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Fish Story
Fish Story

Fish Story Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishstorynapa.com
  • Email: info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "We ordered the Terrine of Beet appetizer and the Copia Garden Green salad. Both were just average with bland, unmemorable flavors. I ordered the salmon which came beautifully presented on top of tasty potatoes. The server asked if I wanted it medium rare with the middle slightly raw which is how I like it. It came back about 80% raw and I had to return it. My wife had the Petrale Sole which was excellent. The service was outstanding throughout the meal and the ambiance is above average."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Three dining for lunch all loved their meals. The fried green tomatoes appetizer was terrific. The lobster bisque perfect. The tuna tartare fresh as can be. And the fish and chips were light and very tasty. The presentation of the fried tomatoes and tuna tartar was really beautiful. The butterscotch pudding and apple crisp deserts were outstanding... The new Chef has elevated the cuisine in our humble opinion, although when we had dined just several times before we enjoyed our experience then as well. This recent visit was a nice bump up on the delicious scale!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Duck fat braised Halibut on Creamed Spinach, The Terrine of Roasted Beets Salad, the Bread, the Seasonal Sorbet, the Cheese selection was the Good...The Whole Leaf Romaine Caesar Salad was the Bad... Brined Slow Roasted Chicken Breast was Bad and Ugly. The Halibut had to be eaten with the spinach (was not creamed) for the dish to work which was okay, the Beet Salad was the best dinner dish. The Chicken lacked seasoning, had rubbery, pale skin, and they forgot the Caramelized Maitake Mushrooms,but the Artichokes were tasty. This was my second visit, the first time was good, which is why I came back and brought a friend. Might have been a bad day so I will give it one more try. Alex the Bartender was very good and engaging."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Lunch was a bit uneven, with a heavy Rock Shrimp/seaweed Tempura followed by a delightful Ahi Tartare. But the service and space were very good and don't miss the butterscotch pudding for dessert."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our second time here in two weeks. Highly recommend this restaurant as we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Try the Rock Shrimp appetizer and the Roasted Beet salad. Also, the Salmon Roulade is excellent!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Friends came up to Napa to join us and we chose Fish Story because of the glowing recent reviews. We were not disappointed. There was a line outside waiting for a table but our reservation was honored and we were ushered to a window table with a view of the river. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the food, different oysters, etc. Food was outstanding: chilled green garlic soup; salmon five ways; ahi tuna tartar; oysters on the half shell; salmon roulade; shellfish stew; halibut; apple cranberry crisp with soft serve vanilla bean ice cream. Every dish was memorable. We will return soon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Spent a week in Napa tasting some amazing wines and experiencing Napa. We decided to eat at Fish Story for our final night in town. We had heard some great things about Fish Story from other places. We really enjoyed the fresh Oyster options and liked having more than one variety to taste. The main courses looked and tasted wonderful. We would go back on our next trip out to Napa."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We (party of five) ordered several different dishes and desserts so we were able to taste each other's food. We were not impressed with the food at all. The dishes were just not tasty. They just don't understand food. Most were salty and fatty, desserts had too much sugar in them. Portions were small. On top of that, Fish Story is expensive (especially for the food you get). Pay close attention to your bill please. They overcharged us. And believe it or not, they insisted that we pay at least 20% tip. We will not go to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food is great and the house beer, Fish Story Ale, was very well done (just the right amount of hops taste)."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Sustainable seafood, expertly prepared. Excellent server. Great wine list."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I was super thrilled with the new menu; I've been in twice in the last month and both times were excellent."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This restaurant has the smallest portions and is very expensive. Do not go there if you are hungry!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Three of the four of us ordered fish entrees, and two of them were extremely undercooked--the salmon and the halibut. About a third of the halibut was not even edible. A chicken entree was also ordered, and it was overcooked and dry. On the plus side, the petrale sole dish was cooked perfectly and tasted very good. Another plus is that bottles of wine were being offered for half price, so we enjoyed a very nice bottle of Copain Pinot Noir. Dessert was delicious--especially the butterscotch pudding!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "However, was quite expensive. They had a half price deal on bottles of wine which was perfect and enables us to buy a bottle."