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We don't use the term "destination restaurant" lightly. But the seafood at Manhattan Beach's Fishing With Dynamite more than fits the bill.

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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

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for a Date (21)
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Casual (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Hot Spot (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Fun (11)
Cozy (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Romantic (7)
Tapas (7)
People Watching (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Business Meals (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Waterfront (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

great little place. good vibe, good friendly service with some valuable recommendations. Nice wine list.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Super small restaurant but excellent service and delicious food.
Perfect meal:
Oysters
Maryland crab cake
Black kale
French fries

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was over priced for what was served. Very limited menu. Items advertised on the internet menu were not available. Claim chowder in particular was very disappointing. It was difficult to visit with friends because of volume of "background" music, which added to the noise level of a very small crowded room.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service is exceptional, the wine selection perfect and the seafood was over the top... the New England clam chowder is not what I was expecting. New England clam chowder needs to be thick with lots of seafood - your spoon should stand up free in the soup. Just saying but everything else was to die food. Highly recommend but expensive.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a service issue and the management jumped on it. They were exceedingly attentive and wanted to rectify the problem. The manager insisted on sending us dessert and then compted our entire meal!! They really care and turned it into a positive experience that we will all share with friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a fish based menu restaurant. Be prepared for small plates and priced higher than you would expect. But the flavors are awesome.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Frequesbt viaitors. We love the creative menu and casual vibe. A wonderful Saturday afternoon lunch spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fishing with Dynamite is a wonderful restaurant. The food is excellent. It is done of my favorite restaurants.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was great - perfectly cooked and fresh. We got the diver scallops and the snapper, both specials. But, we couldn’t relax because it was freezing cold in there! They kept the door open all the time and there was a breeze going through the place. My father was using a napkin as a scarf, so I know they could see we were uncomfortable...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have been trying to go to this restaurant for a long time. It was worth the wait. We truly enjoyed the food and the service was wonderful. We cannot wait to go again and try other menu items.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We really enjoyed our lunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a winner and one of our favorite places to eat in LA. Great service and great food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The bartender and waitresses are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in providing options for dining. The cocktails are delicious and exotic. Seafood is very fresh and high quality.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The "tapas" portions are priced like entrees, especially for lunch. Three diver scallops for over $20. 3.5" x 3.5" skinny piece of salmon for the same. It's inexcusable.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 25, 2017

FWD more than lived up to its reviews. The small plates are generous and impeccably prepared. The little gem salad was a green goddess surprise; the crab cake was golden and crunchy on the outside and moist and sweet on the inside (one of the best we have had and we are from blue crab heaven in Florida); the yellowtail tacos were an unexpected flavor and texture explosion (they must be tried); and the Alaskan halibut was cooked perfectly and outstanding. We were hungry and there were 2 of us and we walked away completely sated. The Malbec was rich with just the right amount of tannin and an IPA crisp and bitter. The tiny place was packed on an upper 90’s day and the AC could not quite keep up (but the menu makes a decent fan). We did not have dessert but a woman and her elderly mother came in just for the key lime pie and pronounced it delicious (the mother was having her birthday which consisted of key lime pies at all the best eateries and this is where they began).

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Casual, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Love the food. Seating is very cramped and noise level too high.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Small place, small plates, unsatisfactory service, uneventful raw bar. Too pricey for oysters on the half shell. Expected a more unique environment and interesting modern take on traditional cuisine. Not impressed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Quaint little place that's great for a date night. There are no TV's so you can focus on the conversation and enjoy delicious food.
Its very hard to get a table, but there's a reason why, its definitely worth checking out this little gem that's surrounded by a ton of "american fusion" places. This place has a small menu, but everything that we had was fantastic.
My only complaint was that the music, although great playlist, it was a bit loud for my taste. I wish that they would just turn it down a bit so that you could have a proper conversation without shouting across the table.
Other than that, definitely going to keep going back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Every single time I take a quick trip to LA I always stop at fishing with dynamite, this pass Tuesday was no different. We took my friend for her birthday, she enjoyed her meal but me and my other friend who frequent the restaurant often were very disappointed with our meal this time. The oysters and scallops were amazing as usual but everything else was blah. The gumbo was horrible and I am a native from Louisiana so I know good gumbo. The yellowfin crudo was horrible, something we eat there all the time just missed the mark. But overall my friend enjoyed herself which all that mattered but me and my other friend who consider ourselves regulars might not be going back for a while.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wonderful - as always!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything was amazing!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic food, great service, had a wonderful dinner & time celebrating my boyfriends birthday.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and service. Everyone was really good, from top to bottom. Really good music.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on October 4, 2017

