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Best Seafood in DTLA

August 11, 2015

Summer and seafood: a sublime combination. It’s no wonder we have so many great seafood shacks up and down the coast, but what if we don’t want to drive way out to the West Side? Where are the best places to get seafood downtown? Here are a few of our favorite places in DTLA to grab some outstanding oceanic fare…

High End Dining at The Water Grill

 > “Jumbo lump crab cake”. If you’re from the east coast that phrase is probably music to your ears. Try this one on as well: “New England clams”, or how about “Chilean sea bass”? And here’s one of the most intriguing combinations imaginable to man: "mac ‘n cheese mashed potatoes" -- Yes, please. The recent renovations have ratcheted up the atmosphere with some pretty classy pressed tin ceilings. What better setting to enjoy some Maine lobster? The Water Grill is a great place for high-end seafood, but you can also grab some deep fried cod at the bar where they’ve got a solid selection of quality craft beers. 544 S. Grand Ave.  

Keeping it Real at Fisherman’s Outlet

  > 40 years in the Warehouse District, this ’61 local landmark has earned its title as a DTLA institution. It’s got character in the form of paper plates. Think deep fried goodness, gumbo and slaw. Unless you’re incapable of projecting your voice above the constant noise inside, the family-owned Outlet should definitely be on your list of go-to affordable seafood shacks downtown. 529 S. Central Ave.  

The Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central

 > Some of the freshest oysters in the city are just a short walk from Eighth and Grand. The Oyster Gourmet housed in the elevated section of Grand Central Market is like a mini sanctuary for raw seafood lovers. Seriously. Oysters are like a religion to these folks. It might be difficult to find a stool at the bar, and the oysters are limited – so arrive early, especially when Grand Central is bustling. Their delicacies are worth the wait. 317 S. Broadway  

Fish Tacos, Anyone?

 > Everybody has an opinion about who has the best fish tacos in this town, and we’re no different. Most allegiances tend to stay close to home, which is why we favor Guisados at 541 S. Spring St. Born in Boyle Heights in 2010, they now have 3 locations around the city. Their Echo Park taco shack on Sunset usually has a line running out the door and down the sidewalk. Famous for their braised meats, they also happen to have one of the meanest pescado tacos in town -- not breaded and way juicy. Why not try the sampler?