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Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Anne Fishbein


  • Sun.–Wed., 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
Fishing With Dynamite's popularity clearly speaks to a yearning in Manhattan Beach for that seafood shack of our fantasies, casual but high-quality, laid back but delivering the seafood of our dreams. Could this be it? Yes and no. The raw bar delivers on its promise. Lobsters can be had for $22 a half and $38 whole. There's a mix of East and West Coast oysters, seven varieties on any given night, and the quality rivals any oyster spot in town (though at close to $40 for a dozen oysters, it's fairly steep compared with some crosstown rivals). There's grilled octopus and New Zealand Tai snapper for two. Platters of assorted, chilled seafood range from $45 for a restrained \SS Minnow\" meant to feed one or two to $160 for the "Mothershucker" meant to feed five to six. —Besha Rodell Read our full review.

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