Fishing With Dynamite

4.9
1135 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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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

FWD is one of my favorite lunch spots in the city. The hamachi app, the fried chicken sandwich, the salmon tartare are all favorites. I had the key lime pie again and it was so good and so beautiful.

Note that the tables are very close together, so not the place for a private conversation.

Very highly recommended.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

For a lunch that cost us $150 (for three people: oysters-main-1 drink), I would expect more. The food was fine, but unremarkable, including the oysters. We sampled four different kinds of oysters and none really stood out. Our mains were the fish and chips (tasted good but not much you can do wrong here), mussels (broth could have been more flavorful and mussel meat wasn't remarkable). octopus (a bit chewy). Not sure why this place is hyped. It was fine for lunch, but the value for money is definitely disproportionate. All in all, a bit disappointed and underwhelmed.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food and tastes, best shellfish.
desert also great!

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C
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Impeccably prepared seafood with innovative dishes that work.

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p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. But like so many restaurants the sound is way too loud. It makes the shrimp climb out of their shells

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JA
Los Angeles
376 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch to celebrate a birthday. Everyone from the hostess to the bus boys to the waiters are all friendly and welcoming. They anticipate your needs. We had the hamachi, Crabcake, shrimp as appetizers. We enjoyed all of them and they did whet our appetite. The food is very tasty and well-made. For dessert we had the Keylime pie which is a must have.

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r
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Both food and service was good although parking always sucks in Hermosa but I would definitely come back..

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

This wonderful restaurant is where you have lunch or dinner when you are several thousand miles from home and wish you could return at will..so, if you are as fortunate as we are, go as often as you can!

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in LA!!!!! Food is beyind amazing, service is outstanding and ambiance is exactly what you would imagine for an ideal date night. My favorite place in LA.

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MM
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great - food even better - and The Bloody Mary was a life changer - Don't change a thing!

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food but on the pricey side and small portions. Would like to see more meal options vs. a menu loaded with appetizers. Our server was delightful. They definitely need more space.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always great! On this occasion we had to wait about 20 minutes for our reserved table. The hostess didn’t really care that our table wasn’t ready, but the manager was so gracious and nice. She gave us some scallops on the house while we waited which was awesome because the scallops there are soooo good! Either way I’m always very happy when I got there, it is super loud, but it’s a tiny restaurant.

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

Perfect dining experience!

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Been coming for years and it’s always amazingly delicious. Staff is so welcoming and helpful. The service is as good or better than some more fine dinning or even Michelin rated places I’ve been to. It’s just a great place to have a great night for any occasion. Thank you Fishing With Dynamite!!!!

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CU
Hawaii
249 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the same family as MB Post but more fish centric a true destination restaurant. Worth the 3000+ journey from Hawaii. Impeccably creative fish and crustaceans abound on the menu. We are east coast oyster lovers and NO PROBLEM. Awesome shuckers.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Manhattan Beach. I’ve Been coming here for oysters and seafood since it opened!
Love the food and ambiance...
However was a bit disappointed with service this time around. I ordered a couple Micheladas at $12.50 a glass which is pretty pricey for plisnor beer and tomato juice mix in a small beer glass half full of ice. After 2 orders I asked our waitress if I can order another without ice since I’m not big on a lot of ice in my drinks and it dilutes the beer making it flat and the response I got from her was
“sure we can do no ice but you will get less beer and more tomato juice “ what kinda thing is that to say ? Really after spending $300 on lunch more tomato juice less beer because I wanted no ice ?

Disappointed !!!

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K
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Not many tables so best for smaller parties.

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TG
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always try to come here with out of town guests for a delicious meal
From the tacos to the roasted carrots to the friend chicken sandwich
and the amazing octopus the food is awesome

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect evening!

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and even better service. Highly recommend.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food - very fresh, amazingly tasty and beautiful to look at. Service was excellent - very friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely be coming back many times.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect was great. The food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent.

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NW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, great menu food and service! We were celebrating our anniversary and they made us feel truly special.

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TH
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great men
Wonderful oysters scallops and mussels
Natalie was outstanding
Will return

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot by the beach

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o
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the restaurant !! It was delicious. The Peruvian scallops, oysters are amazing. We also enjoyed the grilled octopus.
The biggest surprise was the rolls. Good thing the kids were not with us, we would have gone broke over bread. 😀
We had a good time with cousins and they live in LA and will go back again
We will be back next year.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, food is just terrific!

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b
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had wanted to eat at Fishing With Dynamite for a long time but was never able to get in without a reservation. Finally thought ahead and made one. My friend and I loved our meals. I had the shrimp po boy and she had the spicy ahi tuna. Her dish was truly exceptional. I loved the shrimp on my sandwich but couldn't fit the bun into my mouth. Would definitely come back another time. I'd like to try to raw bar menu.

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DR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time in the past year and my biggest single regret was that it was only my 3rd time this past year. A must stop for any foodie.

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S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FWD never disappoints. The best restaurant around.

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AM
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambience and food. Highly recommended, even if you skip the raw bar

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B
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite special occasion lunch spots. Always delicious!

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JM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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
80 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
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
3 reviews
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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