but then came out as one. Crab legs pricey and marked up and we waited a while for the proper utensils to eat them - had the dish for 10 min before we got the utensils. Employee tried to turn propane heater on for table next to us but didn’t light the flame. We were smelling gas at our table until I went and turned it off. My chair broke mid meal and I had to swap it out. Not a bad experience, just wasn’t special and on point with the service at the other restaurants owned by the same group. A lot of money for an average service experience.
  9. MS

    MikhailS

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place. Everything about shines . The octopus and oysters are my favorites. On a sunny fall day like today cannot be beat.
  10. T

    Toni

    London

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Was a little disappointed after reading the great reviews. Seemed under staffed for a Saturday night. Food was good but not great.
  11. SS

    SteveS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Bad performance
  12. J

    Joanne

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come for special occasions and order The Queen Mary and other menu items. Always consistently delicious and service is top notch!
  13. LW

    LisaW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently a great place to get dinner or lunch.
  14. RL

    RobertL

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Great food. The octopus appetizer was delicious The swordfish was outstanding The service was great! Bob Liguori
  15. GM

    GMan

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only fish on the menu. Perfect. Every dish we tried was excellent. Impeccable!
  16. MN

    MichaelN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Service was very slow. We had to wait a long time for the servings we ordered. Didn’t really care for the new menu and the prices seemed high
  17. DC

    DougC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service too slow Food too salty
  18. p

    plumsca

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I loved the food and the waitress was so sweet!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    There were too much butter/oil in seafood rice and the chowder.
  20. CB

    CBuf

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful fresh food. Attentive service. Excellent!
  21. R

    Rico

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The favorite restaurant of my mom and me. Every time I come to LA from DC, we go to FWD to celebrate her birthday. This year it was birthday #99! The service and hospitality were as generous and kind as always. The fish was as fresh and tasty as always. Thank you FWD. The best seafood and fish in LA!
  22. M

    Minxie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love this place. Great service. Fantastic food and perfectly balanced drinks. I would like to see some new things on the menu.
  23. T

    Tami

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and amazing service!
  24. B

    Bfour

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Best raw bar in MB.
  25. DK

    DianeK

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FWD, does not disappoint! The service, food and music were totally on point! It does not hurt it’s charming location and beautiful ocean views.
  26. MB

    MBmph

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    New FWD Team member Elijah is lovely! Great hire.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a winner.
  28. NS

    NathalieS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always a 5 star! Koshikari rice and side of paradise are amazing.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The crab cake was good. The lobster felt like it had been frozen then thawed. It’s just very pricey for what you get. We literally went for pizza afterwards.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We have been Here over the years … the food was really not as good as it has been
  31. LN

    LauniN

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Get new blinds. They blinds were stained and there were a lot of flies behind the blind. We asked if the could raise the blind because it was so dirty and we were told it was broken.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food, drinks and service by Shelbi. Hostess was also lovely and accommodating. Win/win!
  33. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    478 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    478 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What can you say about the best little seafood joint in all of CA???? With the sun setting into the MB waters, there’s no comparison. Chef Alice Mai’s back of house crew still hard at work, there’s no cutting corners here like I’ve witnessed at so many fine dining establishments lately. You start out with the outstanding appetizers of Clam Chowdah, Hamachi Crudo and Grilled Spanish Octopus with Spicy Shishito Peppers. The Koshihikari Short Grain Rice Risotto with Sea Urchin Umami and Egg Yolk is Alice’s heart and stomach warming signature dish. Throw in the Blue Crab Roll for a little East Coast flare and that’s a wrap!!! Superb service by Shelbi and the FwD staff as always. But wait, there’s more……..Chef Mai’s house made Key Lime Pie with a scoop of Mascarpone………priceless!!
  34. V

    Vetty007

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was looking forward to eating at FWD but I was somewhat disappointed. I've heard that they excel in shell fish and perhaps that is what we should have ordered. The menu does not offer any vegetables; and salad offering while tasty had way too much oil. The waitress did find out about offering us a side of grilled shishito peppers. Normally, I love these (Rice nearby does a great job). But like the salad, these had too much oil. The main entre dishes were very small and quite expensive. I thought the fish (bass and swordfish) were okay but quite honestly I make both of theses dishes at home and they are much better. Meal was $177 for two people before tip. That's pretty pricey.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sophie was incredible!! An experience to remember!!
  36. j

    jezka62

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is always fresh and amazing! Service was a little slower than usual, but we still enjoyed our experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner to celebrate my birthday. Everything was delicious. Had other items but didn’t take a photo; too busy eating. Our server Elijah was great. He made recommendations on the wine and was right on point. Did not disappoint. The dessert was a bday treat! Second time there and will return.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go here quite often and it is always great, shout to Tanya, Sal and Chef Alice who always make it a great experience
  39. j

    jewley

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time going to Fishing with Dynamite. Food is amazing and the server made wonderful recommendations. The swordfish was the best we have ever had
  40. SB

    SherylB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this meal was perfect. The food was fresh, seasoned well and the wait staff knew the menu well. The cocktails were perfect level and strength and taste. They had fresh Santa Barbra Uni as a special and it was so soft and clean tasting. My friends and I raved about the entire experience. The only thing that sucks is parking but it Manhattan Beach.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fishing With Dynamite using the Order Online button. Fishing With Dynamite also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Fishing With Dynamite also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 893-6299.

Fishing With Dynamite is rated 4.8 stars by 2288 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for Fishing With Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Manhattan Beach Blvd and 12th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Manhattan Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Arrive early for your resy and enjoy shopping at our 60 charming boutiques throughout Downtown Manhattan Beach. Long term parking can be found at https://www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David LeFevre

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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