Big Fish - Dearborn
Big Fish - Dearborn

Big Fish - Dearborn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.muer.com/big-fish/index.asp
  • Phone: 3133366350x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Come visit us for Patio Jazz every Wednesday beginning June 2nd througout the summer.
    Big Fish also offers weekend entertainment Friday and Saturday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairlane Mall
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Big Fish - Dearborn
One bite & you’ll be hooked! Dearborn’s popular Big Fish Seafood Bistro delivers a fun, eclectic atmosphere, attentive service & the freshest seafood available. Our innovative menu also boasts steaks, chicken & lamb along with homemade pastas, sandwiches & salads. Enjoy daily chef features as well as one-of-a-kind specialties such as Vanilla Scallops, Potato Encrusted Whitefish & the Ultimate Seafood Trio, featuring grilled salmon, coconut macadamia shrimp & our signature crab cake

Big Fish Seafood Bistro features live entertainment every Friday & Saturday evening, & Wednesday night Patio Jazz throughout the summer. Join us weekdays from 3-6:30pm for the best Happy Hour in town with drink & appetizer specials starting at just $3.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Big Fish - Dearborn reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)great for lunch (21)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (16)romantic (16)neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (11)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Bad Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dirty wine glass, poor service and over cooked food. Entree arrived immediately after salad and I thought my shrimp was chicken it was so tough.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seafood
    Kristin
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great seafood for downriver. Hard to find a nice seafood restaurant without having to drive a long way. I do wish they would have fresh lobster though. Kind of a bummer to find out they do not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    LaneGreen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Came here with friends and had the specials, which were outstanding. I had the trout, which was cooked to perfection. My husband had the salmon, which he also loved. Can't find a better place for seafood in Dearborn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was just okay.
    fasb
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Went to celebrate a special occasion & was disappointed with the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Real nice place
    Brad
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is a great place to have a nice night out without breaking the bank. The Landry's Dining Club is outstanding. Good food, great service, great atmosphere...wonderful place for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • socialsecretary
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was wonderful with great choices. Our server was very attentive and friendly. Our group enjoyed everything!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Dana
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Started out great but eroded quickly. We wanted to eat and go but it went on an on and on. Still a favorite though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor food
    Poor
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was cold also over season the lobster tail. The service was slow I will never go there again
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  • What Happened???? Not Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I wrote a review after our last visit. At that time, it was awesome. Awesome!! What a difference. We took my inlaws to dinner on Saturday 8/16. Our server told us she was new and I honestly think she was overwhelmed. She was very nice, but disappeared a lot. As a former server myself, I understand, but we ran out of things and when she did glance our way, we had to flag her down. My husband and I ordered the filet. Medium. The outside was covered in charcoal when it arrived at the table and it was way overcooked. Thank God the manager happened to come by and overheard us. She took our food away. When it came back 20 minutes later, it was raw. Raw! The potatoes were awful. She took them off the bill, but the damage is done. Won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Time
    enjoy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at the restaurant. We met my brother and enjoyed not only the dining but the atmosphere allowed us to visit and enjoy each others company. Our waitress was very attentive but not interfering. She knew when to appear and when to leave us alone. I would recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was not my first time at Big Fish so I was not surprised at the service received. Waitress was very nice and attentive. We did not have to wait long for our order. The presentation was awesome and was very good. Appropriate food temperature. Waitress was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food
    SamT
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was prompt and nice. However the food was pricey for the value that you get. I had the seafood trio and I only liked 1 of the 3 items.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A tad expensive, but worth it
    Chris
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The menu has a good, well-rounded selection on it. While it is a seafood restaurant, it has plenty to sate those who aren't interested in seafood. Prices can range from $7 to $30, with most entrees sitting around the $20 mark. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Date
    younjoytravel
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I selected this restaurant for a first date. We dined outside and it was a gorgeous day. The server was very personable and attentive. The food was very good (although the Perch needed more salt). The Walleye was my favorite. My date was interesting and enjoyable. This was the perfect spot for meeting the first time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was excellent
    tara
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Dinner was so good I went back the next day for lunch
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    Theresa
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went to Big Fish while staying in Dearborn on July 26th. I was with a large party and the service was fast and efficient. Everything arrived at the table at the same time and the food was delicious. If you are ever in Dearborn stop in at Big Fish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    FishFancier
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Selected Big Fish to celebrate our 38th anniversary of meeting.The clam chowder was to die for! Dinner was wonderful. Our server a delight.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business dinner
    sprocket
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good local beer selection and decent wine selection. We had scallops and we're disappointed. Preparation was fine but sauce left a lot to be desired, bland at best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good group dining
    Dean
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great service by Ashleigh taking care of our large group. Always good food as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • drexgl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Very good. Always go there when I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • longtimemuer
    odiefromthehills
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The dinner was very good and reasonably priced. The dinner special with dessert was very good. Nice selection of options for the dinner. Nice, quiet place for dinner. I miss your trademark "Mess of Smelt" which was typical for your "Charlie's" restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to expectations
    Graham
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have eaten at Big Fish many times when I was travelling on business over the years, and it was always good food with pleasant staff and great service. Now retired, I decided to meet with some old friends for a lunch date. I had requested a quiet area, which we did get. Service was very slow, which was not too bad as we were not in a rush, but worst of all, the server was "Miserable", and not a happy person. Hardly broke a smile the whole time. I had also received a 10% discount voucher which I had given her, but after receiving the check, found it had not been discounted. Reminded her of the voucher, and she reran the bill. Manageress did apologize for the slow service. Overall, very disappointing. I really struggled with leaving a tip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Mediocre
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Hadn't been there in several years. Food was definitely mediocre. Didn't used to be that way. The wait staff was green and not well trained, which is more a reflection on management than on her. I am not sure why we would go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Food and Service
    Wolfgang37
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were in Detroit and picked Big Fish because it was on Open Table. We sat outside on the patio as it was a pleasant evening. Our food was excellent and the service was very good. I had the white fish and my wife had the salmon. Both were excellent. The salads were very good and the biscuits were excellent. Big Fish has quite a nice wine list although the waiter did not seem to be highly knowledgeable about the wines. The dessert was excellent also, it was a chocolate cake with l;ayers of mousse, I am not sure what it was called. The restaurant was a little noisy because there were a couple of parties going on but not bad. All in all were quite pleased and will dine there again when we are bak in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice patio
    tpmg
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good food, nice ambiance and service, reasonable prices and big deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inland fish?---Yes!
