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Fishing With Dynamite

4.9
4.9
2161 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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Booked 60 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

  • 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

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What 2,161 people are saying

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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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Los Angeles

    Seafood

  • Beach Cities

    Best Overall

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  1. a

    adrie

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious!

  2. CF

    CourtneyF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really wonderful service from Sal. Enjoyed the food and drink.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The wild pan seared Alaskan halibut was exquisitely prepared! The flavor profile of the curry and pineapple relish was delicious. The Koshihikari Rice was amazing!

  4. JO

    JohnO

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience1

    Read lots of great review so I was expecting really delicious food. However, the food was nothing special. Food was not bad by any means, but it did not warrant the high review and the high price.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome as always

  6. DC

    DonC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy the fresh shell fish and order the Queen Mary. The outside dining is very pleasant and we have never been disappointed with the service we receive.

  7. c

    candace

    Dallas

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great seafood and super nice servers. Love the atmosphere and come there every time we’re in town.

  8. HT

    HeatherT

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best food and drinks. Second time having the hamachi sashimi and it’s top notch. The Peruvian scallops are amazing! The fries and malt mayo (yep…let that sink in) are 🤯🤯. Ambience is quiet and the interior is so cute. Small but cute. Cocktails? Yep. Order them….I’ve had a few and all have been fantastic. I’ve been to all 50 states and 40 countries and lived in LA for a few years. FWD is a favorite!!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day

  10. LT

    LoveToEat

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    FWD is and has been my favorite seafood restaurant for many years. Love the freshness and delicious meals!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, ambiance

  12. JO

    JohnnyO

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can say enough good things about the people and the food. Chef Alice is outstanding. Been here several times and it's always excellent.

  13. y

    yumyum9

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is our new local go-to for date night. Beautiful seafood and great service. Highly recommend the ceviche, tamachi, special rice and scallops. Wine and beer selection is good too. Love the cosy low-key interiors and ambiance - reminds us of Maine / Montauk.

  14. F

    Foodie911

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the nicest server ever, she was so friendly and kind and personable, you probably know who we mean. The food was awesome but it’s pretty embarrassing to admit the squash rolls were our favorite. Going to try to make them at home! Thanks for a wonderful lunch.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, drinks and staff were outstanding No detail was missed. We loved our experience at FWD

  16. C

    Coreen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food and everything was great. My only issue is probably with open table. When I modified the time it also changed my seating preference. When all I wanted to do was change the time so there was confusion when I arrived. Don’t think open table should make its own modifications.

  17. ES

    ESTMM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner. Food, service and ambiance were impeccable. Only reason to give 4 stars instead of 5 was the bathroom. Bathrooms were dirty, water all over the floors, very slippery.

  18. l

    lucinda

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never never disappoints Sit outside with the dog Best Oysters Clam Chowder is fabulous

  19. RN

    RoseN

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Raw bar!

  20. LG

    LuvGoodFood

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite restaurants and our go-to spot. Food is always amazing and our server is always fantastic.

  21. L

    Lill

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jessica A. Was spectacular! Our anniversary was great. I had several selections from the raw bar and hubby had that and the koshahitari rice. We will return again and again.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always perfect!!!

  23. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    442 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    442 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This MB “hole in the wall” produces the BEST seafood in LA!! Whether it’s the Queen Mary shellfish platter with the raw stuff or Koshihikari Japanese Risotto style rice from the boiler room, it is all amazing and very well executed by Chef Alice Mai’s kitchen. Please try the Soft shell Crab Vietnamese style Lettuce Wrap, a home run new menu item as a starter to go along with the always delicious Hamachi Crudo and Mexican Shrimp Ceviche. For dessert, the Key Lime Pie is the best coast to coast!! With the sun setting over the Pacific, our outstanding server Alex made our Memorial Day evening a truly fantastic dining experience. Thank you FwD!!

  24. r

    rinyc0420

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Hostess was rude. Seated us in less than desirable section. Made reservations awhile ago and she could have been accommodating we left and went across the street for a lovely meal

  25. A

    Affie

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We have been going to FWD since the first week it opened. We have gone for birthdays, anniversaries and just for dinner. We have always had the greatest time, the most amazing seafood and the most fun of any restaurant we have been to. You are one of our top 3 restaurants in Southern California. Keep the great work.

  26. HD

    HappyDiner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal, as always. The new salmon entree is insane!

  27. PD

    PeterD

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Everything was very good as usual, would recommend to anyone who appreciates quality seafood.

  28. D

    Danya

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    The menu has gotten smaller since the pandemic. Bring back the Swordfish or switch between fish options more often as the menu stays pretty much the same without much change unfortunately.

  29. JG

    JGandBugs

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jess took great care of us. Delicious food and made my late Mother’s Day lunch very special. Made my dog feel super welcome.

  30. VI

    VICTORIAC

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very nice place, close to the sea. The food is very good and tasty, you would expect a much expensive place considering where it is located. The service was very welcoming and attentive. We will definitely come back!

  31. AZ

    AlainZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great ambience, just loved the experience.

  32. k

    karenh

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful quality and service

  33. M

    Manna

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    FWD brings me back to summers in Cape Cod every time i eat here...

  34. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    442 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    442 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic lunch at FwD!! Just outstanding seafood fare by Chef Alice and her back of of the house crew. The Chowdah is an amazingly simple yet satisfying starter to the Maryland Blue Crab Cake and Seared Maine Diver Scallops, both are highly recommended. Plus the hamachi sashimi is always a must for crudo lovers. And the shareable Koshihikari Risotto Style Rice oozes with deep dashi umami and flavor, a home run by all means!! Finished with the slightly tart and tangy Key Lime Pie, a Chef Alice signature dessert. Of course service by Jessica was truly top notch too. Best seafood in LA year after year can be discovered here by the beach at FwD.

  35. m

    mmfoodie

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Love it here but they need more help! We had to wait to be seated because there were no waiters. Actually the bar tender was the waiter too! But overall love the food, vibe, and wine. A bit pricey but still love the experience.

  36. LU

    LuanneU

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I have enjoyed FWD since they opened and they have yet to disappoint me! The Peruvian Scallops are delicious and the oyster selections are alway superb.

  37. L

    Likebutta

    Los Angeles

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    An absolute taste explosion of what seafood should taste like

  38. S

    Siggy

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent in concept and execution; oysters were superb, sashimi was delicious, ceviche was awesome. And while the key lime pie was really good, it somehow didn't really fit, for me anyway, with the clean, sharp, taste bud-tingling rest of the meal. Too sweet, too creamy. I'll not mix it into the order again!

  39. BA

    BethA

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and SUPER DAVE, the bartender, makes the absolute BEST Margarita I’ve ever had! And he’s a nice guy too. That’s all :)

  40. PS

    PatrickS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was delicious, especially hamachi ceviche, octopus and key lime pie!

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 2161 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 60 times today
Google Map for Fishing With Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Dining areas

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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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