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Son of a Gun
Seafood Restaurant$$$
Today 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
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8370 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048
8370 West 3rd StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90048
$$$Seafood Restaurant, BarToday 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 11:00 pm
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Hip, nautical-themed restaurant known for its shrimp toast, lobster roll & fried chicken sandwich.- Google
"I ordered the clam chowder, lobster roll, and fried chicken sandwich."
"The shrimp toast was really good."
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Donald Ortiz
2 weeks ago
This place was amazing! The presentation was great and the food was tasty. Serious foodgasms! I love how eclectic the menu is and the timing for each plate was on point! I recommend the hamachi dish!
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Jean-Guillaume Bastin
2 months ago
Such a perfect place for a nice dinner with friends or on a date. Amazing food if you like the sea with great presentation and just perfect execution in the plate. All the stuff we had was amazing, especially that uni and burrata dish. Wow, incredible! Also, the wine list was cool and not too expensive. Cool location and easy to have drinks after somewhere else.
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Muy S
6 months ago
Good food. A lot of sour items... I don't know why? Nonetheless, it was a very tasty and interesting dinner. First came the Boquerones (description: boquerones, pickled quail egg, asparagus, crispy ham). Ok i had no idea what boquerones was, I just knew it was some kind of fish because it was in the fish section. Hey, let's be adventurous! They are anchovies. They were not the salty kind (that I hate...) but more of a soft and pasty texture, and not as fishy tasting. The dish was kind of sour due to the pickled egg... which was fine, but I don't think I would get this dish again. The seared octopus salad was good and fresh. Again there was a lot of acidity in the dish, but it's ok, it's a salad. What I liked most about this dish was the meaty octopus, and we had a good laugh about the little suckers falling off the tentacles. The melon salad was the least liked item of the night. Imagine eating a vietnamese salad... fish sauce, mint, peanuts. but also with watermelon and cantaloupe. It was alright... but I did not particularly like this fruity twist on a vietnamese salad. The menu description was: melon salad, herbs, serrano, pickled shallot. Would you have guessed it would taste like a vietnamese dish? And I guess we did not realize we would get more pickled veggies with this dish. The shrimp toast was really good. The bread was buttery and the filling was creamy and rich. The first bite was REALLY good. A good item to share with another person. It's quite small, but I don't think I would enjoy such richness all to myself. The country ham and hush puppies was another well liked item. The honey butter melted into the hush puppy, and it was really good with the ham (that had the texture of prosciutto). I would recommend this dish. It seems very simple, but it's great for sharing and pretty good. The fried chicken sandwich looked like the biggest item on the menu. The server suggested that each person get 2-3 items per person and share everything... but this chicken sandwich is pretty big compared to everything else. The bread was buttery, the chicken was crispy. It was not that special but it was good and filling. Last item served was the pork chop. It was not that memorable unfortunately. Again there was pickled red onion. purple flowers. and mini little tiny zucchini... hehe The service was good and they constantly refilled our water and gave us new utensils. It's a little fancy while casual, and it's a nice place to come try some new and different dishes. It seems they change their menu often. Valet parking if you can't find street parking.
