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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.


                      1. 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro was pretty good for us.

                        1. if you are open to considering ethnic seafood, the hands down best value for the money is Mariscos Chente in mar vista.
                          they serve fish and shrimp in the style of sinaloa and nayarit, so this is not your standard american fare.

                          i had lunch there today.
                          i had the mojara frita (deep fried whole scored tilapia) which was a huge, perfectly cooked, very fresh, fish for $11.
                          my dining partner had the camarones a la diabla (about a dozen good-sized cooked shrimp with the head still attached in a smoky red chile sauce) also $11

                          they do serve a 'plain' grilled filet which is great too if that's your thing.

                          you will not get better fish than this for the money anywhere, imho.

                          MARISCOS CHENTE 4532 S CENTINELA AVE, LOS ANGELES, 90066
                          310) 390-9241

                          this is a family run place, so if things are slow they will close early.
                          also, the main chef takes tuesday as his day off, so for the first time you may want to go on a day other than tuesday.

                          here's a review of the place with pictures:


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                          1. re: westsidegal

                            the sauce on the shrimp cocktail is a tad bit thin though. you'll want to doctor it up with some keetchup, which please don't shudder actually works quite well.


                            1. re: kevin

                              Their cocktail sauce is this beautiful mixture of fish broth and ketchup. Like any good Mexican seafood restarant, it also has bottles of ketchup on the table to squirt to your hearts content. Personally though, I like it thin, it allows the saltines to get nice and soaky...


                              1. re: kevin

                                that 'thin' sauce is the way it was served to me in mexico, so i don't look at the sauce as 'thin,' i look at it as 'authentic.'

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  i guess you're right, but i much preferred the thicker sauce at Taqueria Vista Hermosa in the Mercado de Pamploma, near USC., for example.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    maybe i should venture to that neighborhood to try that place?
                                    is the shrimp as fresh?

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Yeah, their sauce is very similar to what my mother used to make... mostly Ketchup and Lemon. Very typical because my mother and many places would not go through the trouble of making an awesome fish broth to add to it...


                              2. Haven't been there for a long time but this is a local gem. Good value and very fresh seafood if you are not put off by plastic utencils.

                                Fanta Sea Grill
                                912 Fair Oaks Ave (at Mission St. in the Rite-Aid Center)
                                South Pasadena, CA 91030-3308
                                Phone: 626-799-5588

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                                1. re: fdb

                                  I don't think it's exaclty a good value anymore. Well, yeah, the shrimp creole or atlantic salmon are around 10 to 12 bucks. but can someone help explain the prices, Chilean Sea Bass $26
                                  Ahi Tuna $16

                                  Shiro just down the road is about $30,50 for it's whole large catfish with ponzu sauce and hawaiian cilantro and serves it up in a sit-down restaurant.

                                  1. re: fdb

                                    By the way, there used to be a joint called Fish Mama also in South Pasadena just a couple blocks to the north that served up some amazing fresh fish in ponzu or a garlic butter sauce.

                                  2. The Galley at Fish King in Glendale.

                                    1. Soon to be budget seafood place opening up in Atwater on Riverside Drive right at the Stadium Way exit off the 5 Freeway North--that old abandoned gas station.
                                      Signs have been up for several months, but doesn't look like anything going on. Sounds like its going to be something like Fishermans Outlet.

                                      Fisherman's Warehouse or Seafood Outlet.......name escapes me at the moment and I drive by there regularly.

                                      1. I have to second (or third or fourth) the Fisherman's Outlet in downtown LA... but driving there is a pain for me.

                                        In the South Bay.....
                                        CALIFORNIA FISH GRILL off of Artesia Blvd (it's near an El Pollo Inka)
                                        BAJA FISH GRILL off of PCH in Harbor City

                                        Both of these places serve fresh fish grilled one of three ways (plain, garlic butter, or cajun)... and the typical entree is 8-14 dollars... served with rice or fries... and cole slaw. The lines are out the door for the California Fish Grill most nights.... The Baja Fish Grill... basically, it's the same food but I think the location stinks.

                                        Of course, you can go to the San Pedro Fish Market for a deal... or South Bay Fish Grill {(a sit down restaurant...which serves you a pipin' hot, pretty darn tasty sourdough bread loaf when you sit down).

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                                        1. re: DrBruin

                                          That reminds me, along PCH, in either Manhattan or Redondo Beach, there's a joint called Malibu Fish Grill, which is a mini-chainlet, serving up superb fresh grilled fish or cajun style.

                                          It has a few additionial locations in the Orange County area.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            Oh yeah, I forgot about Malibu fish... it's the same concept at California Fish Grill and Baja Fish Grill.

                                            1. re: DrBruin

                                              Dr. Bruin.. I agree with Malibu Fish its fantatic love the patio and the BYOB concept. I see that your in the South Bay as well,. perhaps we can hook up for a meal some time? I like your posts spot on and to the point..

                                        2. Surprised no one's mentioned the Fish Grill - branches in Brentwood, by La Brea, and near Beverly Hills. Good quality fish prepared simply and in the $10 range. Just don't order the tuna - they won't cook it rare.

                                          1. Rocky's Fish and Poultry in Burbank, about a half mile from IKEA, on San Fernando.

                                            Rocky's Fish & Poultry
                                            1212 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504