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The best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles

Dive into L.A.โ€™s amazing seafood scene, including no-frills markets and a few of the cityโ€™s all-around best eateries.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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As an ocean-adjacent city with plenty of beach access, L.A. is full of restaurants with great seafood—and if you disagree, you’re frankly just not looking all that hard. In every neighborhood, whether you’re close to the Pacific or not, the city is rich in seafood options from all over the globe, from great sushi to a decent lobster roll. Some of the best seafood restaurants might be otherwise classified as Korean, Mexican, Chinese and soul food restaurants, but their flavorful dishes incorporating les fruits de mer beg to differ when it comes to serving the ocean’s freshest catch, so we’ve thought to include them here for the next time you’re craving freshly cooked, high-quality seafood. From special occasion fine dining to everyday takeout, here are the best seafood restaurants in L.A.

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The best seafood restaurants in L.A.

  • Restaurants
  • Trucks
  • Boyle Heights
  • price 1 of 4
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One of L.A.’s most famous taco trucks, Mariscos Jalisco might be known citywide for its deep-fried shrimp tacos, but the longtime lonchera also serves fresh-to-death ceviches, tostadas and oysters on the half shell. Operating as a quartet of trucks (Boyle Heights, Downtown, Pomona, La Cienega), all four sling Jalisco-style seafood across the Southland, and many of their dishes surpass most of L.A.’s fancier seafood joints. Their signature tacos dorado de camaron live up to the hype with flavorful and fresh shrimp folded into corn tortillas, which are then fried to a golden brown and topped with thick slices of avocado and a vibrant and complex salsa roja. You’ll also want to save room for their legendary tostadas like the Poseidon topped with shrimp ceviche, octopus and a fiery red aguachile of shrimp.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • South LA
  • price 2 of 4
Inside South L.A.'s Mercado La Paloma, this small family-run food stall run by Gilberto Cetina offers some of the city's best Yucatecan-style mariscos. From bold, bright ceviches to tostadas brimming with uni and kanpachi, there are no wrong orders in the raw seafood realm at Holbox—though you might also want to order a taco filled with plump, perfectly seared scallops every once in a while. Weekend-only six-course tasting menus help diners besieged by decision paralysis, but the technique, recipes and heritage of Cetina’s first award-winning restaurant, Chichen Itza, live on here in more seafood-centric form. Tip: Try the crowd-favorite taco made with pulpo en su tinta (braised and fried octopus in calamari ink) or the kanpachi and Santa Barbara uni tostada.
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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Malibu
  • price 2 of 4
Christopher Tompkins's new-school seafood sack serves one of the best lobster rolls in Los Angeles, and it’s now available at Downtown’s Grand Central Market as well as at the open-air Malibu Village original. Get your gourmet sandwich warm and buttered or opt to do it Maine style (chilled and in a thin sheen of mayo). Broad Street’s signature luxury add-ons like uni and caviar add a touch of pizazz, while spicy soft-shell crab sandwiches, linguine in clams and even a delicious beachside burger provide more affordable extravagance the next time you’re in the mood to sample East Coast-style seafood without jumping on a plane to LAX.
  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Hollywood
  • price 4 of 4
Since 2005, Michael Cimarusti has set the gold standard for seafood-focused tasting menus—and garnered a James Beard Award and two Michelin stars in the process. As an L.A. fine dining institution, you'll find all the hallmarks of the white tablecloth experience: top-notch service, delicate amuse-bouches and, of course, high-quality shellfish and finned fish from all over the world. As with his upscale-casual New England-style seafood spot Connie and Ted's, Cimarusti combs the world’s waters to showcase pristine seafood in imaginative (and occasionally sustainable) ways, like Providence's signature farm-raised caviar and Santa Barbara uni nestled above a decadent egg yolk.
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  • Seafood
  • West Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Seafood lovers, rejoice: Boston’s Saltie Girl has finally arrived. A glittering ode to all things fruits de mer, this West Hollywood restaurant originally hails from New England, but has since expanded to both London and the Sunset Strip. From regional classics like lobster and full-bellied fried clams to a staggering 100-plus kinds of tinned fish, Saltie Girl does it all. The soup-to-nuts menu might not jive with L.A. diners used to more tightly curated offerings, but we appreciate the sheer level of variety and over-the-top items like the fried lobster and waffles. The lobster roll is already one of the best in the city, and the caviar offerings impart just the right amount of elegance for those looking to splurge, but even more budget-friendly items like tinned anchovies and an excellent clam chowder impart plenty of delicious ocean flavor.

