This is a seafood splurge unlike any other. In fact, it’s an experience unlike any other. The Michelin-starred Joshua Skenes brought his San Francisco sea-focused stunner to Los Angeles, where it sits nearly hidden at the base of the Beverly Center. Outside, traffic whizzes by; inside, it’s all warm wood decor, an enthralling open kitchen and king crab bobbing silently in the live tanks—an almost contemplative setting for some of the country’s best shellfish and fresh-caught fish. (We say “almost” because that pumped-up ’80s playlist keeps things just fun enough to stave off any stuffiness.) The menu changes daily, ensuring the freshest ingredients on your plate: buttery poached marbled flounder, showstopping by-the-pound crab flayed out on the table, fresh spot prawns at $18 apiece, melt-in-your-mouth sea urchin served on the rocks. Sourced meticulously from independent fishermen and local authorities, it’s some of the finest seafood available in all of California—of course, we wouldn’t blame you if you got distracted by the eye-catching poultry, seasonal vegetables or remarkable venison steak, either.
As an ocean-adjacent city rife with beaches, L.A. doesn’t have as many seafood restaurants as one might think it would. But if you’re craving a decandent lobster roll, cheap food truck fare or a tower of oysters at a fine dining restaurant, there a few excellent options abound. Check out our favorite seafood restaurants in L.A., including a special-occasion splurge, a family-style grill and even a local market.
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