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Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, CA
Award-winning

Fishing With Dynamite

4.9
4.9
2758 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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

What 2,758 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Los Angeles

    Seafood

  • Beach Cities

    Best Overall

  • Beach Cities

    Best Food

  • Beach Cities

    Best Service

2,758 Reviews
  1. DeenaF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is always delicious! We had a reservation for 3pm but didn’t get seated until 3:30. Our server graciously sent out an amazing scallop ceviche on the house which was much appreciated. Everything we ordered was fantastic only topped by a fantastic wine reco’s. A Sicilian orange wine which was delish! If you love seafood this place is a winner!

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  2. lwishner

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were actually both stunned with how incredibly good every last thing we ordered was. The Atlantic oysters we shared were outstanding (expensive but we never regret this splurge), the lobster roll was insanely buttery and packed full. My chowder was the best I’ve ever had (no shade to Boston, but wow 🤯). It was also the best birthday dessert ever: strawberry rhubarb pie with pink peppercorn whipped cream. That we dubbed “stupid good”…absurdly delicious. The whole meal was all we could talk about for a couple of days! We both enjoyed the orange wine (always try them when you can!). Service was great, and we love sitting at a seafood counter. It was a perfect experience and we will be back!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful which is why we keep going back. Diver scallops were fantastic!

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  4. SadieO

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was phenomenal and our waitress, Shelbi, was a gem. a few of our guests were 20 min late due to limited parking around with a few events happening in town. Not only was she understanding, but she even recommended some options for them to find parking nearby. great experience

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  5. LAJules

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoying dining at Fishing with Dynamite. This last occasion was okay. Food was good, but the service was mediocre, which was disappointing. In the middle of our meal, the wait staff transitioned but we were not informed. Also, some of the waitstaff was slight condescending to us. Yes, I understand the drink menu had two sides and I wanted to see what bottles were currently being served. I’m disappointed at how different the service was compared to the last time we were there. The food was still amazing, the service could have been better given the price point, which changed considerably since we last dined there.

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  6. OCPescatarian

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The only reason for 4 stars is because the tables inside are CRAMMED on top of each other, but typical LA restaurant. Oyster selection, superb! Crab cake, delicious! Dill pickle is a great touch. Caesar Salad, deviously delicious! Legit one of the best salads I’ve ever had, the tarragon was an amazing addition to the flavor. Fish tacos, so yummy. Overall great service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was delicious. Service was impeccable, especially the hostess! Only issue is that for service for 5 we had to sit outside. That in itself wasn’t horrible…although not ideal. My only frustration is that there were no outdoor heaters! If you’re gonna charge that much there should be heaters.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely great experience. A friend recommended, each dish was perfectly prepared, with fun fresh twists and quality ingredients. Must get the shrimp cocktail and the hot fresh rolls with whipped rosemary butter. They were a little backed up and brought us a free appetizer too. Great staff that was all having fun and you could tell it was a great team.

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  9. WriterGirl

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for dinner on Mother's Day, 2024. There was an opening for a last minute reservation and we booked it. We were given a window seat and could see the ocean. Food was amazing. Service was outstanding. Will be back again.

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  10. Aandi

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Waited over an hour to be seated, with a reservation. Accidentally booked counter seating and asked the hostess to change it to a table, after waiting an hour for our reservation we were still seated at counter, it was very awkward. We did end up moving to a table after asking if we could be seated at a table for the second time waited another 20 minutes for that. Ordered the Chilean sea bass and it tasted and smelled very very fishy. We spent a tiny bit under 400 with tip.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best places in Manhattan Beach. Always great service, great food and has a good vibe. Staff is wonderful and Devin makes you feel like a VIP. We celebrated Mother's Day brunch again this year

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  12. Me88

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love this place soooo sooo much. The oysters, scallops, chowdah 🤤 everything on this menu is a hit.

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  13. SoCalKate

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience, as always! Delicious, thoughtful menu; interesting cocktails; and great service. Always a delight.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual the great customer service and quality of food was amazing. I will continue to dine there and highly recommend it.

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  15. Mary

    Portland

    86 reviews

    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The new Spring Menu at FWD is keeping it fresh and forward. Some new bold flavors like the seabass and seared scallops are some exciting new additions. FWD has continued to be consistent with great customer service and delicious food. Our favorites are still the basics: raw oysters and their signature scallops and the crab cake. Katie Clark, assistant general manager gave us a personal opportunity, asking us for some honest feedback. It’s that experience which continues to make FWD a place special.

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  16. MarjoryD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came in fir the first time yesterday and definitely we will come back to taste the other dishes

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  17. BJMa

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried again after a disappointing visit the last time and this time was EXCELLENT like all prior visits. The food was amazing and the service was excellent!!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an absolute WINNER! Amazing food great ambiance and fantastic location. Will be coming back!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Utter perfection in every way!! Our waitress (Tanya) was amazing.

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  20. Donna

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meals were fantastic and the service was friendly and attentive. The NE clam chowder was some of the best my friend and I have ever had. The Paris tuna tartare was sublime and the scallops were absolutely delicious. We were too full for dessert but our server encouraged us to try the key lime pie and he was right! We were seated at the counter, so we got to see the chef create her raw bar masterpieces. It is no wonder that Michelin recognized this tiny gem! The only downside was the small space and noise factor.

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  21. LoveToEat

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    FWD is my FAVORITE seafood restaurant. The food is always delicious and fresh. Sal was our server and he’s a delight. He made sure we had everything we needed. FWD is a MUST!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very fresh tasting, some unique offerings such as the risotto like Japanese rice dish. It wasn’t cheap.

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  23. Kuma

    Los Angeles

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Loved the service and the quality of the food. This is a neighborhood gym

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to FWD numerous times and it's been amazing every time .... I love love their key lime pie!

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  25. djlev

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to eat here. Service and food never disappoint.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best experience we’ve ever had. The food and the service were impeccable.

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  27. Jaimepixie

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fishing with Dynamite is a cozy neighborhood spot that has excellent service with yummy food to match!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best first experience here. From when we were greeted to leaving the restaurant the crew working that day went above and beyond in service. Be back soon!

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  29. EricH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    On our third visit…FWD has never filed to impress! Menu changes every time! Always good food with an interesting presentation. Had a really nice ceviche. Tried the incredible fish sandwich and always the key lime pie!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible creative selections. Pay attention to small plates / appetizers. Wonderful service

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  31. MarciaW

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything we ate was such a wonderful and intense combination of flavors that elevated the meal. So fresh and vibrant.

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  32. KimB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were only in town for overnight and made it a point to go to our favorite restaurant in the South Bay. It did not disappoint. I will be thinking of the shrimp and stone fruit ceviche for a long time. Shelby made the dinner special.

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  33. JeffreyP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and drinks at FWD are amazing - great wine selection too. Our server, Sophie was fantastic! I would give 5 stars (or 4 1/2) but we had to wait 20 minutes for our table after our scheduled reservation time, but the meal was worth it! I look forward to the next time.

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  34. MoiraM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to disappoint from the service to food. Fishing with Dynamite is consistently a wonderful dining experience. Try the Peruvian Scallops!

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  35. JenniferM

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious ! The Freshest seafood and yummy flavors. Can’t wait to go back to have the scallops and hamachi again!! I don’t usually care for key lime pie, but the waiter suggested we try it and I am so glad I did. It was amazing! Had a lovely lunch. Our server was great. It’s a small space but we had a corner table which helped with the noise. Looking forward to going back soon!

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  36. ECINTRON

    Greater Boston

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a hidden jewel. The food is outstanding. As a native New England resident, this place far exceeded my expectations with outstanding dishes, Peruvian scallops, grilled octopus, the koshinikari rice and of course chef David’s mom’s squash rolls (a must!!!). Service by Elijah was outstanding and chef Eric outdid himself. Overall, this place gets 10 ⭐️

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last visited in 2019, Fantastic food and service highly recommend.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service!! Can’t wait to go back!

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  39. CatM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem!!! So happy we were able to get a table here on our stop in MB. Food was truly OUTSTANDING - some of the best seafood dishes I have had, and presented beautifully. The service was just perfect, ambiance - comfortable and welcoming. Can't wait to return.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always an enjoyable experience, that clearly everybody wants. Tight quarters, but, always so good and service impeccable.

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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 2758 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fishing With Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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