Fishing With Dynamite

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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...
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DF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their music playlist! Beastie Boys and Tribe Called Quest - the best.

M
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an excellent server and experience at Fishing w/ Dynamite. My server Natalie and the hostess Aralk (missed spell) were the sweetie, nice, best ladies ever... thank you for a great lunch..

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fabulous service and it was DineLA week so we got an amazing price fixed menu.

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The restaurant was packed when we arrived for our reservation ( it’s tiny). Their table was running late, they were very communicative about it and graciously brought us something yummy to eat. Food was delish- seafood platter amazing, Hamachi, oysters,crab cakes, carrots-fries, also had a rich and creamy dark Old Rasputin ale. Everything was really great. Our waitress well versed in the food as she curated the menu and perfectly attentive. Really added to the experience. Will definitively come back.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Unique small restaurant with partial beach view from some tables. Interesting menu, great service and nice ambiance. The food was good, but not spectacular. Clam chowder was tasty but not many clams. Hamachi was great. My guest was happy. Worth a visit.

JS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were absolutly friendly and caring. Never to find such a valueable place to enjoy seafoods other than FWD. Recommended for all occasions..except for large groups.

KG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for the last 3 years and it is my absolute favorite restaurant! I love everything about it, food, drinks, staff and ambiance :) I take everyone here!!!

DJ
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m always excited when I got to FWD because I know I’m going to have a great experience. They never disappoint...Rock Fish Ceviche is the best dish in the city...the rest of the menu does not have a bad dish... can’t wait to cone back...dinewithjb

JB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu choices! We had the crab cake and the scallops. Service was attentive without being invasive. Small place... Reservations highly recommended.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was truly outstanding. Fresh fish and seafood in super delicious sauces. My sister's salad was also AMAZING! I love desserts and the key lime pie and pretzel bread pudding, simply awesome. We loved our server, too!

v
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad quality of good. Raw seafood is tasteless. Some dish was sold out so we were given grilled baguette instead... weird

R
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such fantastic seafood and a great mix of traditional and innovative. The oysters were sweet and delicious, the rice dish was divine, so complex and a perfect way to end the meal. Would highly recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I agree with the vast majority of reviews concerning the overall experience, but I have a concern. For a restaurant of it's renown, I was surprised when my girlfriend emerged from the bathroom describing how disgusting it was. The bathroom is used by both men and woman and this becomes problematic (because of the men). Without getting gross, my guess is that several male patrons had missed the toilet. I would like to hope that an employee would run a mop across the floor occasionally. Will I return, yes definitely.

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They were out of something, so the experience was not as good. It is one of my favorite restaurants but when you run out of food it lessens the experience.

HB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent! We were celebrating our anniversary and they started us off with complimentary glasses of champagne right after we were seated. The food was excellent and our server offered great suggestions. We shared the SS Minnow seafood tower, a crab cake and the 2 specials of the night, all were delicious and just the right amount of food for us. We will not wait so long to return!

T
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I have never been so disappointed on a restaurant. Much les given a bad review to one.

We booked a table for two for New Year’s eve.
The website had no information on them having a set menus of $95.00 for the evening. After having made the reservation, the restaurant called to let us know about the set menu and price of it. We agreed to it and where excited to try this restaurant. We live fish and seafood and heard good things about the restaurant.

The caller mentioned that that menus could be found in their social media site, but I +heck several times and it was never found on their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts before or on December 31.

On the 31st during the day I received three different phone calls from the restaurant to remind me of the set menu. That fact, already made me think that their organization was not at its best.

When we arrived at the restaurant at 5:35 (our sitting was at 5:30) the restaurant was partially full, some people on tables others standing. It was very noisy and the music way too loud. At that point it did definitely felt very disorganized. Our table was not ready and there was another couple with a disturbed and unhappy looked also waiting for their table. In minutes, a couple of tables freed up and they where cleaned up and very simply set with no feeling at all of a New Years celebration. The decor of the restaurant was with blue, red, white and gold balloons that gave a feeling of a 4th of July celebration or a supper ball event.

