Need rec's for great Seafood in WLA or Bev Hills or WeHo
Friends coming into town and they're hungry for some good seafood.
Ocean Avenue Seafood, near the shore on the east side of Ocean just south of Santa Monica Blvd. is very solid, serving fresh seafood in a nice restaurant, and I believe they are continuing the DineLA specials until the end of the month (not weekends, and you might have to ask for the special menu). The Lobster is right over the water, but it isn't my favorite -- very touristy, tables jammed very close together, more expensive. The new cafe at the revamped Santa Monica Seafood just reopened on the corner of Wilshire at Tenth, and was a zoo the first couple of days with long lines and waits. If things have calmed down, they seem to have done a good job of remodeling the place, it is now full table service, and simple entrees seem to be $20 or less.
There is a McCormick & Schmick's in Beverly Hills -- yes, a chain, but specializing in seafood and a great regular and latenight happy hour. Not primarily seafood, but Craft in Century City is an excellent restaurant, has seafood entrees, and an extensive selection of shellfish to start. Nook Bistro in W.L.A. has a couple of fish dishes on their current menu, though their shrimp & grits currently is unavailable -- some dining companions proclaim their mussels as good as any in town.
in beverly hills:
the grill on the alley
The Grill on the Alley
* 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills 90210
* (Btwn N Camden & N Rodeo Dr )
* Phone: (310) 276-0615
I've been searching for good seafood in L.A. for a long time. I'm sorry to say I'm still searching.
I ordinarily like the McCormick and Schmick's chain but the one in Beverly Hills is not well managed. It also has a smaller menu than the others. The location downtown is much better.
I've always been disappointed in Ocean Avenue Seafood and especially in The Lobster. The best seafood I've had in out in Santa Monica has been at the Enterprise Fish Company. It's not great but it's the best I've found. If you want to stay out of Santa Monica, I think you're out of luck.
Enterprise Fish Co
174 Kinney St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
I never thought of Grill on the Alley as a seafood place and in the ten or so times I've been there, I don't think I've ever ordered fish. I can't recall them ever having a fish on the menu that sounded more appetizing to me than their steaks or chicken dishes.
I've only eaten at Providence once and I had the halibut. Halibut is the kind of fish that isn't consistent at any restaurant so maybe it's better on some days but I didn't care for it. I've had better luck with halibut at the Enterprise Fish Company.
sushi zo offers no cooked dishes--only sushi and sashimi.
(technically, you can argue that the brief blowtorching of the butterfish and the steaming of the ankimo is cooking. . .)
as for the hump, which is in santa monica, be positive that you know the price of each item before ordering. i know several people who ended up paying more per person for dinner at the hump than they would have if they had gone to urasawa.
know to expect that the price per person at urasawa will be north of $400 and may end up being north of $500 per person.