Coolfish Grill & Wine Bar - Syosset

Coolfish Grill & Wine Bar - Syosset

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coolfishrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5169213250x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Del Lima
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering for all occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Vaccese 5169213250x
  • Entertainment: Live Music!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michael Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Coolfish Grill & Wine Bar - Syosset
CoolFish is a seasonally driven seafood restaurant. The wine list features thirty wines by the glass, from small production vineyards in California, Europe, South America and Australia.
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Coolfish Grill & Wine Bar - Syosset reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (24)romantic (18)good for groups (18)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (6)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Elegant white table cloth setting with classical music setting the tone for an enjoyable and intimate evening. Food was excellent and service quite attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice ladies lunch
    AnnCVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Had an elegant, sumptuous 3 course lunch for 13.95, an excellent value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will not return
    brenkypVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    food was just ok. I expected better seafood from a seafood restaurant. Our waiter was new and unfamiliar with many of the dishes. He could not describe many things and admitted that he had not seen some of the dishes ordered yet because he was so new.
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  • Enjoyed Coolfish once again
    jparteach
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been going to Coolfish for a number of years and have always enjoyed my time there. The food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kenja
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The chefs know what they're doing at Coolfish. Food that's inventive, colorful, healthy, and delicious enough to be memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Coolfish
    BABSVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The crab cake was excellent. No big pieces of crab but very flavorful. Chilean sea bass with shrimp was delicious. Chocolate teepee awesome! Living social coupon made the 3 course meal so worth it. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, not accommodating
    jimygunnVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Been here many times and food is always very good. However, few members in my family have some food intolerances, and restaurant was always accommodating. However, they seemed to change their policy and don't allow any small changes from menu. To quote our server, " the menu is the menu". This change made for a tough dinner, and we won't be returning.
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  • Room for improvement
    BABSVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was a bit slow. The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived but our server was not attentive however other waiters did help out which made things a bit better. The shrimp ceviche was tough and acidic. The swordfish was flavorful but dry. My husband's steak was good but he was unable to swap out his side so he just didn't eat it. Chef should be more accomodating to customer requests The best part of the meal was the chocolate teepee. One of the best desserts I've had. Delish!!. I will return to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • used to be great!
    lovgoodfood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    very disappointing, this place used to be amazing, the waiters all looked like they were moving in slow motion. the busboys are the only ones hustling. the dumplings were good the boulibasse was tiny and not a lot of flavor. the tuna appetizer was okay, and the red snapper was good. when we tried to order a dessert that was brought to another table, the waiter could only find out that is was part of the pre fix menu and we cpuld not have it! he couldn't even tell us what it was. will not go back
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  • Never Again!
    ScottyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This used to be an outstanding restaurant when Tom Schaudel owned it. Since he sold it's been going downhill. I went back a few times after my first unsatisfactory meal, thinking it was "growing pains". Never again. Ordered an absolutely inedible skirt steak. and a lobster appetizer that was all bread and very little lobster. Why offer a dish guaranteed to be unsatisfactory? Doesn't matter. I went this last time because a client asked for it. Since we were both disappointed, and my food came after he was finished, I knew I was finished too. Adios Coolfish. Never again!
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  • Coolfish is for fish lovers
    kendigramVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The mussels were delicious, a must try. I had the whole red snapper which was fantastic and a very large dish. My husband had the halibut done simply grilled. He liked it very much but the portion was quite small. I know halibut is expensive but this was really a small portion. At $30 a dish you expect at least a normal portion. It came with no sides so a side of vegetables made this dish close to $40. At that price the main dish should be larger. Service was excellent. The chef here is wonderful, I just think he needs to adjust some of his portion sizes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Very disappointed
    foodie7
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a reservation but had to wait more than a half hour. Service was so slow that it took 2 hours for food. Brought out wrong appetizer. When we got the right one it was delicious. My dish and my daughter's had shrimp but were different dishes. The shrimp tasted fishy and old. Couldn't eat it. My husband had simply grilled fish. He really enjoyed it but the portion was about 4 ounces with no side dishes and cost $28 and like it said - was just simply grilled. When we finally got the check after asking several times, we were overcharged and it took another 10 minuted before we could get the correct one. So while it was a nice looking place - we won't be back
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  • not up to par
    ijs4VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    too many folks at a rehearsal dinner threw off the entire service. along with other couples, we waited over 30 minutes for a table to "be set up". the waitress did her best to get us more than bread and beer, and after going to the kitchen a 3rd time, we finally got our main course nearly 90 minutes after being seated. ask ahead if there are any staffing problems to be sure you get proper service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not on their A game!
    kikiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Something has changed and /or is slipping at Coolfish. Usually we are big fans but not this night. Service was especially slow although we did allow some slack since they had an engagement party occurring in the back...but it seemed like they did not plan properly for a Saturday night. Of course after waiting so long for the main course, one would hope it was worth the wait but unfortunately it was not. Our whole table ordered fish...two were dry and another luke warm in temperature. Our friends had also expressed their last two visits over the past few months were disappointing. Hopefully Coolfish will find away to turn things around...we wont be back until we hear good things.
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  • Hits and Misses
    Esquire
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Some of the dishes were delicious and creative whereas others were mediocre. I recommend the coconut sauce mussels as an appetizer. The lollipop lambchops and the dumplings are good, too, but are overpriced as is the restaurant in general. Best to go with some kind of a coupon or on Sundays when they offer prix fixe meals. For entrees, the sea bass is excellent, but the red snapper filet not so much. The restaurant is located in the far rear of a commercial buildings complex, and so don't think that you are lost when looking for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • save your money
    Randy10
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Over priced, over hyped, this restaurant won`t be in business for much longer. The food was fair, not bad not great. Presentation from back in the 90`s, wine list pathetic when you consider the fact they seem to be proud of it. I forgot more about wine than they know there. The waitress did not even know how to open a bottle of wine properly. I don`t need to go back there and pay high prices for slow service, and ordinary wines.
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  • Great food...service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Review title says it all...we were seated for almost 20 minutes before anyone came over to take drink order, but we'd never received drink menu. Drinks took almost 10 minutes to arrive. Mind you, there weren't that many filled tables and definitely ample staff to handle. Once we finally got our drinks & apps, things got better.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Salmon
    BABSVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Friendly service. Salmon was excellent. Chocolate Teepee Delicious! Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    MarcoVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Too bad that this once good restaurant has slid down so badly. The prices are high, but came to realize that most people had 50% discount coupons. The portions are small and the presentation is lacking. Had a hard time getting water refilled. The preparation of the fish is poor and seared and burned on the outside and raw on the inside. We will not go back.
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  • A Great Place for Seafood
    LI23VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My halibut was excellent and my wife enjoyed her red snapper as well. We'll definitely go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We each had a shrimp dish. I had the paella and my companions each had the simple broiled prawns/ We all found the prawns to be over cooked, tough with an iodine taste to it. For the price that was charged we thought that this should not happen. We did go to the happy hour prior to sitting down and there the food and drinks were very good.
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  • Client Lunch
    Beauty7
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Invited one of my Client's to Lunch ; had been here a few times. Food is fresh & we'll prepared; Waitress was attentive.
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    great for lunch
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  • would not return
    litig8orVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant is located in the rear of an office complex. It has all the ambiance of a cafeteria. The prices are high and the portions are small. The shrimp in both my dish and my wife's were overcooked. The other shellfish (with the exception of the sea bass) were tasteless.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best prix fixe
    rhubarbVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It would be hard to beat this prix fixe menu. Incredible selection and amazing taste. Just delicious.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheMayor
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Went on a Sunday night which is always dangerous at restaurants. Wait tee never showed up until after entrees served but manager was attentive and took our orders. Fish was good - even very good. Salads were good too. Overall good food
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better seafood elsewhere
    SyossetDiner123VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were disappointed in this restaurant. For a Saturday night, the place was only a third of the way full yet the hostess called twice to confirm our reservation. The service was fine although the waitress seemed very inexperienced. She was not familiar with the menu or wine list. We had the crabcake and crispy oysters to start. The crabcake was good but the oysters were chewy and the sauce did not work. For entrees, we had the red snapper filet and halibut. The red snapper was very fishy (more so than expected) and the combination of sides and sauces did not blend well. The halibut was cooked well but the sauce was also a bit off. The best part of the whole meal was the dessert. IF we ever go back, it would be only for dessert and coffee.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 188 reviews are from the Coolfish Grill & Wine Bar - Syosset reviews archive.
