Little Fish
Little Fish

Little Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://littlefishbyob.com/
  • Phone: (267) 455-0172
  • 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
99 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (75)special occasion (47)romantic (43)hot spot (10)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Spot on as always!
    Steve
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I have yet to go here and not have an outstanding meal! The oysters are the best around, prepared perfectly! This is definitely a foodie place and byob to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wazza
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Honestly this is one of the best restaurants and the most innovative seafood preparations I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying! My friend and I meet in Philly to hang out for the weekend and this was "dinner #1). Simply put, the food was SUPERB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Danny
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This place is unbelievable. Everything was incredible. Totally worth paying for.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Menu
    Balann
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We went to dinner on.a Sunday night which is a pre-fixe menu whereby the chef experiments. Everything was very good but I do think.the restaurant should ask for feedback since this was an experimental menu and how do they know what works and what doesn't? Also.I think it is very petty to charge extra for coffee. If that is an expense they can't handle than charge a few dollars more for the pre-fixe instead of nickel and dimeing..
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Always wonderful seafood and fish with amazing pairings of flavors. Service is impeccable
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Apps, Poor Service
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I had high hopes for dinner, but the monkfish came out in a flavorless broth. I ended up sending it back with the waitress and declining having another cooked. She charged the full $40 for the dish and after asking her to reduce this to half she took off one desert ($9 that was shared between the 3 of us). Needless to say, I wont be returning as we spent nearly $190 with no offer to fix or visit by the manager. The waitress was rude when I told her I didn't like the meal and didn't feel I should pay for it when I didn't eat any of it. The apps we had were tasty, the desert interesting, the ambiance was great but the service ruined this meal and I would not return and would discourage friends from going as well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Quite little :)
    Nini
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were surprised at how little this restaurant was. The space between tables was quite snug for exiting in/out of your seat. But after sitting, there was enough space to eat and have a conversation without feeling crowded. It is BYOB, our first experience with that. It guarantees you will definitely drink exactly what you want and they chill/serve it for you. The menu is limited but it was very tasty and we were not disappointed. I would return and recommend it to friends.
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  • Local seafood
    PhillySeafood
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It's hard to find a nice local place for really good seafood. Being a BYOB makes it really afordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Little Fish never disappoints. It offers outstanding, creative cuisine. This has now continued for years. Little Fish is really as good as any retsaurant in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Salt anyone?
    salton
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Small, foodie menu, too much salt on everything, small portions, high prices, nice, small restaurant. Taste of salt is the dominant flavor that lingered into the evening and night. Food was served too fast, before the previous dish was consumed. Bread was too heavy and doughy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavors are not Little at Little Fish
    guestVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Only the dining space is litte at Littel Fish. For a restaurant that only offers fish, the range of choices was wonderful. There was mastery in the combinations of flavors making each course unique. It is tucked away down sixth street in Society Hill, far away enough from raucous South Street so creating its own little niche
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Really truly fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My tastes, founded in Portuguese and southern Italian light fare, often are markedly different from the consensus that builds around me - especially here in Boston. Given my preferences, this restaurant served up the best food I've had on the East Coast - in my working memory. All dishes were innovative, but - and this is normally impossible to find - also perfectly balanced. Nothing was overpowering, everything was simple, fresh, amazingly un-oily. All fish was cooked perfectly - seared on the top and tender inside. And the vegetables so fresh flavorful and perfectly, uniformly done. I would make another trip down to Philly just for this restaurant. The service was analogously as exceptional, especially given a difficult onion allergy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    goldie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a first time with a BYO restaurant and not knowing before what I would be eating I brought wine with the idea of fish for dinner (Little Fish being the name of the restaurant I felt white would be a safe bet) It was a great dinning experience. The restaurant is very small and I thought it would be very romantic for some. I was with my mom so the mood was lost on me. Next time I will go with my hubby:) The waiter was very knowledgeable and unobtrusive. The food was so fresh and the flavors were amazing. Wonderful but not cheap! Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    everything we ordered was excellent. a little pricey, but nice that you can byob to offset that. limited choices (which we are fine with because we will eat almost anything) but could be a problem if you are a picky eater. love the personal touch of handwritten menu and bill.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sophisticated & on point
    tonyxmont
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Had the $40 mushroom showcase dinner - blown away and wishing all of my meals were this incredible. Tireless workmanship and finesse from the chefs and serving staff made this experience very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better late than never
    Blackbird
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Finally made it to Little Fish and I'm sorry it took so long. The food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in a while. I was very impressed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Sunday Tasting
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Did a ladies night BYO meetup at Little Fish for their tasting. It was lovely because we didn't have to worry about what we wanted to eat! As long as no one is picky, everyone will love it. Started off with a veggie/mushroom dish, had skate wing, sea bass, and a citrus glazed fish I can't remember which kind. All delicious. The flavors were seasonal and each dish was delightful. It was perfect because we could have a conversation that was enhanced by the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Robsterlobster
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Hands down best food I've had in Philadelphia, hand written menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Sunday dinner
    ELReviews
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The five-course Sunday supper at Little Fish was absolutely perfect. Each dish was beautiful and delicious and my fiance and I enjoyed every second of our dining experience. I can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This seafood menu has some inventive choices made by the talented chefs. However, the prices are very expensive, even for a BYO, and considering the small space/largely outdated stylings, we did not feel it was worth the expense.
