The Hautest Seafood Spots in Los Angeles

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Oysters, caviar, lobsters…oh my! Seafood and California go together like shrimp on a barbie, so why not indulge in the very best, freshest items that money can buy? Take a peek at our carefully curated picks for the best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles and then make your reservations now. 

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1 Providence

What better place to indulge your seafood craving than the Michelin-starred fine dining establishment of Providence? Michael Cimarusti keeps things fresh with local delicacies like Santa Barbara sea urchin and Santa Barbara spot prawns, while still managing to focus on international sea fare like Japanese Kampachi and Norwegian cod. Regardless of what you eat, you'll leave a happy customer at this stunning gourmet establishment, which also happens to be one of the priciest, most memorable meals you're likely to have in the City of Angels.
5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 460-4170

2 Fishing With Dynamite

Fishing With Dynamite is, quite simply, dynamite. This intimate, 36-seat eatery from 2006 Los Angles Rising Star Chef David LeFevre is an homage to his youth on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, serving up both Virginian and New England-style seafood. The menu is divided into clever columns: Oysters, Raw Bar, Platters, Old School, New School and After School. The first three are fairly self explanatory we should think, housing a variety of North American delicacies like Kumamoto oysters from Willapa Bay, Wash., the best jumbo shrimp we’ve ever tasted and the mouth watering Peruvian scallops. Make sure to book early here - you may have to wait a month or more for a reservation!
1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 893-6299

3 Water Grill

Though Water Grill's original downtown location underwent a $1.5 million renovation, our pick is for its more recently opened sister spot in Santa Monica. There's something about eating seafood (especially in a spot with "water in the title" on the water itself that makes this location extra special. The space was inspired by vintage fish markets and antique ships, and feels theme is very masculine, with wooden beams, walls and flooring as well as dark steel borders, white tiles and an antique pulley system. It's the perfect spot to shuck some oysters and watch the sunset in style.
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 394-5669

4 Son of a Gun

Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo may be focusing on their newest project, a collaboration with LudoBites' Ludo Lefebvre, but they're infamous for their meat-ery Animal and their restaurant of delights from the sea, Son of a Gun. The menu of local products and farmer's market fare changes frequently, but is consistently amazing across the board. Make sure to try the lobster bisque with creme fraiche, the lobster roll with lemon aioli and celery and the baked cod with a brioche crust, peas, tendrils and nage. Menu Must-Haves: Lobster Roll (with celery and a light lemon aioli); Cured Salmon Collars (with yakitori, and pink peppercorn); Shrimp Toast Sandwich (Siracha mayo, smoked Steelhead roe with a dollop of maple cream on pumpernickel).
8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 782-9033

5 The Hungry Cat

There are three popular Hungry Cat locations in LA, but our pick is for the stunning Santa Monica canyon location on Channel Road. Each of the items at Suzanne Goin and husband David Lentz's eclectic, market-inspired seafood eatery is exquisite. Lentz, the eatery's chef, cafts seasonally inspired menus that feature bi-coastal American classics, and cocktails made with farmers' market ingredients and squeezed-to-order juices. We're mildly obsessed with the blue crab cake "lyonnaise" with bacon lardon, poached egg and root vegetables in a whole grain mustard vinaigrette.
100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (310) 459-3337
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