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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (35)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Creative Cuisine (26)
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Great for Lunch (24)
Casual (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Fun (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tapas (7)
Scenic View (7)
Business Meals (6)
Romantic (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Waterfront (4)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall a great experience! I will be definitely be coming back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Overall great experience! The food was outstanding, we shared a few different plates and had no complaints. Tables next to us had massive raw platters that looked incredible- will definitely go back to try. Definitely a more beach casual vibe - I felt overdressed in a dress.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent meal, delicious drinks, good service, amazing (And personable) chef. Enjoy the raw bar, get the key lime pie.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food & ambience. GrilledSanta Barbara spot prawns made the meal. Snapper suffered from being drowned in clarified butter—unfortunate for a nice piece of fish & a tired culinary shortcut. Good wine list and excellent cocktails.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely fantastic! I took my girlfriend for a Valentine’s Day meal on the 13th and everything was amazing. We had been once before and been blown away, so we came back and were definitely not disappointed. The ambiance, music, service, and most importantly the food were all incredible. Highly recommend the octopus, oysters, ceviche, squash rolls, clam chowder. The banana toffee cream pie was out of this world - one of the best desserts I’ve ever had! Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants of all time! Been to FwD quite a few times now, and it is always a wonderful experience. From the kind staff to the amazing food, you will leave with both your palate and your soul satisfied. I love to cook and have tried combining different flavors, but their choices are so unique and blend together so wonderfully that I am always pleasantly surprised. The unique flavors come to life from fruits and vegetables (not butter and salt like a lot of restaurants use to enhance flavors). I’ve tried almost their entire menu, but my favorites are: Yellowfin Tuna Crudo (pictured), Hamachi (pictured), Grilled Octopus, Fried Soft Shell Crab (seasonal), Koshihikari Rice, Seared Diver Scallops, New England Clam Chowdah’, and their raw Peruvian Scallops. I also always order something from their specials. Your taste buds haven’t lived until you’ve tried Fishing with Dynamite! Now for a little bit about their wonderful staff… They found out it was my birthday and sent over a complementary dish that was delicious. Then, they overheard that we were planning to pick up some ice cream for our kids (we live about 40 minutes away… yes, we make the trip out to MB just to eat here!) and offered to pack the ice cream in ice so it doesn’t melt. So we go to the Manahattan Beach Creamery and buy a few pints of ice cream, then come back to FwD to pick up the ice. They have it nicely packed in a Ziploc bag, and have thrown in their epic Key Lime Pie (pictured) as a surprise! This pie is so delicious that when I’ve had friends who don’t even like key lime pie try it, they end up loving it. I have been making fresh key lime pie from scratch for years, and I will admit, this one is the only one I’ve tasted that is better. And their Banana Toffee Cream Pie is so delicious you might find yourself dreaming about it. You really need to try this place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I have been coming to FwD since it opened...and it just gets better and better. Wonderful food; warm, friendly, and efficient service; great ambiance...and the best key lime pie in the world.

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Small restaurant and all of the tables and seating is up against your neighbor so get used to being friendly and overhearing conversations. Raw bar was amazing and shrimp with a little dill and lemon were great, no cocktail sauce needed. Squash rolls were fine but not outstanding as was the grilled octopus. Both items I would be fine ordering again as they were not bad, just didn't standout to me. Crab cake in the remoulade was good and not full of filler which I enjoyed. Only issue with this restaurant is the price of the food which is all very overpriced for what you get and wouldn't exactly compare to fine dining.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was excellent. Perfect jumbo shrimp to start. The scallops with yams, pomegranate and brussel sprout leaves were melt-in-your-mouth. Terrific desserts of key lime pie and bread pudding with sea salt caramel and pretzels-- both had lovely sweet/sour combinations. My only beef is that the noise level was very high, which keeps it from being a 5 overall. It was deafening at 12:45 pm on a Saturday but was better by 2:00.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 7, 2018

As the night went on the noise level increased. Small quaint place with excellent food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Outstanding service and excellent food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

As always never disappointed dining at this restaurant! My favourite restaurant! Creative cuisine! Delicious and super fresh!
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2018

One of the b

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The only reason to travel from Brentwood to Manhattan Beach is Fishing With Dynamite.
This is a seafood lover's paradise.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I’m originally from Boston, MA and so excited to find a real Cape Cod style restaurant. The people who work here are amazing-kind and accommodating-rare to find nowadays. The food was my comfort food: great shellfish and chowder. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fishing with Dynamite never disappoints! We go there for all special occasions and sometimes just for the heck of it. The food and service is amazing and I always enjoy the wine recommendations. It is absolutely the best and most consistent restaurant in the South Bay.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent fresh fish and awesome chowder, dessert was also excellent. not for vegetarians

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Never ever disappointed

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Place rocks. Consistently awesome

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is an almost perfect resto. Great food and wine. Great servers. Easy to walk to. If only, it weren’t so loud! Hard to talk to anyone unless you sit at the bar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Amazing!! The absolute best oysters ever!! Thank you for an incredibly fun evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellent food, ambiance, service.
Primarily fish, very local, very fresh. Much of it is raw but I had the Cod which was cooked and fantastic with a farro, pomegranate base. My husband loved his raw fish (hamachi I think). Octopus was tender and flavorful.

Highlight was the Bread Pudding Dessert. Probably best dessert of the year!

Will be back! Small place so make reservations. We heard about this place while in Hawaii. Made sure to catch it while visiting LA. Heard their sister restaurants, MB Post and Arthur J's are also great

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Service was OUTSTANDING. My only complaint was that the music was a little loud. We were also sitting directly under the speaker. Oysters were far and away the best I’ve had in the city.
Don’t know my waitress’s name but she could not have done a better job. Will definitely return next time I’m in town. no question

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Yum!!!!! This place is fantastic. It’s tiny though so be prepared.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Food was amazing and service was good. It is a very small restaurant with little space between the tables. If you are looking to have a private conversation, this is not your place. The couple next to us jumped into our conversation (Not a bad thing) but a little weird. But the food was so good that we would definitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Dine LA - great!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Had the DineLA 3-course lunch this week. Very tasty and fresh, especially the raw seafood platter. Smallish restaurant and popular at lunchtime - was a little noisy but we could hear each other just fine without resort to shouting. Staff are friendly and welcoming, and our server Natalie was outstanding! Would return again to try other menu items.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was fantastic and the dinela menu was a great deal! Staff was very friendly. Will definitely be back!
Highlights - fish tacos, rockfish and shrimp ceviche, pretzel and chocolate bread pudding.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is the best seafood restaurant in the Los Angeles area and the best restaurant week value for lunch. The service is always excellent and the restaurant is as cute as can be, with a view of the ocean from some seats. No wonder they are always packed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always an awesome meal at this place!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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 (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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 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 1, 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 27, 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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