Fish Story
Fish Story

Fish Story

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishstorynapa.com/
  • Phone: 7072515600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Happy Hour Menu: Sunday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 6:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 2:30pm -5:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Clint Davies
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Third Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Convenient garage under the building and City garage across the street.
A word from Fish Story
Fish Story, offering sustainable, seasonal, ocean-fresh seafood, is Lark Creek Restaurant Group's entry into the Napa Valley dining scene. Located downtown, with ample riverfront patio seating, Fish Story serves lunch weekdays, brunch weekend days and dinner nightly, featuring live local Dungeness crab, live Maine lobster, fresh fish and shellfish all sourced in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program, plus non-seafood items.
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Fish Story reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (89)scenic view (59)fit for foodies (50)special occasion (50)romantic (32)notable wine list (32)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (30)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (9)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Thanks for a wonderful evening. Food was fabulous- we both ordered fish that we new to us and enjoyed immensely. Staff were friendly, attentive but not over bearing in any way. A Perfect evening !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great atmosphere
    BarbaraS
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The atmosphere was great and the service super but the food was just so-so. We met friends that we hadn't seen in year, so the relaxed atmosphere was perfect, but no one walked away saying that they had a great meal.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Left Our OT Gift At Home
    Taryn
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have wanted to come here since I moved close by, and my boyfriend and I finally got the chance, and the babysitter :). When we arrived, we brought our own bottle of champagne, and everyone kept asking what the special occasion was, but there was none really; we just wanted to come to Napa and support the restaurant community after the earthquake. To be honest, our server (I can't recall her name), along with other staff members, treated us like we were celebrities! It was great; the service was excellent, and the dorade I had was the best fish I have ever tasted; it was the freshest-tasting piece of fish I have ever had. My boyfriend had the king salmon, and we both enjoyed it! We left our OT gift at home, so we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Too Sloow
    liketoenjoy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was great, service was not. Sat for 10 minutes before someone came for drink order, then brought two of the three drinks, 10 minutes had to ask for it again, another waitress brought it promptly. Order additional drinks, again took another 15 minutes. Lastly received our check before we received the last of our cocktails................. Food service was good
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Fish Story (Lunch)
    diningouttonight99
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fish Story is in a convenient location (Downtown Napa). It has a nice outdoor/patio dining area. The day we were there it was not crowded at all and had a relaxing, stress-free vibe. The food was OK, if you or someone in your party is a foodie or dines out in the area, this lunch will be disappointing. Our server was nice, but not experienced and not polished (forgot about our appetizer). I was disappointed because I had set up the reservation and it wasn't the kind of services I had hoped for. The portion sizes were fine, and the price would have been fine if the food was better. Overall it just seemed like they save the A & B teams for dinner (food & service).
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    good for groups
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  • A Napa Dinner
    Hmbjww
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great evening on the patio next to the Napa River. Actually had a couple of fish entrees that we'd never heard of before, both recommended by the server, both delicious. Don't pass on the tuna tartare app. Scrumptious!
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • 2nd time around
    SardelVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our 2nd time eating here. We came back specifically for the clams with chorizo and pork belly, which unfortunately they no longer have on the menu. I ordered the Petrale Sole and the other 3 guests order the Sturgeon. The Sole was very good. The Sturgeon had great flavor, but the portions were a bit on the small side. We all joked about where we were going to eat next, because they were still hungry. Our waitress Lisa, came over and asking how was everything. We said how we felt about the meal. Needless to say, about 10 minutes later we had another entrée delivered to the table with 2 sides of fresh garden vegetables for all of us to share. We didn't leave hungry! We will definitely return for a 3rd go around!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious dinner
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at the Fish Story. My petrale was delicious and my husband's beef was excellent. The beignets for dessert were also wonderful. The new manager, Neil Robinson, has really made a difference. The welcome is superb and the service outstanding. We will make this restaurant one of our regular haunts. They also have a nice circular bar and we come here often for drinks and bar snacks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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  • 4 Fish Entrees - all delicious
    hslover728VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went to Fish Story as a group of 4 on a Sunday evening. We started off with a bottle of pinot noir and the ahi tartare. Tartare was very fresh and light but not a ton of flavor. Sourdough rolls from Model Bakery-yum! For entrees, we each ordered a different fish. We got: sauteed dorade, grilled escolar, wild king salmon, and butter roasted sturgeon. I tried each and they were all delicious! The escolar was my favorite because of the salty flavor and the denseness of the fish but the salmon was a close second. The dorade was my least favorite. It had crispy skin and tasted fishy. We also got a bread pudding with roasted pineapple and coconut sorbet for dessert. Loved the pineapples but did not care for the sorbet. An excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    localgal
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fish Story was my favorite restaurant in Napa until this visit for lunch. The menu has been changed and my favorites have been taken off...but the real downer was the taste of the food. Salty. Lack of flavor. And a strange balsamic jelly that was served on the Ahi. The Salmon Salad was very small. Plain lettuce on a bed of quinoa with 4 bites of salmon. $18. So sad. I love the ambiance but the chef is getting it wrong.
