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Feb 9, 2009 12:03 PM

Best Sea Bass in LA?

My friend and I have been on a mission to find some of the best Sea Bass in LA. We have plans to Cafe Pinot for DineLA because it's on the menu. Can anyone recommend places to go where they have been completely wowed so we don't have to go to every place in town???


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  1. For me both the Water Grill and Saddle Peak Lodge do a fine Striped Bass dish.

    1. You might want to try Hop Li in Chinatown. They do a whole sea bass which is steamed with ginger, green onion, and soy. Comes out moist and tender.

      1. For my lunch money when I want a nice portion of "Fresh" sea bass grilled over a open flame, and the best shrimp cocktail in LA, I go to Fisherman's Outlet Only open fro about 10:30 to 3:30

        Fisherman's Outlet Restaurant and Market (Fresh Sea Bass, Grilled of Deep fried seafood, Shrimp Cocktail, Large salads))
        529 S Central Ave (Cross Street: Fifth Street)
        Los Angeles, CA 90013-1714
        (213) 627-7231

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        1. re: JeetJet

          Jeet, that sounds incredible. I'll check that out ASAP!

          1. re: sarcasmsk

            Good call, but this isn't the week to go when its cold, damp and maybe rainy. 98% of the tables are outside (under a cover).

          2. re: JeetJet

            Unfortunately not my joint. Overpriced and way too oily.

          3. Enrique's in Long Beach has a stellar version. Off menu I believe but, they always have it.

            1. Sea Bass or Chilean Sea Bass?

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              1. re: OCAnn

                That is a question my son (a Fisherman) would ask. Actually, he claims there is only one Sea Bass -- "White Sea Bass" caught off catalina.

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Is that a Blue Nose Bass? Fresh water, salt water, large mouth, Berramundi, striped, loup de mer........

                  open category

                  1. re: lambrusche

                    The White seabass is a croaker and IMO it is the best tasting fish in the sea. Two weeks from now we will have a New Moon, the first big rain of the year will be over and the water temp may be in the high 50s. What we really should be discussing on the LA Board is which local sport fishing boats can obtain the squid for bait and have the best galley burgers for a 2 or 3 day trip to Catalina.

                    "White Seabass" -- A true sea bass

                  1. re: sarcasmsk

                    Cafe Hiro in Cypress serves Chilean Sea Bass w/risotto; it's my favourite dish there....

                  2. re: OCAnn

                    Really good queston. You made me do some reading and it seems that the name "Chilean Sea Bass" is just a name for a fish from a whole different family than the "White seabass." Also, Note the spelling of "seabass" -- one word.

                    The Patagonian toothfish doing business as "Chilean Sea Bass"