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Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, CA
Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, CA
Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, CA
Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, CA
Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, CA
Award-winning

Fishing With Dynamite

4.9
4.9
2721 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A celebration of summers spent on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and SoCal’s vibrant beach communities. The cheerful, 32-seat restaurant is anchored by a lively oyster bar and features a menu of “old school” traditional seafood fare and “new school” dishes highlighting flavors from around the globe. Chef and co-owner David LeFevre and Fishing with Dynamite have been celebrated for serving only the most pristine seafood with accolades that include “Best Oyster Bar” and Best New Restaurant by Los Angeles Magazine, OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America (2016, 2017 and 2019) and a Michelin Plate in 2019.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 893-6299
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    David LeFevre
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Manhattan Beach
  • Cross street
    Manhattan Beach Blvd and 12th St.
  • Parking details
    Arrive early for your resy and enjoy shopping at our 60 charming boutiques throughout Downtown Manhattan Beach. Long term parking can be found at https://www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/parking
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

Experiences

  • 11th Anniversary Lobster Boil Dinner 2024

    $125.00 per person

    Apr 23, 2024 only
    Fishing with Dynamite is celebrating our 11 year anniversary and we are throwing a party featuring our famous lobster boil! Join us for a four course tasting menu only; our raw bar will be available to add on a la carte. (Our regular menu will not be available.)
  • 11th Anniversary Lobster Boil Lunch 2024

    $125.00 per person

    Apr 23, 2024 only
    Fishing with Dynamite is celebrating our 11 year anniversary and we are throwing a party featuring our famous lobster boil! Join us a for a fantastic four course tasting lunch; our raw bar will be available to add on a la carte.

What 2,721 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Seafood

  • Beach Cities

    Best Overall

  • Beach Cities

    Best Food

  • Beach Cities

    Best Service

2,721 Reviews
  1. MoiraM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to disappoint from the service to food. Fishing with Dynamite is consistently a wonderful dining experience. Try the Peruvian Scallops!

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  2. JenniferM

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious ! The Freshest seafood and yummy flavors. Can’t wait to go back to have the scallops and hamachi again!! I don’t usually care for key lime pie, but the waiter suggested we try it and I am so glad I did. It was amazing! Had a lovely lunch. Our server was great. It’s a small space but we had a corner table which helped with the noise. Looking forward to going back soon!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service!! Can’t wait to go back!

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  4. CatM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem!!! So happy we were able to get a table here on our stop in MB. Food was truly OUTSTANDING - some of the best seafood dishes I have had, and presented beautifully. The service was just perfect, ambiance - comfortable and welcoming. Can't wait to return.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always an enjoyable experience, that clearly everybody wants. Tight quarters, but, always so good and service impeccable.

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  6. 9038

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From the first call to move up our reservation to the last course of Key Lime Pie, everything is impeccable. Dining out doesn’t get any better than this. We had half shell oyster that tasted like ocean on your palate with fresh grated condiments. At the end of the bites, I couldn’t decided if the oyster was better or the culinary skill was the star. Same for the sea bass! So much goes in the sauce with mushroom, turnips and seaweed, it was definitely the best I tasted!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is by far the best seafood in the South Bay ! The best lobster rolls, the ceviche was terrific too. The service is great, very friendly staff and management!

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  8. bridgetP

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a flavor explosion! The food and service did not disappoint. We ordered the squash bread, shrimp tacos, the clam chowder and crab cake and they all were so delicious. For dessert, we had the key lime pie which is by far the best in the South Bay. We cannot wait to go back again.

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  9. ElizabethH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was better than expected. Fantastic rolls, one of the best caesar salads I've ever eaten, and beautiful seafood presentation and taste. Desserts were great, too. Will definitely be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Good was delightful, fresh and uniquely prepared.

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  11. leather

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this spot! Love Chef Dave he really thinks about the experience you have with the food. A true artist :) Love the tacos not to be missed so original and made from scratch masa tortillas, the butter prawns were so succulent...yum. and the Tuna tartare was so unique and my fav. Def recommend for a cool lunch down by the beach. this spot attracts the whose who of Manhattan Beach ( and LA) enjoy :)

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  12. Barb

    Los Angeles

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An absolutely amazing dinner. The freshest fish prepared perfectly. Loved, loved the Peruvian scallops. One of the best Caesar salads I’ve ever had. The shrimp ceviche was so flavorful. Excellent steamed mussels and the Koshihikari rice was a great add on. Highly recommend this restaurant. Reservations a must!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. The best dessert ever - the chocolate pretzel bread pudding. Everything else was great, too. And our service was superb. This quaint little restaurant is a must visit.

