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Fishing With Dynamite

4.8
4.8
2200 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 62 times today

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great service but far too over priced for the quality
  2. H

    Hannahs

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and hospitality!!! everything was so delicious
  3. G

    Glokwerkorange

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This spot is great. The food is incredible, music selection is on point. A bit pricey, but it's worth it.
  4. MR

    MaryR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing seafood and cocktails! Great service! I would definitely recommend to everyone!
  5. AK

    AliK

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, drinks and staff.
  6. MP

    MPH4

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic and the food was absolutely fabulous! Great place to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
  7. JH

    JulHermosa

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again an amazing lunch, the farmers salad with grilled shrimp is in the top 5 salads ever!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food & service , on vacation and would go back just for their food
  9. RR

    RayR

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have dined at Fishing With Dynamite several times. Yesterday's meal was outstanding. The Santa Barbara uni and prawns as well as the burrata cheese and heirloom tomato toast were all amazing.
  10. BW

    BiancaW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food and perfect ambiance
  11. PL

    PeterL

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They always go above and beyond and the food is always incredible! Don’t skip the rice!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most amazing food and service!! We had a great experience and will definitely be back!
  13. EF

    EFleming

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited with my husband and 2 sons whilst on holiday. The food was absolutely delicious and the waitress was incredibly helpful with our seafood choices. We loved the whole meal and would highly recommend!
  14. B

    Bennett

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I took my fiance to Fishing With Dynamite for her birthday last night and it was a really fantastic experience! We are not big oyster eaters so only ordered 2 to start with. They were so good we had to order more. The freshest and tastiest oysters and scallops I've ever had. We also had the Shrimp Tostada and the crab cake as starters. The tostada was fantastic. The crab cake was very tasty, but nothing too special (just a well executed classic crab cake). We then had the Koshihikari Rice which was excellent. Like the creamiest tastiest seafood risotto you could ever ask for. We got the key lime pie for desert since many here have raved about it. It was definitely good - similar to the crab cake mentioned above it was a perfectly executed classic key lime pie, but wasn't particularly interesting. We also got the pretzel bread pudding, which I felt was actually the better dish. Would definitely recommend both. The wait staff was so friendly and attentive. From the hostess, the waiter, the bussers, everyone was great. We sat outside and while I appreciated the casual atmosphere, it was not the most romantic if you're looking for a really special intimate night. Overall we had such a nice night and will definitely be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started with the crab cake, which was amazing. The pickles were a particularly nice twist. We then had the salmon and halibut. The salmon was one of the best we had ever had. The halibut had a delightful Thai curry sauce that was flavorful without being overwhelming. Both fishes were cooked to complete perfection. But, despite how amazing dinner was, NOTHING can even begin to explain how amazing the key lime pie is. It is a MUST HAVE. The meringue was shear protection and the pie itself makes you feel like you are eating a light, palate cleansing dessert. This doesn’t even get into the picture perfect service. Truly a wonderful experience. Thank you!!!
  16. JR

    JimR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was not my first time at fishing with dynamite. The food is exquisitely prepared. It seems like small portions but they are very satisfying. It is an expensive restaurant and yet the ambience is not fine dining. The service was terrific and everyone we encountered connected with the restaurant was friendly and courteous. I highly recommend fishing with dynamite as a special occasion destination for those of you who like a trendy and contemporary feel. Saving up for the next time we want to go there.
  17. DC

    DavidC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Server was fantastic, atmosphere all that, and the food terrific.
  18. c

    carylj

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was a blind choice hoping for some fresh Seafood. We were beyond rewarded for our choice. The menu was presented and the chef was happy to adjust to my husband’s protein requests. The fish was amazing - lovely to the eye and delicious! Highly recommend this casually excellent restaurant. Thank you for giving us a place to return to.
  19. RR

    RobinR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I’ve returned to the restaurant many times. Last night was the first time I though, maybe it’s time to find a new oyster destination. The service was a little bit “curt.” Our server did warm up over the course of the evening but we both remarked at how “drafty” the personalities seemed upon arrival/searing/settling in. Our two-top was beside some ugly canvas covered mechanism that seemed dirty and an eyesore. At the end of the night, we spent $270 for two people before tip…. I guess I just want more quality for the money. It was “fine”. The food was “good.” But I was underwhelmed and I think it’s not going to be a favorite go-to anymore.
  20. B

    Bird

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Arrive at least 30 minutes early in order to find parking if you have reservations. The hostess was friendly and the waitress was just okay. The food was good but nothing spectacular; however, the key lime pie is incredible. I wasn't happy that my friend and I, who met there for lunch to catch up, were abruptly asked to leave because their next reservation had arrived. I would only go back to get the key lime pie to go.
  21. a

    audreyv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Wonderful service. Great atmosphere. Not one dish was a disappointment. Even the desserts. Highly recommend.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as always.
  23. f

    food4keg

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary. Everything we had was fantastic - the new market farms salad was full of bright flavors. The himachi crudo is our favorite dish - we got another one for dessert.
  24. j

    jezka62

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, creative, and delicious, as always.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FWD doesn’t disappoint! Every time we come from NYC, we make sure to book a table at FWD. Raw scallops and shrimp as are my favorite. Salmon main dish was one to remember! My bf who doesn’t eat almost any fish always orders rockfish tacos 👍 looking forward to coming to FWD again during our next trip to LA
  26. DE

    DeniseE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent. The staff definitely was conscientious in wanting us to have a great experience. The prices are a bit over the top but the food was perfect. Outdoor seating was decent and maybe better than inside because so small (at first I was disappointed to be outside but turned out better I think).
  28. AE

    AnitaE

    Salt Lake City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Koshihikari Rice was phenomenal. It was creamy and fresh so two thumbs up!! Super tasty scallops on half shells also...almost forgot to mention!! Service was friendly and efficient so definitely a nice dinner with my husband on our only day in LAX area.
  29. D

    Dinerman

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service, ambience a bit cramped but ok.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Some of the best seafood available in Manhattan beach. Never disappointed with the food. Cocktails also are a wonderful selection and tried the Marbeso wine which was excellent as well. Service was a little slower than normal but it was the 4th July weekend! Highly recommend!!
  31. J

    Jill

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food and exceptional service.
  32. KM

    KatherineM

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best oysters and soft shell crab ever. All good was awesome/outstanding and well worth prices. Staff amazing and helpful giving you plenty of time to look at menu. A must in the area for exceptional seafood .
  33. BT

    BridgetteT

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed Fishing with Dynamite very much. We dined outside for lunch. The service was very friendly but it was a bit miss timed. The food was very expensive but absolutely delicious. I have several food allergies and they were accommodating to answering questions and assuring I could eat something. I order the salmon entree and my friends ordered clam chowder and fish sandwich. The chowder was a large portion with real shell on calms and housemade crackers. The fish sandwich was tasty and served with a large portion of fries. The salmon portion was small but the crispy skin was heavenly. I will definitely go back.
  34. MB

    MBlocal

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining was lovely. The portions were exceedingly small.
  35. TR

    TimothyR

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful day for a lunch on the outside patio. Perfectly fresh, plump cold clams on the half shell, Hamachi Crude and Blue Crab Cake -- all the food was exceptional and the service was superb!
  36. J

    Jltfwa

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Manhatten Beach!! Always excellent seafood and great service!
  37. a

    adrie

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  38. CF

    CourtneyF

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really wonderful service from Sal. Enjoyed the food and drink.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    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!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the oysters and the service was incredible

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 4.8 stars by 2200 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 62 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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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