  • Great food, quiet atmosphere!
    Carol
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Nice selection of fish entrees. Desserts were excellent, too!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Experience
    All4Hope
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was very good and the service was excellent. It was a little difficult to find the restaurant if you're not familiar with the area. The only disappointing thing to report was the children's pizza; the sauce needs to be plain and the mozzarella is always better when it's fresh. The crust was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    PlefVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Haven't been to Coolfish in a while. The menu finally was insync with it's name - fish. Lots of fish on the menu. It was hard to choose. Appetizers were all delicious. My husband chose Caesar salad and said it was one of the best he's ever had. I had crab cakes. The sauces on them were yummy. 2 of us had halibut for the main. It was one of the best I've ever had without doubt. Desserts were fabulous too. Waitress talked too much. She kept engaging in conversation. It is also beyond moderately priced. With wine $200 per couple. But very with it if you're a foodie! Excellent food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Service and Food were outstanding.
    BBrunoVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Although it was a little hard to find, we were pleasantly surprised when we walked in. Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and our waitress was very attentive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had an excellent dinner
    MattVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Went here on Wednesday night (perhaps that explains why it was so empty?) for dinner. The place was very empty and really quiet (both not bad things). We ordered the "Tuna, tuna, tuna...", the Sea Bass, Shrimp, and Apple Cobbler. Everything we had was delicious and we were really really happy. Thanks for the great dinner!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Not quite as good as it used to be
    ScottyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Boy do I miss Tom Schaudel. He knows how to run a restaurant. Unfortunately, he's no longer the owner & it shows. This place needs a serious makeover. That's a big part of why they were the only truly successful restaurant of the many which used to occupy this space-they put the money in to make it special. Oh well, Guess I'll stick with Jewel
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Ladyjaynee
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I haven't been to CoolFish in many years. Went with a friend there for her Birthday. Lunch was very good! Service was very good! I feel the only negative is that the place needs a little facelift - the carpets are threadbare... All of which you can see in the daytime light!
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Easy fix problems
    Cattrap
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went during restaurant week on a Sat., coolfish did not honor the cut prices on Sat. I have been to other places and they all honor everyday during restaurant WEEK. Big turn-off. I don't drink alcohol, and the soda was served in a small cocktail glass, again big turn-off. I didn't use the restroom, but my boyfriend did, an he said it was pretty bad, dirty and poorly stocked. A little pricey. 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, no desert or alcohol for 2, $104. I will rethink going back there. Too bad, food was very good, and nice ambience.
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    Romantic
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  • Fine Dining
    Jeri
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The dining experience at Coolfish always live up to our expectations. The only part of the meal that would make it complete when there is a Restaurant Week deal, would be coffee included.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but use to be better
    Kris
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I have been here a few times. The food is on the pricey side, but has always been very good and worth it. This last time I went, the food was still good but not great as usual. The steak i had was overly salty. The best appetizer is the quesadilla, so good. The service is usually very good here as well, but during my last visit, it was lacking a little. Had to ask for water fill-ups, didn't clear the appetizer plates for over 20 minutes until the entree was coming. Just the little things you expect when paying at least $50 a person.
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  • Nice experience
    TravellerVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    As always Coolfish is a gem. Consistently good food, professional friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere. The Chilean sea bass was cooked perfectly and the dessert was decadent and deliscious.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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  • Not Good!
    fisheaterVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went to Coolfish for LI Restaurant week. There was a $10.00 up charge for my Sea Bass and a $5.00 up charge for my husbands Fillet. The salads were very nice. The preparation of the Sea bass looked pleasing but the odd off smell of the fish was a turn off. But with only 1 waiter and an assistant covering the entire room, the absolutely abominable service made it impossible to send it back. To add insult to injury the check was presented to us before the dessert even arrived. NOT GOOD!
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  • POMOVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Enjoyed the meal, but I think it is a little pricey.
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    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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  • hiding in plain sight
    jayngeeVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    off the main road, if you don't see the sign it is easy to forget about this restaurant. looking for a good place to meet friends for dinner last minute, this came up on opentable so we gave it a try. the food was excellent as was the overall experience. we will definitely go back again.
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    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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