Only the BEST seafood place on the West Coast! The combo plates are excellent for the "greenhorns" but, if you REALLY love fish like I do, you have to try the Sea Bass, Orange Roughy, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Shrimp, Lobster, or you name it, it's all EXCELLENT! I always start with a Clam Chowder or Lobster Bisque (excellent) and a cold beer just to get me in the mood, and then it's time to get "up close and personal" with my fish!! You can make no mistakes with what you choose, it's all good! The neighborhood is kinda funky but, they have lots of security and the cops are always eating there too.
Great beer selection for such a small shop, and very reasonably priced. Wines are higher priced (hence 4 stars instead of 5) but they do have several inexpensive ones, and they're selective. Best thing about the Oaks: The Lobster BLT. Also amazing is the Pulled Short Rib Onion Dip sandwich -- melt in your mouth. And the cheese selection is impressive; they carry Purple Haze goat cheese, which is out of this world, as well as some super-sharp aged cheddars that I haven't found elsewhere in the area. YUM!
This place is absolutely the best place to eat fresh seafood. In the 20 plus times that I have eaten here I have never been disappointed. Plenty of tables and plenty of free parking. This place is very close to 6th and Central on the East side of Downtown LA. It's a gritty commercial area with a ton of homeless people walking around. A bit dangerous and not the type of place you want to take your family after dark. Otherwise, it's a great place to eat fresh seafood (during the day).