David LeFevre

David LeFevre

Los Angeles

About David LeFevre

Chef David LeFevre is the chef/owner of The Arthur J, Fishing With Dynamite, and Manhattan Beach Post. He grew up helping his mother in the kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin. And while the Midwestern teen originally chose to pursue a career in industrial engineering, he always had one hand stirring the pot. During college, that decision proved pivotal: as a student working at restaurants, he realized he wanted to abandon engineering entirely in favor of food.


  • One Star (The Water Grill)
    Michelin Guide
  • Nominee for Best Chef: West
    James Beard Foundation
  • Nominee for Best New Restaurant (Manhattan Beach Post)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best New Restaurant (Manhattan Beach Post)
    Los Angeles magazine
  • 10 Most Memorable Meals (Manhattan Beach Post)
    Los Angeles Times
  • 10 Best Dishes (Manhattan Beach Post)
    LA Weekly
  • Best 57 Fine Dining Restaurants (The Water Grill)
    Robb Report magazine
  • Best Oyster Bar (Fishing With Dynamite)
    Los Angeles magazine
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in LA

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Grilled octopus
$$$, Modern, Full Bar, Seafood,
"David LeFevre is knocking it out of the park, and this dish is exceptionally flavor forward. The varying textures and bold flavors showcase his ability to coax flavor out of ingredients. And the 80’s rock music takes the whole experience over the top for me!"