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Help: ISO Best Seafood in LA!

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

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    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Providence
    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    1. 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!

      Cheers.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

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

        2. 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

          www.icugini.com

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          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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          1. re: Baron

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

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

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

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            Shiro Restaurant
            1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

            1. 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.

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              Marisco's
              1600 E Holt Ave, Pomona, CA 91767