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Big Fish

3.7
94 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

Italian-inspired seafood cuisine headlines the experience at the Big Fish. This downtown Miami restaurant serves ingredient-forward dishes in a cozy mural-lined space. The restaurant's menu is dominated by seafood dishes, but it still features a few appetizers and land-based entrees for guests who desire an alternative. Spoil yourself with some lemony tuna tartare or some paccheri, stuffed with Portobello mushrooms and ham. Complement it with some indulgent tiramisu or a savory chocolate mousse. The Big Fish is a fun pick for a group outing with friends. The restaurant's location coupled with the dockside seating makes it a charming choice for tourists or residents who want to enjoy a meal while savoring the waterfront view. The Big Fish is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(305) 373-1770
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrea Chiriatti
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Parking details
Free Valet
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Public transit
Yes
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.2
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on July 24, 2016

There were only two sets of customers (including us) that Sunday afternoon until the time we left around 4:00 PM. The gentleman (who I assume was the manager) and our waitress were very attentive to our requests (changing tables, etc.). We had the tuna and salmon and they were outstanding. I feel that Big Fish would enjoy more success if it was located in a more appealing location.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Ambiance and food was good. The service was a bit slow and they seemed very unorganized. Especially for not being crowded!
We had a reservation and had to wait at least 30 min. Might be better for drinks and apps.

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Waiters were not professional. Waited 2 hours for the food and it was cold...i do not recommend this place to anyone. Very dissapointed

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2016

I loved Big Fish before but love it even more in its new spot <3

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2016

I would double check my bill. I got charge for something I did not order. After great staff great location nice view.

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1.0Dined on February 20, 2016

I cannot express how disappointing this experience has been. This place literally needs to close down or be sold to owners who actually care. My boyfriend and I eat out all the time as we like to try different venues, this by far has been the most disappointing. We walked in and there were only 2 other patrons in the restaurant, should've recognize that as a sign. The waiter (who claims to be the manager) had a horrible presence, had boogers on his nose, attire was sloppy and disgustingly dirty!!! We sat down and immediately noticed how dirty and run down this place is, there was accumulated dirt on the floor, the table cover was dirty and you could tell it hasn't been changed in days! The waiter took over 10 minutes to take our appetizer order, keep in mind the restaurant was empty on a Saturday afternoon! The food was disgusting, tasteless and lacking presentation. I am not one to complain but when I expressed my concerns to the "waiter/manager" I got very aggravated to see how careless he was and ignorant to the fact that this place really needs help. He had the audacity to compare and say one of the other patrons had the same meal as my boyfriend and they didn't complain! What??? At that point I was just furious and wanted to leave, he only charged us for one entree and tried to make up the experience by bringing us a "shot of I don't know what". To top it off, the shot glasses had lipstick stains showing they had not been washed properly. When we brought it to his attention, he did nothing to apologize and barely had anything to say. I appreciated that he discounted the check but I wouldn't have minded paying full prize for a better experience, I have never been so disgusted in my life! I really can't understand how this place is in business, if the patrons areas look as disgusting as it does, I can only imagine the kitchen etc. The health department needs to check on this place asap!

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2015

It's a nice place to go, I went during the day but I imagine at night will be a very nice romantic place. Main Food was a little bit salty for my taste and the Cod Fish was over cooked. Calamary and Octopus appetizer i liked them very much.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2015

Best meal I've had in a while, great service, trilingual waiter, overall an amazing experience. Need to go back and will recommend to everyone.

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2.0Dined on November 20, 2015

I have been here atleast 8-10 times, but the last 2 visits were not good. Not sure if the chef has changed but the fish was not very fresh and preparation was tasteless. It has not busy and I think they are serving leftover fish. Service was spotty and it was hard to get the attention of anyone even though the restaurant was empty on a Saturday night. We wont be returning.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2015

We arrived party of 6 and we all had such a wonderful experience at Big Fish. The service was outstanding and food was delicious. We plan and coming back .

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2015

Food excellent though menu a tad limited, wine list overly pricey. Our problem was management attitude. Rather than treating us like welcome diners- the place was not crowded at all - they treated us with an active indifference, as if we should be honored that they let us in, or maybe they were annoyed that we were bothering them. If one is interested only in the food, place is excellent. Their attitude detracted from it being a pleasant dining experience overall.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2015

I went for my 7th year anniversary the food was great for both of us as for the house wine we sat outside and it was a great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2015

I lived in Italy for many years and I found the menu to be totally authentic. We had 2 pasta dishes that would be made exactly the same in Italy. Pasta al vongole was amazing & the ragu bolognese sauce on the taglietelle was delicious. We were sad to learn there was no tiramisu that day as that is our favorite dessert. We therefore settled for the chocolate mousse that was just ok. Service was excellent and very attentive. Atmosphere outside is very pretty and romantic.

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2.0Dined on May 16, 2015

I'm giving it 2 stars because the outside setting is very nice and romantic. The food is awful.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2015

Baked Red Snapper - - 1 big fish - -w/ vegies and four persons sides might have been best fish meal I've ever had. No bones - melted in our mouths. sides were very good. Nice outdoor patio environment on the river. Will go again - hopefully soon.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2015

Outstanding service, accommodating in every way. Terrific menu and excellent suggestions from our fabulous waiter. We sat by the canal and enjoyed a lovely evening. The food was delicious!!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2015

The view is beautifully romantic and the food is excellent. The service needs improvement but would still return. The wine list is average and they serve the wine too warm.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2015

Atmosphere, Ambiance, Decoration, Service, very nice......food only grilled fish and basic salad.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2015

Discovered the quiet oasis on an intracoastal canal. Lovely outdoor dining. Food was reasonable prepared all except the salmon tartar. The waiter was brusquely Italian. The appetizers were excellent and since we were a little late for lunch we kept the food to a minimum. The desserts were excellent as well as the coffee. Would like to take a look at this restaurant for dinner.

