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Sep 24, 2007 06:33 PM

Best budget seafood in LA

Looking for great seafood spots that won't break the bank (<$20 per entree). Right now, its a list of one....Malibu Seafood.

Suprisingly enough, Sawtelle Kitchen also had a great fish filet. I want to try the place one more time before I give an official endorsement, but it was perfect (cuisine & price) the first time.

Sawtelle Kitchen
2024 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025-6230
Phone: (310) 473-2222

I'm happy enough to pay my $35 for a salmon filet at a Jiraffe, Lucques, etc on occasion. but looking for a go-to place for more regular visits.

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  1. Enterprise Fish Co, Reel Inn, Neptune's Net.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      Thanks, good suggestions. I've tried all 3 and I felt like Reel Inn & Neptune's were a poor man's Malibu Seafood. The Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica has been inedible the two times I have been, but maybe I'm missing something.

      1. re: hrhboo

        I've been to Enterprise Fish Co about five times and it's always been a good cheap casual diner. I usually get what the waiter recommends and I haven't been let down, but it's also nothing to rave about.

        1. re: Dig T

          I agree. Most budget seafood isn't anything to rave about with the exception of some Chinese restaurants.

          1. re: Dig T

            We went to Enterprise for crab and they had taken all of it off except for King Crab. I got a steak, ordered it medium, it showed up raw, the waiter sent it back while i waited 10 mins for it. when it came back it was burnt.

            This place has turned real getto, fast. We won't be going back.

            We love Reel Inn.

        2. Fishermans Outlet

          Fisherman's Outlet
          529 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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          1. re: Skunk2Racer

            I must second this, just was taken there today for the first time.
            Excellent quality fish, no service. Order at the counter, get your food and sit down.
            Awesome food!

            1. re: ldodb

              Third!! Nothing fancy... bit really fresh and generous portions...


              1. re: Dommy

                The counter on the right with the fresh seafood salad is pretty good too..

                1. re: Foodandwine

                  Yes, they have this baby shrimp salad that is wonderful. I've had similar salads at fancier places for twice the price and they have been HORRIBLE and briney... ICK!!! The one here is always fresh and clean tasting.

                  I also love the Peel and Eats with a beer in the summer times... :DD


                  1. re: Foodandwine

                    Any comments on their lobster bisque?
                    Will definitely try this place soon!

                    1. re: selfportrait93

                      Lobster bisque isn't bad, but I prefer the seafood chowder.

                      Fisherman's Outlet
                      529 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              2. re: Skunk2Racer

                This is supposed to be a secret, so..shhh.
                Yes! It's excellent, and downtowners all know about it.

                Second to Reel Inn.

                1. re: Skunk2Racer

                  Went to Fishermans Outlet on a Saturday afternoon. Line took about 15 minutes.

                  Got charbroiled Mahi Mahi plate with rice and butter sauce, and charbroiled Tiger Shrimp plate with fries, cole slaw and cajun sauce. Also ordered a small side of lobster bisque and an extra large iced tea.

                  Mahi mahi had great charbroiled flavor (wish there were just a bit more fish on the plate).

                  Eight skewered medium sized tiger shrimp were tender and tasted good alone or with either of the sauces (wished there were one more skewer).

                  The butter sauce was fantastic: garlicky and just salty enough. EVERYTHING tasted great in the butter sauce.

                  Lobster bisque was made with tomato which we found a bit unusual. Not super exciting, but good.

                  Decent rice and iced tea. Fries were slightly soggy and not as good as McDonalds; Wurstkuche, Frjtz, etc. Not a fry lover's fry. But plenty of them.

                  Overall, I'm sure I'll go back. The menu is quite extensive: halibut, salmon, sand dabs, orange roughy, etc. Lots of variety. Fried or charbroiled. A menu worth exploring.

                  Bill: about $30.

                  Someone (not me or anyone i know) posted a great sequence of photos:

                2. The best is H.C. Seafood at Channel Island Harbors in Ventura, but it's a far drive. It's much better than Malibu Seafood.

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                  1. re: WHills

                    Andria's is also very good and great clam chowder.

                  2. Quality Seafood in Redondo Beach. Fresh seafood outlet which will cook it for you and then you proceed to one of the adjacent picnic tables with your drink of choice and chow down.