The Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in LA

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Poseidon needs to guard his domain a little closer. The Greek god of the sea may look and sound menacing, but in reality, we’re reaping the benefits of the ocean and he’s had very little to say about it so far. Whether it’s oysters and mussels, perfectly cooked scallops, or a death-defying sample of blowfish, Angelenos and the chefs that feed them are not shy when it comes to experimenting with foods that come from the deep blue. From sushi to seafood, we are enamored with the fruits of the ocean and there are a number (five, to be precise) of haute establishments in L.A. that have taken this love to the next level–they are the five restaurants that Poseidon had better keep a closer eye on.

1 Catch At Casa del Mar

f beachside signs that say “no shirt, no service” make you cringe a little, but the thought of Albacore Crudo makes your mouth water, valet park your car at Casa del Mar and head inside to Catch, the hotel’s seafood restaurant. Whether you decide on Gulf Prawns with Bucatini Pasta or Snapper with Calamari and White Beans, Catch will take good care of you. If you’re more of a sushi lover than a shellfish fan, Catch can accommodate–their sushi menu includes traditional options like tuna and salmon sushi alongside mackerel, red snapper, fluke, and amberjack. It’s beautiful, has views of palm trees and sounds of crashing waves–beachside at its best.

1910 Ocean Way

Santa Monica

(310) 581-5533

2 Providence

This two-Michelin-starred sanctuary for perfectly cooked seafood is a destination for the newly initiated and old veterans alike. Starting with Japanese Kanpachi and moving toward the Maine Lobster Risotto or the Foie Gras Saute (not fish; still delicious) would be an admirable start. The Rhode Island-caught Wild Black Bass is a definite move in the right direction as is the Artic Char from Iceland or the Loup de Mer from Brittany, France. If you’re still reading this in shock that dessert hasn’t been mentioned, listen up: the Un Caf Bordeaux (coffee mousse and canele ice cream with caramel and hazelnuts) is rivaled only by the Banana Cream Pie and the Milk Chocolate-Whiskey Panna Cotta. Providence is inarguably one of the best restaurants in our fair city—whether you go for the seafood or the chocolate is up to you.

5955 Melrose Ave


(323) 460-4170

3 Crustacean

When Crustacean, part of the AN Family, opened in 1997, Esquitre Magazine hailed it as the nations best new restaurant and still widely praised for its pan asian and seafood cuisine. Its awarding winning Euro-Vietnamese design featuring the now famous "Walk on Water" entrance - a serpentine aquarium that winds through the cocktail lounge of the restaurant, guiding guests to the main dining room. Standouts on the menu include the Wild Salmon roasted over bamboo and Colossal Royal Tiger Prawns

9646 Little Santa Monia Blvd

Beverly Hills

(310) 205.8990

4 McCormick & Schmick’s – A Pacific Seafood Grill

Located in Beverly Hills' famous retail shopping district at Dayton and Rodeo Drive, McCormick & Schmick's Pacific Seafood Grill features the freshest and finest seafood in Beverly Hills. The menu is printed daily and showcases an extensive selection of seafood flown in every day from around the world, simply prepared with the freshest ingredients from local farms Th Happy Hour Menu is available weeknights with the Salmon or Ahi Tuna Coronets beging the must haves.

206 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills
310.859.0434 964

5 Water Grill

This downtown establishment, about a block away from the historic Biltmore Hotel, is known far and wide for chef David LeFevre’s fresh and innovative menu filled to the brim with seafood options. Water Grill’s Raw Bar is an ode to oysters–think Beausoleil oysters next to Blue Points and cherrystone clams right beside the Large Channel Island Purple Sea Urchin. The menu of cooked items is no less impressive. The chef’s Alaskan Black Cod is a delicious go-to, while the Ecuadorian Big Eye Tuna, Spiny Lobster Tail from California, and the Scallops with Pork Belly all round out a generally lip-smacking menu. BYOB–bring your own bib.

544 S. Grand Ave

Los Angeles

(213) 891-0900

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