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2015

Living in Miami believe it or not, is not that easy to find a place next to the water. So, we decided to give this one a try. Even in the cooler months, you will get bit by mosquito's. Service was fair, rather slow and it was an early dinner and place was not full at all. The food was very very salty. Couldn't eat much of it. My advise would be go for appetizers and drinks, The grilled Octopus was very good.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2015

As beautiful and charming as the outdoor ambiance of the restaurant is, unfortunately, the food is at best fair, if not disappointing. We had the fried calamari and eggplant parmigiana as appetizers. Calamari was O.K., sauce only fair....eggplant I would not order again. All the main dished may respectfully described as forgettable. We were a party of six and will not return.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We were very pleased with our experience at Big Fish. The staff was very attentive. We will definitely revisit and recommend to our friends.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2015

Was a very enjoyable dinner in
A beautiful setting. Great waiter.
The only complaint wS the
Branzino was not fileted properly..
Very Boney.,

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2015

Would have expected more. Food overall lacked depth of flavor although ingredients were of high quality. Somewhat costly for the level of cooking. `don't mind paying as long as it is memorable. Service was excellent though. If they improve the quality of their dishes, I woill come back.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2015

Eggplant appetizer was delicious,
I had the almond crusted salmon fillet with asparaguses and mashed potatoes. Fantastic!
Fish was cooked to perfection. Very nice dish

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

3rd time at the place, always perfect. Customer service is the best, food taste great and speedy service. This restaurant is a great choice for a first date, conveniently located.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2015

ONE OF TWO TOP MEALS WE HAD DURING OUR SIXTEEN DAYS IN MIAMI. REALLY GREAT FISH

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2015

We thought the service and ambiance was great. The food was good but over priced. The location was hidden behind a large old building. We enjoyed the outdoor seating and the gentle breeze by the canal was lovely.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2014

I went with a group of six and must say that even though I had been there before, it just gets better. The service was outstanding and what a unique place it is right on the water hidden away. It is particular good for those of us that live nearby. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2014

Experience was great. The food was very tasty.
There was a confusion with a plate we ordered, the waitress corrected this immediately.
We were very happy with their service.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

We love this place. The food is wonderful the service divine, and the ambiance is great in all seasons. ♥

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

This place was a great surprise! I took my husband on a surprise date to this Seafood Italian style restaurant between Midtown and North Miami Beach and it was wonderful. We had the Pappardelle with shrimp and the spaghetti vongole and both pastas were cooked perfectly, outstanding flavors and good portions enough to share. The tiramisu was fantastic. We did find that although friendly, the service was a little too fast and not too clever at times. I had to request cheese and pepper to be added to the pasta and we did not get any spoons to roll our pasta. I really felt that for an Italian restaurant these things should have been offered automatically. Other than that, the ambiance is really enjoyable and the outdoor dining is very nice.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2014

This was a great find! Seafood Italian style. Pasta was cooked perfectly! Service a little too fast. I prefer to relax a bit between courses.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2014

THIS PLACE WAS A WONDERFUL SURPRISE, FIVE STAR FOOD QUALITY AND SERVICE TUCKED AWAY IN BETWEEN MIDTOWN AND NORTH MIAMI BEACH.
THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC, WE TRIED THE BEEF CARPACCIO, THE ITALIAN MEAT PLATTER AND THE SEAFOOD GRILL FOR TWO. ENORMOUS PORTIONS AND GREAT PRICES. THE STAFF WAS EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL AND CATERED TO EVERY NEED WITH CONSTANT FOLLOWUP. SMALL CROWD EARLY ON A SAT. NIGHT, WAS FILLING UP AS WE LEFT AT 8 PM, BOOK RESERVATION ONLINE HERE TOO.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT AND WE WILL VISIT AGAIN REAL SOON.

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2014

but the food only ok, disappointed with the fish selection and no fish on the bone. Our server, although efficient, was not very pleasant.

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1.0Dined on September 26, 2014

Bad food!!! Risotto super under cook (hard as a rock), the gnocchi didn't have any taste at all, not even salt. The only good thing was the service.

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2.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Not everybody at our party were satisfied with their selection, some entree' were good others so and so. Dining there is a good experience but we had higher expectations .

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Four of us went dinner. We had only been once before when they first opened. Even though they did not automatically provide the Miami Spice menu (we had to ask), and we all ordered from it, they were happy to oblige. Everything we had was excellent! Main courses at our table included the salmon and the spaghetti vongole, with the salmon being superior. Desserts of panna cotta and tiramisu were great, with the tiramisu being better. Our server was friendly and attentive enough. The setting is nice on the river, there are not many waterfront places in Miami. We weren't that impressed by our table, though, near the serving station at the edge of most filled tables, and next to a speaker that was loud and distracting.

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2014

I loved Big Fish when it was on the Miami river and I still love it at it's new location on a canal on NE 78th Street. The food was fantastic... always consistent... and they did a great job redoing a wonderful neighborhood restaurant that we all miss - Ouzos, which use to be one of the best hidden Mediterranean restaurants in the city! And Big Fish did a GREAT job filling those shoes

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2014

Always a solid meal. The octopus appetizer is the best. Pasta dish was awesome as well.

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