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

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jwrites4u Feb 2, 2010 09:47 PM

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

  1. Kitchen Queen Feb 6, 2010 10:27 AM

    Marmalade Cafe Sherman Oaks...... (Your neck of the woods, maybe you know this place).
    What about his place? They have a nice fresh fish menu and seems like a casual contemporary place to be. I've had successful breakfasts in the past (mailbu). Unfortunately, it's not Halibut season and I'm sure not for other deep sea fishes. Price seems in your range as well..

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      j
      jwrites4u Feb 6, 2010 11:00 AM

      Thanl you. Kitchen Queen, I will check it out. Jeff

    2. m
      maggielyn Feb 6, 2010 10:03 AM

      Try Palate in Glendale. Menu changes every week - but always two or three fresh seafood to choose from - done perfectly

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        aliciapie Feb 5, 2010 01:17 PM

        Well, it's EXTREMELY casual, but very inexpensive and most of the fish is fresh, with the options of deep fried or char-grilled, Rocky's Fish and Poultry in Burbank, 1212 San Fernando Road (a strip mall). Fresh halibut, char-grilled with brown rice and slaw topped with Sriracha hot sauce and their tartar sauce for just about $10. Lots of health nuts and gym monkeys come here. Jennifer soon knows your name and how you like your fish. But it's +casual+, and no booze.

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          jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 01:32 PM

          ndsliciapie: Sounds like a [p-lace I'd love to try o0ne nioght. Nut thois is for a birthday celebration, and I think this is a bit too casual for that. But, many thanks Jeff

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            j
            jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 01:37 PM

            Hi, aliciapie. Thank you for your suggestion. Rocky's Fish and Poultry sounds like a place I'd love to eat at one night. But this is a special birthday and I think it ,it may be too casual for that. But many thanks. Jeff

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              aliciapie Feb 5, 2010 01:41 PM

              yes, it's definitely not a special occasion place but an every day kind of place. In fact, I'm craving my Rocky's fix now . . .

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            bsktsngrvy Feb 5, 2010 10:24 AM

            Jeff, I live in Glendale and go to Clancy's all the time. They get their fish from Fish King, which is a good thing. It's casual, and I would advise you to stick to the more simply prepared items. Their clam chowder is fantastic. I've always parked on the street for pocket change, AND...if you and your guests want to go early, there are early diner specials.

            And yeah, as for prices these days??? OMG. I am also old--went to Musso and Frank the other night (thankfully on a friend's expense account) and saw that my old favorite Chiffonade Seafood Salad is now $34. It used to hover around $20 if I remember correctly. It wasn't as good as I remember, either. Have fun.

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              Will Owen Feb 5, 2010 11:02 AM

              Let's not get started on our memories of nickel coffee and 25¢ burgers, and of looking aghast the first time we were charged over a dollar for a small gin-and-tonic. It's what we get for being old, but at least we're still here. I'm just happy that such places as Musso and Frank or Damon's and the like are still here too, and we can still go there even if we can barely afford it. L.A. is supposed to be a place that likes to pretend it has no history, but in spite of that a lot of it persists, including places where you can get a good meal.

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                j
                jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 11:41 AM

                Hi, Will. I disagree with absolutely nothing that you have said.For almost all of us in this age group, many memories cloud our heads, to be re-lived not as an angry (WHY????) but rather, as touches of loving tenderness. At 84, I am well aware of (and have always accepted) our monetary increases in cost just in order to be able to survive. I survive very well, and wouldn't change a thing. But when I say "I can remember when", I say it with a chuckle, not a curse. Stay well, Will. Jeff

              2. re: bsktsngrvy
                j
                jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 11:26 AM

                Hi, baksngrvy. Thanks for the info. I'm not complaining. I like my life. Tremendously! Now and then I afford myself the luxury of remembering back when life was a lot more simple and luxuries were much more affordable. I've read many of the reviews on Clancy's and I'm somehat confused to see how many diners didn't like it. I'll take my guests either to Clancy's or to Damon's. Thanks again. Jeff

              3. maxzook Feb 4, 2010 10:37 AM

                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.

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                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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                  jackattack Feb 4, 2010 11:53 AM

                  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:
                  http://www.oysterhousesaloon.com/

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                    j
                    jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 12:24 PM

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

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                      maxzook Feb 4, 2010 01:53 PM

                      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.

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

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                        j
                        jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 03:07 PM

                        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

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                          j
                          jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 03:21 PM

                          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

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                    degustateur Feb 4, 2010 01:04 AM

                    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

                    http://www.thehungrycat.com/

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                      j
                      jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 08:57 AM

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

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                        westsidegal Feb 4, 2010 12:36 PM

                        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.

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                          j
                          jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 03:02 PM

                          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

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                            westsidegal Feb 4, 2010 05:00 PM

                            jeff,
                            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. . .

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                              j
                              jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 07:52 PM

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

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                                j
                                jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 07:56 PM

                                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
                                  westsidegal Feb 4, 2010 08:57 PM

                                  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.

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                                    j
                                    jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 10:17 AM

                                    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

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                                      westsidegal Feb 5, 2010 11:06 AM

                                      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.

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                                        j
                                        jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 11:17 AM

                                        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. perk Feb 3, 2010 08:38 PM

                          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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                            jwrites4u Feb 3, 2010 09:26 PM

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

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                              Emme Feb 4, 2010 08:24 PM

                              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...

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                                j
                                jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 08:37 PM

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

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                                  Local Feb 4, 2010 08:49 PM

                                  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).

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                                    maxzook Feb 5, 2010 07:52 AM

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

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                                      j
                                      jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 10:08 AM

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

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                                        Emme Feb 5, 2010 06:27 PM

                                        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... http://www.kingsfishhouse.com/_pdfs%5...
                                        King's Fish House
                                        calabasas

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                                          j
                                          jwrites4u Feb 5, 2010 06:38 PM

                                          Thanks, Emme. I will check it out. Jeff

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                                  eatmuch Feb 3, 2010 04:40 PM

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

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                                    Will Owen Feb 3, 2010 04:58 PM

                                    ...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.

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                                      jwrites4u Feb 3, 2010 07:16 PM

                                      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

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                                        westsidegal Feb 3, 2010 07:52 PM

                                        unlikely

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                                          j
                                          jwrites4u Feb 3, 2010 08:29 PM

                                          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

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                                            westsidegal Feb 3, 2010 10:03 PM

                                            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.

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                                              j
                                              jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 10:06 AM

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

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                                              Will Owen Feb 4, 2010 11:24 AM

                                              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.

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                                                j
                                                jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 12:20 PM

                                                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

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                                                  Will Owen Feb 4, 2010 03:41 PM

                                                  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!

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                                                    j
                                                    jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 03:54 PM

                                                    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

                                      2. re: eatmuch
                                        j
                                        jwrites4u Feb 3, 2010 07:14 PM

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

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                                        Galen Feb 2, 2010 10:24 PM

                                        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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                                          jwrites4u Feb 2, 2010 11:53 PM

                                          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?

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                                            Galen Feb 3, 2010 07:41 PM

                                            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.

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                                              j
                                              jwrites4u Feb 3, 2010 08:23 PM

                                              Thanks, Galen

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                                            emosbaugh Feb 3, 2010 04:28 PM

                                            not sure this restaurant fills the bill

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

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                                              westsidegal Feb 3, 2010 10:07 PM

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

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                                                jwrites4u Feb 4, 2010 12:02 AM

                                                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

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