Fishing With Dynamite

4.8
920 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Fishing with Dynamite, an oyster bar and seafood house where East meets West in the South Bay. Chef and co-owner David LeFevre brings an upbeat and lively approach to a tradition...
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch

Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 2:00pm

Lunch

Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 5:00pm; Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Bar Later
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Phone number
(310) 893-6299
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David LeFevre
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Cross street
Manhattan Beach Blvd and 12th St.
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Parking details
The city offers valet in front of the restaurant starting at 6:00pm Wednesday through Saturday.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

We don't use the term "destination restaurant" lightly. But the seafood at Manhattan Beach's Fishing With Dynamite more than fits the bill.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 920 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my parents here while they were visiting from out-of-state. The restaurant itself is tiny, but the food was amazing. The scallop was the best! I definitely recommend getting more than one order of the crab cakes.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing use of flavours ! Every dish was outstanding! Will be back soon .

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch menu and amazing service!

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CJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was my first time dining here, and has been on my to-do list for some time. I was not disappointed, the hosts accommodated me on my post pone reservation and kept me updated on the status of my table. Once, seated it took a while for drinks, my only knock on this place. The food was good and the stand out entree was by far the Hamachi! I definitely will be back!

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San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh seafood with beautiful presentation! First time here for the DineLA lunch. We made 10:30am reservations. Our superb server Jason suggested ordering each dish and sharing which we did. Enough for us to share and want to come back! Parking is only available in metered parking on the street or the lot behind the restaurant. I was lucky to find street parking with no meter a block away. After a leisurely lunch, we took a short walk down to the pier on a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Make early reservations!

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderfully delicious meal 😊

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San Diego
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic dinner. The Hamachi was memorable, salmon perfect, grilled octopus cooked just right. Make sure you have pretzel bread pudding with caramel and marscapone ice cream for dessert. Wine list could be better... Cocktails were excellent.Hadvthe Ghost of somebody.... yummm

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T
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

It was not air conditioned and it was extremely hot. No window or fans either. It made the lunch very uncomfortable.

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DR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love being there. Best restaurant in MB!

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1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great overall but we were there on a hot day and I was sweating the entire time. Surprised the windows didn’t open because there was a decent breeze when we left. Not the best impression for client lunch since I was drenched in sweat but the food and service was excellent.

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W
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good as usual. Nice cozy place. AC could be turned up a bit higher. It got hot in LA.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

They did not have the AC on which was a problem as it was hot and the air was still. I really don’t understand why that would be with a heat wave going on in LA. It ruined our experience

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JN
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We changed the head count shortly before our reservation time, the waitress was very accommodating she did her best to make a table for us. She also had an appetizer sent to our table. My only complaint with the restaurant has to do with the broken air conditioning.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there for my BD. The food was great as usual. A little bit disappointed with roasted Dover fish. It was quite bland and not worth $60! The service was great. We had a great time.

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EN
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, this was a good meal. Fish was fresh and a nice setting. My only complaint was that it was a holiday and not until I ordered my selections, was I informed that they were out of Fish for Fish & Chips. Now I know some would say, that means the fish is fresh. But since I planned my selections 2 days in advance (being a foodie, I always do this) this was a major disappointment. Fish & Chips at a seafood restaurant is a must try. So the staff should have planned accordingly. I am from the East Coast, so the bar is high especially when spending money on a West Coast seafood restaurant. Now I have to go back to at least try them. I'll sit at the bar and fill my face. Love good food... D E L I S H!

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HH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The waitress was a little pushy with the up-sales on drinks and appetizers. She also reached over and between us a few times to set down food and glasses. The service was mediocre, as you would hope to have a more refined experience at an expensive restaurant. I might as well have been at Chili’s!

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Small portions but perfect for the health conscious. Too noisy.

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KW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fishing with Dynamite is a gem of a restaurant and perfect for sharing with family and friends. This spot gets busy, so be sure to grab a reservation in advance of your desired date. The king crab legs are pricey but worth every penny. As is basically everything else on the menu. The staff is incredibly helpful and not overbearing. They made my father's birthday very special.

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1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fishing with Dynamite is amazing! Each bite is filled with so much flavor and texture. We had the oysters (salutations and another that was from Hogg Island), Peruvian scallops, squash rolls, battered cod, and crab cake. Everything was so fresh, flavorful, and tasty. To top it off, the service was excellent, attentive, and warm... and the ambiance is perfectly beachy.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food were great and we had a wonderful time. It was one of the greatest dining experiences I had :)

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S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh and good. The Oysters were fantastic and fresh. The soft shell crabs were just out of this world good. Everything was delicious as always. One of my favorite restaurants and the best in Manhattan Beach.

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n
Western NC
40 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dynamite it is. A trip to Manhattan Beach is not complete without visiting FWD. Great raw selection, superbly crafted small dishes and entrees and a nice wine list. Always, always excellent service. There is a small village of creative people that make this place extraordinary...and we wish we could thank each of the personally.

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TG
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Exceptional food, took my daughter visiting who also found it delish

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MS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious. Worth the drive from Los Angeles. Excellent choices. Great oysters. Delicious hamachi and yellowtail. And a Fried Chicken Sandwich to beat the band.

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DW
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great menu. Raw bar excellent. Clam chowder outstanding - not the library paste that others serve. Fish perfectly cooked. Only negative is the noise level. Impossible to have a conversation.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food. Great service. Couldn’t be better

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k
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always amazing! I love their hamachi and pretzel bread pudding. Wine and drink list are also great!

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LA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

After 5 years in LA, we’re moving. FWD was one of the restaurants on our LA-bucket list and it didn’t disappoint. The food...especially the scallops were amazing. But the service was even better. Friendly and knowledgeable but decidedly unpretentious. Highly recommended.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Definitely not as good as it used to be. Maybe they got a new chef? Food was expensive for average quality.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The place is a little tight but if everyone is friendly it’s not a problem. My favorite dishes included all of the freshest oysters, the octopus and crab cakes.

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G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good but noise level was high

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Los Angeles
347 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. I also like that they have car brands of alcohol as opposed to small batch. We had the whole Dover sole , hamachi with ponzu, hamachi collar and crabcakes. All were delicious. We absolutely loved the key lime pie.

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NH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been twice now and both times were excellent! Best meal in Manhattan Beach so far.

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A
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FWD is our go to place! We love everything about it. It’s small, so make a reservation way ahead of time! The food is fabulous......innovative and absolutely delicious! The two of us always start off with 2 dozen Peruvian scallops......the best! I have recommended this restaurant to more people than any other. It’s our neighborhood gem!!

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything. The food is exquisite and the service is friendly and courteous. Great time out for well done seafood.

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LJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh food and so close to the beach!

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Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The salad and crab legs were fabulous. Too bad there were so many spicy items on the menu which limited choice as I don’t eat spicy food. Our server was knowledgeable and very friendly. The restaurant was very noisy even after we asked the music to be turned down and the sound level was a little lower. FWD is quite small and, therefore, shouldn’t be playing such loud music.

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LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was creative and delicious. The service was great!

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is always solid and consistently great all around!

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