What’s crispy, crunchy, often breaded or decked out in coconut, and delicious whether boiled, fried, sautéed, or served in a cocktail? Shrimp, of course. And with National Shrimp Day, there’s no better time to explore some of LA’s best restaurants for shrimp. You won’t have to dive into the briney deep to taste some shrimp-tastic eats.
1602 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Lobster perches at the perfect spot for serving shrimp as it overlooks the blue Pacific at the top of Santa Monica pier. But, it’s not just the setting that’s inviting. Bite into their delicious shrimp cocktail or their signature dish, a shellfish & black linguine pasta. House-made squid ink pasta shares the plate with wild Mexican shrimp, mussels, clams, and crab. Served with garlic, tomatoes, basil, and chili flakes, it is one tasty dish.
Son of A Gun
8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
At Son of a Gun, they definitely know how to cook up some delicious seafood. This West Hollywood hot spot from chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo offers a score of great shrimp dishes on the menu, but none quite so iconic as their Shrimp Toast Sandwich. This shrimp treat is made with hoisin sauce, fresh herbs, and spicy Sriracha mayo, and is redolent of cilantro, basil, and mint.
544 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
At the elegant Water Grill in downtown LA, shrimp comes on beautiful cold platters, and in generously portioned shrimp cocktails. But, their farmed Ecuadorian shrimp and grits takes center stage with a delightfully spicy flare. Topped with Merguez sausage ragout, this is a standout dish that combines a variety of flavors and textures in a mouthwatering melange.
Paul Martin’s Grill
2361 Rosecrans Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Paul Martin’s American Grill, with bright and airy locations in both El Segundo and Pasadena, is a great spot for brunch or a date night. And, with a shrimp salad and a variety of seasonal shrimp dishes on the menu, it’s also a solid bet for great shrimp. But, the dish that must be ordered is is their renowned Salt & Pepper Shrimp starter. Wild Mexican Pacific shrimp is lightly fried and combined with pesto aioli for a flavorful dish that doesn’t overpower the sweet taste of fresh shrimp.
13539 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Boneyard Bistro has a fun gastropub setting and craft cocktails – but it also has shrimp tacos that are among the best in town. Rock Shrimp Tacos are made with a sweet chili glaze, sambal aoli, cabbage, and mango salsa, all piled on fresh flour tortillas. Think that’s impressive? Check out their shrimp cocktail made with a large serving of freshly diced shrimp, onions, tomato, cilantro, cucumber, tomato and lime juice and cholula with tortilla chips.
4211 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Naturally, at a restaurant called Killer Shrimp, there are plenty of shrimp dishes on the menu. With either a Marina Del Rey water view or a Hermosa Beach location just steps from the sand to choose from, take your pick and get ready to settle in for spicy peel and eat shrimp, shrimp pasta, shrimp salad, fried shrimp, coconut shrimp – shrimp everything.