  • Restaurants
  • Inglewood
  • price 2 of 4
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The vast expanse east of LAX doesn’t exactly scream "seafood destination," but Coni'Seafood turned Inglewood into an oceanic dining hotspot—and from there, it was L.A. seafood domination, baby. Such is the power of this Nayarit-style fish specialist (with a second Westside location near Culver City) that offers a tight menu of smoked marlin tacos, more than a dozen shrimp dishes from raw to deep-fried, and more elaborate house specialties like pescado zarandeado: butterflied snook fish that’s marinated in soy sauce and grilled to savory perfection over charcoal. Chicharrones de pescado involves crispy, pan-fried tilapia chunks with tangy soy and lemon sauce, while another standout dish stars sweet langoustines—bathed in garlic, chilies and lemon juice—and, if you’re lucky, prized roe.
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  • Seafood
  • Redondo Beach
  • price 2 of 4

Since 1953, this multi-level Redondo Beach market has provided Angelenos with a dizzying selection of cooked-to-order live seafood, plus an extensive collection of oysters from all over the Pacific waiting to be freshly shucked. Smaller stands inside Quality Seafood offer straightforward takes on fish and chips and the like, but the better move here is to order a mix of harder-to-find options at the market counter like purple sea urchin, live blue crab and locally caught rock cod. Your bounty will arrive perched in styrofoam trays, ready to be ferried to a nearby table or even to the beach just on the other side of the piery—and you can even order online if you’re in a hurry.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Frog Town
  • price 3 of 4

This Frogtown dining destination offers something you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the city: Mexican mariscos inside an impossibly chic indoor-outdoor space. By day, enter through the alley for Za Za Zá, a casual window serving a stripped-down menu that includes a mixed coctel and an enormous calamari torta. After dark, the space transforms into full-service Loreto, which serves a much larger menu of botanas (bar snacks), ceviches, tostadas and a must-try large-format grilled fish entrée best shared among four or more. Marvel in the decadence of the tostada a la Joaquin (made with fatty tuna, avocado and a creamy sauce) or opt for Loreto’s stripped-down, ultra-fiery red shrimp aguachile. Either way, the seafood is almost exclusively sourced from Baja, with inventive Japanese-inspired seasonings that make for an unforgettable seafood meal.

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  • Seafood
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

Beautifully plated, locally sourced and utterly delicious seafood are on the menu every night at Crudo e Nudo, a tiny restaurant along Santa Monica’s Main Street that keeps sustainability and ethics in mind. First launched as a pop-up during the pandemic, the cozy, built-out parklet hosts the bulk of the restaurant’s seating, where servers will dole out gorgeous small plates of seafood that will likely change how you look at crudo. Here, chef Brian Bornemann—formerly of Michael’s, also on this list—and partner Leena Culhane add bright, modern tweaks to the typically stalwart Italian dish, for a casually artisan seafood meal that’ll definitely upstage your everyday sushi joint the next time you're craving raw fish.

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Mid City
  • price 3 of 4
  • Recommended

While this Koreatown strip mall joint specializes in ganjang gejang (soy-marinated raw crab), an all-around robust seafood menu, including live sea urchin, abalone and an excellent raw salmon rice bowl, make Master Ha's an excellent destination for anyone who appreciates seafood. A steamed crab rice bowl might appeal to those who prefer their seafood cooked, but you'd be missing out if you don't at least try the restaurant's ganjang gejang. Whether ordered whole or scooped out of the shell, the crab meat is sweet and tender, with none of the fishy, almost rotten odor carried by inferior versions of the dish. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • East Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

If you know, you know—Ari Kolender’s little neighborhood joint in East Hollywood is one of the most stylish places in L.A. for seafood cravings, with a couple of caveats. There are no reservations, and the wait here easily climbs past the hour mark, particularly if you’re coming with more than one other person. But good things come to those who wait: a creamy lobster roll in a sauce made of its own condensed bisque; scallop tostadas with yuzu kosho and basil; and the restaurant’s now famous raw bar selection full of creamy oysters, peel-your-own shrimp and sea urchin served straight from the shell. Paired with Found’s excellent natural wine list and the relaxed but cool ambience, a meal here is ideal for solo diners, pairs or groups of up to four (and we wouldn’t recommend rolling any deeper than that).

