These five LA-based seafood restaurants are the perfect summer escape. Serving fresh dishes daily, these unique restaurants have some of the best seafood in the city.
This high-quality yet accessible seafood restaurant by Chef Mark Peel includes items like a traditional paella with a twist, fish and chips and spicy scallops in a shrimp broth with a chili paste, toasted peanuts kabocha squash and potatoes. For lunch, the Veracruz shrimp salad tossed with a jalapeño-tomatillo salad is a must. Pair menu items with beverages like Prawn’s house made ginger lemonade or honey and mint limeade. In addition to the downtown LA location, the Pasadena Prawn just launched a new Monday through Saturday happy hour and new seasonal dishes like steamed mussels. 317 S. Broadway, 213-628-3400
Start your meal off with a lobster bisque, with buttery poached lobster. A tasty summery dish is a tart lemon sole with crispy garlic potatoes, shallots and drizzled with a lemon caper reduction. Ocean Prime also has a solid sushi menu. Their lobster roll is an ideal choice for a warm summer evening, as it includes a spicy mango purée and kiwi for a refreshing twist. Ocean Prime Beverly Hills is also offering new happy hour specials. Fridays include the “Stop and Sip the [Friday] Rosé,” featuring $1 oysters, $10 Veuve rosé and live music on their patio. 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-859-4818
Tucked away in The Grove is the intimate Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by Bruce and Eric Bromberg. There’s a menu of raw and cooked items such as the incredible Toro Tartare with caviar and quail egg or the seasonal lobster with miso butter and spicy seafood udon. Fresh fish are frequently flown in straight from Japan. House cocktails like a matcha tea martini and sangria blanca are perfectly light and revitalizing after a hot summer day. 189 The Grove Dr., 323-352-9300
The quiet Providence is a great date night spot, serving up aphrodisiacs like traditional oysters on the half shell and an amazing foie gras with strawberries and green almonds. A seasonal tasting menu with bigeye tuna and snap peas or black cod with Japanese turnip, clams and ginger. Providence’s elevated standard by Chef Michael Cimarusti and co-owner Donato Poto, whose warmth makes Providence a must-try restaurant. 5955 Melrose Ave., 323-460-4170
Son of a Gun’s extensive Scotch menu is paired well with their smoked Mahi dip, celery, radish and crackers. For lunch, nosh on a lobster roll with celery and lemon aioli or a shrimp toast sandwich with hoisin, herbs and sriracha mayo. The lobster BLT is to die for—the pain di mie it’s served on is fluffy and is a great match with the savory Nueske bacon that tops the sandwich. The cheery nautical atmosphere is a fun touch too. 8370 W. 3rd St., 323-782-9033