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About Fishing With Dynamite

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...

1148 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, American

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

Cross Street:
Manhattan Beach Blvd and 12th St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 893-6299

Website:
http://www.eatfwd.com/

Parking Details:
The city offers valet in front of the restaurant starting at 6:00pm Wednesday through Saturday.

Executive Chef:
David LeFevre

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Fishing With Dynamite Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
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Worth the Drive (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Casual (15)
Special Occasion (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Cozy (11)
Fun (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Healthy (8)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Tapas (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Scenic View (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Waterfront (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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Quick Bite (1)
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Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 12 hours ago

Dine LA - great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Love the fresh seafood. You can see the beach from the restaurant. It's small and low key just the way I like it. Also close to shopping areas.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

My family and I enjoyed a very lovely lunch at Fushing with Dynamite. We took advantage of Dine LA. The food was excellent and the seafood was very fresh. We brought are own bottle of champagne and the corkage fee was only $15. Definitely will be returning.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Always an awesome meal at this place!

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·Dined 4 days ago

A seafood lover’s diner. Creative fresh delicious seafood dishes. Very small place, music was too loud probably to drown out closeness of table conversations or to make it a lively experience. Ordered SS Minnow (standard fresh raw platter) and Whole New Zealand Snapper(for two, actually for one:lol) dessert key lime pie. Need to go back to try Koshihikari Rice dish and Cioppino.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, People Watching, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Such a great local place. Love all of Chef LeFevre’s restaurants!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in the South Bay! Always delicious!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Every dish was so delicious and looked like a work of art. The service was amazing, as our waiter was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Perhaps my fav part of the evening was the music they were playing. All in all I can’t wait to go back and try more of what they create!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Every dish was amazing! Fish and chips were out of this world. Extraordinarily talented chefs and ambience and service all pleasant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was an oyster and martini type of afternoon. From the best oyster shooter ever to endless oysters and raw scallops, it was perfect.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Went for a birthday lunch. Food was yummy but portions small.
Tables very close together. Server was energetic and very helpful.
Enjoyable lunch

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Many trips here, because the raw bar is outstanding. The new octopus preparation is the best ever. However, for the first time at this restaurant I had something that I didn’t really love. We ordered the whole fried snapper, done Thai style. It was 50 bucks for two people. It just wasn’t good. It was overcooked which made the fish mushy as opposed to flaky. The braised vegetables were clunky and hard to combine with the broth and food the way it was served. A rare miss for such a good and consistent place.

Comically I had a very similar dish at the new Pappy’s in San Pedro. It was way better for less than half the price. Who’d a thunk? Also the wine list has gotten a little pricey with too many choices at the top end, not leaving enough reasonable options for variety.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Have heard friends rave about FWD for years. Completely lived up to the hype!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Delicious food. Look forward to returning soon

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Went past this restaurant several times-saw a small lively place with people enjoying what looked like good food. Finally popped in and a great surprise.

The clam chowder was fantastic. The Po’Boy was excellent. Grilled tacos hit the spot. The service by Levi was outstanding. Going to be one of my go-to spots in Manhattan Beach.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great as always! Going there once a month for fresh sea food and amazing banana cake! Also black tea is one of the best in the city!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love this spot. Hamachi is a must. Oysters and raw bar (especially Peruvian scallops) are always top notch.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Actually perfect. Superb fresh seafood: recommend raw scallops, freshly shucked oysters, fresh lobster, calamari. Terrific, friendly service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food fresh and delicious consistently. My server Natalie was outstanding. She made my experience well worth it. Great smile, great service, and conversational. She helped make the whole dining experience well worth it.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Used to be our favorite! We’re so sad. Most of the dishes we’re marginal at best and nothing was great. Not sure what happened

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

great little place. good vibe, good friendly service with some valuable recommendations. Nice wine list.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Super small restaurant but excellent service and delicious food.
Perfect meal:
Oysters
Maryland crab cake
Black kale
French fries

