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Fish Story
Fish Story

Fish Story Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishstorynapa.com
  • Phone: (707) 251-5600
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Lively downtown spot with attentive staff and wonderful food. Would go back again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A Great Experience. Thoroughly enjoyed sitting along the Napa River enjoying a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was top notch, even the bread was fantastic. Definitely a fish restaurant, so best to take advantage of that menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "nice ambience, great food, portions a bit small, friendly staff, love the decor, did not feel rushed"
    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.........."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been to Fish Story before and enjoyed the food. This time a party of six. One had the sturgeon and thought it was OK. I previously had that dish and agree that it just OK as I found it very bland. A second diner had the sole and thought it was very poor since the fish was chopped up and blended into a rice mixture- not at all what she expected. The remaining four (including myself) had the Grande Le Aioli. All four of us thought the dish was the worst meal we have ever been served in Napa Valley. This was a cold plate but we were not informed of this on ordering. The quality of the food on that plate was very poor. Unfortunately, we will not be returni ng to Fish Story."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The patio is pretty awesome; great view of the water, the bridge and good people watching while you drink your wine and eat. Based on previous reviews, I ordered the beet salad and the Hawaiin white fish (can't remember the name). Beet salad was ok, but not what I was expecting - the way they serve the beets leaves it with an odd texture, not my favorite. The fish was really blah - it had no flavor and even came out room temp. I would go back for wine and a nice patio, but would venture down the boardwalk a little for my meal. Oh...side note, our server was great...very attentive and helped get a special order in for my kids."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've been to Fish Story several times before and really enjoyed myself. This time, I was a bit more on the fence. I was not impressed with my server-- I found her to be overbearing and not very accommodating. My entree was good, but I had to send my salad back, as it was awful. I will return, though, as the good outweighs the bad and I've had several better experiences there before."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We both had the grand aioli and it was great. A big bowl of aioli and fresh grilled local cod, new potatoes, hericots vertes, little garden tomatoes, baby artichokes, grilled baguettes, herbs and flowers, etc. Delightful and updated version. Who can beat the river-front table on a balmy evening?"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Good restaurant in a great location on the riverfront."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The Spring Garden Lettuces, toasted sunflower seeds, white anchovy dressing, sourdough crisps (9.00) was the worst salad ever. Very bitter, we couldn't eat it. My husband had the Butter Roasted Sturgeon and I had the Napa Verjus-glazed Petrale Sole which we enjoyed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful birthday dinner at Fish Story. The beet salad was delicious, as were both of our fish entrees. Our sever was attentive but not overly so. Did not stay for dessert as we had a second spot already picked out for that."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Fish Story was great as usual. The sea bass was amazing and so were all the variety of oysters."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious! Everything we ordered was deliciously fresh and vibrant. The beet terrine was superb! We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We celebrated a young teen birthday, the wait staff was very helpful, kind and understanding. It was quiet so we could talk, we had a view of the river and the lemonade was "the best" as usual. The petrale sole was outstanding, flavors that all seemed to belong together."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Had high expectations going in - creative menu and good location. Problems at the beginning. Manager berated hostess right in front of us. Should have left then. Stayed and before appetizers came he snapped at a server near our table. We did leave before ordering entrees and went across the street to Thomas at Fagianis where the experience and food were excellent. Maybe this was a bad night for food story but we won't return."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I live in Napa and have visited Fish Story a few times due to my father who comes from out of town wanting to eat sea food during his visits. This place displays horrible service time and again and with the food being just ok, I'm afraid this was our last time eating here. It's apparent that this place hires cheap labor when it comes to the servers and hosts, meaning people with little or no experience at serving in a high end-ish place. Not apologizing for dirty glasses, handing people their food directly from hand to hand, not opening the door for the elderly or for women with strollers on their way out the door and having poor communication skills are barely acceptable for fast food dining, let alone white table cloth restaurants."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Was kind of on the fence with this restaurant. The menu was a bit limited for dinner. I had the petrale sole which was excellent; my wife had the salmon and thought it was bland. Portions were moderate and well presented. Based on the price paid, we were expecting a lot more. This was the first time we tried Fish Story---unfortunately it is probably not a restaurant that we will visit again. Outside dining along the Napa River side of the restaurant was nice, especially when it became dark and the surrounding lights added to the ambiance."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Well managed from the time we walked in to wrapping up our dinner. We had visitors from out of town on a busy Saturday night and never felt rushed and we're well attended to. Food was great, everyone was able to get their preferred drinks and no one had a complaint."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Location is the best setting on Napa River with a wonderful ambience ,although the food was good , the menu should be more straight forward , they try to hard in their description of their menu,it should be more about fish."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our waitress was very good...professional and attentive. Food was very average considering the price point. We reserved a table next to the river. We got two next to high traffic areas or in the bright sunlight. The maître D' was arrogant and not professional. Our savior was a couple who left after they saw the prices on the menu. We took their table."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We are Napan's, and foodies. We have been to Fish Story several times past. They always had good clam chowder, a lunch special, and reasonable prices. We were embarassed after dining with five friends there on 6/6. 'Three kinds' cauliflower was literally 3 small pieces all tasting the same, cold cream of corn soup, 7-8 kernals of corn & very little taste. Lobster pot eu feu, a small little bowl tasted liked new england steamed dinner with small amount of cream added, and cost $38 dollars! Four other entrees disappointed. Fair values we tasted were the rock shrimp appetizer (a version of Fritto Misto), and the lobster bisque. The wait between appetizers was over 45 minutes. This won't make it on the value scale or the gourmet scale. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I was disappointed in the food and service. The ravioli was interesting, but not enough for the price. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I was hesitant to try the sturgeon as I have never had it before. I was really glad I did as it was outstanding! Very creative and delicious!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great spot for fresh fish on the Napa River. Salmon five ways and Salmon roulade were standouts. Very knowledgeable service and lots of Napa Valley wines."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Happy Hour great! We did not know that when we moved from the bar to the restaurant few yards away that the wine/drink list would be over doubled! We bought drinks while waiting for a friend...when she arrived we were seated. She bought the SAME drink as us and charged over double because we were not at the bar (front area of the restaurant) and were told that bar prices were not honored in the dining area?!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Our server Nicole was the best! She kept checking on us and recommending her favorite dishes which were great. The ahi appetizer was great, I highly recommend it! And their desserts are the best!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Had a half chilled lobster and lobster pot-au-feu. They were a great combination with sparkling wine and Pinot Gris. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Great Location: Right by the Napa River, good food, nice patio dining. Great for having dinner with family, friends and loved ones."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Tried out salmon 5 ways and tuna tartar with a glass of napa valley wine. Actually the taste of dishes were higher than expectation. Enjoyed the landscape. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014