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  • Relaxing
    Toby
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were celebrating or 27th anniversary and decided on FS. Service was great! Food was delicious. The outdoor space was very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor setup. Poor criteria.
    Caceho
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was there for a special date with my wife. They give us the worse table possible in the outside area. It is really bad when they makes you feel that you are not good enough for their restaurant and they give you the worse location (noise, with waitresses running around continuously, with no view, etc). Good food but the service does not worth the price. Not coming back
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    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Very dog friendly
    Dood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service was good, food was great. The place is dog friendly, tables outside are spaced so is is easy to bring a large dog and tuck him out of the way of other guests
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenominal!
    JulieGrace
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It was a perfect dining experience. Outstanding experience from the second we stepped on the property. Attentive host, wait staff and even a pleasurable visit with the manager as he came to insure a successful dining experience. The appetizer, entree and dessert were fabulous. A sensory success all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing- end of story
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Though the service was friendly and competent, and the location on the river pleasant, the food here was disappointing. For a place w/"fish" in the name, I expect a wide array of fresh fish dishes on the menu. Not only was their menu limited, they'd run out of several regular menu items by 6:30pm and were substituting other fishes for escolar & soft shell crab. Had a tempura shrimp appetizer that was served as little bits of shrimp--greasy, not that flavorful--then my husband got a sole dish that reminded me of something you could get at a diner or a mass-produced wedding/banquet, and I had branzino which was fishy. The mustard potatoes were okay. We didn't bother with dessert since nothing we ate there was worth our while.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Disappointing
    NapFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    To give Fish Story a fair shake, we ate there 3x. The food is flavorless and the portions are so too small. Last night was our last and final dinner there. The restaurant advertised a Wild Salmon menu paired with Rose. The salmon tataki appetizer was half the size of my iphone. No kidding. The server Nicki tried to warn us how small it was. Her service was excellent. My husband had the petrale sole & said it was just okay. I had a flavorless poached lobster entree that had about 4 bites of lobster. Seasoning was absent. Our premium oysters were fresh. Only those and the great service from Nicki are why I give this two stars.
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  • Great Salmon
    HTGood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had the wild caught Salmon which was prepared perfectly and the portion was ample. The in house brewed Summer Ale was very good as well and seemed to compliment the salmon. I will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LED1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and service were very good--our waiter made special effort to explain the various menu options. Fish was VERY fresh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • What has happened to Fish Story?
    sharon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were very much looking forward to our dinner last Friday since we'd always been happy at the Fish Story. Well, the first disappointment was the MENU--it had changed so much that all the things we wanted to order weren't even on it--no shrimp salad, no mussels, no fish and chips, no trout. We ended up ordering the petrel sole and salmon. The waitress did substitute my side dish with the salmon, (which was tasty), but the fish itself was quite dry. The petrel sole was not up to par either, according to the two people who ordered that. In the end, we were so discouraged that even the butterscotch pudding didn't seem the same. We won't be going there again.
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  • AWFUL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is way overpriced. The salmon was around 2 or 3 oz. Most restaurants it's around 6 oz. The lobster was 3 bites. For the price, total ripoff.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First time we had been here and was very happy with our experience and the food was very good. Portion sizes were a tad small. Loved that is was right on the river path. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great story at Fish Story
    Dfinkelstein1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Wonderful restaurant in downtown Napa on the river. Four star service, excellent oysters and wine outside. What more coul you wish for in Napa?
