Food & Drink

The 14 best places to score a lobster roll in LA

Published On 07/08/2014 Published On 07/08/2014
Connie and Ted's
Hinoki and the Bird/Facebook
Hungry Cat/Facebook
littlefork/ Facebook
Santa Monica Seafood/ Facebook
Cousin's Maine/ Facebook
Water Grill
Instagram/Salt Air
Rollin Lobster/Facebook
The Lobster (Julia Lehman)/Facebook
Lobsta Truck
Joans on 3rd
FLickr/Christine Lu
BP Oysterette/Facebook
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1. Son Of A Gun 8730 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

The menu at this nautical Melrose spot from chef superstars Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal and Jon & Vinny's) is seafood heaven with a fried chicken sandwich thrown in to remind you just how great turf can be, too. It's a hulking masterpiece with a spicy bread & butter pickle slaw and Sriracha aioli. If you're in the mood for surf, go for the trout or the octopus salad.

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2. BP Oysterette 1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90410 (Santa Monica)

From the owner of Santa Monica's casual Blue Plate cafe, BP's a small oyster house outfitted with a restaurant-long banquette and a marble-topped bar, specializing in seafood prepared the way you'd find it in Nantucket, Cape Cod, and plenty of other places that do it right.

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3. Hinoki & The Bird 10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (Century City)

At Hinoki & The Bird, executive chef Brandon Kida spotlights travel-inspired cuisine at this modern, Californian restaurant. Cosmopolitan dishes -- such as Japanese curry arancini, Jerusalem artichoke soup, and Scottish salmon -- create a global menu with healthful sensibilities.

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4. Hungry Cat 1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.

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5. Connie and Ted's 8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

A seafood restaurant from Michael Cimarusti.

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6. LittleFork 1600 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

From the non-Kogi-Truck-guy behind A-Frame, Littlefork's the kind of modern bistro you'd take a girl you want to impress (but not like "marry me!" impress, more like "let me see your boobs!" impress), thanks in part to a kitchen run by a Spago vet.

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7. Santa Monica Seafood 1000 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

A grocery/seafood distributor for top restos like Water Grill since 1939, SMS just added a full-service cafe and oyster bar, both pulling from its gargantuan, creatures-of-the-sea-heavy stock of fresh everything, from sushi-grade albacore to sandwich-grade artisanal bread.

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8. Water Grill Downtown 544 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Downtown)

Since 1989, Water Grill has been serving upscale seafood from its flagship Downtown location in LA. Expect traditional shellfish platters served on ice, bivalves by the dozen, charcoal-grilled whole fish, and various steak cuts. Elegant decor and a wine list to match have made Water Grill -- both in LA and at outposts across Southern California -- a reliable spot for high-end surf and turf.

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9. Water Grill Santa Monica 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

The Santa Monica outpost of this classic seafoodery is slinging the same quality fishes and epic raw-bar bites.

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10. Salt Air 1616 Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This beachside hang offers up beautiful seafood dishes -- fish skin chips served with smoked onion dip and harissa, anyone? -- and tasty cocktails.

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11. The Lobster 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

The Lobster remains in its original structure that was built in 1923 and serves killer lobster rolls made with Japanese mayo and pickled cucumber.

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12. Joan's on Third 8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

This bakery & specialty food purveyor serves up deliciously cozy and comforting meals, like hearty mac and cheese -- that are guaranteed to fill you up. If you're more in the nibbling mood, though, sample their market side dishes, like baby field greens with dried cranberries and Chinese chicken salad.

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