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Feb 2, 2010 09:47 PM

What's Your Favorite Restaurant For Fish, near Studio City or Burbank?

Deep thanks to those who (about two months ago) recommended Damon's Steak House in Glendale for a place where I could take my "adopted" granddaughter and the "love of her life" (who was panicked at the thought of meeting "Grandpa"), and the Cafe Bizou (six weeks ago)for a special celebratory dinner. Both restaurants were exactly what I'd hoped they'd be; everything was superlative, and I've never had better Chilean Sea Bass. Now, I'm looking for a restaurant that specializes in fresh fish; a restauraunt that, (although it may serve steak and shell fish) is particularly famous for their fresh fish. Not further away than 15 miles from Studio City / Burbank areas. Comfortable, California casual, nice (but not stuffy) either with or without a bar. Price? Under $150.00 including gratuity and parking. As always, would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks, Jeff

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  1. One of my favorite fish dishes is from Puro Sabor, a Peruvian restaurant in Van Nuys that is always mentioned here. What I always get is their Pescado Sudado which is a steamed fish. I've tried their fried fish, but it was not as delicate and good as the steamed Pescado Sudado. And way, way, under $150!

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    1. re: Galen

      Thank you, Galen. I'll be certain to check this out. Peruvian might be one of their favorites since they are from Colombia. Does Puro Sabor also have bass, halibut, etc?

      1. re: jwrites4u

        Hi J,
        The fish they use for pescado sudado is red snapper. No bass or halibut that I know of. A lot of people also like their cerviche.

      2. re: Galen

        not sure this restaurant fills the bill

        "Comfortable, California casual, nice (but not stuffy)"

        1. re: emosbaugh

          my guess is that jwrites4u is looking for a more formal restaurant than is puro sabor.

          1. re: westsidegal

            You're right about puro sabor, but I don't want anything "formal". Another Cafe Bizou that speciales in fresh fish would be perfect. Even Damon's steak house where we went two weeks ago if they erved fresh fish would be fine. McCormick and Schmick so out of line? This is for the family I've "adopted" and I want them to be happy. Any info you can suggest will be greatly appeciated.Waiting with baited breath, westsidegal Jeff

      3. There is a McCormick & Schmick's in Burbank. They have an extensive selection of seafood.

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        1. re: eatmuch

          ...and far be it from me to recommend any chain, but if the Burbank McC&S is in the same league as Pasadena's I'd say GO. Pleasant layout, well-trained staff, very good fish and an excellent bar. A little out of our comfort zone pricewise - we start fussing when the entrées go over $20 - but we had a coupon, and agreed afterwards that it would have been worth full retail. When you ask for a 5:1 martini and a Sidecar and the bartender does not blink but makes the best ones you've ever had, that's a classy joint. The fish tasted like right off the boat, too.

          1. re: Will Owen

            Now you have me excited. Do you think that I can get away with dinner for 4 with perhaps one drink each and gratuity and parking for $150.? Jeff

              1. re: westsidegal

                Hi, Westsidegal. As always, nice hearing from you. Does "unlikely" mean that dinner for 4 plus gratuity and parking at MacCormick and Schmicks will cost me more than $150,00? Do you like the restaurant for fresh fish, and which one do you prefer? The one in Burbank or the the one in Pasadena? This is for a special birthday for the mother of both my "adopted" granddaughters.

                Thanks, Jeff

                1. re: jwrites4u

                  i am near the one in el segundo.
                  just call them to find out the menu prices (i didn't see any prices on their website) and of their drinks.
                  iirc, there is no way any of the restaurants in this chain will meet your specified budget requirements.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Thnk you, westsidegal. Guess I'll have to keep looking.

                  2. re: jwrites4u

                    I was frankly a bit astonished when it became clear jwrites meant $150 for the whole party rather than per person. A good fish dinner with tips and parking for under $40 pp might be had in the San Gabriel Valley, but that would exclude either drinks or upscale surroundings (like, no kids running around, no karaoke etc.). In the SGV. If anyone knows where such a thing might be had, I'm all ears.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      Thank you, Will. Having recently had dinner for four for $130.00 at the Cafe Bizou and having had dinner for three for $105 at Damon's Steak House in Glendale, I had no idea that dinner for four for $150 for any decent restaurant would "astonish" anybody. Thanks for setting me straight. Jeff

                      1. re: jwrites4u

                        No disrespect meant, Jeff - it's just that I never see a decent fish dish on any menu (except at the SGV seafood "palaces") for less than $25 or $30, and I know that if the two of us get such a thing we will inevitably wind up with a tab around $100 after tax and tippage. This definitely includes Damon's and Cafe Bizou, though, so apparently you're more capable of getting an entree and one drink (max) and sticking with it than we are!

