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May 5, 2008 01:25 PM

Casual Seafood in L.A.

Where is a good seafood joint? Does anyone remember Hymie's on Pico or the Crab Shell at Venice pier? I know about Water Grill and Ocean Ave but I'm looking for a place you can go in jeans, sit down and have some fresh seafood with no frills simply prepared.Any suggestions?

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  1. The best idea i can give you....

    hit up the seafood market and find crabs that you like, big/small/softshell/10?/20? go out to manhattan and grill them yourself. bring a pot for boiling, butter for dipping, corn, as messy as you want, with one of the california's best waterfront views.

    1. Reel Inn in Malibu?

      I haven't been in many years, so you may want to search for more current reviews.

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      1. re: Obessed

        I like the Reel Inn in Malibu -- very casual, see what looks good in the case, and order up front. They make a good sauteed calamari steak with capers, grilled fish tacos, grilled fish in general, steamed crab... I'm not wild about their fried items, but it's a great casual place for seafood across the highway from the water, and you can sit indoors or out (without feeling like you're on PCH). Enjoy!

        1. re: debra

          i'm not at all wild about their grilled fish nor their fried items.

      2. Malibu Seafood (on PCH).

        Quality Seafood (on the Redondo Beach Pier).

        Nearly any good Chinese restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley, or anywhere, for that matter. I'll start by suggesting Seafood Village, but there's hundreds.

        Or one of the many Louisiana-Vietnamese places that have sprung up, such as Boiling Crab.

        Boiling Crab
        742 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

        Malibu Fish & Seafood
        25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

        Seafood Village
        9669 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

        Quality Seafood
        130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

        1. I suggest the Fish Grill - they have a couple of locations around town. Its got benches, food served on paper plates, and the fish is grilled just about as plain as can be. Not open Friday dinner or all day Saturday IIRC, unfortunately.

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          1. re: HastaLaPasta

            Fish Grill is not bad, but just be advised that it doesn't actually serve "seafood"--other than fish--since it's Kosher.

            1. re: HastaLaPasta

              Ate at the Fish Grill on Pico at Beverwil tonight. I had the salmon with a baked potato and cole slaw.

              The salmon was delicious, the baked potato huge and I didn't like the cole slaw because it had caraway seeds.

              Very casual.

              I do not like their paper plates. They don't have serving trays and the paper plates and bowls are flimsy.

              My mother had the Manhattan Chowder and the bottom plate almost collapsed when I was carrying it to the table.

              Oh yeah.... you order at the counter and pick up your food at the counter. Wouldn't mind if they had trays.

              But I'll be back because it was fresh and very tasty.

            2. Captain Kidd's Fish Market in Redondo Beach. They got a menu you can order off of or you can pick your own seafood and they'll cook it any way you want. They got their own free parking lot and an ocean view.


              209 N. Harbor Drive
              Redondo Beach

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