    macGoogle
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was an unexpected find. As I am from the East Coast, I did not know what to expect. I decided to give this a try hoping for the best but not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. The fish was fresh, well prepared and beautifully presented. This is a great place for seafood. If you are in the Detroit area, it is a "must try."
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tastless in Dearborn
    ToolongwaitVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We got to the restaurant early and were able to take advantage of their sunset dinner. Great buy - includes salad/soup, entree and dessert (a super key lime pie) for only $16.99. However, the whitefish was tasteless, the salmon was served medium (ordered medium rare) and the server goofed on one of the entree's sides. Other than the dessert, it was a very mediocre dinner.
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  • Extremely Pleased!
    tommyb4
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner June 28th at Big Fish. It exceeded our expectations. I was especially pleased with the East Meets West Tuna appetizer. The tartar came with a Wasabi Cream and Plantains next to it and Ahi slices in between Avacado slices with a slaw beside it. You found yourself mixing together all the different tastes and wanted more. I didn't want to give back the plate! We had Crab Stuffed Sole and Stuffed Shrimp for our mains and they were perfectly cooked and presented very well. The Lemon Butter sauce on the Sole stayed together until the last bite. Very good chef. Those who work in his kitchen should feel fortunate. The meal was our wedding dinner and we got personalized menus to keep. Fill this house up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yes, you can eat healthy here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Are at Big Fish while in Dearborn and it was very good. My husband and I try to live a healthy live style so restaurants that offer fish options always appeal. My husband ordered whitefish and I had snapper and both were delicious. We ordered them broiled and they were cooked perfectly. The accompanying vegetables were firm and tasty, not at all mushy like some others places where we have eaten The food is good, well prepared and basic ; it fit the bill for us. It was family friendly but might be more costly than an average family would want to spend if you have hungry teenagers
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal!
    Marymich
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a large party for a business meeting and everything was perfect. The food was delicious and the staff was wonderful. thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • celebrating
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have eaten at the Big Fish many times and would rate those experiences excellent. However, my last dining experience, was not as pleasant. The hostess seated us right next to the kitchen and we could hear so much banging, clatter, bowls falling etc. It was very distracting and a major traffic path. When I requested a booth, the hostess stated none were available despite many tables and booths being open. Also, the food was not to the standards of Big Fish - our fish was over cooked making it dry. The salads and dessert were of their higher quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold food
    bigsofty
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    On this evening my group of four were there to celebrate my daughters 26th birthday, it was her first time at your restaurant as well as the first time for another member of my group.i have been coming here for several years and have always found the food good. However on this night our food was cold.. And our sever had to take it back. We were extremely disappointed because I had told everyone they would enjoy coming to this restaurant. I have even made sure the the five couples who I spend New Years with dine here on that night. I am disappointed. And may have to reconsider dining somewhere else. Thank you in advance, Stephanie Baker
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Brad
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    One of our favorites...never lets us down. Service is always great, food always wonderful, and is not overpriced for what you get. A solid choice for a night out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    JeriVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was good, ambience very nice, and service terrific. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    pickeditrite
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    had to change the table selection away from the kitchen and bar. The food, service and full description of contents was totally exceptional. We cannot say enough of the dinner celebration. Thanks for the special menus!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 293 reviews are from the Big Fish - Dearborn reviews archive.
  • TomHVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our Server obviously never had any formal training. She was really terrible, not that she wasn't nice, just with no obvious server smarts. The Soup was cold which to us was incredible considering it's something they feature, their chowder. I won't soon go back.
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  • Big Fish Dearborn
    C2DBN
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    A neighborhood location with great food for 30 years - food and service are still great. Floors are getting creaky but tables, chairs and booths are still clean and in good shape.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fish
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good experience overall. Our server was amazing! The bread was great! The food was great for most part. My only complaint is I ordered a salad and added chicken to it and the chicken tasted like rubber. They didn't take cost of chicken off but I didn't push the issue, just feel they should have offered. Besides the nasty chicken everything else was good. Would have been 5 stars if not for this.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    FamilyLove
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day was my first time at this restaurant. Everything about it was good, from service, food & atmosphere. We all really enjoyed. Will be returning
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undervalued
    Yokum
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to Big Fish a couple times and on both occasions we stated we needed to go there more often. Great seafood. On par with a Mitchels Fish Market. Bread is too tempting. Service was really good too. Only issue would be the noise level with the bar open to the 2 of the dining areas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.