Fishing With Dynamite

4.8
1022 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 1022 People Are Saying
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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time at Sunday brunch. The cocktails were well made and fun. The food was full of flavours (scallops!) and the service friendly. We arrived just after noon, lots of seats available but it quickly filled up after us: it's a small room. Would recommend heartily.

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WS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and the location is ideal. It's something like formal food with an informal evironment. Really clever idea.

The only possible qualm is lack of space. If you don't mind being within inadvertent bumping distance of other tables and guests, the "informality" aspect is perfectly fine; it might even add to the charm of this place. If you absolutely need lots of space, maybe consider other options.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was outstanding!!!

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T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the bomb, always worth the trip. I’m definitely going back many more times.

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F
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience and enjoy everytime I am there. Friendly staff and excellent food and wine.

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P
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always worth the drive to come down and eat at FWD. Great service and great food.

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L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem.

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DR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding seafood. Somewhat tight seating and noisy but definitely worth it.

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LR
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent! I took my son in law here for the first time. He is a tough critic. He also loved the foods. Everything was great. I am not from California but eat here every time I get the chance. You will not be disappointed.

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AH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

love this manhattan beach gem -- it really is perfect if you are making a day trip! however, this time the dining experience was a little less than. We ordered crab legs ($30) and the waitress brought out one measly crab claw, which we promptly asked for different pieces of the crab leg, pointing out how expensive the legs were already for a 1/2 lbs

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh, fun combos. They don't overdo the flavors but instead let the best of each ingredient come out.

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EB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good but we were seated 20 minutes late and they didn’t offer any thing as a way of simple apology which would have been a nice gesture from such a place.

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SC
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

‘Loved this quaint little restaurant in MB. Reminded me of The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle. Great raw bar. Pretty good wine list. Outstanding, personalized service from both our server and the manager. Tough to get a reservation and now I know why. We will definitely return!!

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M
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had brunch. The seafood was good but extremely small portions and very expensive. Eat your meal somewhere else but come here for the bread pudding.

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A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! I could have eaten 100 of the Peruvian scallops. The food came out quickly and the staff was very attentive. The crab cake had just the right of lemon and was so moist. The waiter suggested this wine from Hungary that was outstanding. Definitely make a reservation because space is at a premium. I wouldn’t recommend this place for parties bigger than 4 people only because the establishment is decently small.

My fiancé and I left happy and satisfied. 10/10 would go again.

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DT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Amazing raw bar and the squash of all things was INCREDIBLE!

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JG
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is creative, fresh and consistently excellent. Our server was exceptionally well informed on the menu and her suggestions helped make the meal memorable. I'll be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and amazingly fresh seafood!

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DJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Really nice servers and staff. My fish was slightly undercooked; they took it back, made me a new one and then did not charge us for it. I did not expect that at all! Just an extra minute would have done the job.
And the food, every single bite was delicious.
My friend and I will definitely go back!!!! It really could not have been better except maybe the seating. Its a small noisy space, you wouldn't go for the atmosphere.

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PL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Every bite is more delicious than the next. The cocktails are creative without being over the top. The raw bar is to die for. If you love seafood, a lively atmosphere, and a killer soundtrack, Fishing with Dynamite is for you!

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AH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite in the South Bay and of Chef Lefavres restaurants. Always the pick for our family special occasions. Love the staff and Ken begins the bar. I always order mostly the same, but then try something new and am never disappointed. Squash roles and Peruvian scallops are a must for me. Tried the fried chicken sandwich this time and it was so good. Thank you, FWD!!

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K
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have visited several times, but this visit wasn’t great. Our food was really delayed and came out in a very random order (e.g. we had French fries as our last course because they came out so late). They had a new Octopus dish on the menu. It was flavorful, but really over cooked and chewy. Seafood was good, drinks were good. It was over just good, not great.

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oysters were outstanding. All the fish was fresh and very tasty.

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H
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a terrific restaurant and very small and laid back. Partial ocean view. Great service. Love going back.

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K
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall all the dishes were excellent. Try the grilled octopus. Also very good fresh oyster selection.

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood platters here are amazing - so good that although the "SS Minnow" which has oyesters, clams, shrimp, mussels and lobsters is recommended up to 2 people, I easily finished it by myself and wanted more!

The cocktails are amazing here as well - the bartender made an amazing "Be Water My Friend" with delicious rum and other refreshing ingredients. I could eat here daily! Also a huge fan of the clam chowder, hamachi, and tuna tataki.

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DT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and the staff is welcoming and professional. Seasonal ingredients that were perfect. We had a completely fabulous lunch.

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PP
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! First time here and we loved it! Lovely location not exactly on the beach (one block away), but views from certain tables of the beach and ocean. Food was absolutely delicious. The squash rolls are out of this world tasty. I hope they keep those as a signature menu item! Our server was on point the entire time, along with other staff walking around and tending to tables by filling water glasses, clearing and cleaning our table, etc. Cute place. Although it is small and tables are close, it is worth the high quality food and service experience. We had lunch. We shared the Little Gems Salad, Fish and Chips, Squash rolls, and Key Lime pie. Excellent all around! Highly recommend.

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SH
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in the area. Seafood is so fresh and prepared perfectly. It is exceptional!

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M
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Scenic Spot to dine with a foodie friend

We drove [forever] to meet a good friend visiting from the East Coast (Boston). She was delighted with the view of the ocean at sunset (we sat by the windows). She's a foodie, so she'd heard of the restaurant. We enjoyed stupendous tomato and tonnato toast, with delicious golden ripe tomatoes (local) and a tuna spread. My husband had the best clam chowder I've ever had, with a wonderful bacony flavor, real clams in shells, delicious broth, rich but not too creamy (not like melted cheese). We loved the crab cakes as well. We also enjoyed a raw fish with a ponzu sauce. Alas, some raw tuna seemed too salty and the texture made it seem slightly cured, but they insisted on giving us a delicious key lime pie dessert on the house to make up for our disappointment. What a meringue on top of that yummy pie! The fries were good but I wouldn't waste time on them - we didn't find them outstanding.
It's loud - turned out not to be an easy place to talk - but the food made it worth it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t make a reservation for my birthday but they surprised me with a birthday cake. Thanks a lot!

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SO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday. The food is just fantastic! Exactly how we remember if not better! It had been a few years since we were there. This is our favorite place to celebrate. The server was so great and attentive even though she was pretty busy. Thank you all for making our day just perfect!

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WG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the South Bay! Never disappoints. The scallops are the most delicious combination of flavors, the hamachi was delicious and the tacos are an upscale version of everyone’s favorite!

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R
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
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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A
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
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 on October 13, 2018
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 on October 12, 2018
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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