Fishing With Dynamite

4.8
1080 reviews
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Seafood
Fishing with Dynamite, an oyster bar and seafood house where East meets West in the South Bay. Chef and co-owner David LeFevre brings an upbeat and lively approach to a tradition...

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The Infatuation
8.6

We don't use the term "destination restaurant" lightly. But the seafood at Manhattan Beach's Fishing With Dynamite more than fits the bill.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great - the view was fabulous, great service, but the tables are a taaaaaad close together and the music is very loud to drown out the other conversations - and I wonder if it doesn’t simply cause more issues because you really have to speak loudly to converse yourself. Other than that, the view, the decor and the food are wonderful!

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JO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best seafood restaurant to eat at in Manhattan Beach!

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EZ
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I've been there several times but the last time I was there I thought the music was too loud and the service was indifferent. The food is good but the portions are small for the price. The tables are too crowded in for my taste. I think I'll try someplace else next time.

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H
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very special food you cannot find anywhere else, one word..wow!...but most important are the staff....professional, friendly and the epitome of what we look for in a wonderful restaurant experience

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood I’ve ever had in my life. Again and again the chef fails to disappoint!

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Service was impeccable! From the host, to the servers, as well as the management, clearly amazing! One of the best experiences ever! Thank you to all!

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FF
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the warm welcome to the spectacular food, FWD made our date night one to remember. The Peruvian scallops and grilled octopus we simply amazing. Thank you Caroline for taking time to chat with us and to our amazing server whose recommendations were spot on. Loved loved loved FWD!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome oysters

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L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 10 year anniversary. Couple next to us was great. Try the pretzel bread dessert! It will not disappoint. Very small place! Glad we made a reservation!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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PH
Palm Springs
67 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Even when it is pouring with rain outside, FWD puts a small on your face. A dozen, super fresh, assorted oysters, a glass of citrusy, dry Picpoul followed by a huge plate of Fish and Chips - the perfect combination to chase away the rainy day blues.

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BF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great hospitality!
Try the yellow tail! (And the shellfish tower!)

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite place. Food and service always top notch!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner celebrating a birthday. The raw bar selections were excellent and fresh. I’d recommend getting the sampler and the Peruvian scallops. We also loved the steamer clams - very tasty! The yellowtail collar had a nice Thai twist to it with fish sauce & peanuts (not traditional Japanese style). I only wish that the dessert selection was larger. Overall this was a delicious meal!

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RG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, their scallops are out of this world. They have amazing service. Went there to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and they greeted us with 2 champagne glasses!

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it is not easy to run a tiny square foot restaurant with lots o staff and a small kitchen. everyone has to be on Q and work like a smooth sailing ship. this restaurant has it all! great staff who really care about what they are doing and are happy you are there. the food is lively, fresh, wholesome and refreshing. we all know what high quality fish cost so don't even think about the bargain in their menu. we saw a box of fresh oysters arrive in an iced box from the airport to our table. lucky us, and lucky you, to be able to dine there.

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S
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my sister here to celebrate her birthday and it could not have turned out better. The clams, the fish tacos and the key lime pie were the best. Just a little noisy that’s all or you could say high energy. 👍

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great to work with. Food was DELICIOUS! Especially the rice!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Music is way too loud.

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JM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good. service excellent, but the noise was an issue.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and THE BEST service ever!!! Loved every minute of this experience!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as usual and the dine LA menu was awesome.

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Watched a beautiful sunset from the corner table while sipping on an incredible cocktail

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AR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fishing with Dynamite was great! I are the DineLA menu which was definitely great value but also the quality of their food was very good. I had the raw bar which included oysters, scallops and shrimp. All fresh and delicious. Entree was the crab cake. It is only once crab cake, but delicious. And lastly the key lime dessert was OUT OF THIS WORLD. I have never liked key lime pie anything, but they put toasted marshmallows on top and graham cracker bottom. Sooooo good.

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HB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word...PHENOMENAL!

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Z
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FWD is a must whenever we're in Manhattan Beach. Love everything about this cozy neighborhood spot - always excellent food and service. They have the best playlist as well adding to the cool ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

good fun restaurant but definitely for the young - the music is very loud

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BC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was so welcoming, friendly, and provided great service. The food was pretty good but not amazing.

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s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for the Dine LA lunch and it was so delicious! The staff is always super nice too. Love this place!

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CT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love FWD. The food and service has always been top notch. Our favorite is the koshikari rice!!!!! It’s so tasty.

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d
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. So glad they are a part of restaurant week. Thank you.

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b
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great and inventive food. The restaurant is exceedingly small, with tables close together. When the restaurant is full, it's very noisy. We were there for lunch at 11:30 when it opened and by 12 noon it was almost totally full. That being said, the food is truly excellent, the service outstanding and the choices very varied. I would definitely recommend it to foodies.

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quality Seafood in a quaint upscale restaurant. Can be a little loud and tight, but the food is worth it.

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always absolutely amazing. The food is the highest quality and is always consistent

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal, service was excellent and we loved the vibe. It was in the heart of downtown and near the beach. Great location!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Pretti gud

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CW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took advantage of their DineLA menu and loved each course. Very small dining area, tables were tight, but the atmosphere is bright and fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in town! Love how the menu is divided into old school and new school seafood dishes.
Don’t skip out on the squash rolls...so good!

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HK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so good. Hands down, the best restaurant in the south bay

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