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          No problem, Will. I didn't take your comment as disrespect. I guess when you have very little (as I do), you train yourself to make very special choices according to your priorities. Thanks for your last. Jeff

            1. re: eatmuch

              Thank you, eatmuch. I know the name but not the restaurant. I'll check it out.. Again, thank you for suggesting it. Jeff

            2. Delmonico is a bit further west. I haven't been in ages; anyone know if it's still good. Didn't ever think it was a culinary destination, but I used to go when I was in the mood for sole.
              It was always fresh and nicely done.

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              1. re: perk

                Thanks, Perk. I'll check it out. Jeff

                1. re: perk

                  i've enjoyed the blackened ahi and the blackened jumbo shrimp at delmonico. their puree of veggie soup is also good, as well as the garlic spinach and roasted corn... however, i don't think it will come in under budget...

                  1. re: Emme

                    Thank you, Emme.....I'll check it out. Jeff

                    1. re: Emme

                      was recently at Delmonico's, and agree with emme on all points, and her "however" is accurate... it's not within the budget ...great sauteed halibut filet and grilled seabass, but the entrees alone were over closer to $30 each. Two people with two entrees, split salad and dessert, 2 coffees and 2 glasses of wine each easily came to over $100 excluding the tip (sorry).

                      1. re: Local

                        I love Delmonico's, but if anything it's more expensive than McCormick and Schmick's.

                        1. re: Local

                          Thank you, Local. There's no way I can cojmsider a $400.00 tab for dinner for 4. Jeff

                          1. re: jwrites4u

                            one more thought that is above budget, and maybe a bit farther than you want to travel, but it is namely a fish place. some of the fish plates are 16-20 dollars, some as much as up to 30 (lobster excluded).

                            like i said, i know it might be out of range, but technically it's good fish...
                            King's Fish House

                            1. re: Emme

                              Thanks, Emme. I will check it out. Jeff

                    2. I'll cast my vote for The Hungry Cat, located near the corner of Sunset & Vine, about 8 miles from Studio City/Burbank. They are almost exclusively seafood, save for a mean Pug Burger, and are noted for the quality and exquisiteness of their preparations and presentations. The epitome of California casual in an urban modern setting.

                      THC serves up both raw and cooked entrees from an open and inviting menu that suggests grazing. I particularly enjoyed their raw shellfish tier along with their arctic char, sea bass and scallops. Small but nice, full bar with competent bartending. Choice wine selection as well. I look forward to returning for an upcoming brunch.

                      Full menus with prices are posted on their website.

                      The Hungry Cat
                      1535 North Vine St. (at Sunset)
                      Hollywood, CA 90028
                      (323) 462- 2155


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                      1. re: degustateur

                        Sounds terrific, degustateur. I shall check them out. Many thanks. Jeff

                        1. re: degustateur

                          i seem to remember that drinks at the hungry cat run about $10 each before tax and tip.
                          one drink per person after tax and tip will therefore run ~$52 for the party BEFORE any food is ordered.
                          this would mean that there would be $98 dollars left to spend for food for 4 people INCLUDING TAX AND TIP.

                          imhoit would be impossible to get anywhere near jwrites4u's budget at the hungry cat.
                          whenever i've gone there, even though i typically order a soft drink (~$5), our party has NEVER gotten out of there for anywhere near $40/pp INCLUDING tax, tip, and beverage.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            As always, thank you westsidegal. Do you have any suggestions for me? This is the family whom I "adopted" three years ago. A mother (Paulina....50 years old), and her two daughters (Viviana 26 years old and Vanessa twenty two years old). We are as close as if we were actually family. This is Paulina's 51st birthday,and the food she prefers over all else is fresh fish. Can you help me? Thanks, Jeff

                            1. re: jwrites4u

                              i moved from the valley to playa del rey almost thirty years ago, so, sadly, i have very little current knowledge of valley dining options.
                              i will need to bow to the superior knowledge of others on this board. . .

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                Thank you, westsidegal. I truly appreciate your taking the time to tell me that Jeff.