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  • Seafood
  • Malibu
  • price 2 of 4
Cruise down PCH until you see the billboard of a large, leisure-inclined lobster sporting a Hawaiian shirt and a drink in its claw—that’s when you know you’ve hit the fried-fish motherload. This tiny Malibu seafood shack and market has been serving some of the area’s freshest fish, clams, crab and squid since 1972. The deep-fried fish and chips is the classic order here, but the grilled tuna, crab salad or steamed clams also hit the spot. Whatever your order, grab it from the window and take a seat on the expansive patio and enjoy the ocean view. Then, grab a raw filet or a whole fish, some soft-shell crabs or shellfish from the market on your way out. (Your future self will thank you.
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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • East Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4
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Koreatown’s top-notch seafood BBQ joint pays homage to the East China Sea by serving its edible bounty in waves at the table. Go with one of the bang-for-your-buck combo sets—even the basic A set is enough to feed a family—which begin with airy steamed egg, crisp-edged scallion pancakes, sizzling cheese corn and a heaping bowl of chili-packed mussel soup. From there, DIY grill options include sea scallops and mussels on the half shell, large shell-on shrimp, spicy chili–slathered octopus tentacles and more. Upgrade to a B or C set to score creatures like abalone, which squirm in their shells before yielding tender meat when cooked. Step up your game with the D combo for selections from clams, oysters, a spicy cold seafood bowl and more.
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • price 2 of 4

Though its name might conjure up images of New England lobster rolls, this small SGV strip mall spot sells the most incredible fresh stir-fried lobster with green onion and garlic in town, all on top of a bed of noodles. While the rest of the seafood-centric Vietnamese-Chinese menu is solid (we also love their clams in basil sauce and hot sizzling plates of mixed seafood known as ap chao), you’d be missing out if you don’t order their highly addicting signature crustaceans. Those in search of a deal will also appreciate their affordable lunchtime specials menu.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Manhattan Beach
  • price 3 of 4
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At this Manhattan Beach mainstay, David LeFevre’s fervor for fresh bivalves blows coastal dining doldrums out of the water. Inspired by the chef’s childhood summers on the Virginia coast, as well as the South Bay itself, Fishing with Dynamite offers sterling specimens like Peruvian scallops, littleneck clams and live Maine lobster, plus luxurious seafood platters and globally inspired seafood dishes. The prolific L.A. chef, who’s also behind the Arthur J and M.B. Post nearby, offers tailored renditions of tried-and-true beachside classics that surpass their archetypes. Looking for something more "classic"? Try one of their old-school seafood rolls, but make sure to save room for a slice of key lime pie.
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  • Seafood
  • Echo Park
  • price 3 of 4

After a rocky beginning, this sustainable seafood restaurant in Echo Park has transformed into a reliable neighborhood destination for lobster rolls, freshly shucked oysters and a New England-inspired bill of fare. Where the Lonely Oyster stands out most, however, is with certain specialties brought to the table by lead chef Dom Crisp, previously of Pasadena's Saso (now closed) and L&E Oyster Bar. Above all, we're talking about Crisp's must-try cioppino, which features a mix of fresh seafood cooked à la minute in a flavorful, buttery broth we've yet to taste anywhere else. Other touches, like the housemade ice cream and vegetable sides made with seasonal produce, add even more flair to your meal.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

This Westside seafood institution started at the Santa Monica Pier and 80 years later, the retail market and café—now operating blocks from the Pacific on Main Street—is still family-run and Santa Monica’s one-stop shop for all things seafood. The sprawling seafood case boasts every imaginable bivalve, crustacean and finned creature, with a chalkboard that lists fresh catches of the day such as sturgeon filets and spiny lobsters. Grab a seat at the raw bar and dive into oysters and crudo simply dressed so the quality of the fish can shine through. Crab Louie and cioppino satisfy with textbook versions of the classics, but a better move, in our humble opinion, might be hearty New England and Manhattan clam chowders.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Silver Lake
At this new-school cevicheria in Silver Lake, Peruvian scallop shooters, Mayan octopus with shrimp ceviche and sea urchin and piled-high tostadas abound—unlike more traditional-leaning seafood restaurants around town, Ceviche Project’s best dishes are its one-of-a-kind offerings. Diners can choose from more than a dozen seafood varieties from their raw bar to their chile de árbol-soaked crab claws to even caviar service served with house label sturgeon roe. Combined with their outdoor seating area, this Hyperion Avenue spot is perfect for a breezy seafood meal the next time you’re on the eastern edge of Central L.A. Tip: Ask for a topping of their house-made habanero oil or fresh ground chiltepin, plus their off-menu sea urchin tostada topped with avocado mousse.
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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

