Fish out of Water
Fish out of Water

Fish out of Water

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.watercolorresort.com/
  • Phone: 8505345050x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Daily (À la Carte)
    Happy Hour: 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. Nightly (Patio & Bar Only)
    Kids Eat Free (2 kids meals with purchase of entree)
    5:30 P.M.- 6:00 P.M. Nightly

    Dinner
    5:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Monday - Thursday, & Sunday
    5:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. Friday & Saturday

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Brian Murray & Chef Shaun O'Brien
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Weddings, Meetings, Rehearsal Dinners
  • Private Party Facilities: Reserve the private wine room at Fish Out of Water for intimate affairs of up to 20 people. Award dinners,client events,holiday parties and rehearsal dinners in Fish Out of Water as a private dining room offer an elegant affair with chef prepared menus.

    Each event is crafted to suite your needs and requirements. Farm to table creations, fresh seafood and incredible viewsall make Fish Out of Water the perfect choice for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Carolyn Webre 8505345016x
  • Special Events: 30-A Songwriters Festival

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 30-A
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Open parking lot in front of Inn, covered parking next door.
A word from Fish out of Water
Fish Out of Water, the WaterColor Inn & Resort’s signature restaurant, sets a glamorous scene overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with virtuoso cuisine and a distinctive wine list to match. The freshest local fish and meats, combined with an eclectic approach to traditional ways of preparing and serving food, translating into dishes unlike anything else offered in the area. A semi-private dining room is available, lined with bottles from the restaurant’s collection of over 3,000, representing some 600+ labels. Fish Out of Water has earned a number of distinctions for excellence. In addition, to garnering an AAA four diamond award, received a Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine, and also earned a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
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Fish out of Water reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (37)great for outdoor dining (31)special occasion (29)romantic (23)fit for foodies (22)notable wine list (17)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (10)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    MarTack3
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A bit pricey for what you get / but it watercolor / so it is to be expected and excellent It's a special place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem on the Gulf
    Keith222
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful dining experience - the food was amazing, the decor was both elegant and relaxing, and the service was impeccable. Our server Victoria was always there when we needed her, and never intruding when we didn't need her. One of the sides, a Brie risotto, was a special discovery. We have spent several evenings here on our trips from Texas, and every time our experience is equal to or better than anything we have experienced in a fine dining spot anywhere. We are going back tonight with a friend who has never been there - glad we can correct that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We've dined at Fish Out Of Water several times and have never been disappointed. The food, service, ambiance and wine list are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great evening
    spjones
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great evening at the restaurant. The service was outstanding. The food was unique and interesting. Our group really enjoyed the outdoor dining. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing sunset views
    WarEagle14
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Fabulous service and food. My friend lost an earring that night and didn't know where. The rest found it and thru my open table reserv was able to trace it to us and called me. That's above and beyond service. We will definitely recommend this to anyone and go back when we return to Seaside area
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time at Fish Out of Water even though we have been to Seaside many times. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Respite by the Gulf
    JMLinPNSVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had an early dinner....and got the kids along with it...but the tables are fairly far apart, so it wasn't an issue. The food was interesting without being over the top. I had the duck breast which was scrumptious...totally sublime. My husband had grouper and enjoyed it. Our waiter was outstanding....in fact all of the staff were great...attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Recommendation !
    Luv2DineVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner ! Enjoyed the ambiance, service and the food was fabulous! We will return !
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The 4 of us enjoyed our dinner very much! We would definitely want to return to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good first impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is a beautiful place to eat and the server was very friendly and did a great job explaining the food items. He took one of the orders wrong and in a hurry to get the steak out in a hurry burned the outside of the meat. At the start of our dinner we ordered a desert that took 20 minuets to prepair but forgot to put the order in on time, so at the end of our meal we had to wait but my family went to the room, they were tired after an hour and forty five minuets. The server comped the desert that helped. Things happen I understand!
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  • Great Dining Experience
    fortyyears
