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Best Seafood Restaurants In The South Bay

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Where better to enjoy fresh, delicious seafood than by the beach? In the seaside communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach, there are plenty of great spots to enjoy the perfect "catch of the day."

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Fishing with Dynamite
1148 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 893-6299

The name here refers to the dangers of blast fishing, but the only danger here is wanting to eat everything on the menu. Fishing with Dynamite is a small, sleek, and inventive restaurant from chef David LeFevre, located just steps away from the Pacific. The menu is divided into raw bar offerings, as well as "old school," "new school," and "after school" dishes. Must tries include the rawbar with its Littleneck clams, Peruvian scallops, and a variety of oysters on the half shell, and the vibrant crab cake that comes with dill pickles that are pickled in house. And, make sure not to miss the Hamachi, served sashimi style.

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Rock n' Fish
120 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 379-9900

Located just steps from the Manhattan Beach pier, Rock n' Fish has the busy, friendly atmosphere of a gastropub, and a bevy of top-class seafood dishes. Traditional in style, the menu picks include wild swordfish, fresh King salmon, and a mouth-watering seafood jambalaya in a rich and spicy sauce.

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3801 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 796-0200

A lively and casual vibe is the order of the day at Fishbar in upper Manhattan Beach, located near the famous surf spots at El Porto. After catching a wave, or just watching a few splash on the sand, Fishbar is a great spot for a craft cocktail and fish dishes like steamed clams or mussels marinara. Classic dishes abound from a lobster mac n' cheese to fish and chips. Extremely tasty Mexican-style dishes like lobster enchiladas do not disappoint.

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The Mermaid Restaurant
11 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 374-9344

Resurrected from dive bar/dive restaurant status by the Killer Shrimp chain, the Mermaid is quintessential, old-school Hermosa Beach. But, it's now updated and stylish. Still, some things haven't changed, including a menu with many great seafood dishes, and a location right on the Strand. Just walk out the door and check out the sunset. But first, try the Baja Shrimp tacos or the beer battered fish and chips.

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500 Fishermans Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-6080

Located smack-dab on the Redondo Beach pier and offering killer sunset views, the traditional seafood at Kincaid's ranges from lobster to the catch of the day. The clam chowder is a must-try, and there is a classic Seafood Louie salad on the menu, too.

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Bluewater Grill
665 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-3474

A cozy, clubby atmosphere and a stellar view of the Redondo Beach marina make Bluewater Grill a top happy hour choice in the South Bay. And the food? The fish on the menu is fresh and fine. From succulent swordfish to seared red snapper, the simple elegance of the fish here is perfectly matched by the relaxing atmosphere. The raw bar is also outstanding.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | | | DiversionsLA | Twitter.
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