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food was good all around. Service was a little scattered but people were working hard to be positive. We ate outside for the first time and it was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local Restaurant
    dineout70
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fish Story is one of our favorite local restaurants. We can always be sure of having a fantastic fish dinner and the choices are always unique and in accordance sustainable fish choices. The apps are seasonal and creative. It is always on the list when we are thinking of dining out in the valley.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dining experience
    Sabrinadrvr
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I had walked by Fish Story for a few days and finally made a reservation. The staff was friendly and helpful as soon as we walked in. Our server was appropriately attentive and helpful with the menu and wine selection. Everyone seemed to go out of their way to make us feel comfortable. And the food was great! We both had fish dishes and they were so well prepared, flavorful and quite satisfying. The recommended wine was the perfect complement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Sunday dinner
    DietRestricted
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Hello, We are Napa locals and we love your restaurant, but as gluten-free-soy-free-vegetarians, we are becoming increasingly frustrated by your lack of dinner options that we can eat. Your ravioli dish contains wheat, which is bad for for people with wheat allergies, like us. You did provide a dish with beautifully prepared vegetables that were lightly blanched, but there was no grain or protein provided, such as rice or quinoa. We also would have enjoyed the vegetables more if they we cooked and served warm and not cold. (We know the vegetables were meant to be served with the tuna dish, which is served cold as well). Please feel free to consult us for guidance about providing suitable options for diet restricted people, if you wish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try too much
    1notsofoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    They specialize in fresh fish dinners, but have a couple items on the menu for the non-fish eaters. The food was beautifully presented. I do think that the chef is trying too hard to make the dishes unique. Had the lobster dish, with corn. Some sort of creamed corn, with chunks of fresh just off the cob corn nibbletts, then popped corn scattered about (I thought this was odd). Then the lobster was topped with a coral foam (insert fancy name). This was the part I didn't care for. It was a fishy broth that had been foamed. I did not care for it taste wise, and I thought it didn't look appetizing. Then they scattered flower petals about the dish. For me, they tried too hard to make the dish different, and went too far.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to love it
    Atl38VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    There were four of us for an early dinner (6:30) and it was not busy but the service was dismal. We had empty drinks water and wine, one member of our party actually got up and ask for the wine as we could see it on the bar. The food was good we enjoyed the fresh menu, the appetizers were great shrimp and salmon 4 ways. I might give it another try to see if service improved but with so many options right on the river walk I may not.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Great Service, Good Food
    drenken
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We arrived earlier than reservation and promptly seated at the bar. Our servers were very attentive, the staff kept a close watch for ready tables and kept us informed. We wanted to sit outside, but they were not seating there. Weather was accommodating. No reason given. The food was good, but below expectations for Napa. Some descriptions were a stretch. The waitress described the dishes that she liked very well, but didn't know much about the others. When asked about certain fish types, the comparison to other fish was nowhere close to accurate. Everyone was fine with their choices, somewhat underwhelmed. This will probably not be a regular stop on our recurring visits to Napa, unless to the bar or to sit outside with wine.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    NapaNative
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We started with the lovely sparkling wine flight. Strangely they were served in wine glasses instead of champagne glasses. The oysters were delicious but the Salmon 5 Ways ranged from good to really blah. We ordered 3 different fish dishes and 2 out of 3 were very good. Once again it was the salmon which was disappointing. It was overcooked, but not to the point where it needed to be returned, but strange for a fish restaurant. The dessert, a Madeleine Cake, was really boring for a $10 dessert! The service was friendly and relatively attentive, but the timing was appalling. Our main courses arrived right after we finished our appetizers and before we even had utensils or the wine that was ordered to have with fish. It really felt rushed.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist trap
    Local
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A nice location on the river in downtown Napa but clearly designed for the tourist crowd. Bland food, very small portions without the burst of flavor expected.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • extremly disappointed
    gigi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We cannot believe that in a fine dinning restaurant in Napa, a $45.00 bottle of wine was served in a carafe and not the actual bottle. Nor can anyone we told this to. We were never shown the bottle and when asked to see it, we were told by manager, well it comes from a keg not a bottle. We live in Napa go out almost every week end and find this "Unbelievable"! We have been to Fish Story a couple of times before but we will never go there again. This place must have new owner. Very disappointed. The service was extremely slow but we did not blame the waiter who kept apologizing to us. It seems that it was the kitchen and bar that could not get it together. Maybe they had trouble with the "keg".
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  • Not Just a Fish Story...
    Number6
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was my first time at Fish Story and I found it to be a outstanding. The menu is printed daily depending on the fresh catch. The service was attentive but not annoying. Food was of great (portions, price, taste,-the total package). Give Fish Story a try and you will be hooked.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Great place
    GregS
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Lively downtown spot with attentive staff and wonderful food. Would go back again.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • A restaurant along the river
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The fresh oysters are good. The lobster without shell is tasteful. I do not see desserts I like. No tiramisu. Nothing special for birthday people. Too bad. The price is not low. Over $100 for two people with only 70% full.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Fish Story
    MasterChiefBill
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A Great Experience. Thoroughly enjoyed sitting along the Napa River enjoying a wonderful meal.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Great Dining, Great Food. Top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Everything we ordered was top notch, even the bread was fantastic. Definitely a fish restaurant, so best to take advantage of that menu.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • excellent food
    rkd2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    nice ambience, great food, portions a bit small, friendly staff, love the decor, did not feel rushed
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Fish Story
    Laura
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My friends and I dined at Fish Story last Saturday outside overlooking the Napa River. The experience was perfect! The food was deliciously prepared and presented. The wine was exceptional and our server, Michael, was amazing. He was witty, professional and interactive with everyone at the table. We will return to Fish Story..........
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • too expensive
    Virginian
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Presentation is great. Food was not amazing but good. Bread was too crispy, but flavor was good. Not much choices in beer. It is nice to sit outside.
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    romantic, special occasion
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