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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
2689 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

10:30 PM


Booked 53 times today

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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

What 2,689 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Seafood

  • Beach Cities

    Best Overall

  • Beach Cities

    Best Food

  • Beach Cities

    Best Service

2,686 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. AshleyL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

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  3. AFIS

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  4. CMar

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  6. LisaR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

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  7. patricial

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    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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  8. Pleased

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure. From Devon adjusting our reservation from “counter” to a standard table, to our greeting at the restaurant, throughout our wonderful meal, the service was so gracious and attentive. The food - I had oysters, chilled Peruvian scallops, then Maine lobster - was all exceptionally well prepared and presented. It was a special occasion made even more special by choosing to dine at this absolute gem of a restaurant in Manhattan Beach.

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  9. Gordonista

    Orange County

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a seafood restaurant really worth the trip. For us it's a short walk making it even better. The fish is fresh and very well prepared and the service is excellent. It is a very small restaurant, however, and fills up quickly. My wife had the Koshihikari rice, which is somewhat like a paella, My friend and I both had the Seabass which was excellent, and his wife had a single crabcake and a large salad which for her was more than enough food. Very limited wine list but adequate.

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  10. JenniferL

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! Loved the experience. Waitress was very attentive and accommodating.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a special place. Ideal for a group of four. There are only a handful of tables. It feels like the entire staff cares about every detail. The oysters were amazing. The steamed clams had a broth that we had to request more bread for, it was so good!

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  12. AshleyB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chocolate pretzel bread pudding!!!!! ITS A MUST! The Peruvian oysters with grapefruit was the perfect combo of earthy and sweet. The sashimi was like butter! Delicious! The koshimikari rice was a seafood risotto like no other! Blue crab in the risotto, plus a handcrafted cocktail, plus great flow of service with perfectly timed courses equals high energy and satisfaction with the overall vibe in this bustling Manhattan Beach gem! Get the BREAD PUDDING!!!!

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  13. Edmosok

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, but a little pricey and the space is tight.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and the service was on point.

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  15. Drummerboy03

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience every time! Awesome food in a cool space

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  16. Sharony

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    For a costly dinner, we were disappointed with how close we were seated in a loud room. There was no space between small tables inside. Led to a poor dining experience.

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  17. ArmA

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Service needs improvement. It appears they love the locals more than just passers by.

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  18. SouthBayFoodLover

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hamachi sashimi for the win! Carlos was amazing and everything was perfect!

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  19. MarciaW

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful friendly service. We got The Queen Mary tower and it was delicious. The specialty cocktails were refreshing and delicious. The key lime pie was so good, I wish I could’ve eaten two.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with fresh ingredients to the core and the most interesting flavors..good service and the best food around.The crab cake and the trout were the stellar dishes

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  21. Trishlovesthedish

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My date and I had a wonderful experience. The seafood is fresh and the drinks are delicious. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to treat themselves or someone special. The location is near the Manhattan Beach pier and there is ample street parking nearby. The restaurant is small so I would recommend making reservations. I had a half dozen oysters, the chowder and the shrimp boil, all of which I loved.

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  22. erino

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming here and we drive from Long Beach, so its a effort to come to your restaurant. The difference between MB post and Fishing cocktails program is dramatically different. MB post cocktails are great compared. We ordered the Tuna Tartare in the past and you can tell you have changed the container/ presentation. Just raise the price. The glass dish full on ice is really not needed but I know you are trying to add value due to the size. We ordered the Koshihihari rice on Saturday night and it was not up to your regular standard. We order all the time

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing service, overall phenomenal experience. Some of the best crabcakes I’ve ever had.

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  24. DavidD

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The seafood here is second to none in the South Bay. Seating is cozy, but this is not a big place. Staff very polite and friendly. Great for a date night.

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  25. JudyG

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonder fresh seafood. Creative preparations. Great ambience and service.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. They took the extra step of making my fiancé feel special on her birthday with cake and ice cream.

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  27. Amanda

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 2nd time there to celebrate a birthday. Always the best food and service! Thank you!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    11/10. Best seafood around!!!! Incredible experience

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible! The service was fantastic! The next time I’m in town I WILL be back!

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  30. Andrea

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy with the recommendation. Great food, great vibe!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fantastic! The server had wonderful suggestions and our table ended up sharing all of our dishes! Great experience.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was simply amazing. Great wine selections.. the waiter made superb suggestions.

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  33. MROB

    Greater Boston

    147 reviews

    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really terrific Restaurant. Food is far above what you would expect from a casual neighborhood place.

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  34. AnnK

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our first time at FWD. The food was exceptional. We will be back!

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  35. Suzanne

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fishing with Dynamite is the BEST seafood restaurant in the entire area. Hands down. We took our Michigan daughter and friend from Ohio last night to experience quality seafood in the energetic setting with an MB vibe. It was an epic meal. We started with the ceviche appetizer, oysters of the day, and the grilled prawns. The ceviche and oysters are family favorites. This was our first taste of the prawns and they were fantastic. Then we enjoyed meals of sea bass (creamy and delicious), the Maryland crab cake (fresh and yummy), a lobster roll with tasty buttered roll, and fish tacos. Sides of Caesar salad and fries were fresh and delicious as well. FWD is cozy inside—meaning it’s not ideal for private conversations. (When it isn’t raining they often have some outdoor seating.) But the tiny space packs a punch with award-winning cuisine. If you love seafood, a meal at FWD is not to be missed. Make your reservations early or try to go at lunchtime. Enjoy!
    Fishing With DynamiteResponded on January 27, 2024
    Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! We love when guests get just as excited as we are about the food. Can't wait until next time. - Katie Clark, Assistant General Manager

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious and wonderful service!! Will definitely be back!

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  37. SarahG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience with the staff and the food was amazing ❤️

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  38. HungrySLC

    Salt Lake City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food! However, is small and tables are crowded together in a minimalistic setting.

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  39. adest

    New York City

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to meet a friend for an informal lunch. Servers were very nice. I recommend the lobster roll but get without fries (too many fries).

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  40. davekeyboardo

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall experience continues to excellent. Seafood was extremely fresh, mussels were plump, perfectly cooked and none closed. Chowder was aromatic and flavorful. Great, attentive service.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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 2689 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 53 times today

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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