Fishing With Dynamite

4.8
987 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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.
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 987 People Are Saying
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R
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch to celebrate my mother's 95th birthday. The service and assistance to my mother could not have been better. We shared a crab cake, and then had the halibut and fish and chips. Everything was super fresh, prepared expertly, and tasted delicious. Thank you for a wonderful celebration.

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San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fishing with Dynamite is our favorite restaurant in the South Bay and it is never ceases to amaze! When making reservations book way ahead in advance! The food is absolutely fabulous and the staff is eager to please, friendly and attentive! It’s one of our top 5 restaurants in Southern California and we started going here the first month it was in business. It’s definitely a neiborhood gem!!

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QA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a wonderful unique restaurant and would recommend to anyone. The only down side to be aware of, and that is only if noise / commotion bothers you, it's small and tables are packed in. It can be very noisy. Personally, I like the action and certainly wasn't too loud to visit with my guests. You may want to think twice though if you are bringing your great grand parents. This was my third visit and will be back.

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LP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday celebration favorite since opened! Love the raw bar!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

It is so loud in there that I couldn’t hear the waiter! Why? Even after they turned the music down a tiny bit. Couldn’t wait to get out. Is that what you’re trying to do? Get people out to get more in? Ruins the entire dining experience.

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GH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

They lowered the music which was nice but i don't like their brand of pop music at lunch and it was still too loud for me.

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NT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FWD is always amazing. It has become my go-to restaurant when hosting people visiting us in socal.

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H
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the place! We ride our bikes down from Playa del Rey nearly every Sunday.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Friendly staff, food average. Had to wait 30 mins even though we had a reservation.

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OT
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed several different oysters, Peruvian scallops and shrimps. Grilled corn amazing!!! Soft shelled crab and shrimp tacos so wonderful!! And of course that key lime pie was over the top. Thank you!!!

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Seafood with an amazing location.
Small, but worth it.

Michelle is always sweet and very knowledgeable

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RE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Went in for a sunday funday dinner with the family. Space was extremely tight. Waiters were friendly and attentive. There were several flies constantly circling our table and other guests’ tables as well, which made the entire experience uncomfortable.

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DR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, oysters, squash rolls, battered cod, and chocolate bread pudding

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KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wonderful staff at FWD really made my son and daughter in law’s honeymoon special. Originally, scheduled to go to Charleston, SC, for their honeymoon, my son and his bride had to make a very last minute change due to the unfortunate arrival of Hurricane Florence on the east coast.

They had the good fortune to have MB as a plan B. I called FWD to explain the situation and the staff was excited to have the opportunity to make the first night out special for the newlyweds. I gave FWD my payment information so that my husband and I could treat the couple. From the champagne start to their meal to the end, it was perfect.

My daughter in law texted me the next day and said it was a highlight of their trip! So thanks FWD for making me look good to my new daughter in law!! You guys are the best!

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p
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Worth any wait. Peruvian scallops are a gift from the gods. Fabulous cocktails and the best staff in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday, and Simaya was SO AMAZING!!! She and the guys who were running the food and the chefs were killing the game, made me feel so special in my bday

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

I like the restaurant but your name is offensive to anyone who cares about the ocean environment. If you changed it , I would be a regular but I feel like a traitor to my values and I know other people who feel the same and we are not crazies. I only came because it was a special occasion for someone who wanted to go. I could not recommend you restaurant because of your name.

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BT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beach day!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Expertly prepared fresh fish. EVERTHING was good. We were a large group and tried 1/2 the menu. Can’t list all the wonderful dishes. Only complaint it was hot inside. No fans and flies all over. But food was worth it.

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YS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Manhattan Beach! Must try Peruvian scallops and key lime pie!!!

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K
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

always a great place to connect with other diners here since tables are so close. met a few lovely couples sitting next to us. staff was great and the food was fresh and delicious.

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A
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for the weekend and this place was recommended to us. What a fabulous spot from start to finish! Our server was lovely and made us feel welcome. We started with the Peruvian scallop ceviche. Amazing! My husband had the crab cake, which he loved and I didn’t get a bite of . . . And, I had the ‘tonnato’
on toast with heirloom tomatoes and fennel. It was delicious!!! Everything was super fresh, tasty and creative. Nice wine list.

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CT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No better place for fresh shellfish. Such a treat every time we go. Food and service are outstanding.

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MB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Creative seafood cuisine is consistently good. I was disappointed that the fish and chips was removed from the menu. Tables are very close to each other making it virtually impossible to have a private or intimate conversation. Wait staff is friendly but should have greater awareness of dirty towels hanging out of butt jeans pockets, as the towel kept hitting my husband’s arm and shoulder throughout our meal.

