Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Hook a more tangible meal with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Japanese- and Mexican-inspired seafood and non-alcoholic drinks at Otani's in Oxnard.
Sating salivating palates since 1952, Otani's scours the world's aquarium for fresh maritime critters to create a menu brimming with Japanese- and Mexican-inspired cuisines. Diners can dive into culinary masterpieces crafted from family recipes and homemade sauces such as a tempura plate of two oysters and two fish ($8.59) or let tempura-battered shrimp ($10.99) boogie tableside. Scallions nuzzle into the deep-fried teriyaki red snapper, which comes with rice and salad ($10.99), whereas colorful comestibles, including avocados and cucumbers, backstroke through the Mexican-style shrimp cocktail ($9.79) overflowing from a glass goblet. Otani's rounds out its ocean-meats menu with clam chowders, sandwiches, seafood fan-fiction, and children's cuisines.
Like a Grecian oasis lined with palm trees, Otani's rectangular white building, wrapped in a cobalt blue strip, blushes against the open Oxnard sky, luring guests into the casual dining atmosphere. A private parking lot tends to steel beasts as customers sit inside at the stainless-steel countertops or relax among booth and bar seating.
As sure as the sun rose each morning, Izuto “Izzy” Otani would stroll down to the beach before work, fishing pole in hand, to begin the day with his favorite pastime. Inspired to make his hobby his life, Izzy left his current business to open the Izzy Otani Fish Market in 1952. Over the years, he and his wife Helen began to prepare Japanese and Mexican dishes for market visitors, beginning the grocery’s slow transformation into a full-fledged restaurant. They’ve been serving hungry customers ever since.
More than 60 years later, Otani’s, recently awarded the Downtown Business of the Year Award by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, still serves fish in homemade sauces and recipes made from scratch each day. They spice up fried red snapper in fish tacos, char broil tasty slabs of salmon, and coat oysters and shrimp with a light, crispy tempura shell. They specialize particularly in boneless filets—a true delicacy in the United States, where fish have not yet evolved to shed their primitive skeletons.
608 S A St.
Oxnard, California 93030Get Directions