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Restaurant in Redondo Beach?

We will be spending one day in Redondo Beach and are looking for restaurant suggestions for a light lunch and a nice dinner. We enjoy seafood and a view would be nice but we don't usually like chain restaurants. We would happily forego the view for good food. Any suggestions? I'm mostly interested in dinner ideas. Thanks!

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  1. Look into the Manhattan Beach Post or Fishing With Dynamite. Neither of them have a view but I think the food should make up for it.

    For a less fancy, more strictly seafood experience, check out Quality seafood on the Redondo Pier. I haven't been in years, but I remember it being good.

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    1. re: Butter Fight

      Both are insanely hard to get into aren't they?

      Also, isn't that Manhattan Beach?

      1. re: BacoMan

        Both are insanely hard to get into aren't they?

        Also, isn't that Manhattan Beach?
        =========================================================No guts. No glory.

        10 minutes north.

      2. re: Butter Fight

        Agree. MB Post keeps 40% of the restaurant set aside for walk-in Guests on communal tables.. Go early or there will be a wait. Get a reservation if you can. Great food. Lunch only on Fridays, brunch on Sat and Sundays, dinner nightly.

        I also like Little Sister in Manhattan Beach for Asian.
        And Fishing With Dynamite for sea food. They only take a few reservation a night. But if you go early the wait is not too long. http://www.eatfwd.com

      3. R10 is great. Its right off the pier and is farm to table. Most dishes are awesome.

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        1. re: mwalsh5

          Was about to recommend R10, but instead I will "second" it.

        2. While I heartily second MB Post and/or Fishing with Dynamite, if those are impossible to get into, then you may consider Matisse, which is a very nice space in the Ayres Hotel, right off the 405 at MB. I had a nice business lunch there a few weeks ago.

          1. Captain Kidd's is another option, owned by same people as R10. I personally prefer it over Quality Seafood...I like the atmosphere better at Kidd's than on the lower part of the pier.

            Also in Redondo for seafood there is Blue Water Grill and Kincaid's. I think both are chains, though, so they may not meet your request. That said I went to Kincaid's last Friday for fish (two Catholics needing non-meat for a Lent Friday) and the scallop dish I got was really delicious. Joe's Crab Shack is nearby but it's also a chain.

            Baleen at the Portofino hotel can be quite nice. Good ambiance and food. Not sure how much fish they have on the menu.

            Hudson House is a gastropub and it can be noisy, but I've enjoyed the food there quite a bit.

            Hope these help a little bit.

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            1. re: sablouwho

              We loved Hudson House. Everything we had was delicious. It's a bit more inland, though, than most of these other recs.

            2. Captain Kidd's - casual, you walk up and order, they call your number. Between a parking lot and the ocean...

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              1. re: loreeLB

                Sorry. Just the smell of Captain Kidds kills me every time.

                1. re: kevin

                  "Bad fish" smell, or just something that rubbed you the wrong way?

                  I have only been there a few times, and not recently, so I am wondering whether I am missing something that should be obvious.

                  1. re: sablouwho

                    Bad fishy smell emanating from the joint.

                    1. re: kevin

                      That smell is throughout the RB pier unfortunately. It could be so much more than what it is, it's a shame really.

                      I work in Hollywood Riviera, there are some nice little places around here for a bite, but nothing to make a trip for.

                      1. re: moreplease

                        Hollwyood Riviera, do you mean Riviera Village up south about a mile and a half or so from King's Harbor/Redondo beach pier ????????

                        1. re: kevin

                          Yes. The neighborhood around Riviera Village is called Hollywood Riviera. Technically it's in Torrance, but it has a Redondo Beach PO.

                          1. re: moreplease

                            I never knew that.


                            What's your favorite joints in Riviera Village/Hwd Riviera ??????

                            More please ...

                            1. re: kevin

                              Well, for me it's about the location rather than the food, so the patios at HT Grill and Casa Arigato are nice, although Arigato is closing at the end of April.

                              Chez Melange is a good option as well. Otherwise it's a very "beachy" area, with lots of casual places but the food is nothing to write home about. Great to sit outside near the ocean and have a beer or seven, though!

                              1. re: moreplease

                                I've had a few nice experiences at Chez Melange too.

                                1. re: moreplease

                                  I like the best cappachinos in LA at Cafe arigato.

                                  1. re: moreplease

                                    How's that gringo style Mex joint on the same street as Casa Arigato ??????

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Casa Pulido is horrible, IMO. There's so much fast Tex-Mex around here that I don't bother with them. Riviera is my standard around here, plus Ortega 120 for a more upscale Mexican.

                                    2. re: moreplease

                                      arigato is just moving, or did something change?

                                      1. re: raizans

                                        They were planning on moving down PCH around Avenue C, but the deal fell through and as of now they are just closing effective the end of April. Apparently an Italian concept is going in their spot sometime later. Too bad, they are really nice folks and very convenient for me (my office is in the same building and they deliver lunch to my desk!).

                    2. have we as a board stopped recommending izakaya bincho? I haven't been lately, JW.

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                      1. re: ns1

                        It's just too erratic. And he dropped those exceptional shrimp dumplings as well as the spicy fried chicken wings.

                          1. re: ns1

                            Did you ever try his shrimp-stuffed pan-fried dumplings ?


                            I think he was trying to go more into a yakitoriya route rather than an izakaya route much to my ultimate chagrin.

                            Post back if you go there. And make sure, make sure, make sure you CALL IN ADVANCE.

                            Or else you'll have to settle for beers and Costco-style mozzarella sticks at naja's, which is not such a bad thing.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Still had spicy chicken wings in late Jan. 2014.

                              1. re: Servorg

                                what about those shrimp dumplings ???????

                                1. re: kevin

                                  What about them? Please let us know when you find out.

                              2. re: kevin

                                nah, i stopped going after the izakaya change before the change back to yakitoriya (kinda).

                                just too damn depressing in there.

                          2. re: ns1

                            Last few times I was there, Tomo-san was there alone. Service was very slow, and he was not pleasant to say the least. Also, I don't know what the exchange rate is like now, but at the time (admittedly a couple years ago), bincho-tan was very expensive, and the cost of my meal was probably more than double what it used to be when it was an izakaya. I'm not a big yakitori person anyway. I prefer more variety, and a lot of my favorite dishes were no longer offered (fried chicken with green onion sauce, miso cod, octopus and cucumber, etc.).

                            He also opens when he feels like it. One time, he didn't open until >60 minutes after the posted time. It's a shame, I loved the place when it was an izakaya, and he had his wife FoH and an assistant in the kitchen. Now, I have very little interest.

                            1. re: mrhooks

                              Yeah I'm not surprised...thx for the report.

                              1. re: mrhooks

                                That was pretty much my sentiments too. I wanted those old dishes, shrimp dumplings, etc.

                                Oh, well .......