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Fishing With Dynamite

4.8
859 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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...
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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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 859 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Second time here in past 3 years. We visit the area once a year for Business and found them on our first trip, could not get in last year but made sure we had reservations. My traveling companion says with out a doubt they have the best Oysters he has ever had. Reservations are highly encouraged. Small venue so walk in may be tight. Last year several weeks out we could still not get in. Worth the wait/trip however.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food. Great atmosphere. Cozy corner restaurant with a view of the ocean. Food was amazing. Would recommend the jumbo shrimp and coriander yellow fin tuna. Off the charts good!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

This was our first time at the place and I was told by a good friend that I had to try the crab cake. There were 3 of us and we ordered the Crab Cake, Fries to start and they set the tone. We knew we were in for a treat.
The main courses were amazing. Definitely a place we are going to have to try everything.
Definitely recommend the Key Lee Pie and the Pretzel and Chocolate Bread Pudding was definitely a favorite.

Awesome place!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Best seafood and dessert in the South Bay. Another Chef David masterpiece.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The koshikiri rice is love in a bowl.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The meal, the service and the ambiance were just phenomenal! We had 2 1/2 dozen oysters and I had the seared salmon and my husband had the John dorry saltimboca. Everything was cooked to perfection and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This was the most perfect birthday dinner ♥️

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Our server Mauri was amazing...great wine list knowledge and so friendly. Food always rocks!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

FWD is always a favorite - I have lunch here every time I come to LA! The Peruvian scallops are da bomb. But you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! Great wine selection too.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

A lot of hype but I was not overly impressed. Good meal just not sure it was worth the price.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Outstanding restaurant - from the cocktails and interesting wines to entrees and desserts (save room, if you can). The cocktails are well-crafted and well beyond the usual (e.g., The Modern Prometheus), so to with the wine list which includes reasonably priced and unique wines - the Hungarian and Slovenian whites were particularly interesting. You come here for the seafood and the chef never disappoints - the entrees are very well-prepared and unique in composition - it's all so good. The waitstaff are engaging and helpful and with no "LA attitude" which at some 'hot' restaurants can mar an otherwise delightful dinner. It's a small restaurant but that's part of its charm and vibe. All in all, FWD is a true gem.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Good food. Seafood was very fresh. Had daily specials.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We fortunately had reservations so we were seated immediately. Great table near the window and a view of the raw bar and the hard worked bartender (mixologist - had a very tasty Old Fashioned). Mauri was our waitress. She knew the menu cold and, since this was our first time,made perfect recommendations to my son and I, We started with the SS Minnow which had every type of seafood from Scallops to Lobster, Mussels to Oysters served with 7 kinds of sauce over a bed of ice. When then moved on to the Koshihikari Rice, a strong recommendation from Mauri, which in addition to chicken, blue crab and shrimp, had Uni and an over easy egg on top...Fantastic. I look forward to my next trip to Manhattan Beach and a stop at FWD.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Tight quarters but man is the fish terrific. I am still dreaming about the buttery clam chowder.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food! My boyfriend and I recently moved to WeHo and we miss all of our favorite restaurants in the South Bay - Fishing With Dynamite being one of them. We recently took a trip back to celebrate our anniversary and eat our way thru the city. We love the oysters, fries and cocktails. The restaurant knew we were celebrating our anniversary and gave us a free yummy dessert. Definitely will take another day trip to the South Bay to eat here again.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The staff here is absolutely great! Love them! The food is spectacular! Wine selection superb! Too bad it is so popular! Hard to get a table - but maybe a good thing r we would be here every weekend! Love you all!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Celebrated our anniversary and it was great.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Always such a great experience. Great service and lovely hostesses. Thanks for making my dining experience wonderful. Octopus is amazing...it’s what I go back for every time. Thanks FWD !