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  • Great Meals
    alisonandfrankVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went back to Little Fish as soon as we found out it reopened. It did not disappoint!!! Two of us had the Spanish mackerel and the other two had the tuna. Both were phenomenal. We split the octopus appetizer and the rock shrimp app were tremendous as well. We had the desert, pound cake crumbled with ginger ice cream and fruit ALONG with French Press coffee. Didn't look at bill, assumed they did NOT charge by the cup. We'd go back tomorrow except for the high ticket price.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • seafood lovers' haven
    dinealot
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The restaurant is very small and intimate; you can see the cooks working on their orders to the right of the restaurant's one room. We tried the West Coast style oysters which were fresh and fragrant with lime and the octopus deliciously grilled and served warm. For entree we had the cod and the sea trout. The cod came on a bed of mussels, clams and small shrimp and was fresh, succulent, delicately spiced and accompanied by a light sauce that made me forget my manners and dip bread into it. My husband's sea trout looked very appetizing and was complemented by grilled eggplant and beets.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had such a memorable dinner at Little Fish about 5 years ago but were disappointed this time. The fish was excellent--fresh and perfectly cooked--but the dishes as a whole were not as fabulous. Oh well, note to self: don't try to recreate a perfect memory.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Both the rock shrimp with pasta and the grilled octopus were exceptional. (If you are looking for a green salad or vegetable to complement your meal, don't go to Little Fish) The service, however, was barely existent. It took 45 minutes to get the first course, almost an hour for the second. The waitress could not be bothered to refill water glasses, apologize for, or even apprise us of, the delay etc. And there were only a total of 5 tables, so that wasn't the excuse.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    TettemerVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We took our newly married daughter and son-in-law for dinner the other night. It was a perfect night and we sat outside in the first autumn evening (hence the nice noise level report) and ate ourselves silly. Rock shrimp with homemade linguine was "more-bread" good. Sopped up every drop of sauce. The east coast oysters were sublime. The salmon was omigosh like pudding. And the cod, ideal and flaky white, was surrounded by oysters, clams, mussels and more of that shrimp. Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, it may have been the best restaurant meal of the year. (Take that Fork, Talula's, Garces, et al.) And it's a BYOB!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6 Stars Requested Here
    BeaGLVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    What a find! Lovely, intimate, neighborhood-gem setting with small menu that invites you to try something new! We did and every dish exceeded our expectations. BYOB, a bonus! All four of us agreed, we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amount of food
    Nick
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything is good, nice service, relaxing atmosphere, tasty food. However the food is very light filling. And I found it is very hard to made reservation, even it is not so many people there. I just don't know why this (reservation) is so difficult.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Great Place
    BeisVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have enjoyed many meals at Little Fish. Just be aware that it is a very small restaurant with a very limited menu. While usually there is always something I like, there have been a few visits that I really was not engaged by the choices. Still, really interesting seafood and alway very fresh.
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    fit for foodies
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  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!
    ckjdinerVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • 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!
    MarcpcVIP
    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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