Lying along the southwestern coast of LA County, Rancho Palos Verdes boasts distinct features that make it a wonderful place to live. In addition to stunning beaches and nature destinations, the city and its neighboring communities feature excellent amenities, including some of the finest seafood restaurants in the South Bay.
Craving for fresh sushi or juicy prawns? Here are some of the best restaurants in and around Rancho Palos Verdes where you can get your seafood fix.
One of the most popular restaurants in the luxurious Terranea Resort, Nelson’s has received several prestigious awards and recognitions, including “Best American Restaurant” by Los Angeles Times, “Best Oceanfront Bar” by LA Weekly, and “Best Ocean View Restaurant” by Daily Breeze Readers’ Choice Awards. With its bluff top location overlooking the ocean, Nelson’s serves up a great view along with its award-winning coastal menu. In addition to classic seafood dishes like ceviche, crab cakes, fish tacos, and roasted salmon, the restaurant also serves burgers, ribs, and vegetarian food.
While not exclusively a seafood restaurant, Asaka Japanese Cuisine is the place to go for an impressive variety of fresh sushi and sashimi. The entrée menu also includes a selection of seafood-based dishes, including Chilean sea bass, salmon teriyaki, fish katsu, and chirashi donburi – a popular Japanese dish featuring fresh sashimi over sushi rice. Every item on the menu comes with the restaurant’s unique touch to give it a distinctive flavor. Asaka is conveniently located in a strip mall but boasts a beautiful view of the ocean for a relaxing dining experience.
If you want nothing less than the freshest catch, San Pedro Fish Market Grille is the place to go. This fast-casual restaurant has been a staple in the area since 1956, when founder Mackey Ungaro opened a corner seafood store in San Pedro. The business evolved into one of the most popular seafood destinations in Southwestern California, and now has three locations to serve its growing customer base. Its flagship location in Rolling Hills Estates continues to bring in the crowds who come for an authentic seafood market-restaurant experience.
Another South Bay staple, Quality Seafood has been around since 1953. What started as a small fish market on the Redondo Pier has grown into a landmark visited by thousands of tourists and locals every year. The fast-casual ambience of this market-restaurant is something you must experience firsthand. Choose from their selection of live seafood – touted to be the largest on the West Coast – and have it cooked the way you want. Don’t miss the crabs – it’s what the restaurant is best known for, especially during the California Dungeness Crab season.
Located in a strip mall, Black Bamboo Sushi is a convenient go-to place for a highly satisfying sushi fix. This small establishment has fast gained a stellar reputation for its authentic Japanese flavors, fresh ingredients, and wide sushi selection. The casual atmosphere makes it a popular destination for families, as well as shoppers looking for a welcoming place to take a break. In addition to the sushi, you’ll also find other Japanese and Asian items on the menu, including Korean style BBQ ribs, chicken teriyaki, Ahi tuna salad, and more.
When it comes to market-restaurants in the area, Crazy Fish may be the new kid on the block, but it’s fast gaining a following all its own. The convenient location makes fresh seafood dining accessible any time, especially for those who are too busy to drive to a traditional seaside haunt. Crazy Fish customers have been raving about the swordfish, salmon, and clam chowder, among many other items on the menu. On top of that, the atmosphere is casual, comfortable, and inviting.
The “R House”, as it’s popularly called, is a cozy and welcoming neighborhood hangout with a “seafood forward” menu. Must-tries include Beer Battered Fish and Chips, Lobster Pappardelle, Fresh Halibut, and other classic seafood favorites given a distinctive twist. Also a favorite here is the chilled seafood platter, which includes tiger prawns, oysters, and citrus crudo, served with a selection of sauces and horseradish side. Oyster platters and cocktail tiger prawn platters are also available.