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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.

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    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Providence
    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!

      Cheers.

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        mc michael Mar 23, 2011 10:38 AM

        the abalone could be expensive

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          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

          www.icugini.com

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          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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            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.
            http://www.oceanave.com/

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            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.

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            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.

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              Marisco's
              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.
                  http://blueplatesantamonica.com/bpo/h...

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