Fishing With Dynamite
What Insiders Are Saying
We don't use the term "destination restaurant" lightly. But the seafood at Manhattan Beach's Fishing With Dynamite more than fits the bill.
FWD is one of my favorite lunch spots in the city. The hamachi app, the fried chicken sandwich, the salmon tartare are all favorites. I had the key lime pie again and it was so good and so beautiful.
Note that the tables are very close together, so not the place for a private conversation.
Very highly recommended.
For a lunch that cost us $150 (for three people: oysters-main-1 drink), I would expect more. The food was fine, but unremarkable, including the oysters. We sampled four different kinds of oysters and none really stood out. Our mains were the fish and chips (tasted good but not much you can do wrong here), mussels (broth could have been more flavorful and mussel meat wasn't remarkable). octopus (a bit chewy). Not sure why this place is hyped. It was fine for lunch, but the value for money is definitely disproportionate. All in all, a bit disappointed and underwhelmed.
High quality food and tastes, best shellfish.
desert also great!
Excellent as always. Impeccably prepared seafood with innovative dishes that work.
Great experience. But like so many restaurants the sound is way too loud. It makes the shrimp climb out of their shells
We went for lunch to celebrate a birthday. Everyone from the hostess to the bus boys to the waiters are all friendly and welcoming. They anticipate your needs. We had the hamachi, Crabcake, shrimp as appetizers. We enjoyed all of them and they did whet our appetite. The food is very tasty and well-made. For dessert we had the Keylime pie which is a must have.
Both food and service was good although parking always sucks in Hermosa but I would definitely come back..
This wonderful restaurant is where you have lunch or dinner when you are several thousand miles from home and wish you could return at will..so, if you are as fortunate as we are, go as often as you can!
Best restaurant in LA!!!!! Food is beyind amazing, service is outstanding and ambiance is exactly what you would imagine for an ideal date night. My favorite place in LA.
Service was great - food even better - and The Bloody Mary was a life changer - Don't change a thing!
Good food but on the pricey side and small portions. Would like to see more meal options vs. a menu loaded with appetizers. Our server was delightful. They definitely need more space.
The food is always great! On this occasion we had to wait about 20 minutes for our reserved table. The hostess didn’t really care that our table wasn’t ready, but the manager was so gracious and nice. She gave us some scallops on the house while we waited which was awesome because the scallops there are soooo good! Either way I’m always very happy when I got there, it is super loud, but it’s a tiny restaurant.
Perfect dining experience!
This place never disappoints. Been coming for years and it’s always amazingly delicious. Staff is so welcoming and helpful. The service is as good or better than some more fine dinning or even Michelin rated places I’ve been to. It’s just a great place to have a great night for any occasion. Thank you Fishing With Dynamite!!!!
From the same family as MB Post but more fish centric a true destination restaurant. Worth the 3000+ journey from Hawaii. Impeccably creative fish and crustaceans abound on the menu. We are east coast oyster lovers and NO PROBLEM. Awesome shuckers.
One of my favorite places in Manhattan Beach. I’ve Been coming here for oysters and seafood since it opened!
Love the food and ambiance...
However was a bit disappointed with service this time around. I ordered a couple Micheladas at $12.50 a glass which is pretty pricey for plisnor beer and tomato juice mix in a small beer glass half full of ice. After 2 orders I asked our waitress if I can order another without ice since I’m not big on a lot of ice in my drinks and it dilutes the beer making it flat and the response I got from her was
“sure we can do no ice but you will get less beer and more tomato juice “ what kinda thing is that to say ? Really after spending $300 on lunch more tomato juice less beer because I wanted no ice ?
Not many tables so best for smaller parties.
Always try to come here with out of town guests for a delicious meal
From the tacos to the roasted carrots to the friend chicken sandwich
and the amazing octopus the food is awesome
Wonderful food and even better service. Highly recommend.
Amazing food - very fresh, amazingly tasty and beautiful to look at. Service was excellent - very friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely be coming back many times.
Every aspect was great. The food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent.
Amazing experience, great menu food and service! We were celebrating our anniversary and they made us feel truly special.
Wonderful oysters scallops and mussels
Natalie was outstanding
Perfect spot by the beach
We love the restaurant !! It was delicious. The Peruvian scallops, oysters are amazing. We also enjoyed the grilled octopus.
The biggest surprise was the rolls. Good thing the kids were not with us, we would have gone broke over bread. 😀
We had a good time with cousins and they live in LA and will go back again
We will be back next year.
Love this place, food is just terrific!
I had wanted to eat at Fishing With Dynamite for a long time but was never able to get in without a reservation. Finally thought ahead and made one. My friend and I loved our meals. I had the shrimp po boy and she had the spicy ahi tuna. Her dish was truly exceptional. I loved the shrimp on my sandwich but couldn't fit the bun into my mouth. Would definitely come back another time. I'd like to try to raw bar menu.
This was my 3rd time in the past year and my biggest single regret was that it was only my 3rd time this past year. A must stop for any foodie.
FWD never disappoints. The best restaurant around.
Fantastic ambience and food. Highly recommended, even if you skip the raw bar
One of my favorite special occasion lunch spots. Always delicious!
salad and tuna toast were both disappointing — with the salad overwhelmingly spicy from the combination of the greens plus chilis, and bacon overdose dominated the toast. the hamachi was good, though.
best restaurant in the world. i always have the best and most delicious time. i love FWD the most.
It was great! Only comment would be that the music was too loud.
This is a great place but petit, so you want to make reservations. The food is awesome.
Only negative, music way too loud, don’t understand why restaurants think that is a good thing.... outstanding food and service.
Music horrendous in volume and choice. Salad of seaweed with hardly any fruit. Food way too spicy. Waiter nice and went out to find my beer of choice.
FWD is a long time fav of mine. My friend Tina is a very picky foodie and she declared the Mahi Tacos the best fish tacos she’s ever had. The steelhead trout dish was exquisite. Be aware, the portions are small. Order the acorn squash rolls for dessert
Love everything about this place. Every bite was delicious. Wish I could eat there daily.