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Seafood Towers?

Citron58 Mar 4, 2011 07:17 AM

Looking for a restaurant with a great seafood tower for a birthday.
Any suggestions?

  1. wienermobile Mar 4, 2011 07:25 AM

    Ocean Ave. Seafood in Santa Monica does some nice towers starting at $35 and going up to
    their $135 " The Grand" that includes 15 Oysters, 6 Clams, 8 Crab “Nuggets”, 16 Jumbo Shrimp, 20 Black Mussels, 11⁄4 lb Lobster, 2 lb Dungeness Crab, and 1 Sea Urchin. I'm hungry already.

    Ocean Avenue Seafood
    1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: wienermobile
      westsidegal Mar 4, 2011 04:35 PM

      and, although, off-topic,
      at happy hour (4-6pm weekdays) ocean avenue seafood offers an oyster platter of 6 great west coast oysters WITH a flight of three 2-z portions of wine for ~$17.(i.e a total of 6 oz of wine)
      without the wine, the oysters are offered at $1.75 each during happy hour.

      last wednesday i was there and had both the oyster platter and a platter of 6 oysters during happy hour and was well-pleased with the offerings.
      they also serve a good-quality warm sour dough bread. . .

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      magic man Mar 4, 2011 07:26 AM

      MASTRO''S has a amazing seafood tower.

      1. monku Mar 4, 2011 07:30 AM

        Water Grill

        Water Grill
        544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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          WildSwede Mar 4, 2011 01:35 PM

          Agreed! They are a thing of wonder!

          1. re: WildSwede
            Servorg Mar 4, 2011 04:27 PM

            Since Ocean Ave. and the Water Grill are owned jointly it makes sense that they both offer exactly the same seafood towers at the same price point (from what I can see).

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          BSW6490 Mar 4, 2011 09:32 AM

          Mastros has a fantastic tower. Great steaks too.

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          1. re: BSW6490
            westsidegal Mar 4, 2011 04:39 PM

            irrc the last time i had steak at mastros, they doused it in melted butter, a peeve of mine.
            so, if you prefer your steak sans butter, be sure to order it that way.

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            cindybkorn Mar 4, 2011 02:46 PM

            Paradise Cove does a tower, the food there in general isn't great, but it's right on the beach and the best location hands down!

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              SarahM Mar 4, 2011 04:40 PM

              Comme Ca and Bouchon both have excellent seafood towers. Each time I have had the pleasure of indulging in one, the seafood was high quality and fresh tasting. The oysters at Bouchon were some of the most beautifully shucked oysters I've ever had.

              1. J.L. Mar 4, 2011 08:18 PM

                Another rec for Mastro's seafood tower (in Beverly Hills, NOT Thousand Oaks). I will enclose a picture.

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                1. re: J.L.
                  Citron58 Mar 5, 2011 11:51 AM

                  Thanks for all the great suggestions.

                  1. re: Citron58
                    fdb Mar 21, 2011 12:27 AM

                    One more for Mastro's!! Great steak and great seafood!

                    Mastros Restaurant
                    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                    1. re: fdb
                      J.L. Mar 21, 2011 06:05 PM

                      Nice pic! I took my photo after I worked a bit on that tower... Hehehe

                  2. re: J.L.
                    cindybkorn Mar 21, 2011 06:16 PM

                    may i ask why "NOT thousand oaks"...It's close to my house, I would go to check out hte tower, but not if it's not as good as B.H.

                    1. re: cindybkorn
                      J.L. Mar 21, 2011 06:20 PM

                      I just happen to like the Beverly Hills location best.

                      The Chowboard auto-link for Mastro's takes readers automatically to Thousand Oaks location, and makes no mention the Beverly Hills location at all. Nothing against the city of T.O. itself.

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                    tissue Mar 6, 2011 10:42 AM

                    Hungry Cat!

                    The Hungry Cat
                    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                      cindybkorn Mar 21, 2011 06:18 PM

                      ANYBODY know where to get Blue Crab in L.A? it's a back east thing that I cannot find out here ANYWHERE...If anybody knows who serves Blue crab, PLEASE tell me!!!

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                      1. re: cindybkorn
                        J.L. Mar 21, 2011 06:23 PM

                        Lots of sushi places serve excellent blue crab handrolls (Sushi Zo, Sasabune, Place Yuu, to mention a few).

                        Also, live blue crabs can be bought in the seafood section at most 99 Ranch Market locations (when in season).

                        99 Ranch
                        17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

                        Place Yuu
                        2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                        12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                        1. re: J.L.
                          cindybkorn Mar 21, 2011 06:42 PM

                          no, don't want sushi blue crab...want the whole crab..whole crab experience, with the mallot and the "old bay" season, and the drawn butter and and the brown paper on the table, where you have to dismantle your crab and enjoy the sweet little bites you extract! It's a whole "blue crab" experience!!

                          1. re: cindybkorn
                            J.L. Mar 21, 2011 06:48 PM

                            Pacific Fish Center might have what you're looking for. On the Redondo Beach Pier.

                            Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
                            131 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                            1. re: cindybkorn
                              wienermobile Mar 21, 2011 06:48 PM

                              The Boiling Crab has Blue Crab on their menu as a seasonal item. Call first to make sure they have it.

                              1. re: wienermobile
                                cindybkorn Mar 21, 2011 06:56 PM

                                WOW!!! Thank You, I will find them & their menu...We are from Calif. but lived in D.C. for a few years, now we crave the "blue crab" and seem to be out of luck. Thanks!

                        2. ellaystingray Mar 21, 2011 06:41 PM

                          Seafood towers are desperately alluring to me.

                          1. Bouchon
                          2. Hungry Cat
                          3. Water Grill/Ocean Ave Seafood (Same Platter, same price, best value IMO)
                          3.1 Mastro's (essentially a tie but at those prices, oy!)
                          5. BOA (I actually think the S.M. location is slightly better than WeHo)

                          These are my "feelings" about where I'd go back in what order, they are all good.

                          The Hungry Cat
                          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                          Mastros Restaurant
                          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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