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Kristi Russell
9 months ago
It's a seafood restaurant with plenty of opportunities for fishing... was ANYONE over 21?!! I was dining solo and had a cocktail at the bar before being seated at the community table. The drink menu is uninspired and undescriptive. I settled for a margarita, which was a perfect margarita - not to sweet and not too tart - but it was tiny... little did I know it was setting the stage for the rest of the evening! NOTE: I sat watching people at the community table. Not at all communal. Los Angelenos are so afraid to be anything other than what is perceived to be "cool", and therefore there's no way in Hell they're going to smile at the person next to them. After all - that person may not be worth their time. Or cool enough to be smiled at. But if it's a producer they recognize? A casting agent they've been trying to meet? A CELEB for gawd's sake?? Then all of a sudden it's a flurry of friendly. I love LA, but am often driven mad by the people who live here. Anyway.... I sat down (and immediately said hi to the people next to me!! - they were from NY and we chatted for the rest of the night, it was awesome) and began ordering. SHRIMP TOAST: Whoa. You must get this. Buttery, toasty, smooth and delicate textures wrapped in crunchy goodness. BLACKENED ROCK COD: Perfection... silky texture of the fish is perfect with the barely-there crisp of the blackening crust. Accompanied by a light dollup of sauce... ay matey.... its Heaven. CHIPS AND DIP: my NY friends ordered this and I tasted it, delish. Chips are brilliantly crisped and salted. CRAB: Also ordered by my NY friends. Incredible flavor, but over priced. Way overpriced. The crab leg at Hungry Cat is bigger, the sauce is better, and it's less expensive. PEEL N EAT: $20 for a 1/2 pound?? I passed. FISH DIP: Delicious, but overpriced. Nothing special, you can buy this in a tub at the supermarket. I really enjoyed the food - it was fantastic. The service was okay, not at all great. The hostess was robotic - not rude, but doing her job and smiling because she has too, not because she wanted to - and the server frankly gave off the same vibe. Some of the prices make sense, others don't. I had 4 drinks (and no buzz, I'm telling you they are teeeeeny) and several apps, I spent $84 before top. It's expensive, but I think I'll go back. OH - and as I was leaving, some blonde was complaining because they gave away her table.... even though she showed up 45 minutes after her reservation. Entitled much, little girl? The hostess handled it like a pro. Almost seemed as if THIS, the hostess was indeed enjoying. :)
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Bobby Cordoba
2 weeks ago
I took my friend here for her birthday. It is the seafood restaurant owned by Jonny Shook and Vinny Ditolo- sister restaurant to Animal (great for carnivores). The restaurant is tapas style so it made everything easy to share. We started off with the uni burrata and the yellowfin tuna. The burrata had a delicate and soft texture that blended the mozzarella and cream into a whole new flavor. It was topped with a generous portion of sea urchin. The creaminess of both components melted in your mouth and left you craving another bite. The yellowfin tuna was doused in a tangy ledge de Tigre sauce and it enveloped ripe slices of avocado on small square tortilla chips. It reminded me of the uni tostada from Cosmetic, except the chips didn't get soggy. On the side, we ordered crispy Brussels sprouts and kennebec French fries. The Brussels sprouts were seasoned with a tasty purple turnip sauce. The side of kennebec fries was delicious but way too much for a side. For the main dish, I ordered the black cod. To be honest the black cod was topped with a pile of grassy green garnish that I didn't even touch. The fish alone was a knockout on its own. The cod was tender and buttery and the flavors were incredible. TIP: One thing to note if choosing between animal and son of a gun, animal doesn't serve cocktails. Wine only.
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Oretha Moll
6 months ago
I would highly recommend Son of a Gun. The service was excellent our waiter ensuring we had everything we wanted. The food was excellent and the wine list comprehensive. We reserved a table a couple if days before and asked for ocean view which we had. All in all a very good experience which I would repeat.
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Miranda Keala Priestley Norris
9 months ago
This has been a five-star experience every time we've gone. Although we've had to take the 11pm reservation slot each time we've eaten here, I am completely willing to wait—I know it's going to be worth it. (Frankly, I live for the country ham and cornbread.) Full disclosure: This is my favorite restaurant in LA; I can't recommend Son of a Gun more enthusiastically.
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Christine L
a year ago
We ordered: Oysters - loved Lobster roll -the rolls was so good I couldn't remember the actual lobster. Linguine and calms-sauce was amazing. Chilled peel and eat shrimp - the rub is salty, but in a good way! I am not a mustard fan, but the mustard dip was settle but good. Fried chicken sandwich - if you get one thing, get this. The roll is buttery fluffy cloud of goodness. Cole slaw with the aioli was a good and chicken...perfection. Seared octopus salad-octopus was seated very well and the salad was yummy as well. Broad bent country ham - the butter was great with the hush puppies. You should eat the ham with the hush puppies cause otherwise it is salty alone. I don't know if they make the bread, but the roll for the lobster roll and fried chicken sandwich are worth the trip alone. Our bill for all this was $190 with 2 drinks and 2 chicken Sandwiches Togo. Definitely more than enough food for 4 people. I will definitely come back here to eat more!
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