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Best Sea Bass in LA?

sarcasmsk Feb 9, 2009 12:03 PM

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???


  1. ipsedixit Feb 9, 2009 12:25 PM

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

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      CCDiner Feb 9, 2009 12:36 PM

      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.

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        JeetJet Feb 9, 2009 12:41 PM

        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
          sarcasmsk Feb 9, 2009 07:02 PM

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

          1. re: sarcasmsk
            monku Feb 9, 2009 07:04 PM

            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
            Vince S Feb 10, 2009 09:15 PM

            Unfortunately not my joint. Overpriced and way too oily.

          3. JAB Feb 9, 2009 12:47 PM

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

            1. OCAnn Feb 9, 2009 01:01 PM

              Sea Bass or Chilean Sea Bass?

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                JeetJet Feb 9, 2009 01:27 PM

                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.

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                  lambrusche Feb 9, 2009 03:05 PM

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

                  open category

                  1. re: lambrusche
                    JeetJet Feb 10, 2009 10:14 PM

                    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

                2. re: OCAnn
                  sarcasmsk Feb 9, 2009 03:00 PM

                  either one will do.

                  1. re: sarcasmsk
                    OCAnn Feb 9, 2009 03:22 PM

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

                  2. re: OCAnn
                    JeetJet Feb 10, 2009 10:29 PM

                    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. westsidegal Feb 9, 2009 01:06 PM

                    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

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                      sm622 Feb 9, 2009 03:11 PM

                      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!!!

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                        megs8 Feb 11, 2009 05:56 AM

                        Please remember to check your seafood watch before you eat:

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                          JeetJet Feb 11, 2009 06:17 AM

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


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                          latindancer Feb 11, 2009 06:17 AM

                          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'. :).

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                            ms.sunshine Feb 12, 2009 10:35 AM

                            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
                              Baron Feb 12, 2009 12:18 PM

                              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.

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                              Sea Bass Sep 16, 2010 12:05 PM

                              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

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