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A dazzling seafood spread at Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach.
A dazzling seafood spread at Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach.
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18 Splendid Seafood Restaurants to Try Around Los Angeles

Fried fish, spicy ceviche, raw oysters, and more

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A dazzling seafood spread at Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach.
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The beauty of Los Angeles’s seafood scene lies in its abundance and diversity. Every corner of the city boasts pristine seafood prepared in a plethora of delightful ways. From fancy raw bars that cost a pretty penny to longstanding neighborhood you-buy-we-fry stands, here now are 18 splendid seafood restaurants to try in Los Angeles.

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Added: Connie and Ted’s, Fishing With Dynamite, Ceviche Stop

Removed: the Anchor, Fish Town, the Boujie Crab

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Broad Street Oyster Company

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Broad Street Oyster Company, the once-nomadic raw bar setup known for Sunday sessions at Smorgasburg, is the busiest restaurant in Malibu. The lobster rolls are a thing of beauty, but don’t skip on the razor clams and fresh uni either.

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Crudo e Nudo

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This tiny restaurant, almost entirely outdoors and born from the pandemic-age parklets that dot Santa Monica’s Main Street, is not only a fantastic place to down plates of namesake crudo, it’s also the kind of restaurant that reminds LA what resiliency, happiness, and a sense of place can look like. Order the caviar nachos, which are really just heaped-on potato chips with creme fraiche, ikura, masago, and a hint of Calabrian chile spice.

Fishing With Dynamite

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For nearly a decade, chef David Lefevre’s Fishing With Dynamite has been steadily serving its Manhattan Beach community all that’s good and fresh: Peruvian scallops served on the half shell, Maryland-style crab cakes, and grilled wild swordfish. The squash rolls with rosemary butter and Key lime pie are as essential as the seafood headliners.

Though chef Joshua Skenes’s Angler was open some during the pandemic, its parking structure dining room and limited menu left something to be desired. But now with the pandemic waning some, Angler is serving all the hits, including the bleeding radicchio, Parker House rolls, and banana pancakes with caviar, in its cabin-chic dining room.

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Angler

Ceviche Stop

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Step inside Culver City’s Ceviche Stop for a taste of chef Walther Adrianzen’s Peruvian fare, with a strong emphasis on seafood. Try the chef’s signature ceviche called the Hangover, which includes the catch of the day, fried calamari, fried seaweed, charred sweet potatoes, Peruvian corn and kernels, and more.

Connie and Ted's

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Consider Connie and Ted’s a West Coast take on the quintessential New England seafood shack. Chef Michael Cimarusti knows his way around fruits of the sea, which is evident from the pitch-perfect lobster rolls, clam chowder, stuffed clams, and fish stew.

Mel's Fish Shack

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Opened in 2008 on the corner of West Jefferson and Farmdale, Mel’s Fish Shack is a neighborhood favorite for fried seafood and soulful sides like hush puppies, mac and cheese, and collard greens. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Coni'Seafood

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Is there a more excellent fish in Los Angeles than the whole grilled snook from Coni’Seafood? Take apart the flakey, hefty river fish and taste the kiss of the grill’s fire, along with an even smothering of chile paste.

La Cevicheria

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Head to Pico Boulevard to discover the joys of Guatemalan seafood at La Cevicheria. There’s a reason why every table orders the ceviche with blood clams dressed in citrus, tomato, avocado, and mint — it’s bloody delicious.

Rich Crab

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Rich Crab specializes in ganjang gejang (soy-marinated crab) inside a popular 3rd Street strip mall. The set menu includes spicy braised salmon head, a kimchi pancake, and two types of crab — the spicy version is caked with a chile sauce, while the ganjang version boasts a sweet and rich marinade. The meal finishes with sliced crabs served in a spicy stew.

Found Oyster

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Found Oyster, a tiny shoebox of a clam and oyster bar in East Hollywood, has a superbly satisfying seafood menu that includes sky-high seafood towers, New England-style clam chowder, and an ode to Swan Oyster Depot’s iconic crudo.

