If you picture the au-courant fish house in your mind, the sort of place where a recent transplant would take a skeptical visitor to say, “See, LA isn’t so bad,” you’d end up with something very much like Dudley Market. So there are tinned conservas and natural wine, wild-caught fish by the pound to take home, a menu that changes too much to be listed online but always includes a fresh crudo, dim lighting, and a thumping soundtrack and extremely cool merch. But don’t be intimidated by the obvious hipness. The energy is chill, and the fish is perfect, sourced as well as they claim and prepared with a deft hand and a clever touch.
How to book: Dining is walk-in only.
Dudley Market takes seafood so seriously, they fish from their own boat multiple times per week. Though they’re not catching any oysters on those trips, they do source their oysters from some of the best farms along the West Coast, primarily in Baja California, where the owners also run a natural winery.
The deal: $15 for six oysters, $30 for a dozen.
How to book: Walk-in only.