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We have been eating here almost since it opened, and it just keeps getting better and better. This goes for both food and service. There were so many excellent choices on the menu that is was hard to choose something. We enjoyed Salmon, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Beet Salad, Green Salad, Shrimp appetizer, and the Sturgeon. I was curious to see if with the new manager that the service would improve, and it most definitely has - it used to be slightly above average, and now it is very good. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The happy hour menu looked very tempting, a consideration for another time. The main dining room is in casual-elegant tones and well distributed, with soft jazzy music in the background. There are tables outside as well, but the weather was not right for that. We thought the menu a little limited in choices, but very interesting and with unique flavor combinations. We thoroughly enjoyed our selections, which were, quickly mentioned: the sturgeon, the halibut, the scallop seviche (needed a little citrus) and the rock shrimp tempura. Dessert: flourless chocolate cake (warm and very good), and donut holes, though these were nothing special. Service was attentive, knowledgeable and svelte. Will definitely be going back to Fish Story."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed my dinner. The food was really good but sparse. It would have made sense if the price were lower or there were something "fabulous" about the meal. Great deal on wine."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great food, good variety and best of all Fresh! Service---wonderful and oh so helpful!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant because of the positive reviews and it certainly lived up to our expectations. We were in the area for an event and wanted to find a place for a nice meal. From the time we entered the restaurant, everyone was friendly and very helpful. I chose their handmade pasta (fettucini that night) and my partner had salmon. Both dishes were beautifully presented and delicious as well. We truly enjoyed the entire dining experience and will return the next time we are in the area."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Return visit after 2 mediocre meals several years back. Nice interior. Service amiable but slow. Great wine special featuring 50% off list price. Food mixed: Dungeness crab dull-tasting. Beet aspic salad way too cold. Gem sale was good/crisp. Excellent bread. Menu: Fish dishes were all too rich or too complicated for my taste---that's why I ordered cracked Dungeness crab. Conclusion: This is not a seafood grill kind of restaurant where you get excellent, fresh fish prepared simply. But it is pleasant inside and less expensive than many neighboring restaurants. We might go back and try one more time."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The service was horrible along with the menu it was so limited and the server told us something about helping the aquarium-is that why there were no fish to eat?! They also messed up my friends drink twice and the server was not very nice about it"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Dropped by quite by chance and was greeted by a friendly and helpful Paul, the GM. music was being played in the lounge, beautiful location overlooking the river. I was further enticed to stay by the half priced wine promotion for month of March. Wine selection was a bit on the sparse side but able to meet most tastes. We started with shrimp cocktail which were less than grandios. The beer salad was excellent although my wife thought not. We both had halibut, mine poached and hers pan seared. Both were good. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience with pleasant personnel and decent food. Worth going at least once."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I like seafood, but this was food on a whole new level. Everything about the meal was superb! The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of calamari. When I went onto the website for fish story and looked up the menu, it had calamari on the list but when we arrived we were informed it was no longer on the menu. We did however have a delightful shrimp tempura that made up for the lack of calamari."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "From the moment Niki greeted us, the ambiance got 5 Stars in my book ! Salmon was perfect - I'd order it again tomorrow. Especially liked the touch of the micro-thin bread wafer on the mixed green salad starter."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent food, wine, and service. An energetic, fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This past Saturday my wife and I dined at Fish Story and had an excellent meal. I had the Halibut and she had the Sole and we were both happy with our dishes. We both had the Beet salad and thought it was very good. The weather was beautiful and eating outside overlooking the Napa river elevated the overall experience. Our servers were professional and we never felt rushed. We will go back again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were recommended this restaurant. Ambiance was good. We sat on the river front. Started with Oysters, which were good. Service was a little slow. Disappointed in the wine list for a Napa restaurant as there were very little choice of wines by the glass. Had the Halibut fish dish and quite frankly it was very bland. OK restaurant, but would not rush back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had not been to Fish Story since the new chef took over. The food is still delicious. My dining companion who is vegetarian was very pleased with her dishes. I splurged on the lobster pot de feu and was glad I did. And definitely say yes to the bread and butter! The restaurant group is very simpatico with the community, offering teacher discounts in May, a great happy hour, and this month, half-price bottles of wine. I like sitting out back overlooking the river and passers-by. Avoid the narrow room with the stone wall and glass windows if noise bothers you."