A high noise level with tables very close had everybody shouting, from the wait staff to the neighbor at the next table. This is a pure sea food restaurant, with not much of a fish selection. The prepared food was generally good, although not exceptional, and the cerviche needs work.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food is always impeccable.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great spot for fresh food, amazing flavors and unreal location. Can’t beat it. Drive over an hour and would do it again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Cool fun little restaurant. Great staff! Went for a bday celebration. Loved the hamachi!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Seafood platter was fantastic...all the oysters were so clean and delicious. Get the Peruvian scallops too

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This is one of my favorite spots. My boyfriend brought me here on my birthday last year and it has become our go to place for special occasions. It's like stepping back into a Nantucket oyster bar and it brings me back to my time on the East Coast.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Love this place! Food and music!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our favorite MB spot. Started with the YF Tuna Crudo, which was amazing. Would have ordered more, if we weren't waiting for our Thai Snapper. The Thai Snapper never disappoints. It is a whole fish, deep fried and seasoned impeccably. Finished the meal with Key Lime Pie, which was amazing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Romantic, Fun
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always a great call, we bring our visiting guests quite frequently.. scallops.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Tight space, a little loud, a little pricey... but it all works amazingly! Had a phenomenal dining experience, would definitely recommend and go back. Great décor, music and outstanding food and wine recommendations. Chowder 'broth' was unbelievable, crab cakes were melt in your mouth delicious, yellow fin was amazing and we had the Minnow (since we wanted to sample everything!), which was spectacular. Our server, Jason, even went out of his way to help me out of lint on my black dress from the napkins - ALL GOOD!! Set the night up for a wonderfully memorable evening.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

It is a great experience eating at Fishing with Dynamite! It very, very good food, no matter what you order, & always super fresh.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The freshest seafood. I have been dying to come here and it did not disappoint. Service was great, drinks and food were great, no negatives. Looking forward to going back already.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I recently attended a business lunch earlier this week at FWD, as we locals refer to restaurant. We were seated by a window facing Manhattan Ave. I literally counted a range of between 6-10 flies buzzing around our table and on the glass next to our table. The same issue occurred on my previous lunch there as well. I found this disgusting but given it was a business lunch, I apologized to my guest. I mentioned this to my waiter who just laughed it off?! He said there was nothing he could do? For a lunch for two that cost almost $100 w no alcohol, I am offended that My concerns were trivialized. To the Sims brothers and FWD Mgmt, shut the front door! Put up some fly paper , but handle your business! Your food is amazing but way pricey for lunch! If I have to pay for fantastic over priced food then PLEASE hold the FLIES!! Also the last lunch I had there also was fly attended...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The food was creative, delicious, and overall very good. The wait staff was friendly in this casual environment. The music volume was a bit too high and made conversation difficult. I am assuming that the restaurant employees left the front door open due to the unusually high temperatures, but this allowed flies to come into the restaurant. There were about four of them that kept buzzing around my head and the heads of my guests. This made for an uncomfortable environment. Everyone had a good chuckle when I killed one of the flies with my paper menu. I figured I needed to take matters into my own hands after I made comment to the wait staff regarding the flies, and the waitress just chuckled.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was fabulous! Servers were exceptional!

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Awesome! Top 5 meal in my lifetime. Excellent atmosphere, better food and service. Absolutely loved it!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

I absolutely LOVE fishing with dynamite! The raw bar is fresh and excellent quality, they gave a very nice selection of fresh oysters and sweet scallops.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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