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and I had dinner two evenings while at Water Color. The Server, Vickie, explained the menu well and helped us with our choices. The grouper and the snapper were excellent. The presentations were awesome. The view of the sunset made the evening perfect. We were told this was good resort dining, but the restaurant far, far exceeded our expectations. We look forward to dining there on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night!
    Tigalig
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We travel to Watercolor several times a year and visit Fish Out of Water for brunch. We decided to try it for dinner and we were not disappointed. The ambience was outstanding and it seemed more relaxed than it does for brunch. They easily accommodated our food allergies and the food was divine. I can't wait until we return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • One of my favorites on 30A
    GovigVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have dined here several times when staying anywhere on 30A. The upscale food and custom cocktails have NEVER served to disappoint. Our particular preference is to make a reservation for our last night to dine while we watch the sunset over the Gulf as a close to our vacation trip. ALWAYS wait until you hear the available specials before making your dining choices. The sesame seed encrusted blue fin was amazing. YOU must try and enjoy the whimsy of a deviled egg -- yes, deviled eggs in a fine dining experience. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    chefmur
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Worth waiting for outside table as sun was setting. Great food , tasty we'll prepared . We loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Bensmom
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with top notch service. Crab cakes were divine and the free cookies at the end of the meal were a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining..a true gem
    LOVETOEATOUTVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great food and service..thanks coming from a daily out-to-eat family..from Chicago area,the fourth visit will occur tomorrow..small but tasty menu,a creative flair..curry inspired soup tasting,deviled eggs,pork chop,lamb..best filet over Chicago area restaurants..and cheesecake..and take home cookies..to tiny thumbprint cookies and snicker doodle and chocolate chip cookies to die for..come to Chicago..you will be at the top..service staff great..Bill...and Val(Vicki?) and all too...great breakfast/buffet too...thanks..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    JMBTGBVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Exceptional service and food. This was more of a wonderful experience than just a dinner out. As we arrived we mentioned that it was our anniversary and they went all out without having too. Great food choices and great white wine list. Our Waiter - Bill M. was superb (ask for him if you go). Did a great job of describing the Entrees and helping to make choices. The food was wonderful and the dessert that they chose for us for our anniversary was super. Will go back whenever we are in the area and we have been coming to this area for 20 yrs and tried alot of restaurants - this is the one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Roller coaster
    CalWVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've had really good grouper, dry wahoo, great deviled eggs, chicken so tough you couldn't cut it with a knife (but the flavor was good), polenta that was too rich and so runny you had to eat it with a spoon, perfect risotto . The salads are unremarkable (why fried green tomatoes on a caprese when tomatoes are perfect right now?). You just don't know what's going to come out of the kitchen quality-wise, I hear the chef is rolling out a new menu-- hope it works. Service is impeccable(especially Trayce and Joy) and the atmosphere is stunning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We just had our last dinner at Fish Out of Water. We were very sad to say goodbye to Alvin our favorite server for many years. The food was always good although the menu doesn't change very much. We always enjoy visiting this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy an memorable.
    BeachtimeVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was delicious. The wait staff a bit hurried but very nice. Too many large tables I think was the problem. Lots of strollers but well behaved children. Ask not to be sat by the door leading outside. Everyone wanted to see the sunset. Will for sure go back. Easy to over order everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food & service. Made for a special anniversary celebration.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE!
    JillCeleste
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I adore this place, if I lived in the area I would be a regular. Fish Out of Water really knows how to make a girl feel special on her birthday =)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Donnalina1998
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I ordered the bouillabaisse. When the bowl arrived, it was completely yellow. Like a fake saffron color only missing the saffron flavor. In fact there was no flavor oter than fishy. The gnocchi were hard and doughy. So everything about this dish was worse than have ever had. My husbands meal was "ok" as it was te duck breast. He liked the risotto. Our service was wonderful. Martinis were marginal at best. Drank prosecco instead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    augirl1986
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had the most wonderful dinner. The drinks and food were outstanding and our waitress was not only professional and knowledgeable about all the items we asked about but she was very personable. We enjoyed talking with her about 30 A and the surrounding areas. We had the perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have been going to Fish Out of Water for over 11 years when it opened. It has been consistently good. We love having Alvin as our server. He has been there since the beginning and is just such a nice person. The food is good and the service is very good. Try to get there whenever we are at the beach.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get a table with Chuck
    will
