Fishing With Dynamite

4.9
1103 reviews
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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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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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JM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

salad and tuna toast were both disappointing — with the salad overwhelmingly spicy from the combination of the greens plus chilis, and bacon overdose dominated the toast. the hamachi was good, though.

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

best restaurant in the world. i always have the best and most delicious time. i love FWD the most.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great! Only comment would be that the music was too loud.

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M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place but petit, so you want to make reservations. The food is awesome.

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DJ
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Only negative, music way too loud, don’t understand why restaurants think that is a good thing.... outstanding food and service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Music horrendous in volume and choice. Salad of seaweed with hardly any fruit. Food way too spicy. Waiter nice and went out to find my beer of choice.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FWD is a long time fav of mine. My friend Tina is a very picky foodie and she declared the Mahi Tacos the best fish tacos she’s ever had. The steelhead trout dish was exquisite. Be aware, the portions are small. Order the acorn squash rolls for dessert

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love everything about this place. Every bite was delicious. Wish I could eat there daily.

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BL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. The main problem was the level of the music. Almost to the level of a night club for my business lunch. :( I asked twice to lower the music but it never was lowered to an acceptable level. I won't be taking clients here until they address the music level; and I enjoy music.

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T
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. This time in particular, the oysters were out of this world.

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RR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome. A bit noisy.

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GM
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had retired friends from the airline industry who at the last minute, flew in from Dallas to LAX to meet us for lunch, and then flew back. And we needed an interesting place for a cool Sunday afternoon lunch. Fishing With Dynamite was a great place for our rendezvous - close to the airport but just a block up from the beach.

We shared a plate of oysters as an appetizer, then had wonderful crab cakes with eggs, fish and chips and a seafood salad. Everything was very tasty and our friends loved it! All the dishes that we saw come out of the kitchen and from the bar area looked wonderful - I'd try the selection of seafood next time. Although we did not drink, the bar menu looked inventive.

The restaurant is quite small and there are only two tables that can be reserved so take your chances by just showing up or do what we did and reserve using OpenTable! The only downside is that the noise level was pretty high, the music was vibrant but could have been lowered (heck it was only 1 PM on a Sunday, after all). We will visit again.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fresh seafood. The manager Lilly was so kind she offered us dessert.

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m
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is my 2nd time here, it's not easy to book a rezzy in advance. It's a very cute small restaurant (formerly Talia's which I loved) and I'd been wanting to come back. I love the vibe inside and the oysters were good. However, there really wasn't much on the menu that sounded good to me. I love fish but either there was chicken or bacon added to a couple of the dishes that sounded good, and the salmon tartare I ordered was very blah. Also, it was annoying when we came in because the bartender was blocking us from sitting because he was chatting with an actor. not kidding we stood there for a good minute or two and I finally had to tap him to let us in because like I said, the place was small. Our server was very friendly but she would literally pop up right by my husband's head and scare the crap out of him by asking in his ear. it was comical. I could overlook all of that if the food was up to par but to us both it was very blah. Also ordered the crab CAKE (singular) and it just wasn't that great. sadly, we left disappointed and probably won't returning. But I loved the oysters and the ambience.

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DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Osyters: some were excellent; several of the 12 were washed out, not much taste. This hadn't been true in earlier visits. Clam chowder very good as always. Crab good--good and crabby although the sauce seems to spicy now.
The noise level, even when half full, is way too high. Music too loud. I guess the younger folks like it that way.

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KR
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent and fish is high quality

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OT
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maura was fantastic as always! And the new additions to the menu were great - loved the hamachi collar and the Peruvian scallops are always great!

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S
San Francisco
202 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sat at the counter and ordered the Queen Mary chilled seafood platter which is everything and the kitchen sink. Great little dive bar that serves the raw stuff beautifully. 70’s music blaring, very tight spacing and seating like in a submarine but maybe that’s the whole point of FwD!!!!! Service is awesome because there’s like a 2:1 ratio of customers to employees. But you have to like raw as in not cooked....

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J
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

LOVE the food. super loud but great service. will come back again and again :)

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JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always has the freshest seafood. Their service is amazing and they have the best key lime pie.

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CY
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and Delicious Seafood! Lovely And Friendly Staff.

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BL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hamachi dish was awesome! The grilled octopus was also great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great - the view was fabulous, great service, but the tables are a taaaaaad close together and the music is very loud to drown out the other conversations - and I wonder if it doesn’t simply cause more issues because you really have to speak loudly to converse yourself. Other than that, the view, the decor and the food are wonderful!

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best seafood restaurant to eat at in Manhattan Beach!

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EZ
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I've been there several times but the last time I was there I thought the music was too loud and the service was indifferent. The food is good but the portions are small for the price. The tables are too crowded in for my taste. I think I'll try someplace else next time.

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H
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very special food you cannot find anywhere else, one word..wow!...but most important are the staff....professional, friendly and the epitome of what we look for in a wonderful restaurant experience

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding!!

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood I’ve ever had in my life. Again and again the chef fails to disappoint!

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Service was impeccable! From the host, to the servers, as well as the management, clearly amazing! One of the best experiences ever! Thank you to all!

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FF
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the warm welcome to the spectacular food, FWD made our date night one to remember. The Peruvian scallops and grilled octopus we simply amazing. Thank you Caroline for taking time to chat with us and to our amazing server whose recommendations were spot on. Loved loved loved FWD!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome oysters

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L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 10 year anniversary. Couple next to us was great. Try the pretzel bread dessert! It will not disappoint. Very small place! Glad we made a reservation!!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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PH
Palm Springs
67 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Even when it is pouring with rain outside, FWD puts a small on your face. A dozen, super fresh, assorted oysters, a glass of citrusy, dry Picpoul followed by a huge plate of Fish and Chips - the perfect combination to chase away the rainy day blues.

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BF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great hospitality!
Try the yellow tail! (And the shellfish tower!)

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

My favourite place. Food and service always top notch!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner celebrating a birthday. The raw bar selections were excellent and fresh. I’d recommend getting the sampler and the Peruvian scallops. We also loved the steamer clams - very tasty! The yellowtail collar had a nice Thai twist to it with fish sauce & peanuts (not traditional Japanese style). I only wish that the dessert selection was larger. Overall this was a delicious meal!

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RG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, their scallops are out of this world. They have amazing service. Went there to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and they greeted us with 2 champagne glasses!

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it is not easy to run a tiny square foot restaurant with lots o staff and a small kitchen. everyone has to be on Q and work like a smooth sailing ship. this restaurant has it all! great staff who really care about what they are doing and are happy you are there. the food is lively, fresh, wholesome and refreshing. we all know what high quality fish cost so don't even think about the bargain in their menu. we saw a box of fresh oysters arrive in an iced box from the airport to our table. lucky us, and lucky you, to be able to dine there.

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S
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my sister here to celebrate her birthday and it could not have turned out better. The clams, the fish tacos and the key lime pie were the best. Just a little noisy that’s all or you could say high energy. 👍

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