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SS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Hard to get in because it’s all but when one does get in it’s great.

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S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I've been looking forward to trying this place for a while after reading lots of raves, and we had a gift card, so we set up a reservation for 5:15pm on a weeknight. As soon as we walked up and gave our name, the hostess told us they'd need our table back by 7pm. This left a terrible first impression - we had reservations, they weren't squeezing us in, so I'm not sure why they felt the need to stress that before even saying "hello".

We were seated directly next to the only other occupied table on one side of the restaurant, despite there being multiple open tables. The table on our other side sat empty the whole time we were there, making the table curfew comment even more perplexing.

The restaurant is tiny. Our waitress was super friendly and responsive, but tried to upsell us (and every table nearby) very aggressively - "Should I add the hamachi? Do you want to add a couple of scallops to that?" x 5 tables within earshot.

Our order: a cocktail, a couple of beers, a few jumbo shrimp, the squash rolls, the french fries, the crabcake, the halibut, the seafood rice, the key lime pie and the chocolate pretzel bread pudding.

The shrimp were exceptionally high quality, and both the rolls and the fries were delicious. The crabcake had very big chunks of crabmeat, but the seasoning and mustard remoulade completely overwhelmed the crab taste. The halibut was great, but the rice was just okay, and neither one presented especially well. When the seafood rice got to the table, it looked like rice soup, and even after mixing, it was watery as hell. It made for better leftovers the following day.

The desserts were both fantastic - the bread pudding was a bit dry, but the amazing ice cream on top helped with that issue.

One of our drinks was priced higher on the bill than it was on the menu, which I didn't notice until after we paid. I wouldn't even mention it if I wasn't annoyed by a bunch of other things, but yeah, I won't be coming back anytime soon.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lacks air conditioning or it takes a while to turn on. The good was great. Service was great. But you don’t want to sweat while you eat.

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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh seafood, especially the Peruvian scallops. Wonderful staff.

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FK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Loved the food and service. Unfortunately their AC was out and was uncomfortably hot. They tried to help with cold towels, but still very uncomfortable.

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CW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fishing with dynamite is my favorite restaurant! You have to try it out! It‘s so hard to get a table but if you get one just enjoy everything: the food the drinks the vibe!!

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YG
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific but pricey food. Expect to pay quite a bit for few excuisite bites. Or really a lot for the magnificent sea food plattets. The place is small, crowded, casual and immediately familiar even if you've never been there before. Great selection of wines. Highly recommended as long as you know the deal.

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TR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful fare and gracious hospitality. Sumayyah, our server was delightful and Caroline stopped by our table to check on us as well, and we truly enjoyed our conversation. We had the new Salmon dish and yellowtail tacos, both of which were excellent. Great place, great food, great people!

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my visit as I have usually once a month for the last year. I originally found FWD by googling
blue point oysters , when i visited there they were in all there glory, understanding they are somewhat
limited when they were not on the menu there were chititeaque my second favorite as I am not a fan of west coast oysters. Last several visits neither were available there was a selection from MA. that were decent. The menu old school has a limited selection of good food prepared well but I would like to see
some different choices . The new beer menu is my last observation and has me not as excited to come back as before. The PBR was definitely a draw for me and my regular lunch companion . I am sure in your local
your changes will do well for you however I will be on the lookout for Blue Point and the Pabst Blue Ribbon.
I would still recomend FWD to all it has just drifted a little down my list of favorites. Thank You ,Paul Ebener

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing and the people were very friendly. My only complaint was that the staff didn't seem to know much about the wine selections which you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.

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R
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is Great. Vibe is terrific.
Don't go for intimate conversation...this place is tightly jammed full of high-energy. Which is part of it's appeal!

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d
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood tower in CA! Great service, great staff.

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M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Quite disappointing, the food are not what’s hype up to be. We had the oyster sampler platter, clam chowder, crab cake, yellowtail tacos, and 24th Street pale ale battered cod. The oyster tasted all the same and the clam chowder soup was mostly broth and potatoes, the crab cakes was alright but not impressive, the yellowtail taco was salty and not much fish mostly red cabbage and the battered cod was very light but extremely greasy.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved our dinner here. everything was delicious and the service was spectacular.

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c
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service - from the hostess to the server to the management! $15 corkage can't be beat and the menu is AMAZING. I can't wait to come back for thirds...

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KR
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, unique wine selection and fun to try a little everything with their tasting portion sizes! Absolutely loved this restaurant!

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