Oysters and clams on ice at Found Oyster in LA.
Found Oyster
Wonho Frank Lee

Gilberto Cetina of Chichen Itza serves up Mexican seafood specialties at Holbox inside the Mercado La Paloma. Look for ceviches and tostadas using ingredients sourced from Baja and the Yucatan, including hard-to-find blood clams.

Ceviche from South Los Angeles restaurant Holbox
Ceviche at Holbox inside Mercado La Paloma.
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Ceviche Project

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After years of popping up at hotels and food festivals, Ceviche Project chef and owner Octavio Olivas now has a home all his own. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the tiny Silver Lake space.

Razor clam ceviche, on ice in a bowl, from Ceviche Project.
Ceviche Project
Jakob N. Layman

Oh Manna Fish Market

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Oh Manna Fish Market serves up stellar deep-fried seafood in a former Wienerschnitzel (complete with the classic A-frame building). Nearly everyone orders the catfish and hush puppies, which should be eaten immediately to savor the batter’s hot, crisp crunch.

Mariscos Jalisco

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The deep-fried shrimp tacos from Mariscos Jaliscos are as iconic as it gets, but don’t sleep on the rest of the menu from this legendary seafood truck. The cocteles are outstanding, as are the seafood tostadas.

El Coraloense

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Since opening in 2007, El Coraloense continues to serve some of the best Mexican seafood in the Southland. Behind the stoves are brother and sister duo Leo and Natalie Curie who draw inspiration from their parents’ native Nayarit and Sinaloa.

Sáu Can Tho Vietnamese Kitchen

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Head to this Vietnamese seafood specialist for its signature baked catfish — a crispy-skinned, two to three pounder that’s served with herbs, lettuce, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber spears, vermicelli rice noodles, rice papers, and best of all, a tangy-sweet tamarind dipping sauce. Closed on Tuesdays.

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

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Though Sea Harbour is best known for its daytime dim sum offerings, its high-end Cantonese dinner menu is equally excellent. The family-style format means that it’s best to dine here with a larger group and share everything, from wok-fired lobsters to steamed whole fish and geoduck sashimi.

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Broad Street Oyster Company

Broad Street Oyster Company Farley Elliott

Broad Street Oyster Company, the once-nomadic raw bar setup known for Sunday sessions at Smorgasburg, is the busiest restaurant in Malibu. The lobster rolls are a thing of beauty, but don’t skip on the razor clams and fresh uni either.

Broad Street Oyster Company Farley Elliott

Crudo e Nudo

This tiny restaurant, almost entirely outdoors and born from the pandemic-age parklets that dot Santa Monica’s Main Street, is not only a fantastic place to down plates of namesake crudo, it’s also the kind of restaurant that reminds LA what resiliency, happiness, and a sense of place can look like. Order the caviar nachos, which are really just heaped-on potato chips with creme fraiche, ikura, masago, and a hint of Calabrian chile spice.

Fishing With Dynamite

For nearly a decade, chef David Lefevre’s Fishing With Dynamite has been steadily serving its Manhattan Beach community all that’s good and fresh: Peruvian scallops served on the half shell, Maryland-style crab cakes, and grilled wild swordfish. The squash rolls with rosemary butter and Key lime pie are as essential as the seafood headliners.

Angler

Angler Los Angeles
Angler

Though chef Joshua Skenes’s Angler was open some during the pandemic, its parking structure dining room and limited menu left something to be desired. But now with the pandemic waning some, Angler is serving all the hits, including the bleeding radicchio, Parker House rolls, and banana pancakes with caviar, in its cabin-chic dining room.

Angler Los Angeles
Angler

Ceviche Stop

Step inside Culver City’s Ceviche Stop for a taste of chef Walther Adrianzen’s Peruvian fare, with a strong emphasis on seafood. Try the chef’s signature ceviche called the Hangover, which includes the catch of the day, fried calamari, fried seaweed, charred sweet potatoes, Peruvian corn and kernels, and more.

