Little Fish
Little Fish

Little Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://littlefishbyob.com/
  • Phone: 2674550172
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm-Close Sunday: 5:30pm and 8:00pm Seatings
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chadd Jenkins
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fitzwater
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Little Fish
Little Fish was founded in the mid-'90s to the delight of Queen Village foodies and pretty much all Philadelphians who give a hoot about great seafood. Chef Chadd Jenkins purchased the long-established BYOB in September 2011 which he had been overseeing as the Chef de Cuisine since 2008. Convention says that when you purchase a successful business you maintain it. Little Fish continues to offer flavors and daring combinations to the recognition of Bon Appétit magazine — 3rd Best New Seafood Restaurant in the USA — and the delight of The New York Times. Little Fish recently swam up stream and reopened in a new location, a stone's throw from its original location where Little Fish continues to earn accolades from national and local press. Most importantly, Little Fish continues to feed old friends and serve new fans every day.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Little Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (85)special occasion (56)romantic (54)hot spot (10)great for outdoor dining (9)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • carol
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    inventive cooking at the highest level for anybody who loves fish
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails
    VicSage66
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Just took my fiance there for her birthday - we live in the Italian Market, where there are tons of choices for a great dinner. Little Fish is still head and shoulders above the rest. Food was incredible as usual, the waitstaff was knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging, and the attention to detail is top notch! Can't recommend this place enough
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing food!
    ckjdiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food is very high quality, fresh and delicious! The service is also wonderful. The only thing lacking is the ambience. It's a cute small place but could use some decor on the walls as they are completely bare. Otherwise, we loved our experience!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic. Best seafood in Philly
    KeitherVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food here is incredible. The chef if very inventive and creative and gives extremely large portions, which is rare for restaurants in general, where so many have gone the small tapas style direction. If you're into fish and seafood, there isn't a better place in the city. The prices are a tad on the high side, but considering the portions, and the fact that its BYO, it somewhat balances itself out.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Seafood Tasting Menu
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    There's always something new and inventive to try. Given the entire restaurant is having the same tasting experience during the 2 Sunday night seatings, there is a bit of a regimented quality to the experience. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's worth having the proper expectation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    MjsmdVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Little Fish. While the restaurant is small, we did not feel cramped. The food and service were excellent. My sea bass was delicious, and my husband loved the tuna. The menu is small, but even so, it was hard to choose which of the interesting preparations to try. We definitely will return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and delicious fish
    spintrimVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Little Fish always presents the freshest fish in most interesting and delicious presentations. We are so lucky to have it in our neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • annieg
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The atmosphere is simple yet the perfect compliment for this was innovative and delicious culinary experience. I like the fact that the menu is limited to 4 entrees, it makes decision making easy. We were 4 people and we each selected a different entree and there was not a morsel of food left on anyone's plate. I ordered the trout, I have never been served pink colored trout before that looks like salmon, it was positively delicious!! We shared the grilled octopus and lobster appetizers and they excellent, though my favorite was the grilled octopus with plums.. The desert was a mixture of pound cake and fresh fruit, simple yet memorable...The meal was so satisfying and special I look forward to dining at Little Fish again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continued Excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We dine here two or three times a year and are always impressed that the menu evolves and the execution is first rate.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Little" means "skimpy"
    Lizzie1897VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    These days, foodie restaurants focus on the quality rather than the quantity of food. The food at Little Fish is extraordinarily tasty, but the portions are less than skimpy. On a recent visit, I ordered a tuna appetizer for $17 and received approximately 1 oz of perfectly prepared fish. I ordered the tuna main dish for $37 and received 2-3 oz at most, surrounded by a few tasty mushrooms and greens. The food was absolutely delicious, but 3-4 oz. of fish is simply not enough protein for dinner. Get with it Little Fish, and give people 6-8 oz of fish. (PS I eat fish every day, so I am aware of market prices and portions. I am not exaggerating the skimpy portions. I left this restaurant feeling hungry.)
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  • Best Fish in Town and BYOB too!
    Marcpc
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We used Open Table to find a last minute table at Little Fish and were we lucky. 1st Courses were superb...and it just got better from there. Staff was excellent even tough it was a busy Saturday night.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best fish restaurant in town
    Alguuz
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If you love fish, this is the perfect place to enjoy delicious combinations.
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    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of te best BYOs in the city
    Jsr8878VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Outstanding food. Never disappoints. Arguably the best seafood you can get in the city.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York in Philadelphia
    augustearth
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I won't say I did not like Little Fish. I did. However, it's not a Philly restaurant. I have never gone to a restaurant in Philadelphia and felt more like I was in a want-to-be New York restaurant. The food was delicious. Truly worthy of it's reputation. The location is fantastic, especially if you live in South Philadelphia as I do. The ambiance... pure modern day Brooklyn. It was Philly style tiny, but that's where it ended. The servers were very much in the NYC vein -- professional, but distant. The music -- cool, but generic. The decor -- hipster NYC. And the prices... pricey. Worth the money? Probably. But I must admit, I might have felt better giving my hard earned cash to a place that felt a little more like home.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • MikeD
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was just as good. We had oysters and octopus for 1st & 2nd course and tuna and tile fish for entrees. It was my fiance's birthday and it couldn't have been better. Absolutely perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    DisplacedWesternerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was great. Service was efficient. The appetizers were unbelievable. Some of the best we have ever had. Only complaint really was that the entrees didn't live up to the expectations that the appetizers set. They were still very good but they were a little bit of a let down after the apps. Next time I go back I'll just order apps. I recommend going. Dining area is non-descript but it works.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Fish is Fabulous
    DinerinArdmore
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food at Little Fish is outstanding. One of the best meals we have had in Philadelphia. We brought some NYC friends to Little Fish and they loved the food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous
    Jule
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    There was a fantastic assortment of appetizers and entrees. I highly recommend the Tile--was so flavorful and delicious. Our server was very helpful and courteous. Love the decor and overall feel.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly amazing
    TomB
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Incredible ingredients. Exceptionally composed dishes. Second visit was as amazing as the first.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Tiny fish
    LaFleurVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Fun place. Very small and hot dining room. We have been going for the five course Sunday tasting menu for years. It has never disappointed. Creative seafood dishes. Always satisfying. BYO. Parking sucks.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Masterpiece
    ddavid0203VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It was my first time in little fish I was reading about it a lot but always puting for the next time until last night and I was happy that I finally got in !!! OMG it is the best seafood in Philly by far !!! Anything I ate it was a masterpiece !!! You will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best BYO
    iiiiVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Took my dad here for his BDAY... Reading the reviews i expected a fantastic meal, so expectations were high. They exceeded them. THe food here is fantastic, it even looks as good as it tastes. It is a BYO so don't forget to that. 3 of us went out, had 2 apps and 3 entrees.. we were stuffed when we left. portions were a good size. I highly recommend this place if you are a seafood person. Just know the place is tiny, about 8-10 tables.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • My favorite.
    KMagnussVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The Sunday tasting menu is a culmination of creativity, a real knack for amazing flavor combinations, and a chef that puts heart into their work. It's simply the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our first time at Little Fish. The food was excellent, although I wish I had asked for just a little salt for my Tasmanian sea trout. We would definitely go back -- next time I'd probably go with 2 first courses, the lobster and the hamachi. The staff was great -- very patient & knowledgeable & on top of serving our wine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful food, slow service
    newtodc
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had an outstanding meal here - every dish was complex, fresh, and well though-out - but the service was very slow. The chef did send us a complementary appetizer as an apology (which was excellent), but waiting thirty minutes for oysters seemed a bit excessive. We will definitely go back, though, as it had a wonderful intimate feel and a creative, exquisite menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The service was unsatisfactory. We had to wait far too much time after our appetizer was finished for our entree. In addition, there was a mistake on our bill as we were charged for 2 different appetizers when we only ordered one. Given the number of tables the waitress had to service it was surprising to have this error.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Little Fish is a wonderful neighborhood find serving incredible food. It was my first oyster experience in Philadelphia, and it was incredible. Little Fish is a top seafood establishment in line with other fresh seafood restaurants in coastal cities. The plates were beautiful to look at, well-balanced in flavor, and all components of the dish were cooked to perfection. I will be returning soon.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Tasting Menu and Value
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Best seafood tasting menu in town. A very reasonable price to boot.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an easy evening
    wysiwyg
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My sister and I were visiting Philly and noted the comments on Little Fish; we booked on opentable. First, this is a BYOB spot which we missed on the Opentable writeup. To their credit, they tried to contact us to make sure we were aware but we didn't connect so we enjoyed the meal with water. The server noted a wine shop w/in walking distance. They have a short menu, but all very interesting. We had oysters and lobster for starters and then Tuna and Salmon for mains. All excellently prepared. We really liked the ambience, 2 cooks working away, 1 server, a max of 30 patrons. Everybody was relaxed, enjoyed their meal as we watched the neighborhood go about its business. A lovely evening.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellente little spot
    Like2eat
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We went for Sunday tasting menu. Everything was outstanding. Thanks! We enjoyed our meal a lot
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place!
    Lauren
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Best chef's tasting menu byob in Philadelphia! The food is always excellent and never repetitive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Little Fish, Big Taste
    BeardedDiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Having gone to Little Fish twice now for special occasion dinners, I can say it is outstanding! The first time we had two oysters, a First (Starter) and two Seconds (Main dishes) and a dessert. While the second time, we were more swayed by the Firsts than the Seconds, and got two oysters (With Lime, Cucumber, and White Soy), then we ordered the Scallop First, Octopus first and Lobster first, followed by the Ivory King Salmon Second...Thankfully they split up the dishes providing the Scallop and Octopus firsts as our appetizers and then the Salmon, followed by the Lobster. We finished off our meal with the Chocolate Chiffon cake, which was an amazing capstone on a delicious meal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great fish, original flavors
    david7VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tiny fish restaurant, only a few choices, but everything is lovely and made to order. Fish is extra fine quality, delicious oysters, imaginative flavor combinations. Bring your own favorite wine for seafood.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Little Fish
    BurgermanVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Although the restaurant is very small and the seating tight it is well worth the visit. The food was outstanding and prepared perfectly. Service was more than adequate. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny & Food-Centric
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The quality of the actual food was evident in both the dishes and the prices of the plates. The food was marvelous, though, and that's what really matters.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • sunday tasting
    vampsoul
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Sunday tasting menu was fantastic and interesting. I will recommend it to friends.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Philly's best meals
    CGilbert
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This past Friday evening was our fourth visit to Little Fish. Have only had good experiences. Certainly ranks as one of our favorite restaurants. The seafood is always impeccably fresh, the preparation exhibits solid technique and the plating is always attractive. Consistently very good. Keep up the good work!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • You must like fish.
    Chef1VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    If you like fish - especially grilled or baked, and prepared with excellent and imaginative accompaniments then this is the restaurant you must visit. Limited menu but fresh fish almost always. BYOB. Been there many times and never disappointed. It's small size makes reservation s advisable
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great
    drjre
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Well cooked, seasoned and prepared food. Informed staff. Great experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Absolutly delicious. I am not a fish lover and enjoyed every bite. I'll go back again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.