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Help: ISO Best Seafood in LA!

liajana Mar 23, 2011 10:16 AM

My dad is in town and he doesn't eat meat. So I'm looking to take him to a nice dinner where he can have great seafood. Cuisine can be anything really as long as it great food. In Europe there are so many great choices especially for a whole fish etc... but here in LA I'm having a hard time finding interesting options :(

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  1. Servorg Mar 23, 2011 10:24 AM

    Either Water Grill or Providence get the nod here in LA for seafood under most circumstances.

    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    1. ipsedixit Mar 23, 2011 10:30 AM

      Sea Harbour.

      Peer into the tanks as you walk-in and scout out what's good - King crab? Lobster? Rock cod? etc. -- then tell your waiter when you sit down what you want and how to prepare it -- steamed, stir-fired, salt&pepper, garlic & green onions, etc.

      But buyer beware -- make sure to ask for the price/lb and the total weight of your seafood when they bring it tableside for inspection and definitely before they actually put live creature to hot pan b/c one time I got stuck with a 6+ pound live fish at at whopping $45/lb. But it was good!


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      1. re: ipsedixit
        mc michael Mar 23, 2011 10:38 AM

        the abalone could be expensive

        1. re: ipsedixit
          wienermobile Mar 23, 2011 12:08 PM

          Yes Yes Yes to Sea Harbour. You could also do seafood dim sum for brunch.

        2. Baron Mar 23, 2011 12:05 PM

          Water Grill downtown, or icugini in Santa Monica does whole fish quite well. (I think they are owned by the same company) Also,
          Cafe del Rey, not considered a fish house, but leans towards seafood. but if its whole fish he craves


          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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          1. re: Baron
            wienermobile Mar 23, 2011 12:23 PM

            Ocean Ave. Seafood in Santa Monica is also part of the same company that owns Water Grill. Great raw bar, oysters and seafood towers.

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

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            mc michael Mar 23, 2011 12:56 PM

            Perhaps dad would like the catfish at Shiro in South Pasadena.

            Shiro Restaurant
            1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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              ebethsdad Mar 23, 2011 01:53 PM

              Its not in the same league as the above mentioned places, but Mariscos Colima on Vanowen in North Hollywood has both whole fish and a wonderful grilled seafood platter. I assume your father lives in Europe so Mexican seafood would probably be an exotic experience. I wouldn't go on a weekend though as it will be packed, and the mariachis are really loud.

              1600 E Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91767

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                samtron608 Mar 23, 2011 02:44 PM

                LA + great seafood= Providence.
                Get the tasting menu and enjoy

                1. wienermobile Mar 23, 2011 02:48 PM

                  For very casual seafood try Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica. No reservations.

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