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My wife and I have been coming for 4 years. One of the best restaurants in LA. Love the food, love the music and ambiance, love the service and staff.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Yummmmmm... with "dynamite". We ate here on a Saturday morning for early brunch. Friday Night was booked, but since the restaurant was recommended by a friend, we decided to at least try breakfast. The food was delicious especially the Hamachi and the Grilled Octopus also. I am already planning to eat there the next time I am in Manhattan Beach. The waitress was a delight. Also, my bf had the Old Fashion which was well made.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Best oysters we’ve ever had!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was my birthday and in addition to their outstanding food and service, they went out of their way to insure a truly enjoyable special occasion. Couldn’t have asked for anything more!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

FwD is absolutely Awesome!👍 Great food and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Always a great experience! Never disappointed! Service, food and ambiance superb! Great place for a date or special occasion!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Tacos tortillas are too classic. There a lot of developments in tortillas that taste a lot better. Clam chowder could use a few more scallops. It was all still very good, couldn’t help but critique. Thank you for lunch

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We had the fabulous fried chicken sandwich with homemade chips. The killer was dessert- the pretzel bread pudding with salted Carmel sauce that was so good- not just drizzled either but a pool of sauce and amazing mascarpone ice cream. One of the top desserts I’ve ever had!!! You have ocean views sitting on one side of the restaurant and service is so friendly. It is my fave restaurant. I always leave happy!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very nice and cozy restaurant, great food and super nice service. Overall great experience. Really recommend this establishment. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fishing with Dynamite is my favorite spot to celebrate with a small group (2-6 at most). Although it's pricey, it is so worth it! Most plates are fairly small but all are delicious. Would definitely recommend the hamachi dish! Very small restaurant and very bright and beautiful in the daytime with fun artwork and great staff.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Charming little spot with one of the best raw bars I've ever had the pleasure of eating! The oysters and Peruvian scallops were INSANE. I don't like desserts and the Key Lime Pie changed my mind. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Went early @ 5/30p for my wife’s birthday, very popular for special occasions, another couple there for 10th wedding anniversary. Started with mixed selection of half dozen oysters with fresh horseradish +cocktail sauce, excellent! Then according to my wife the best clam chowder ever, creamy with new potatoes, clams, & bacon. We shared entrees, seared Scottish salmon w/crispy skin and a no cheese risotto type dish which were both great. For dessert we had the Mississippi Mud Pie with a nice candle! Only issue is tables are very close together but overall great experience & highly recommended

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

This restaurant never has a bad dish. Food is always excellent as is the service. Depending on where you sit, the music can sometimes bet a bit loud which can be a little annoying if you're trying to have a conversation.

But the food and service and general ambiance is ALWAYS worth the trip and we return time and again. This trip the Whole Filet of Sole was cooked to perfection and delicious. Brought first time guests and they loved the food, if not the volume of the music. In all fairness we were seated under the speaker on the bar side and one of my guests was older.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Special Occasion! Our once a year Soirée from our home on Oahu, Hawaii. This is our fifth time. Super fun atmosphere with a staff that can describe every aspect of your dish and suggest a wine to marry it perfectly. All fish and crustaceans are impeccable and pristine. The quintessential seafood restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great food and service but seating is a little tight.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I can't say enough about this little gem of a restaurant. So much so that selfishly, I don't want to share my review so I can keep this place all to myself when visiting LA. The service at FWD is spot on, as are the waitstaff's recommendations. Every recommendation hit my tastebuds perfectly. If you love fresh seafood, I highly recommend the Peruvian scallops as an appetizer. As an entre, I had the Koshihikari rice which I couldn't get enough of. For me, my visit to FWD was the perfect dining experience. From the fun restaurant name, to the clever cocktails, to the flavorful foods, to the friendly and knowledgeable staff, there's nothing about this restaurant I don't love.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great place. Great people. Great food. Real fun!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Small space, music level too high as there is nothing on the walls to absorb the sound... makes it hard to have conversations. Tables are very tight as well. That aside, the food is excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Chef Min came out to talk to us about his food. His salmon dish was incredible!
We will definitely be back. Wonderful staff. It was nice to have an early Saturday brunch seating.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Small table. Very intimate.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and service. Good balance
For raw food eaters and cooked food eaters. The server was fantastic and took lots of time to explain the dishes. I highly recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great place for seafood. The drinks (beer and cocktails) are expensive. Really nice service with a smile. The parking in that area of Manhattan can be a bit of a problem. Menu items range from very expensive to reasonable depending on what you order. The food is high quality.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Awesome service and food.

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