With origins in Great Britain, fish and chips was and still is a popular pub menu item. Today, the battered white fish and cut chips (aka French fries) is a favorite for young and old alike. From LA to Malibu, you’ll find a wide selection of seafood specialty restaurants and English-style pubs serving fish and chips. This list has narrowed down the best five to check out.
113 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
For a luxurious fish and chips experience, The Ivy on Robertson surely will not disappoint. Known for daily celebrity sightings, the charming restaurant is definitely a place to be seen and to eat. The Ivy’s fish and chips are perfectly prepared and the fish selection includes fresh rock cod, shrimp, scallops and calamari. The beautifully-presented plate is served with hand-cut French fries and the famous Ivy onion rings. Don’t miss out on the spicy corn chowder and the famous grilled fresh vegetable salad which features chopped asparagus, zucchini, corn, avocado, tomatoes, baby lettuce and scallions. You can add in fresh wild Maine lobster, mesquite-grilled wild Maine scallops, mesquite-grilled lime chicken breast, skillet-cooked calamari or mesquite-grilled shrimp.
Santa Monica Seafood
1000 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica Seafood (SMS) is LA’s resource for fresh fish. The family-owned business has been serving restaurants and customers for more than 70 years. Visit the market for “catch of the day” seafood to bring home to cook or grab a table in the Café for a full menu of seafood dishes and a raw shellfish bar. The Alaskan cod fish and chips are battered and quick fried served with Santa Monica Seafood’s very own tartar sauce. Other delicious entrées to try during future visits include steamed Mediterranean mussels, the spicy salmon burger and the traditional Italian cioppino which comes with grilled ciabatta. SMS is committed to the environment and sustainability. It consistently chooses to work with fisheries that conserve and protect natural habitat resources.
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
There’s usually a reason why a restaurant has a line out the door. In this case, it’s because the food is absolutely delicious. The fish found at Malibu Seafood is as close to where it was caught as most restaurants in LA and the quality shows. Although pretty much everything on the menu is worthy of ordering, their Fish and Chips is a favorite. With stunning ocean views, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy this dish which comes in long rectangular fried pieces of cod. Served of course with chips or fries, you’ll not only be happy you came, but you’ll want to come back day after day. It’s the perfect treat before or after a long day on the beach.
7617 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Any good British pub restaurant is going to be serving up their version of fish and chips, and Hollywood’s The Pikey does just that and more. Walking into The Pikey, you might think you’ve walked into an authentic pub in England, but that’s just what they want you to feel like. This Tudor-style restaurant is about as authentic as it gets right down to the food. Dipped in PBR beer batter, their Fish and Chips comes complete with a long piece of fried fish, delicious fries and romaine garnish. Add in their tasty tartar sauce and you’ve got a great lunch dish that you can enjoy with a beer on tap or by the bottle.
258 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Serving visitors and locals alike since 1977, The Albright serves up their version of fish and chips with coleslaw. Set on the Santa Monica Pier, The Albright’s fish and chips is a tasty piece of hand-battered Icelandic cod which is a favorite among visitors.
Pig & Whistle
6714 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Ordering fish and chips makes for a classic British pub experience, so what better place to do it than at the Pig ‘N Whistle in Hollywood which serves up English pub favorites. At the top of its lunch and dinner menu is the beer-battered halibut fish n’ chips served with butter peas, assorted fries and classic tartar sauce. Patrons can also select spicy calamari and juicy steaks from its extensive menu.
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Tam O’Shanter Inn
2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Locally caught, Tam O’Shanter Inn’s fish and chips is a delicious piece of battered cod served with beer fat french fries and peanut coleslaw that is undoubtedly one of the best in the city. One bite of the fish dipped in their house-made tartar sauce, and you’ll know exactly why this Atwater Village pub has been around for more than 90 years. Although technically a Scottish pub, it represents the British dish quite well indeed.
Connie & Ted’s
8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
One thing is for sure at this West Hollywood eatery: Connie & Ted’s know’s their seafood. So much so that it’s the only thing they serve. While everything on the menu is worth a try, Joanne’s Fish and Chips is a favorite. Served with fries/chips, you’ll get 2 large batter-dipped pieces of cod to rejoice in along with their tartar sauce.
42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
The fish and chips at the Malibu landmark Neptune’s Net satisfies everyone from the SoCal surfing community and beach bums to the neighboring stars and locals to the city mice and tourists. Since 1958, Neptune’s Net has been serving its famous beer batter fish and chips to tables with a plentiful side of French fries. There’s nothing fancy about this dish, but Neptune’s Net aims and delivers perfectly for this classic. For lunch and dinner, the menu offers a wide variety of seafood delights including fish and shrimp tacos, crab cakes and calamari, while the espresso bar gives your sunkissed lips a perfect lift in the afternoon.
3801 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Fishbar Manhattan Beach delivers on cuisine and affordability. Fresh seafood is hand selected daily. The whole fish supply is given to her master fileter who does all of the cutting on the premises, never keeping any fish in the restaurant for more than 24 hours. It is served the same day it is brought in. Chef Jordan bumps it up a notch on classics such as fish and chips which are beer battered, fried and served with French fries, creamy coleslaw and her housemade tartar sauce. The interesting selection of sandwiches does not disappoint either — the lobster roll sandwich, blackened mahi mahi sandwich and Asian-style grilled salmon wrap are all great options.
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