Fish Story
Fish Story

Fish Story

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishstorynapa.com/
  • Phone: 7072515600
  • 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
136 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (89)scenic view (59)fit for foodies (49)special occasion (49)notable wine list (32)romantic (31)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (30)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (9)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Always a great time
    NapkinBarb
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We dine here regularly. We enjoy both the local happy hour scene in the bar and dining in the restaurant. The food is consistently good, fresh and served with a smile. We really like the ceviche with taro chips whether the full appetizer or happy hour taco style. Although our favorites are usually the seafood, the burger is also a crowd pleaser.
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  • Excellent food and great patio
    SelfProclaimedFoodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was fab! The service was a bit lacking after the meal was served. It took too long for plates to be picked up and the waiter knew we were having a business meeting. We couldn't even flag down somebody because nobody even looked our way. When you spend almost $200 (for 4 with tip) on lunch you expect good service. We loved the indoor/outdoor patio section. Perfect for a nice day.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food - Poor Service
    PeteHVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We made a reservation at Fish Story well ahead of time for a group of 10. We were seated inside in an area which was uncomfortably warm. Our server seemed to have our table and several tables outside and as a result he was extremely difficult to find. The service was slow, which is not always a bad thing, but when we needed assistance with an appetizer or entree there was no one to be found. We've enjoyed Fish Story on several occassions, so we'll likely go back, but I'd avoid this restaurant with a larger party.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just one disappointment
    steveb
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Menu was diverse, very interesting and included a five course Chef's Tasting option and an accompanying wine pairing, which I ordered. However, my wife, who does not have quite the robust appetite as I, ordered another menu item. Our server told us she would also have to order the tasting option. We settled for individual menu items. We are not local, so will not be able to experience the rest of the Chef's talents for a while.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it's good if u like small portions
    Mikey
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I like the ambiance. . Right off the Napa river. Food taste real good!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Disappointed!
    Goldie1960
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My girlfriend recommended this place. I was so happy she did. The wait staff was professional, friendly and engaging. The flavors in the food was spectacular! I had the lobster with scallops and fennel! Awesome!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had lunch at the Fish Story. The setting was lovely, the service was very good. We all agreed the salads had little flavor. We had one beet salad and one mixed greens. Let me start by saying the french fries were excellent. The fish on the fish and chips were flavorless and the breaking a bit soggy. The halibut was good and the salmon was o.k. Again, maybe our expectations were too high.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch!
    ProfessorJakeVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I've dined here before and enjoyed it, so we returned. The food was excellent all around from start to finish. I wanted to make sure to acknowledge how warm and welcoming they were to our larger party that included children. We had a wonderful dining experience and the kids were accommodated well. It was greatly appreciated! An awesome time was had by all! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining experience
    foodieintraining
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My wife and I currently moved to Napa and found this place via open table. It was a great dining experience with impeccable service. The chef's menu with wine pairings gives you a wide range of items to try. We will defintiely return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Napa River dining
    Jeanniesthoughts
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We were staying at the fabulous Napa River Inn celebrating a birthday (friends) and picked Fish Story for the dinner. The menu is a bit overly gourmet to interpret but the staff was quick to give detailed explanations and the food was excellent. Not inexpensive but what you would expect in a tourist area for fine dining. We had also been there another evening for Happy Hour - quite delicious.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Fran
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The Chef made us a special plate of Oysters, that was not on the menu!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite Good
    Arkie37
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My daughter loved the salmon salad. I am not sure how my niece felt about the beet salad. My Fish and chips was good, not great but good. I loved the ambience . It is a beautiful restaurant. Yes I would go back, but not right away.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste your time or money
    MsPieVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    With all the great places to eat in the Napa area we are so sorry we wasted one of our evenings on this place. A very poor excuse for a fish/seafood restaurant.
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  • Great potential, subpar execution
    alteregoVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Beautiful location, great looking menu. The seafood was fresh and the chilled green garlic soup was very fresh and tasty. My salmon appetizer had a large piece of plastic wrap embedded in my dish, which was a very unpleasant find. The manager comped the dish, which was a nice gesture, but overall, the service did not meet our expectations for an upscale restaurant. For example, after asking for a taste of one of their draft wines, my server suggested that a verbal description might be good enough to tell whether I would like it. Wow. We were also surprised to see that our order of premium oysters was completely missed, especially after our server hinted that we did not order enough.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot!
    PaddyVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We've eaten at Fish Story several times and have always enjoyed the food and service. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Good Food
    GoodFood77
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We started our anniversary weekend with an early dinner here. The halibut was excellent. The sole was good as well. The kids menu was actually pretty good, as evidenced by my kids devouring all their food. (rare occasion that ever happens) We also had an order of the lobster bisque which my eldest ended up eating as well! Very good overall experience. Great way to start off the weekend!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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  • A nice change of pace
    Richie111
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Since it was Good Friday, we could not eat meat on our last night of vacation after a week of one phenomenal meal after another. This was a good option that offered a number of different types of fish prepared in different ways. The server was attentive and made some good suggestions. Walking distance to our hotel, it is conveniently located right in the town of Napa.
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    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE FISH IS THE STORY
    cigarknightVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    ...Every now and then, you find a restaurant that lives up to it's name...this restaurant in the heart of wine country, is both elegant and refined...the oysters are fresh, and the seafood is very good...I must admit, I was completely surprised, to find such a good seafood venue, in this area....
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    Fit For Foodies
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  • just okay
    wmw322VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Very good service. But a dirty, old lipstick stain on my water glass was not a great beginning, it actually turned us off. After it was swiftly replaced I enjoyed the icy lemonade, dozen assortment of oysters. But my partners fish stew left him still wanting more of a meal. Be aware the portions are Small. Great table bread. Nice outside seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Group Experience
    Evergreenmrs
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Fish Story took good care of our group of nine for lunch and were very accommodating about the lateness of our arrival for our reservation. All were pleased with the menu selections and many enjoyed the lunch special offering that day. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish Story Napa California
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Delicious
    OccasionalDine
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
    EATS4BB3VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was a bit uneven, with
    Seladore
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
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  • Best Fish; Returning Soon
    PapaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    JimmymacVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great finish to week in Napa
    Happyeater
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Grumpydoc
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Sustainable seafood, expertly prepared. Excellent server. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood and inhouse ale
    Adventurer66VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The food is great and the house beer, Fish Story Ale, was very well done (just the right amount of hops taste).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great New Menu!
    brooksie211VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I was super thrilled with the new menu; I've been in twice in the last month and both times were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • Incredible food and great wine list
    lukewarmeggrollVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    However, was quite expensive. They had a half price deal on bottles of wine which was perfect and enables us to buy a bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant has the smallest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This restaurant has the smallest portions and is very expensive. Do not go there if you are hungry!
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  • A nice relaxing Restaurant
    Jperry
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great food, good variety and best of all Fresh! Service---wonderful and oh so helpful!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish Story is a Great Catch!
    FrancesNapaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Evening
    LiDo
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 out of 4 dishes was good
    BrendaP
    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!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish Story is a Good Story
    niqui808
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better but not quite there yet
    gregorioVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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  • Not enough to justify the price
    Napahostess
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
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  • Less than stellar
    Lulu2527VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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
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