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was over priced for what was served. Very limited menu. Items advertised on the internet menu were not available. Claim chowder in particular was very disappointing. It was difficult to visit with friends because of volume of "background" music, which added to the noise level of a very small crowded room.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service is exceptional, the wine selection perfect and the seafood was over the top... the New England clam chowder is not what I was expecting. New England clam chowder needs to be thick with lots of seafood - your spoon should stand up free in the soup. Just saying but everything else was to die food. Highly recommend but expensive.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a service issue and the management jumped on it. They were exceedingly attentive and wanted to rectify the problem. The manager insisted on sending us dessert and then compted our entire meal!! They really care and turned it into a positive experience that we will all share with friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a fish based menu restaurant. Be prepared for small plates and priced higher than you would expect. But the flavors are awesome.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Frequesbt viaitors. We love the creative menu and casual vibe. A wonderful Saturday afternoon lunch spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fishing with Dynamite is a wonderful restaurant. The food is excellent. It is done of my favorite restaurants.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was great - perfectly cooked and fresh. We got the diver scallops and the snapper, both specials. But, we couldn’t relax because it was freezing cold in there! They kept the door open all the time and there was a breeze going through the place. My father was using a napkin as a scarf, so I know they could see we were uncomfortable...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have been trying to go to this restaurant for a long time. It was worth the wait. We truly enjoyed the food and the service was wonderful. We cannot wait to go again and try other menu items.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We really enjoyed our lunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a winner and one of our favorite places to eat in LA. Great service and great food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The bartender and waitresses are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in providing options for dining. The cocktails are delicious and exotic. Seafood is very fresh and high quality.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The "tapas" portions are priced like entrees, especially for lunch. Three diver scallops for over $20. 3.5" x 3.5" skinny piece of salmon for the same. It's inexcusable.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 25, 2017

FWD more than lived up to its reviews. The small plates are generous and impeccably prepared. The little gem salad was a green goddess surprise; the crab cake was golden and crunchy on the outside and moist and sweet on the inside (one of the best we have had and we are from blue crab heaven in Florida); the yellowtail tacos were an unexpected flavor and texture explosion (they must be tried); and the Alaskan halibut was cooked perfectly and outstanding. We were hungry and there were 2 of us and we walked away completely sated. The Malbec was rich with just the right amount of tannin and an IPA crisp and bitter. The tiny place was packed on an upper 90’s day and the AC could not quite keep up (but the menu makes a decent fan). We did not have dessert but a woman and her elderly mother came in just for the key lime pie and pronounced it delicious (the mother was having her birthday which consisted of key lime pies at all the best eateries and this is where they began).

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Casual, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Love the food. Seating is very cramped and noise level too high.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Small place, small plates, unsatisfactory service, uneventful raw bar. Too pricey for oysters on the half shell. Expected a more unique environment and interesting modern take on traditional cuisine. Not impressed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Quaint little place that's great for a date night. There are no TV's so you can focus on the conversation and enjoy delicious food.
Its very hard to get a table, but there's a reason why, its definitely worth checking out this little gem that's surrounded by a ton of "american fusion" places. This place has a small menu, but everything that we had was fantastic.
My only complaint was that the music, although great playlist, it was a bit loud for my taste. I wish that they would just turn it down a bit so that you could have a proper conversation without shouting across the table.
Other than that, definitely going to keep going back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Every single time I take a quick trip to LA I always stop at fishing with dynamite, this pass Tuesday was no different. We took my friend for her birthday, she enjoyed her meal but me and my other friend who frequent the restaurant often were very disappointed with our meal this time. The oysters and scallops were amazing as usual but everything else was blah. The gumbo was horrible and I am a native from Louisiana so I know good gumbo. The yellowfin crudo was horrible, something we eat there all the time just missed the mark. But overall my friend enjoyed herself which all that mattered but me and my other friend who consider ourselves regulars might not be going back for a while.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wonderful - as always!

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