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Redondo Beach Pier Seafood?

Hi, I'm plannning a trip down to Redondo Beach pier, and i've
always looked at the seafood places on the pier (not the real expensive, fancy looking one), but the fast-food looking places
with the big tanks of crab & lobster.

Are those places any good? Opinions? Good ones, bad ones?

Or am I risking a drive on the porcelain bus?

Thx,

-cid.

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  1. I can't believe this was almost three years ago, but here's my first experience at Redondo pier:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    1. quality seafood (under the pier) is an institution. great for styrofoam plate shellfish and anything else you want down and dirty fresh-off-the-docks style...

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      1. re: rameniac

        Super-cheap pitchers of beer, too!

      2. We recommend the Pacific Fish House, across from new Tony's....
        Go to the counter, order your Dungeness Crab or Lobster, the cook weighs it, and the counter gal tells you price, you pay, then they seat you at a table covered with butcher paper....they bring the (in our case) crab, with bib, and mallet, and brerak off the body shell, with the juice and goodies in it to get you started, and they quarter the rest
        which is legs and thigh. Great taste..lots of fun.

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        1. re: 4ahns

          I second Pacific Fish House.
          You HAVE TO get the crab from this place.
          It's just too delicious.
          I also like raw oysters, sashimi, and spicy Korean fish soup from this place.

        2. I had a really great experience at Quality a few weeks back. Got a ton of oysters, many varieties, and they charged me the least expensive price for all of them. VERY fresh, even though I understand it's not quite oyster season.

          THEN, I got a Dungeness crab, one of the ones already steamed and in the case. They heated it up for me and I saved a good $10 by getting it this way, instead of picking a live one. The ones in the case are steamed throughout the day and are still very fresh. It was really good...and you can get drinks (wine from a box!) and butter, mallets, etc. at the connected stand just kitty-corner.

          Also, they have a bunch of different fish filets they can broil for you on demand.

          Get a Mai Tai in a souvenir glass at Top O'Tony's while you watch the sunset, and it's a great day indeed!

          1. Check out the Korean restaurants on the pier. Especially the one near the end of the pier, where everyone is fishing. They have the crab there!

            1. Just went there for the first time a week ago. Really cool spot. Ate at Pacific Fish Center, the one with a sign of a crab with Korean writing. Had fish and chips, fried scallops, snow crab legs. All delicious.

              Not sure I understand the popularity of Quality Seafood. I didn't eat there, so maybe the food is better, but the atmosphere seems like it sucks. It's under the pier on the boardwalk, so you don't really get an ocean view. More of a view of the little boat inlet and the parking garage. And it kinds of smells over there.

              Could someone explain why you would pick Quality over one of the ocean view places up on the Pier?

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              Quality Seafood
              130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

              Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
              131 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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              1. re: assassin

                Used to get smoked fish on the pier when I was a kid. Anything like that still available? Not shellfish, but smoked tuna, salmon etc?

                1. re: Miri1

                  Quality Seafood has smoked salmon and tuna. It also has a huge variety of seafood of all kinds which I take home and cook. They have live shell fish which you just cant find elsewhere, like ipswitch clams, etc. They will steam your crabs and lobsters, but as assassin observes, the tables there are a bit on the grunge side. And I do not like eating on styrafoam. Next time I will give the Pacific Fish Center a try.

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                  Quality Seafood
                  130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

                  Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
                  131 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                  1. re: Baron

                    I don't know if you've noticed, but when ever we've been on the pier during dinner time (usually at Izakaya Bincho), the Pacific Fish Center has always been seriously busy. The place is quite large and I'm guessing the turnover is constant, but be prepared for the crowds.