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- 63%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 62%Local Culture
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Member Reviews (7)
- Quality SeafoodMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Jan 13, 2014
What a great way to eat seafood! You walk around and pick your fresh raw seafood and you tell them how you want to cook it at no extra cost (probably built into the pricing system)
Had a couple raw oysters and sea urchin (it was live and wriggling until even past the end). Oysters came with sides of lemon, tobasco sauce and a packet of horse radish. 1/2 lb cooked cajun squid - bought rice on the side to savor the sauce for longer. Had a taste of a grilled fish and it was delicious.
If you order the crab you can pay a $3 deposit for a little wooden mallet to help you crack the shell.
Outside seating so it was a bit cold on this January night near closing time. But to help keep you warm they do serve beer.
Parking system was great, can send you text reminders when your time is almost up. $1.50 an hour during the winter.
Definitely a great find so close to my in laws place and will be coming back!
- Quality SeafoodAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 11, 2013
SEVEN DEADLY SINS: DAY OF GLUTTONY
Today, it was literally food coma day. Upon waking up at noon time, Francis and I proceeded to the pier and straight to a place called Quality Seafood. As I was raving about Brazilian Buffets, where you get 100% meat, this was the time for Francis to show off. Not what I would really call a restaurant, it was more of a seafood market, where you would buy your crab, lobsters, oysters, clams, and fish by the pound; they would steam it for you and give you wooden mallets to "crack, snapple, and pop" the shellfishes to your heart's content. I knew this was going to be an expensive lunch ($55), but then again, where else are you going to get the freshest seafood, cooked on the spot! Even the sign was catchy:
Eat Fish-Live Longer; Eat Clam-Love Longer;Eat Oysters-Last Longer
The first thing I chose was the Spider Crab. I didn't' get Dungeness because I could get that at any Chinese restaurant. The Spider Crab was huge, heavy, and looked tough as nails. The fisherman told me I'd have a "great" time cracking the sucker. But oh wells, I took the challenge. Next up, I chose about 3 different types of clams, ranging from Top Shells to Cherry Clams, and two different types of sea conches. I followed this up with 5 different types of raw oysters, and to top it off, I also chose a LIVE SEA URCHIN. For those of you who've eaten sea urchin at sushi restaurants, you haven't eaten sea urchin,until you've eaten it fresh out of the water! It's a prickly little sucker!
After the clams were steamed, we proceeded to chow! These were the BEST clams I've ever had, plus they were about 3X bigger than the typical clams found in Chinese restaurants. The oysters were awesome, and the sea urchin was...interesting, to say the least. I was never really a huge fan of sea urchin sushi, but I've always wondered about the hype and outrageous price, so I decided I had to try one no matter what. After the fisherman cracks open its bottom half, he scoops out some of the innards and you eat it with a spoon.Tastes like...sea urchin, only a little more musky. Kinda creepy when you realize the spines are still moving. Finally, the Spider Crab was ready...I wasready to pounce on it and devour it...until it took me about 10+ cracks with the wooden mallet...just to DENT one of the crab legs This thing was a TANK. It's shell was super thick and hard as adamantium! Heck, during the course of my frustration, I even broke one of the picks, and one of the wooden mallets fell apart! The crab was laughing at me while I was trying to get to the meat! Now, I have to admit, the meat was certainly tasty, but I do have to wonder whether it was because it took me over 5 minutes to get a bite, making it taste all the tastier due to it being a victory dance! IT TOOK ME OVER 2 HOURS TO EAT THE SPIDER CRAB!!!Unbelievable...but it was worth it!!!
- Quality SeafoodMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Jun 18, 2013
I gave an extra star for the fact that you can pick what you want and have your choice of cooking preparation.
Food review first, then our awesome customer experience /sarcasm
**Fresh Uni x 2 : $30**
Although fresh and live, this is horribly expensive. I will now only get fresh uni from Hillcrest Farmer's Market in SD since for the same size live uni, they only charge $9 per regardless of weight.
**Whole Tilapia x 1: $6**
We chose broiled and it was seasoned and cooked well. This was a favorite.
