Whether you’re an LA native or you’ve just visiting, Tangaroa is a spot you need to familiarize yourself with. Tucked away in Culver City off West Washington Boulevard and Mildred Avenue, rests one of the most popping fish markets you’ll ever come across. When I say fish market, you’re probably just thinking of a spot to go get fresh seafood on a weekend afternoon. You aren’t wrong but Tangaroa isn’t your average fish market, it’s a whole lot more.
Back in June of 2015, it didn’t take long for Tangaroa to make a splash locally after owners Mark and Suzy White opened its doors. This New Zealand-style fish market and bar serves a wide variety of seafood on its lunch and dinner menus. It’s worth mentioning they have an absolutely killer happy hour menu. You’ll find anything from ceviche to risotto, oyster-shooters to fish, shrimp and lobster tacos, New Zealand lamb burgers to a delicious chilled octopus salad. Tangaroa has it all.
While you’re sitting at their spacious bar or tables in the main dining area, you can sip on a variety of sake, wines, beers or champagnes from around the world. If you’re lucky enough you can even catch the owner Mark for a quick conversation while he’s shucking oysters or cutting up some filets at the fish bar. He has to be one of the most interesting and nicest people I’ve ever met. The atmosphere is also notable. More times than not there’s a great playlist of music filling the restaurant and sometimes they even have a soccer match or baseball game playing on their TV above the bar. There’s also limited outdoor seating to enjoy when there’s nice weather.
Enough rambling about how awesome this place is. Let me show you some of my favorite things I love to order when I head to Tangaroa!
I have many favorite restaurants but Tangaroa really is one of my favorite places to grab a bite at in Los Angeles. This city is huge and I still have a lot left to explore, but I know this spot truly is one of a kind. Next time you find yourself in Culver City, make a point to stop at Tangaroa for some epic seafood and drinks. You won’t regret it!
Tangaroa Fish Market • 12604 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 • (424) 289-8144