Fish Story
Fish Story

Fish Story

  • 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.
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Fish Story reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (61)scenic view (41)fit for foodies (39)notable wine list (30)special occasion (27)romantic (24)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (9)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Birthday Lunch
    mizsimone
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had a nice time celebrating my birthday. Though I came in for the Eggs Benedict, it was no longer on the menu so I had the fish and chips instead. Fish was flaky and tender and the fries were tasty with just the right amount of salt and vinegar. Our server was very friendly. We had a pleasant view of the river. I would recommend Fish Story to anyone.
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go someplace else. Anywhere else but Fish Story.
    jennyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is the 4th time I've been to Fish Story and I have to say most likely the last. Each time I think it's going to be different and that the last visit was just a fluke. Sigh, foolish me. It's a nice location and the décor is pretty but the food just isn't good here. All my visits have provided rather pedestrian fare that lacked substantial flavor. Also, portions are ridiculously small. My husband had the halibut on our last visit and it was actually comical how small the fish was. We jokingly mentioned to the waiter that it was more of a tapas portion and he smiled and said "let me know if you need anything else". Service is always so-so and the staff does not know the menu. Manager came around before we left and asked how everything was. I responded that things could have been better and again we got a "hope you folks have a good evening." Really?! That's it. Again, this is the 4th visit and it's just not good. There are much better places in Napa to spend your dining dollars.
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  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Loved the food and the staff. The butterscotch pudding for dessert was wonderful.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I noted in the open table reservation section that I would like a romantic table fro two and it was a birthday celebration. Neither was recognized at the restaurant. The cocktail sauce for the oysters and shrimp cocktail might as well have been ketchup, also they were extremely over priced. Our waitress was very unatentive. We hade to wait for just about everything, water, drinks, refills. The entrees were good as was the wine when it finally came. Maybe we just had the bad luck of the draw with the server.
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  • Small portions overpriced
    Triodad
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Servicd was good. Ordered the sole and very small portion for the price. Bread pudding was cold with a portion on frozen sorbet...not good. To sum it up..good service, expensive, small portions, taste below average...would not go back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • BmcpVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    There was obnoxiously loud music, steel drums, coming from bar next door when we were seated on patio. When we asked to be moved they did move us in to an inner patio but it was still loud and very cold as patrons at next table did not want heater on. It was 50. I feel we should have been asked if we wanted in or out seating in 50 degree weather. I made this reservation a month ago. Food was very tasty but I wont rush back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Fish
    WineBuddy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The fish selection is extensive and the preparation is exquisite. There is a small but well constructed selection of local wines that match the fish dishes perfectly. The staff have an excellent knowledge of both the food and the wine..
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Food Quality Needs Improvement
    napavalleynativeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have been to Fish Story 7 times now and I may not go back - the food quality is just not up to par, and the service was sadly lacking for the latter part of our dinner - I still feel that it is a much better experience to do happy hour in the bar. For the restaurant, they really need to step up the quality of their seafood and make an effort to improve the preparation of their fish - with a name like Fish Story - the fish should be well prepared and the quality beyond reproach!
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    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great service limited menu
    ChicagofoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We were hoping for more seafood options, but the meal we selected was prepared well.
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Msomt
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Lovely location. Food was good and well prepared. Service was not good at all. It was however not the servers fault. It seemed they had sections that were too large. Additionally they were serving tables inside and outside. We were in an outside section so I think we were easily forgotten. Perhaps more servers and less assistants would be more appropriate. When things started going wrong we could only get the attention of the assistants. We ordered dessert and each ordered tea with them. Our desserts came and no tea. When we asked an assitant he checked and told us they needed to clean the teapots. Tea for 2 out of 6 arrived 20 minutes after we finished dessert because they still didn't have pots. Making it a bit too complicated it seems.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Pretty good fare
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The menu changes daily so that is good and bad. The good part is that the dish is very fresh. The bad is that the chef doesn't have a chance to perfect anything. My salmon salad lacked flavor. Cod sandwich was good, according to friends. Fish and chips just okay per my husband. I liked the chips in particular. A bit pricey for what you get.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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  • Fish Story
    FumeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Dinner was good! Sat on the patio under a heat lamp which was quiet & relaxing. Menu does not have a lot of entree options for people like me who do not eat fish. Got soup & the rock shrimp tempura appetizers. The rock shrimp was very good. The carrot cake dessert was also good. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. She even remembered to send out a birthday dessert with a candle for my friends birthday as requested on my reservation.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • This Fish Story isn't a Lie
    Texan
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Good food. Great service nice ambiance. Very nice evening with friends.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All but one dish are great
    Star812VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The sweetbread dish was very small in quantity (3-4 bites) for $15 and tasted average, but all other dishes (salad, duck, pet rake sole) were fantastic. Bread, which came from Model Bakery, was also hit and delicious. A dinner for 2 w/ wine came out to be $100.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Don't bother
    Lucy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our first clue should have been that it was dead inside on a Saturday night. The food was good not great but the portions were small and terribly overpriced. I had mushroom ravioli. A foodie twist in the prep which was fine but 4 incredibly small ravioli for $20, come on. A half bottle of mediocre wine $32. Service was good. Atmosphere too quite, a bit commercial in the look. Very limited menu. Chef seemed good but portion and priced can't make up for that.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We sat out overlooking river which was nice Food and service was extremely well done. Would surely go back. Figure on about $75.00 per person realistically
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    scenic view, special occasion
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  • Great Night Out
    Dinner4Two
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I wanted to have a dinner night out. Thought we would try Fish Story. It did not disappoint. Service was great. Online reservations were easy. And the food was amazing! We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, view under construction
    PGFDE121
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We did the Chef's 5 course meal paired with the wine tasting. Only done this type of meal one other time (in Vegas), but similar results in that it was amazing. Great service as well. We didn't think the final two wines were paired that well, but we had been wine tasting for 3 days, so think we were all wined out by that point. The great food didn't need any pairings to be enjoyed though. The water front area is under construction to allow for large vessels and deeper water, so the waterfront doesn't really have any movement, but hopefully once that project wraps up things will be a little more vibrant.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Loved it!
    RobinRVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wonderful dinner and such unexpected delight! The Sole was simply outstanding! We recommend and will make Fish Story a regular dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxing
    suz1155
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was great, although my husband's serving was very small compared to my serving. The server was very good and did not rush us.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Still Great The Second Time
    Taryn
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We love Fish Story, end of story, lol. The choices there are so wonderful, and taste so delectable! Can't wait to dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As always, another fantastic and delicious dinner! Our friends from Hawaii enjoyed the ambiance, view and service! When we arrived for our reservation, we were seated immediately!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • 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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  • Bad review
    Andrew
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Bad experience! Service was bad and salmon was so dry! I expected better!
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  • 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!
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    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.
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    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!
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    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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  • BigRay
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you are looking for a fish meal in Napa, this is the place. Located in a new building on the river, central to downtown. Wait staff is very accommodating and friendly.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    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!
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    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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  • 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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