Check out our haute picks for the 5 best 5 New England-style seafood eateries in LA.
1 Connie & Ted's
The tale of Connie & Ted is a love story. This sleek, wood-accented, open-air kitchen eatery pays tribute to the love chef and owner Michael Cimarusti's grandparents not only had for each other, but also for the east coast shores. The restaurant is inspired by their story, their love for family, and the good times they spent together fishing off the shores of New England. Here you’ll find simply prepared fish and shellfish, inspired by the classic clam shacks, oyster bars, and fish houses that dot the New England seaboard. Every exquisitely prepared item screams Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, from Live New Bedford Scallop grilled in its shell with lemon and salted butter to authentic east coast stuffies with linguiça, garlic, butter and breadcrumbs to the full New England Boiled Dinner of mussels, steamers, lobster, linguiça, potatoes and steamed corn. This is New England-style seafood at its best.
8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood (323) 848-2722
2 Fishing With Dynamite
David LeFevre’s delectable, 36-seat restaurant in Manhattan Beach is an homage to the best of east coast beach culture. In addition to an adorable setting—think white walls, dark wood, portraits of loved up whales and signs reading "Don't Give Up the Ship"—LeFevre's New England-inspired fare is a revelation. Here you'll find items like the Maryland Crab Cake, prepared with in-house dill pickles and whole grain remoulade, and Mom’s Cape Cod Squash Rolls, a dish from LeFevre’s personal past that his mother would only serve at Thanksgiving. You must order the Clam Chowdah—served with bacon, potatoes and house-made oyster crackers—and one of the truly incredible raw bar platters. Our favorite is The Mothershucker: 15 oysters, six clams, 16 shrimp, 20 mussels, one whole lobster and 1.5 pounds of King Crab legs.
1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach (310) 893-6299
Restaurateur David Reiss and New England-born chef Jason Travi, a Spago vet, are the key players at this upscale Hollywood eatery which serves New England-inspired dishes and craft cocktails in an elegant, distinctly summery white wood-paneled setting. You'll love the fare as much as the vibe here thanks to menu items like oyster sliders served with tartar sauce, Eastern cod with paillard and steamed snow crab with chermoula and charred lime. If you need more proof that littlefork is a east coast seafood enthusiast's dream, they've decided to eschew the concept of happy hour in favor of "oyster hour" where you'll find a selection of offerings that on any given day could offer oystesr from Barnstable or Rocky Nook.
1600 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles (323) 465-3675
4 The Hungry Cat
David Lentz’s new American eatery in Santa Monica Canyon reminds you of a traditional yet very, very upscale New England clam shack. Blue and green decor and large, decorative hanging Marlins adorn the walls lending a beachy feel to this stellar seafood eatery, while a simple yet elegant all-wood dining room allows the the ocean itself to become the feature attraction via a large bay window. The raw bar here is extensive—you'll find everything from lobster shooters to Green Lip mussels to Santa Barbara rock crab claws on offer. There's no menu item more New England than Lentz's Chorizo N Clams—house-made chorizo, with manila clams, sofrito, cavolo nero, shell beans and harissa aioli served with grilled bread —and you certainly can't missed the mouth-watering lobster roll served on butter toasted challah with soft herbs, lemon aioli and french fries. Libations like Luke's Lemonade—blue ice vodka, mint and house-made lemonade—bring back the happy days of your youth in a decidedly adult way and not only taste good, but make you FEEL good: for each drink sold, a donation is made to Alex’s Lemonade Stand for childhood cancer research.
100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica (310) 459-3337
5 Blue Plate Oysterette
New England fare receives a Westside, distinctly SoCal twist at this Santa Monica eatery located literally across the street from the beach. Here you'll find an extensive raw bar joining items like New England clam chowder, genuine Maine steamers fresh from Spinney Creek, a gourmet crabcake with arugula and pickled onion, lobster rolls and the big daddy—a 1.5 lb Maine lobster served with potatoes, corn and arugula salad.
1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica (310) 576-3474