Best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles

There’s something magical about eating seafood by the sea, a kind of rustic romance like you’ve just walked from the Mediterranean to a Greek fishing village and caught an ocean creature just next to a boat. We may not have quite that luxury, but we’re damn close – there are restaurants that stretch all the way to the Pacific Rim, and we’re within reach of both Baja’s bounty and from the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest. LA is also a major hub for seafood from around the world, with easy access to imports from New England, the Gulf of Mexico and legendary markets in Japan.

The enviable climate and produce make LA one of the best places to eat seafood, whether you’re at the beach or across town. So grab a table in the shade, a glass of crisp white wine or a chilled light beer, a tiny teaspoon for the reseda, and let yourself be transported to Greece, Japan, Mexico or even as far as Malibu. Covering sushi, mariscos, oyster happy hours and more, these are the 16 best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles.

Ben Mesirow is an Echo Park native who writes TV, fiction, food and sports. At one time or another his writings have appeared in The Los Angeles Time, liter, McSweeney’s Internet Trend, Los Angeles Magazineand engraved on dozens of desks at Walter Reed Middle School.

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