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Jun 30, 2012 11:04 AM

Crab and seafood in LA

Good morning, I'm looking for recommendations for the best Crab Shack/fresh seafood in LA. I'll be in Mid-city, but have transportation. Food quality is most important, happy with the LA-version of The Crab Shack at Tybee Island or a really fantastic seafood place. Gladstone's? Thanks in advance for the help.

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  1. .."Food Quality is most important.."

    Gladstones ? = NO, they're at the opposite end of the food quality spectrum.

    I haven't eaten Crab in a long time; however, you might research:

    The Hungry Cat - Hollywood (& Santa Monica) ~ They have their Crab-Fest on 7/15/12:

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    1. re: JBC

      Ok, great - thank you. Is there someplace that you'd recommend for fish? Thanks

      1. re: DMG13

        Are you inquiring about Lunch or Dinner today ?

      2. re: JBC

        First, stay away from Gladstones! Probably the worst food and service in LA. And pricey.
        I love high quality crab. Consider Newport Seafood in San Gabriel for live crab cooked Asian style.
        There is also Hop Li on Pico in West Los Angeles. I've had their lobster which was great and I'm sure they do a good job with live crab. Also, there is the Redondo Pier which has "Quality Seafood" and there is a restaurant on the pier (name escapes me) which is known for live seafood. Of course, for seafood of all kinds, and top quality, there is the Water Grill downtown for shellfish and for fish. Check out the websites for menus and prices. Live and fresh seafood is pricey, but for seafood lovers (such as us) it is well worth it. I should also mention that for inexpensive but pretty good fish you might try the Fish Grill (closed Saturdays) located on Pico near Beverly and in Malibu or the Malibu Fish Grill - a small chain.

        1. For good, fresh seafood eaten at a picnic table across the street from the beach, consider Malibu Seafood (about a mile past Pepperdine on PCH) or Neptune's Net (a bit farther up the coast).

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          1. re: Jack Flash

            Second this. If you do Neptune's Net order from the steamed/boiled side not the fried side. Bonus is the beautiful drive.

          2. My vote is for the Boiling Crab. It looks like a cliched kitschey chain hell (read Joe's Crab Shack), but it is the furthest thing from that. Be prepared to get messy. :)

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            1. re: ellaystingray

              Thanks, all of you - I'm looking at Malibu Seafood or Neptune's net, or the Boiling Crab or the Hungry Cat in Santa Monica (from an earlier post). Excellent!

              1. re: DMG13

                Beware the traffic, if you don't live close by..... It's brutal on the weekends.

              1. I realize that I am taking my own life in my hands, however...... I would love to know how many of you have dined at Gladstones in the last, oh two months or so??

                It has improved immensely. We went for lunch about a month ago, and I could not get over the difference from it's former self.

                Now whether I'd recommend it to you for exactly what you are looking for, maybe, maybe not. But it just might be worth a second look by some old CHs. Just sayin'.

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                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  It's great that we revisit places (even ones with less than stellar reputations on this board).

                  Eateries are dynamic, and so are my views. People come, people go, food gets better, food gets worse, etc.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Is it improved enough that it's worth the price? I remember it being rather overpriced since its a tourist trap.

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      It is still very expensive. I believe due to the extensive remodel, and the fact that it's location will always be a huge draw no matter what, it will always be pricey, although a pretty decent place, foodwise. Yes, the prices are still quite high, but I can't complain, since you are right on the beach. We have paid very similarly outlandish prices on properties much less inviting & pleasant, so I can't really hold it against them anymore. Now, again, we just went for an expensive lunch. Not sure I would recommend it for dinner. You won't get the same view in the dark. And if you go when it is still light out, you will most likely wait quite awhile with the rest of the folks coming in from the eastern portions of the city. But for those of us who can sneak in during the in between hours, it just might become a new late afternoon haunt for this hound.