If you think the Venice Boardwalk is a living nightmare, then you’ll be surprised that this seafood-oriented gem exists just steps away from it. With string lights up and a dimly lit dining room, Dudley Market is like the Westside version of Virgil Village’s Melody: a stylish, low-key spot with natural wine, freshly shucked oysters and plenty of well-dressed patrons. Unlike the Silver Lake-adjacent wine bar, however, the day-to-day menu focuses on sustainable seafood and bar bites, including delicious crudos and fish tacos. While we wouldn’t head out of the way for it, it’s a great, vibey seafood option for those who happen to be near Venice Beach during dinnertime, especially for visitors looking to avoid overpriced tourist traps.

  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Culver City
  • price 2 of 4

This casual sit-down restaurant in Culver City offers all kinds of dreamy ceviches, from traditional to over-the-top, plus other less seafood-centric Peruvian classics like lomo saltado and rotisserie chicken. In spite of its no-frills location at the gridlock-prone corner of La Cienega and Washington, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill roadside eatery. Opt for the eye-catching Hangover ceviche, made with fresh fish, calamari, and huge kernels of Peruvian corn or chef Walther Adrianzen's bloody clams with lemon drop pepper and leche de tigre—every ceviche is flavorful and bright, and will definitely leave you wanting to come back and try even more.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

Extremely fresh fish, primarily from New Zealand, lies at the heart of this retail market and raw bar at the western edge of Culver City. While we'd skip the lobster items here, the tomato-y cioppino here comes brimming with fresh crab, shrimp, mussels and whitefish and the no-frills grilled fish entrées are simply cooked and delicious. The popular fish and chips are flavorful as well, and we're partial to the tuna poke appetizer, which comes pre-marinated and uses high-quality tuna—none of pale red frozen variety you'll find at build-your-own bowl spots around town. If you're around Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Venice and Culver City, Tangaroa Fish Market should be your go-to whenever you're looking for flavorful, simply cooked and high-quality seafood.

  • Restaurants
  • Cajun
  • West Adams
  • price 1 of 4

When it comes to Cajun-style seafood, this four-decade-old West Adams staple is the real deal. Battered and fried fish plates are cooked to order, including catfish, red snapper and sole, then served with sides of hush puppies, collard greens and other soul food favorites. For a handheld seafood snack, opt for one of Mel's po'boy sandwiches (choose from fish, shrimp or oyster). Those seeking a healthier option can also opt for fish grilled over salad or wrapped in whole wheat tortillas—but when the food's this good, we can understand wanting to indulge.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Skid Row
  • price 2 of 4
Serving classic seafood dishes from the industrial part of Downtown L.A. since 1961, Fisherman's Outlet Seafood boasts over 15 fresh fish items on their menu. Everything here is homemade, from the soups (clam chowder, red chowder and lobster bisque) to the coleslaw, and they also offer a fresh seafood market where guests can order by the pound. Trying to figure out where to start? Stick with the local favorites: the fried fish and shrimp combo, as well as the grilled giant shrimp and fries with garlic butter sauce. And the best part, the restaurant is still owned and run by the original family and has stayed tried and true to their original dishes.
  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Downtown Financial District
  • price 3 of 4

Nashville-spiced hot catfish, housemade capicola with muffuletta relish and a hearty skillet of perloo brimming with shrimp and oysters—Sammy Monsour’s Preux & Proper may have closed, but the chef is already making up the difference with his new destination-worthy Southern seafood restaurant in Downtown L.A. Lowcountry cuisine manifests itself in Charleston-inspired dishes like the perloo and Gullah Geechee-style braised kale, but Joyce’s menu draws inspiration from all over the map for a flavorful romp through the American South. Located inside the former Red Herring space, the restaurant also offers a fleet of sustainably made cocktails and a late-night tinned fish menu on weekends for night owls.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Downtown Financial District
  • price 3 of 4

Quality and consistency have kept this upscale restaurant chain around for over two decades, and the original is right here in Downtown Los Angeles. There, executive chef Jose Peraza is turning the catch of the day into dishes like wild Massachusetts black sea bass with escabeche; charcoal-grilled California spiny lobster with coleslaw; and classics like cioppino and buttery oysters Rockefeller. For the office crowd, over a dozen types of oysters and an outstanding bar program satiate those after-work cravings. For beachside views, there’s also a location right on Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue.

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