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We found Fish Story using the OpenTable app. We had a pleasant meal with good service. My wife's sole was a little dry, but my beef bavette was good. I think everything could have used a little more salt, as some of the sauces lacked flavor. NIce atmosphere and great service, though."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We've been going a couple of times a year since opening and it was the first time seating outside facing river. It was very comfortable. We dined early but the tables around us were full by 6:30 and the space became even better. The service was outstanding...attentive and friendly. Both back waiter and busser were great as well. March is 1/2-off wine month and we heard all around that the guests were there because of the wine deal. First time in house for new chef and there was a distinct change for the better. Pot au feu was perfect and the fresh, 1st of the season halibut on spinach was a winner. We'll be back before too long."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "It was my first visit to this restaurant. I went there for lunch with my family. Had a good selection of California wines & cocktails. The crab cake appertizer was phenomenal ! The fish story has a great selection of fresh fish items. One member of our family has a milk allergy, the chef went above & beyond preparing the menu selections totally milk free. Everyone in our party really enjoy their lunch entree. The environment was relax and friendly. I have already recommended this restaurant to family members who live in the area. Would definately return when visiting this area."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Under staffed poor service, average quality oysters and various other dishes except the pork sandwich which was not eatable. Our foodie guests were disappointed. (our past dining has been very pleasurable)"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner with friends at Fish Story. We had been there for lunch a few weeks ago and had the file of sole- it was wonderful so we had it again and it was wonderful as well. I can't say the same thing for the fried calamari. We saw a woman having it at the bar and it looked wonderful. Our order arrived overcooked and it looked like we got the bottom of the fryer with a lot of overcooked fried batter. I didn't eat any of it and would have sent it back if it had been up to me. Someone should have stopped that dish from being served it was so obviously overcooked. We have just started coming back to this restaurant since they have a new chef. Overall we like Fish Story."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Nicole did an amazing job. Great dinner and great service."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Fish Story feels rejuvenated with a new chef and a new GM; the menu has been revamped and service upgraded to an outstanding level. I'm looking forward to my return visit."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "After a great review, we decided to try again after 2 years. Started out great and went down hill. Chef tasting menu should rock. This one sunk to the bottom of the river. Sorry, no wow here. Maybe we were hoping for more this night. Food quality was good, but just missed the beat on flavor across the board. Too many great places to go in the Napa Valley."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We. I sited on a quiet Monday night. Sweetbreads were awesome. Enjoyed our meal!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the Fish Story. The first was on Valentines Day. Each time we had ordered the Chef's menu selection and each time we were not disappointed. (In our opinion its the best way to go as you get to try a plethora of different foods from appetizers, to cheeses, to main dishes, to desserts. The variety of food, the presentation, the friendly service, romantic ambiance, all were fantastic. The general manager, Paul, came over to speak with us, then the location manager followed up with us afterwards. Its obvious this restaurant strives for each visitors dining experience to be a pleasurable one."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The flavors of the food were really good, but the preparation fell a bit short in being properly cooked. They forgot to bring bread to the table and when I asked, she told her helper to bring "more" bread for us, but we never initially had any bread. She even looked at the table to see if we had a bread basket on there, so I think it was a wrong move to play it off and not ask if we even received any bread. The dessert we ordered were cinnamon doughnut holes with separate cups of chocolate and English cream to dip them in. There was a lot of cinnamon on them and tasted good, but that also dimmed the tastes of the sauces. With all that said, I still feel like it's a good place to eat, but just needs a little more attention to details."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First seated outside on patio only to discover that the heater was not working. Moved to inside patio table where the heater was working, but attracted gnats. Me use was limited with portions leaving you hungry. I will not return or recommend Fish Story."
    Dined on 3/15/2014