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Redondo Beach Pier --- Help.

Baron Mar 7, 2013 09:15 AM

Looking for a nice place to have lunch and enjoy at least decent seafood at the Redondo Beach Pier.
Any suggestions or experiences?

Thanks.

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    FoodObsessive Mar 8, 2013 09:06 AM

    Unfortunately the options have narrowed since Halibut Corner closed... that was my go-to for modestly priced good fresh seafood by the per. Quality Seafood has high quality fresh fish simply cooked, but the outdoor tables and sometimes loud crowd are a turn-off. I wasn't impressed by Boiling Shrimp - the fried fish had a very crisp batter but nothing else was good, and the Thai noodles were awful.

    I have never been excited by Kincaid's food, but they aren't bad and the outdoor patio over the water is as nice as it gets. If you like retro environments, Old Tony's is straight out of the early 1960's and the simple seafood items are fresh and competently prepared.

    If you are up for Japanese seafood, the best meal on the pier is at Oriental Breeze. They have both sushi and cooked dishes, and both are excellent and authentic.

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      thechez5 Mar 8, 2013 12:27 AM

      I actually enjoyed The Boiling Shrimp. It's the same concept as The Boiling Crab in Garden Grove. Try the "Medley" seasoning, extra spicy! It's located on the upper level, kind of above the arcade.

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        ZoeZ Mar 7, 2013 09:37 AM

        Nice place or decent seafood is the question - we can attest to the seafood part: grab a table outside, buy a selection (we usually get 17-20 different oysters) then crab for everyone with mallets, bibs, butcher paper and ready set go. Wonderful way to eat crab because its not over the kitchen floor or the patio (have tried both) and the pier is the better venue. Saturday morning late is a good time before the crowds but take a heavy sweater or jacket because its a bit breezy. Mme Zoe has already booked to go later this month for her birthday.

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          Baron Mar 7, 2013 10:28 AM

          Sounds like you are talking about Quality Seafood. I'm looking for something indoors. Doesn't have to be fancy.

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            ns1 Mar 7, 2013 10:43 AM

            see if izakaya bincho is open?

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            n/m I see you wanted seafood.

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              bulavinaka Mar 7, 2013 11:23 AM

              Dinner only. FWIW, we tried to eat there a few weekends ago. Called twice to verify hours/ reserve larger table for six - no answer. Drove down from the Westside, hoping Tomo-san was open at 1800. Got there at 1815 to find the front open but with a "Closed" sign up. I peeked inside and ever so politely asked if he was serving that night. He seemed seriously annoyed and gruffly responded, "Not yet."

              "What time will you be opening?"

              "Seven."

              We loaded up the car and left. He just seemed too pissed off to even deal with us.

              1. re: bulavinaka
                Servorg Mar 7, 2013 11:29 AM

                Has anyone ever seen Tomo-san and Keizo Seki at the same time or is the conspiracy theory adding up? ;-D>

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                  zack Mar 7, 2013 11:53 AM

                  I had this exact same experience last year! I did end up staying until 7pm opening, then had a great meal, as good as ever. Though yakitori items were back (better at Torihei), I preferred the izakaya dishes here.

                  Fast forward to last weekend, tried going for dinner on Sat just before 9pm. Saw only a single table of 4 guests in there, closed sign was out, I asked the chef if he's still serving, I was turned away rather rudely.

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                    Fig Newton Mar 7, 2013 12:01 PM

                    This happened to me about 2 months ago as well. But I think it was even later than that. He sent us away till 7.30 or 8. It is a bummer that I tried to call about 10 times before we got there. We ended up having a beer next door and then coming back. It was an ok experience, though not my favorite there. I've come to realize my best experiences are sitting at the bar. It definitely makes me pause a bit about going back because I have to be sure the people I invite are able to go with the flow of his moods.

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                      ns1 Mar 7, 2013 12:18 PM

                      He's seriously like 2 steps away from his own episode of "kitchen nightmares".

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                        selfportrait93 Mar 7, 2013 05:13 PM

                        That's not a nice way of treating your customers/patrons. Much as I like the food at Izakaya Bincho and dine there even if out of the way, this kind of response and attitude will ultimately drive him out of business. I hope to not experience the same rudeness in the future. Otherwise, there are other options available.

                    2. re: Baron
                      Servorg Mar 7, 2013 10:53 AM

                      Definitely Pacific Fish

                      Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
                      131 Fishermans Wharf
                      Redondo Beach, CA 90277
                      (310) 374-8420

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854374

                      1. re: Servorg
                        Baron Mar 7, 2013 05:54 PM

                        I should have listened to you. Wound up at Capt. Kidd's. My fried shrimp was ok, but wife's ciapino was sub par. Never again.

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