Fishing With Dynamite

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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...
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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh & delicious

MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the most memorable experience I have ever had at a restaurant. The staff and service was amazing and the food was exceptional. This is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a date night

BD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with wife. Great service from hostess and server.

BR
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our favorite ms

DG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best seafood restaurant in the South Bay. Love the chef's creations.

F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to for celebration lunches!

CK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, prompt seating, fresh and delicious seafood! Never disappoints

S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

LS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I knew Fishing With Dynamite was going to be good because many of my foodie friends love it, but I was blown away. We went to celebrate my dads 64th birthday and they went above and beyond for us. The food was divine, service was friendly and accommodating, and the space itself was comfortable yet still felt intimate and special. You can tell that everyone in the restaurant from the hostess, to the service and kitchen staff is happy to be there and cares about what they’re doing. It’s not often that I’m left thinking how spectacular a restaurant was days after the dining experience but that’s exactly what’s Fishing With Dynamite has provided.

DS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & great service makes for a fantastic meal with friends & family. The staff is always willing to take that extra step to make your experience the best.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service

CS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FwD lives up to the hype! It was incredible. And if you go, you MUST get the scallops! I cannot wait to go back.

S
San Francisco
270 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This joint is tight quarters like in a U-boat but the evening scene by the Manhattan Beach Strand is so hip and cool. Lots to look at sitting at the “mini” counter watching the shuckers prepare my Queen Mary shellfish platter. It is an awesome display of chilled oysters, mussels, shrimp, lobster and crab. Washed all that down with Helles Lager brewed close by in Gardena. Finished off with the Hamachi Crudo, Fish & Chips, Crab Cake and for dessert, the Key Lime Pie ala mode, all were most delicious. Very outstanding service, always someone you can grab on to. Strongly recommend FwD if you love the fruits of the sea!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Great creative food

AN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been coming here for a long time bc i love love their food and and on Friday they were slow with their service, but they compensated us for giving us the oysters we ordered for free, so overall I thought that was really nice of them to do that, so I’ll be coming back here again and recommending this place.

J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots in Manhattan Beach. It’s pricey, but good. I love everything on the menu. Especially the soft shell crab and of course the oysters. It’s a fun date spot as well. Super loud - but great atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night spot!

TL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best food we had. The scalop was to die for. Service were professional!!

MW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, the food one of the best i ever had and the service outstanding😀

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious food and great service. It was a bit loud but it was also a Saturday night so that’s expected. Really great experience!

LT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FWD is my favorite restaurant period! FRESH seafood, service, excellent for celebrating special occasions and a place to have a wonderful experience. Music was too loud for conversation but I kindly asked the server to turn down the volume and she did. I was so appreciative of her quick response. Thank you David LeFevre for creating awesome restaurants. You are far above being an Iron Chef.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch with my husband. If you want good seafood I’d definitely recommend checking this place out! It’s a small place but the food is amazing!

MK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We arrived at opening, and were seated immediately. Everything on the menu looked good, and our service was punctual and unobtrusive. We ordered:
Mahi Mahi tacos (two arrived, nicely presented)
Softshell crab po-boy (pretty visually, but a toasted baguette does not a po boy make...the sandwich deconstructed immediately because the bread could not contain it)
Hamachi (surprisingly small and definitely NOT an entree; it would have much better advertised as an appetizer)
When we inquired about dessert, we were told that there was one piece left of the pretzel and chocolate bread pudding...huh? You opened 30-45 minutes ago and now this dessert is almost out for the day?
Seating is tight because it's a small space. The music is FAR too loud for comfortable conversation.
It was nice enough but there are plenty of other places to go, so no need to return.

NP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, great menu recommendations, and amazing food!

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG I love FWD. Don’t even mind driving from Studio City in rush hour (as if there’s a time that’s NOT rush hour anymore) to go there. The food is great - make sure to try the scallops - and the people who work there make you feel like a king without being sycophantic.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Restaurant is very small and tight. Table are super close to each other. Best touch was the restaurant wrote a birthday card and gave it along with keylime pie and a candle. That was very thoughtful and the pie was delicious.

LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite place and is always the go to for our anniversary. I absolutely recommend this restaurant - the food is so exceptional and the staff is always great. Just need to know that you are going to be sitting close to your table neighbors but we have met really great people that way! Its loud but that is part of the whole fresh (energetic) vibe. Truly awesome.

EN
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delish, delish, delish. Fresh food from the sea. Prepared perfectly, excellent service, professional staff.
WIN / WIN for us New Yorkers. Already booked our 3rd visit.. We need our monthly dynamite.

Great job FWD!

A
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Wonderful service. Just don’t expect to be able to have a conversation. The restaurant is exceptionally loud.

SC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, inspired, deliciously fresh menu served in a lively but intimate environment. Fishing With Dynamite never disappoints, and remains my go-to spot to take visitors. Service is excellent and I always leave impressed. Thank you for a great dining experience, time and time again!

FK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was the third time we have been there. A little pricy but worth it.

X
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much! Can’t wait to be back

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants with an east coast vibe. Great raw bar and the fish is outstanding.

MB
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to FWD for special occasions. The raw bar is amazing, especially love the uni and scallops! Save room for the key lime pie at the end!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and wine!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent and succulent.

PE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I got the rice bowl that was supposed to have shrimp, chicken & blue crab . It was delicious but didn’t see any chicken or crab. For $28, it should have been 3 times the size. Also, there were literally 4 tiny pieces of shrimp. $28? I don’t think so. Miss Talias

R
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fresh fish, always cooked expertly and with attentive, professional service. One of my go-tos every time I’m in LA.

ES
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The usual excellence in their seafood dishes continues. Hamachi is a must have when you visit. Wonderful take on bruschetta with some superb tomatoes and a tuna spread.

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