HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >


Where do you go to for INEXPENSIVE, good, tasty fish?

  • j

I'm into a " eating healthy" phase and getting into fish. However, the standard $20-35 for good grilled fish isn't working for my budget these days. While I don't expect to find anything for less than $10, I'd appreciate knowing where you can get good, tasty fish west of Hollywood at a reasonable price. Any type of restaurant is ok....sit down, holes in the wall, taco places, take-out or even markets that sell good prepared food to go. My current favorite is grilled salmon at the Fresh Corn Grill in Westwood for $11. Where do you go?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Happy Hour at Ocean Ave. Seafood...

    1. Why not get yourself to downtown and get yourself a bowl of ceviche at Mo-chica?


      1 Reply
      1. re: ipsedixit

        agreed...they sometimes more then just ceviche and have fish entrees, typically nothing more then $13.

        tasting menu, for 4 course for $25 including 3 fish/seafood dishes


      2. Mariscos Chente--hands down best fish for a small price. Try the pescado zarandeado which is grilled snook fish butterflied open and served with a tangy carmelized onion sauce and corn tortillas. Whole fish to feed 2-3 people is about $20 (they charge by the kilo--$20 per kilo). The shrimp dishes are equally delicious--the raw shrimp ceviche is phenomenal!


        Mariscos Chente
        4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        3 Replies
        1. re: kushnerom

          fwiw, a pz, in my book, feeds 2 people, not three.
          (being the pig that i am, i can finish off a kilo of fish all by myself, so i think sharing with one person is being more than generous)

          1. re: westsidegal

            I usually order another dish as well as the fish and then it's definitely ok to share with 3 people. My bf, his friend, and I shared a pz and aguachiles and we were so stuffed our stomachs ached on the way home! His friend even had nightmares that evening from overeating (or maybe it was the extremely spicy green awesomeness they call salsa that they have there).


            1. re: kushnerom

              sound to me like you are lightweights!! ;-)
              when my hairdresser and i go there, we split a pz and one other dish between the two of us and think that the two dishes are just about right.
              have to admit though, we control the consumption of the chips and never eat rice, so that probably gives us a little more room to work with.

        2. for $35 you can get a grill and cook yourself healthy fish and other stuff whenever you want. It doesn't take as long as its reputation says, and if you remember to oil the grill before you put the fish on, clean-up's easy too.

          1. I go to Malibu Seafood Grill (Redondo Beach), Baja Fish Grill (Harbor City, CA; bajafishgrill.com nice owner... but I think lack of business is hurting him... ), and/or California Fish Grill (Gardena but there are multiple locations, www.cafishgrill.com). There is a grilled fish place in downtown LA (blanking on the name) that serves decent grilled fish. The line is always long. I'm also thinking the San Pedro Harbor fish market area has some good deals.

            2 Replies
            1. re: DrBruin

              I'll second Baja Fish Grill. This place is near home for me and It's a bargain. I hate the strip mall that it's in, but I really want this place to do well.

              Mitsuwa, Marukai and 99 Ranch Market also have great little deli's or counters where you can get seafood at a good price.

              I also like to get the campechana from El Puerto Escondido in Inglewood. It's tasty and not expensive.

              1. re: DrBruin

                What do you get from Malibu Seafood Gril? The past couple times we've gone, everything has been bland and tasteless, with the exception of the soup, which was delicious.

              2. The Fish Grill is good..they have 4 locations ..the prices are around 9-11 bucks depending on the fish..they now have fish tacos (who doesn't)..the one I go to is on Wilshire just east of Bundy in WLA. They just open one in Malibu and the other ones are in the Beverly /Fairfax area..not super fancy but good fish, good pricing. The place is strictly kosher..so they close around 2:30 on Fridays and do not reopen to Sunday. The website is www.fishgrill.com

                1 Reply
                1. re: dendet

                  they are open on sundays i believe but do not reopen on saturdays.

                2. Ambala Fish Curry, Ambala Dhaba: superb.

                  Mariscos Chente will make you weep with joy.

                  Puro Sabor is the other great Peruvian contender along with Mo-Chica - every sort of fish wonderment. They're westier and northier.

                  I spend a lot of time, poor and fish-craving, eating sushi from Japanese grocery stores. Mitsuwa, Nijiya, and Murakai. $6-$10, and a lot of the time the fish is better quality than the middling sushi joints that dot the area. It's nothing compared to, you know, a real sushi master, but for your daily $6 lunch...

                  Sometimes I just grab a few stacks of pre-sliced sashimi from the markets on Sawtelle...

                  1. If you're ever in the valley, I really like Hook'd on Fish, in the Encino Town Center (ventura and louise, south side of ventura).

                    Tacos, grilled entries and wraps. Great prices, delicious fish.


                    1 Reply
                    1. Give the Reel Inn a try. There is one in Malibu off PCH and in Santa Monica on the 3rd St. Promenade. Good fish at a descent price.

                      5 Replies
                      1. re: CCDiner

                        must respectfully disagree about the quality of the fish and it's preparation at the reel inn.
                        to me, it is mediocre at best.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          I think it depends on what you get at Reel Inn. It is not the best fish in the world, but I think they do all right with steak type fish, such as swordfish or Ahi Tuna. When they grill those, simply, I like them. I always go to the one in Malibu, if I go.

                          1. re: Tom P

                            the grilled fish would have tasted better if they had taken the time to brush down the grill from time to time. . ..

                        2. re: CCDiner

                          I'm pretty sure the Reel Inn in Santa Monica is no more. Unless it's reopened in the last couple of days...

                          1. re: Golem

                            Closed a few years ago - was unhappy when that happened - not the best quality but a nice casual stop on the Promenade.

                        3. Recently ate at Wakatay on Redondo Beach Boulivard. Peruvian-Asian fusion. Had their ceviche mixto. I'm no expert on Peruvian food, but i am a long-time seafood lover, and the fish was fresh!! -- sweet-firm-fresh-- ceviche had a good balance of flavours -- each mouthful a delight. Delicious. Very reasonable price -- LARGE appetizer plate of mixed ceviche was about $13 -- and it filled both my DH and me so that we barely had room for the main course. I wish they'd transplant to NYC.