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  14. BJMa

    New York City

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not as good as all my previous times. Mussels were overcooked, sauce on the grilled octopus was bland and the Diver Scallops were salty. Usually everything is excellent but maybe a substitute chef.
    Fishing With DynamiteResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you so much for your honest review, and I'm terribly sorry we missed the mark on your last visit. I'll be reaching out privately so we can take the next steps to make it right!- Katie Clark, Assistant General Manager

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  15. TC27

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely LOVED this place, menu, food, kind happy people and would eat there everyday of if I could. Wish you would put one in Pasadena ‼️

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  16. JohnC

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a much anticipated visit to Fishing with Dynamite during a return visit to the South Bay. The menu was innovative and service very attentive. We had a lovely meal and drinks. Don’t miss the raw scallops appetizer. Great sunset skies and location. We look forward to the next visit.

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  17. SachaS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible food! We had the shrimp ceviche, hamachi and Cesar salad, all of which are some of the best I've ever had. Seriously. Attentive service, super cute style, beachy ambience and perfect location! Will definitely return!

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  18. TaraR

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an awesome dining experience. We love the seasonal ever changing menu and the cocktails are just as delicious as the food. Today for brunch we had the steamed mussels and the lobster roll with French fries served with malt vinegar with a couple 1973 Firebird cocktails. The Oyster selection is always fantastic and so is the service. We will keep coming back!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are Manhattan Beach locals, and have lived here for eight years. The food quality at this establishment has gone downhill consistently since Covid while the prices have gone up. Skip.

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  20. LoriD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. The raw scallops were absolutely amazing!

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  21. stevend

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sal is the man. Good is on point. I love this place.

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  22. Doug

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    FWD always has excellent food. A great selection of the best seafood, prepared expertly.

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  23. JTnChristie

    West Palm Beach

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once you get past the fact that the food is exquisite, then you have to acknowledge that John treats you like a close friend and has all of the perfect guidance and Uber-hospitable execution that make a meal at FWD a notable experience. Bravo.
    Fishing With DynamiteResponded on March 17, 2024
    Thank you so much for the great review and I can't wait to share your kind words with John! Until next time!- Katie Clark, Assistant General Manager

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  24. ChristopherW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fabulous and Sophie our server was amazing. Can’t wait to go back!!!
    Fishing With DynamiteResponded on March 17, 2024
    Thank you so much for the kind words! We all love a shout out, so I'll be sure to pass it along to Sophie. Can't wait to have you back soon.- Katie Clark, Assistant General Manager

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish was so fresh and delicious! Everyone at the table was happy with the food, I ordered the sea bass and it was incredible, perfect flavors came together. Service was great, nice, friendly and fun. Really enjoyed the experience!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FWD is always wonderful, always great food and service, and a great atmosphere. Always tips on my list!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for lunch, we ordered Japanese hamachi (5/5 stars must get), clam chowder (4/5 and filling; so recommend to split with the other person), steam mussels (5/5 stars, must get, melts in your mouth). For dessert, try the one with mascarpone ice cream. Overall, 5/5 stars and would log back in again.

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  28. azomber

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Cute little restaurant food was fresh and delicious service was good!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top five seafood spots in LA! Everything was extremely flavorful and I can’t wait to go back.

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  30. LuisFerTJ

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and fresh seafood, impecable and friendly service

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  31. JWAS

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is very creative and I visit the restaurant every time I come to town. The waiter was very attentive and helpful in guiding my party to make selections from the diverse menu. We love coming to the FWD and hope to return soon. Judi

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience. The food and service was impeccable we loved our server!

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  33. AshleyL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific experience, highly recommend - will visit again!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great!! Can’t believe it was our first time here. Went for our anniversary and enjoyed the whole experience. Don’t skip desert and try the bread pudding.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters are the best! They have a friendly and accommodating staffs.

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  36. AFIS

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Freshest, most delicious and creative offing of seafood, with attentive, friendly, and knowledgable service that is invested in your dining experience.

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  37. CMar

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks and service. Definitely recommend!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Jessica was AMAZING! The food and ambiance was awesome…

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  39. LisaR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was deeeelicious!!!! The chowder was creamy, yet not too heavy. The boil had the perfect amount of spice. The halibut was sweet and cooked to the perfect consistency. I look forward to my next visit to Manhattan Beach. Fishing with Dynamite will be on my must visit list.
    Fishing With DynamiteResponded on March 17, 2024
    Thanks so much for the rave review! We loved having you.- Katie Clark, Assistant General Manager

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  40. patricial

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxed beach vibe combined with excellent service and amazing seafood

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fishing With Dynamite using the Order Online button. Fishing With Dynamite also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Fishing With Dynamite also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 893-6299.

Fishing With Dynamite is rated 4.9 stars by 2721 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fishing With Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Manhattan Beach Blvd and 12th St.
  • Neighborhood
    Manhattan Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Arrive early for your resy and enjoy shopping at our 60 charming boutiques throughout Downtown Manhattan Beach. Long term parking can be found at https://www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    David LeFevre
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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