Connie and Ted's

Consider Connie and Ted’s a West Coast take on the quintessential New England seafood shack. Chef Michael Cimarusti knows his way around fruits of the sea, which is evident from the pitch-perfect lobster rolls, clam chowder, stuffed clams, and fish stew.

Mel's Fish Shack

Opened in 2008 on the corner of West Jefferson and Farmdale, Mel’s Fish Shack is a neighborhood favorite for fried seafood and soulful sides like hush puppies, mac and cheese, and collard greens. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Coni'Seafood

Is there a more excellent fish in Los Angeles than the whole grilled snook from Coni’Seafood? Take apart the flakey, hefty river fish and taste the kiss of the grill’s fire, along with an even smothering of chile paste.

La Cevicheria

Head to Pico Boulevard to discover the joys of Guatemalan seafood at La Cevicheria. There’s a reason why every table orders the ceviche with blood clams dressed in citrus, tomato, avocado, and mint — it’s bloody delicious.

Rich Crab

Rich Crab specializes in ganjang gejang (soy-marinated crab) inside a popular 3rd Street strip mall. The set menu includes spicy braised salmon head, a kimchi pancake, and two types of crab — the spicy version is caked with a chile sauce, while the ganjang version boasts a sweet and rich marinade. The meal finishes with sliced crabs served in a spicy stew.

Found Oyster

Oysters and clams on ice at Found Oyster in LA.
Found Oyster
Wonho Frank Lee

Found Oyster, a tiny shoebox of a clam and oyster bar in East Hollywood, has a superbly satisfying seafood menu that includes sky-high seafood towers, New England-style clam chowder, and an ode to Swan Oyster Depot’s iconic crudo.

Oysters and clams on ice at Found Oyster in LA.
Found Oyster
Wonho Frank Lee

Holbox

Ceviche from South Los Angeles restaurant Holbox
Ceviche at Holbox inside Mercado La Paloma.
Farley Elliott

Gilberto Cetina of Chichen Itza serves up Mexican seafood specialties at Holbox inside the Mercado La Paloma. Look for ceviches and tostadas using ingredients sourced from Baja and the Yucatan, including hard-to-find blood clams.

Ceviche from South Los Angeles restaurant Holbox
Ceviche at Holbox inside Mercado La Paloma.
Farley Elliott

Ceviche Project

Razor clam ceviche, on ice in a bowl, from Ceviche Project.
Ceviche Project
Jakob N. Layman

After years of popping up at hotels and food festivals, Ceviche Project chef and owner Octavio Olivas now has a home all his own. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the tiny Silver Lake space.

Razor clam ceviche, on ice in a bowl, from Ceviche Project.
Ceviche Project
Jakob N. Layman

Oh Manna Fish Market

Oh Manna Fish Market serves up stellar deep-fried seafood in a former Wienerschnitzel (complete with the classic A-frame building). Nearly everyone orders the catfish and hush puppies, which should be eaten immediately to savor the batter’s hot, crisp crunch.

Mariscos Jalisco

The deep-fried shrimp tacos from Mariscos Jaliscos are as iconic as it gets, but don’t sleep on the rest of the menu from this legendary seafood truck. The cocteles are outstanding, as are the seafood tostadas.

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El Coraloense

Since opening in 2007, El Coraloense continues to serve some of the best Mexican seafood in the Southland. Behind the stoves are brother and sister duo Leo and Natalie Curie who draw inspiration from their parents’ native Nayarit and Sinaloa.

Sáu Can Tho Vietnamese Kitchen

Head to this Vietnamese seafood specialist for its signature baked catfish — a crispy-skinned, two to three pounder that’s served with herbs, lettuce, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber spears, vermicelli rice noodles, rice papers, and best of all, a tangy-sweet tamarind dipping sauce. Closed on Tuesdays.

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

Though Sea Harbour is best known for its daytime dim sum offerings, its high-end Cantonese dinner menu is equally excellent. The family-style format means that it’s best to dine here with a larger group and share everything, from wok-fired lobsters to steamed whole fish and geoduck sashimi.

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