The whole organization and set up of the restaurant felt as if having a New Year’s Eve celebration was an afterthought, rather than something well planed ahead of time

As our table was cleaned up and simply set with white napkins, forks and knife and a little simple candle, we sat down for an expensive simple and of not very good quality meal, priced at an steep $95.

Was such a disappointment that I’m not sure if I would ever be willing to go to the restaurateur again for another try.

PA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and thought we would indulge for the New Year and have lunch.
Amazing, Amazing and Amazing

RM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fixed menu and great service! Everyone was friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dinner!
Friendly staffs are really nice to us, and meals are all fresh and excellent:)
I’d like to come this restaurant again some day.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

いろいろなシーフードが美味しい。

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O
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent seafood, lively atmosphere. Very small, so reservation probably a good idea.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was easy to book using OpenTable. Got a table immediately as soon as we walked in (within 20 minutes of the reservation time). They had seen my special request for a high chair and had it ready.

Server was extremely nice and helpful. Food was really delicious. Noise level is moderate but not overly loud.

All in all, a perfect experience. Would definitely consider coming back again.

TA
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, intimate very delicious our waitress was wonderful

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at the restaurant. Although we could only book counter seating on Open Table, they were able to accommodate us at a table. Staff was so friendly, we were welcomed by three different staff for being first-time visitors from Ventura. Food was delicious! Best clam chowder ever! And the Key Lime Pie, unbelievable! Would definitely come again.

TI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love evrything!! One of my faves

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Oysters, crab, drinks and chef surprises were all fantastic. Always looking forward to the next visit!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was exceptional. I'll be sure to return to try other menu items.

SM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

FWD never disappoints!!!!

J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Always a fantastic dining experience. Highly recommend to anyone.

MB
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place for a special date lunch or celebration! Always delicious and a special experience!

MD
Orange County
56 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small restaurant, a hidden gem for foodies. Every single dish carefully prepared,

BW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not miss the Peruvian scallops.

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Had a reservation for 9:30. Didn't get seated until nearly 10 due to a lack of tables. No one on the staff seemed to mind that. Dinner felt rushed as a result and the food was generally OK but certainly not worth the price. Overall a pretty disappointing experience.

Cocktails weren't bad though.

S
San Francisco
287 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s like dining in a submarine.......cramped, sweaty and the sound of depth-charges.......actually it was a crying baby in a stroller that somehow fit into this tiny place ......but seriously this MB hole-in-the wall is the coolest joint in the Southbay for seafood lovers. Sat at the raw bar and watched the dudes shuck my Queen Mary Shellfish Tower with all the raw stuff (Kushi oysters are Numero Uni) plus a wide range of fantastic dipping sauces to go with. Also had the gem salad, steamed black clams and crab cake, all outstanding. Service is right there because of the close-quarters, there is someone as always right there. Background music and charming hostess were most delightful also after five Belvederes.....Can’t wait to go back!!

MC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. We had oysters on half shell, clam chowder and crab cakes as a split order. Hot food was hot, oysters chilled. Server friendly and attentive. Thank you.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best hamachi in the world. All the food is awesome!

AA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always and the service is friendly with a big smile

FM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love FWD!!

FS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Opted for Old School / New School menu, as opposed to the Raw (and served on-ice) Menu. Not disappointed by any means ... food was excellent, both in taste and presentation -- Clam Chowdah, Crab Cake, Seared Scallops, fish and chips ... all shared. Service was terrific, as well -- cordial, attentive, but not rushed. FwD is tiny and popular, so it's a bit cramped and noisy ... but even as someone who prefers open and peaceful ... the "noise" is easily tolerable. Besides, having read about FwD (it was my first time there), and since becoming a fan of Chef David since he got "robbed" on Iron Chef Gauntlet, ambiance / décor / location was all secondary, I was there for the food. Fishing with Dynamite is dynamite! Pricey? Yeah, but it's Manhattan Beach, not unexpected. A $40 per person non-alcohol lunch -- hey, I had to go back to work -- isn't something I would do very often. But it's Christmas-time; it's a special occasion. I'll happily return for other special occasions.

d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great people.

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