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  An after-thought. Can you recommend a wonderful fresh fish restaurant in the general area of playa del rey? Thanks, for this, as well as for the various other suggestestions you have been kind enough to offert me during tjhe past few years. Jeff

                                  1. re: jwrites4u

                                    there are four places i go when i want fish:

                                    the first is VERY informal and only serves seafood prepared in the style of sinaloa and nayarit: MARISCOS CHENTE.
                                    this is a mom and pop restaurant--not a place most folks would consider for a celebratory dinner. if business is slow, they will close early. if there is a family emergency, they will lock the door and attend to the emergency.
                                    also, there are really only about four scaled-fish options: the rest of the menu is focused on shell fish.

                                    the second is a fine dining restaurant where everything is served a la carte and their prices are approximately twice as much as you want to spend, CAFE DEL REY.

                                    the third is a japanese restaurant/sushi bar in culver city K-ZO. i normally can get out of there for $40/pp only if i order NO beverages--an order of green tea costs $6 (almost $8 fully loaded). i do believe, though, that they have a free corkage policy on saturday afternoons, so if you can arrange your schedule and if you are willing to bring your own wine, and if that policy is still in place, that could conceivably work for you.
                                    the parking there is free self park in a parking structure they share with the culver city trader joes.

                                    the fourth is not really a seafood restaurant, it is a french restaurant that always offers a couple of well-executed seafood options, , but it, too, is over your budget. LILLY'S FRENCH CAFE on abbot kinney in venice.

                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                      Is it just my over-active imagination, or did I really know a time when I could take four guests to dinner at a really nice restaurant wihout breaking a hundred dollar bill? Perhaps I'm lucky that I'm as old as I am, since I obviously won't be going out to dinner much any more, and will (instead) have to rely on memories that I now wonder if they ever took place. Thanks, westsidegal. I'm going to miss you. Jeff

                                      1. re: jwrites4u

                                        i think most of us have those memories.
                                        (i also have pretty recent memories of filling my car's gas tank for about $20, now it's over twice that)
                                        as long as we're alive, we need to adjust to change.
                                        for me, this means foregoing amazing meals at sushi zo and learning how to be content with K-ZO.

                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                          And in regard to the price of a tankful of gas........I must tell you one of my favorite memories. It was many years ago. My wife and I had just recently been married. I did a lot of car traveling around Boston because I used to play for shows at night while I went to college in the day time. Gas was very cheap (for those days). I pulled into a gas station where the gas was being sold at $0.17 per gallon. He was closed, so I pulled into the gas station across the street. His price was $0.21per gallon. I asked why their prices were so much higher than the station across the street. The attendant asked me what the place across the street was charging. I told him $0.17 per gallon. He asked me why I didn't buy the gas across the street. I told jhim it was because they were out of gas. And he answered....."Hell! When I'm out of gas, I sell it for $0.15 per gallon! Stay well, westsidegal. Jeff

                          2. Two places that come to mind are the Oyster House Saloon on Moorpark east of Whitsett in Studio City (which I have to admit I haven't been to in years), and also Clancy's Crab Broiler on Central in Glendale.

                            Clancy's Crab Broiler
                            219 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203

                            Oyster House Saloon
                            12446 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604

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                            1. re: maxzook

                              Oyster House is a great recommendation.

                              Can't think of a Burbank restaurant that I enjoy LESS than McCormick & Schmicks.

                              Click on the photos on the right, here, to see if Oyster house might be a bit more casual than what you're looking for, though:

                              1. re: jackattack

                                Thank you, Jackattack. I'm looking for a restaurant that specializes in fresh fish, not shellfish.

                                1. re: jwrites4u

                                  Oyster House Saloon is indeed casual -- it's little more than a bar with a menu attached -- and there are no more than three flipper-fish entrees on the regular menu (snapper, salmon and ahi), but it's one of the few places mentioned so far that's likely to fit your price limitations.

                                  Clancy's, on the other hand, offers snapper, salmon, catfish, sand dabs, rainbow trout, mahi mahi, halibut, ahi and orange roughy. There's a Red Lobster in Canoga Park but even that is going to push your budget.

                                  Red Lobster Restaurants
                                  22800 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91307

                                  1. re: maxzook

                                    Thank you for your help, maxzook. I've read many of the reviws for the Red Lobster, and decided to pass. From your response, Clancy's looks right, at least as far as the menu options are concerned. I will try and locate them so that I can get an idea as to their prices. Thank you, Jeff

                                    1. re: maxzook

                                      Again, my thanks, maxzook. Have located and checked the menu of Clancy's. The menu is exactly what I'm looking for. Now all I have to do is to see if I can afford it. But other than that, it's perfect. THANKS! Jeff