Fishing With Dynamite

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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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.
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K
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is awesome!!!

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LE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect as always.

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazingly fresh fish, great preparations and thoughtful drink and wine list. Love this place!

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CW
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We're regulars here. They never disappoint, with friendly, attentive service and superb seafood.

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JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First off, you need to make a reservation, it really is worth it. The restaurant is small but comfortable - it can be tight quarters when it is full, we had our reservation at 130pm, so at tail end of lunch rush - still busy but the staff is so on it you would never know they are slammed. I have to say, some of the best service we have had. Second, do yourself a favor and have a cocktail. We had "I've got a Fever and The Modern Prometheus." Both are outstanding. The dishes, the Halibut done with black eyed peas and neuske's bacon so good. The Mahi Mahi grilled fish tacos were wonderful. We did start with an order of oysters from the raw bar as well as some jumbo shrimp. All in all a great experience.

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CB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great servers. Fabulous oysters.

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LN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need to eat here more often. It was amazing. Crab cakes, oysters, and octopus are a must.

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B
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was outstanding. Upon arrival we asked for an open window table and were told it was reserved. No one used that table while we were there. The only issue we had was that our table for 2 had tables on both sides situated so close making all conversations not private.

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JM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just so fresh and so well prepared, we always look forward to dining here. Very happy with the service as everyone has a causal style and appearance but they are all fiercely knowledgeable about the food, preparation, etc. Really just a great dining experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kid friendly excellent food!

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VU
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The music was horrendous. There was a constant, loud bass drum beat. We wanted to talk but that made it near impossible. I found it really annoying. I complained to our server and she basically tried to have them lower it to little avail. Also we had a 6:30 reservation and we were not seated til 7. Do you think if we showed up at 7 they would have seated us with a 6:30 reservation? No way.
I am a local and I really was disappointed. Even the oysters did not taste as good as usual.

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XW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very slow service plus extremely salty dish equals to a 2 stars rating, period.

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We arrived at 8:55p for a 9p reservation and were told they were waiting for tables to open up and that it would be about 10 minutes. We went to grab a drink, and as the space is small and the bar was full, we were constantly in the way of the servers. We were not seated until almost 9:40p when two other parties of two departed - and not the table of four that we were supposedly waiting for - they went on to order dessert after we had been told they had paid their check. It is very frustrating to make a reservation and then have to wait forty minutes - especially that late in the evening - given that their kitchen closes at 10:30p. While the food and the server were both great, it made for a poor beginning to the evening and one where we would not likely revisit.

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AD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time visiting this restaurant and it was very good. We enjoyed all the dishes especially the fresh oysters. Our server, Sarah, was very nice and apologized for the longer than normal wait once we sat at our table. Another woman brought over a doodle pad for our son to play with during our visit as well. Everyone was very attentive and we will definitely be back.

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Q
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops from the raw bar were the perfect starter, then we had the crab cakes benedict and halibut ceviche which both had a good balance of flavors. We finished off with the key lime pie which was perfect with a hint of fresh lime zest.

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AM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friend’s birthday. We enjoyed their delicious key lime pie! Wish they had cappuccino!

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KB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

FWD is fantastic! Very busy and active, when we arrived the table was not ready but they had a booth ready before our cocktails were ready, super service and the food was awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband to dinner here for his birthday and everything was amazing from start to finish. I definitely recommend ordering to share and trying multiple items on the menu. You cannot go wrong starting with oysters. Although everything we ordered was delicious, our favorite dish was the Alaskan Halibut. And for dessert the pretzel bread pudding is a must!

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In California from New Mexico. Needed a seafood fix!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The entire experience was great except for the place got really hot when they closed the door, which was a questionable move be cause it was beautiful outside

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing on every level

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

The key lime pie! Always on point!

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine is flavorful, inventive, nuanced. The dishes are perfectly sized and complement each other. The fries serve as the perfect side dish for everything else on the menu. The hamachi is sublime and extraordinary, better than sex (and I’m not talking regular sex, I mean the kind with other people).
If you can afford $75 for a dinner, this is the best place in the Southland.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place - the servers were kind and attentive. Food was yummy - The music BLASTING LOUD!
Had to ask it be turned down twice - at a business lunch meeting - it would be nice to hear the others at the table. What is it with restaurants - people go out with their friend to talk- catch up - or do business...hard to do anything like that when the noise is deafening. Please turn it down - especially in the daytime. If so we will return.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Fishing With Dynamite - food and service was amazing as usual.

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails! Seafood is the top notch. The seafood rice, oysters, himachi, and crab cake were all delicious

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LR
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food again! We had the halibut with black eyed peas. A definite plus.

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D
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

*Everything* about FWD is *extraordinary*.

End. Of. Story.

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K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic

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SH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally every time my girlfriend and I eat here, we are more and more impressed. The oysters are a must!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Music too loud. Great music, but too loud.

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R
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Recommend the oyster sampler and soft shell crab po' boy. The salads looked great but wasn't sufficiently hungry to try one. FWD describe
S itself as a "tiny" restaurant. This is not an exaggeration. Tables are about a newspaper width apart and lip reading skills are required to carry on a conversation with your dining partner across the appropriately tiny table. Still, the seafood is superb and the waitstaff efficient and friendly. R
Highly recommend as long as one is not seeking a restaurant in which to have an intimate discussion.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the first oyster to the last bite of key lime pie, the food and service at FWD never disappoints!

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SB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular. Everyone was so kind and gracious and the food-especially the seafood-is outstanding! We had such a fun time!

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E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service amazing, mouth watering food. Only downside is noise level and a bit crowded because it’s a tiny space. But worth it for the oysters and awesome wine selection!!

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f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except the music very loud, everything was amazing

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R
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, super fresh and beautifully prepared fish and seafood. Welcome warm service. My favorite place for fish in LA.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a fantastic time at FWD and I wish we could come back more often. The Peruvian Scallops and the Hamachi were amazing!! Watch your head getting into the booth. We saw three people hit their heads on the lights.

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c
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent

Wife’s birthday was a success

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Selection on menu was very limited. Seating is crammed, tables very small. Don’t mind paying a little extra but it has to be worth it, and for us it wasn’t.

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