**Lobster Combo (1 1/4 lobster, corn, butter, add $2 for 24 oz beer can): $19**
Great September deal
**1 lb Fried Jumbo Shrimp x 1: $20**
Although the shrimp were big, didn't think it was too special.
We also go to try fried cod, clams (didn't taste too fresh), and fried squid.
Overall, FOOD-wise a cool experience, but the bill can add up especially since you're ordering and paying at different stalls.
Now to the customer experience that turned our otherwise enjoyable day completely sour just from an older worker with a mustache there that told us "don't come back again" without understanding the whole situation. This left us angry, embarrassed, and the resolve to indeed not patron Quality Seafood again.
We were at the parking ticket validation machine (located between the clams vendor and the fish vendor in the corner) and above it was a bell. My friend, decided to give a good single ring on the bell. It startled some nearby customers, since it was a loud ring, however it was an ice breaker and had the other customers laugh as well.
There was a worker behind the counter who was genuinely pleased that someone rung the bell, and encouraged my friend to give it another go with even more gusto. So my friend gave another single ring and then we asked about validations.
We learned from the worker that parking ticket validations aren't for weekends etc etc and so while we were leaving, there was a petite female who asked the same worker a question and apparently asked to ring the bell too, because all of a sudden when we were walking away, we heard the bell ring a consecutive 5-6 times in a more obnoxious way.
However, WE get stopped by an older worker that seemed to have come from the lobster side, who asked us rather nastily "Are you done having fun?" My friend responded with that last ring was not ours.
By this time all the nearby customers were watching the exchange, and the older worker decided to put all the blame on us, and continued with "If you're done having fun, get out and don't come back."
1. You have a freaking bell. If you don't want people to use it, put a sign up.
2. One of YOUR workers there insisted my friend give another ring when he was content with 1.
3. The third and most obnoxious ring wasn't even our fault yet the blame gets put on us without knowing the whole situation.
4. LEARN from this and put up a SIGN if you don't want FUTURE customers to ring the bell INSTEAD of calling out and embarrassing your CURRENT customers who spent a great deal of money with our group of 8.
- Quality SeafoodJan 07, 2013
oysters, clams, lobsters, crabs, and more!
If you're a seafood lover, you can't miss quality seafood. If you're Norcal Bay seafood lover, it might not compare but it's good for socal quality. Quality seafood has much to offer such as different kinds of fish, clams, mussel, oysters, lobsters, crabs, and more! They also prepare it for you in many style such as deep fried fish & chips, steamed or seasoned/stir fried shrimps, steamed crabs/lobsters/mussels/clams, and raw clams/oysters!
Quality seafood has literally every condiment and sides you usually need to eat seafood such as rice, lemon, tapatio, tartar sauce, etc. But if you're Asian and you need your own personal sauce, I'd suggest you to bring it! Quality seafood also sells beer for those who wants to enjoy some nice cold beer and yummy seafood on a nice weekend. :D
This weekend I tried the $17 lobster deal, oysters, and fish&chips. Lobster was good! Nicely steamed but the lobster was a bit smaller than I expected. Oysters were good but definitely not as creamy and delish as Norcal ones. FIsh & chips weren't worth my time because it seems like the fish was fried a while ago and was left under the heat lamp for a while.. which made the fried fish not crispy. D:
But all in all, I had a good time at Quality seafood with my friends over delish seafood. :)
- Quality SeafoodMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Aug 23, 2012
At the Redondo Beach Pier, Quality Seafood has an extensive oyster bar, clam bar, crabs, and other seafood. The oysters will be shucked in front of you to enjoy on the half shell. A little pricey, but well worth it for the quality and variety. The live crabs will be steamed and ready in 15-20 mins. Grab a picnic-like table to feast on all the fresh seafood.
- Quality SeafoodMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1First to ReviewAug 13, 2012
An excellent collection of live seafood items such as crabs, lobsters, and fish. An outstanding collection of oysters and clams, they even have live sea urchin if you're into some of the more wild stuff. Touristy prices keep this place from earning 5 stars in my book.