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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"

                  3. can't tell you where the best sea bass can be found, but i can tell you where the WORST sea bass can be found--camden north of wilshire in BH

                    1. Chilean Sea Bass is my favorite fish!! Unfortunately, a few years ago most restaurants stopped serving it for fear of possible extinction. Now you hardly find it on menus anymore. More frequently, it will be a special. Two of the best I've ever had is at Madeo's in BH and Lucques in WH. But again, they were both specials so you'll just have to take your chances. But if either place happens to be serving it, it will be well worth it!!!

                      1. Please remember to check your seafood watch before you eat:

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                        1. re: megs8

                          My thanks, from your lnk I found the label to look for


                        2. I had outstanding Chilean Sea Bass at Crustacean a few weeks ago...
                          Tops that gross sounding sea bass on 'Camden north of Wilshire in BH'. :).

                          1. Maison Akira's Miso-infused Chilean Sea Bass in Pasadena will blow you away. They're also participating in DineLA, though I'm not sure if they have it on the special menu.

                            Maison Akira Restaurant
                            713 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

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                            1. re: ms.sunshine

                              I dont believe Chilean Sea Bass is really a bass. I think its part of the grouper family. I use it to make ceviche. Really good. But seafood in restaurants has been disappointing lately even the high end places. Best fish I've had recently was at the Grill at the Alley in BH. It was the Dover Sole. The best. If they have Seabass I'm sure it would be good. Keep in mind that good fish depends upon the season and runs. Most of the seabass is farmed. I Cugini in Santa Monica might be a good bet. I think you have to call ahead to the restaurant and see what they have that night. Good luck. And if you find any really great seabass, do let us know. And keep in mind there are numerous kinds of fish called seabass.

                            2. We wandered in here after not being able to get into the restaraunt we wanted to. I was skeptical because of the size is big and because of the touristy surrounds. The Chilean sea bass was outstanding! The best I have had, and I have had a lot.

                              Ocean Avenue Seafood
                              1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401