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Fantastic view, better food, and even better service. Chuck made sure we had a wonderful evening. It was perfect service -- attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 368 reviews are from the Fish out of Water reviews archive.
  • Foodie Happy on 30A
    winelover7VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food Out of Water exceeded expectations! A lovely setting, and the food was divine. Great wine list--one of my favorite vintners, Orin Swift, and one of my favorite OS wines, The Prisoner, was available here! The staff were superb--kind, attentive, and knowledgeable. Try the tuna sashimi, the Florida Hopper and the duck entree--complete with brie risotto. Heavenly. And don't forget the chocolate soufflé with mocha ice cream. Yet another reason to head back to 30A as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LCWW
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I take a group here every year for an annual convention and I travel from Arizona. This year I did two nights in a row with two groups and the food is always amazing. The view is great, the ambience is nice and the staff is always accommodating to the group. I will be back again next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish out of water was wonderful
    MSFoodies
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We returned to fish out of water 6/14, it has long been a favorite of ours. The service was good. The food was delicious. My only complaint would be it came too quickly. We weren't given hardly any time to finish a course before the next one appeared.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we met the chef
    30Adiners
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We met the chef; he catered to my allergies and my daughters delights. The server brought us a fantastic French wine to enjoy with dinner. We will send our family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef is fish out of water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Fish was overdone even when sent back and redone. Food was unremarkable on all levels. Only thing that would save this place is if you are lucky enough to be there early enough to secure an outdoor table, which is first come first serve. Overall a disappointing experience given the price.
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  • Wonderful experience
    LoloG
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary by dining here this past weekend. The cocktails, food, ambiance (outdoor), service, oceanfront view and friendly hostess staff were all outstanding. The complimentary anniversary dessert was a special touch that added to our overall experience. We also enjoyed the pleasant live music from the outdoor wedding below the balcony. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food!
    lovewatercolorresortVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Disappointing menu from new chef (of 3 weeks). Favorite plates have been redesigned as bland imitations of the original. If you are frequent guests (like we have been for the last 12 years), you will be disappointed in the menu.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Watercolor Gem
    YellowJacket89
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Wonderful experience as always. First time back in a year and the quality remains excellent. Fish Out Of Water is a beautiful beachfront restaurant. It's food and service could easily fit the dining scene in Atlanta.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flyer Hockey Fans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Our 40th Anniversary was lovely- great food AND service. The staff and Chef Sean O'Brien were awesome! Thanks so much for the special treatment!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not value customer service
    DallasDav
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Poor customer service in summary and 2 of us suffered gastric distress later. I would have to say that the chef is talented based on taste. We had a very friendly, if not clueless waitress. She took my drink while I was in the restroom and that's forgivable. However, long story short, the whole dessert experience was destroyed by inept handling of our order, mistakenly sending 2 of our 5 desserts to another table after already delivering 2 desserts to our table and desert 3 ten minutes later. We had to wrangle with management to remove the dessert charges for 2 undelivered desserts and some drinks. At the end of the day no one goes out to eat to be stressed. They even had a man cleaning the ladies room when guests needed to use it!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Beautiful setting and view but our waitress was not very attentive: I think that she had to many to take care of that evening-- twice she didn't keep our wine glasses poured- almost got up and got it myself! Food was very good but not exceptional!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish Food Matched View!
    Cleo
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    What a beautiful setting and view of the beach from the outdoor deck. With perfect gulf breezes in late May, we had a relaxing dinner outside. I just wish the food equaled the view. It was good but not at the level it should be for this restaurant to be what they aim to be. Before they ever opened, they proclaimed their intent of being a 5 star restaurant. They have quite a ways to go with the food and service to make that rating. The grouper I had was overcooked and not that flavorful. The roasted chicken was pretty good. The molten lava cake was not that great and the sorbet was weak. But if you love eating outside as we do, I still recommend going---at least an early evening cocktail to watch the sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Only disappointment is restaurant allows walk-in drinkers to take best seat outside away from reserved diners. Huge disappointment and bad for return diners. Waiter was a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy FOW
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    WE love Fish Out of Water. The food is delicious and the wine list pretty good. Our server, Holly was wonderful and fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate