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Seafood Towers?

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

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  1. 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

      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. . .

    2. MASTRO''S has a amazing seafood tower.

      1. Water Grill

        Water Grill
        544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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          1. re: WildSwede

            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).

        1. Mastros has a fantastic tower. Great steaks too.

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          1. re: BSW6490

            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.

          2. 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!

            1. 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. 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.

                  Thanks for all the great suggestions.

                  1. re: Citron58

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

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

                    1. re: fdb

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

                  2. re: J.L.

                    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

                      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.

                  3. Hungry Cat!

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

                    1. 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

                        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.

                          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

                            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

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

                              1. re: wienermobile

                                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. 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