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Fish Story

3.9
3.9
1448 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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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3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.0Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The food was amazing including the Oysters. Nice comfy bench seating.

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    Slowtraveller

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2014

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Fish Story had been widely recommended to us and we were advised to book in advance. in fact the place was half empty, the staff totally unengaged and the food uninspiring. DIsengaged staff? When asked about our coats they pointed out a hanging rail by the rest rooms, no attempt to take the coats. Cutlery set wrongly and dropped over the shoulder from behind, a request for a crisp wine met with a floral wine that was wrong with the meal. Despite the emptiness of the room, music was pumped out at loud volume drowning out conversation,When leaving I pointed out we could not stand the noise, the information was,met with indifference. The food was inconsistent, some interesting but most boring and insipid. We have eaten well on this trip to Napa but not at Fish Story.

  3. BV

    BrownsValleyRick

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter set the tone with his demeanor, an exemplar of knowledge, efficiency, and simpatico. Son loved the shrimp, wife raved about the "duck duo", which was well-presented and delicious, Mom had the sole, and responded with superlatives, sister's halibut was just right, and my baked butter salmon was great, compromised, for my taste buds, anyway, with a few halved brussels sprouts lurking underneath. From the Prosecco to the Duckhorn pinot and Frank Family Chardonnay, all tastes were serviced admirably. The ambience was perfect----contemporary and clean---and, with the gracious and helpful waiter, and, of course, the cuisine, promises to return marked our evening.

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    Equijazz

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    3 of us, including my 89 year old Mom, had early reservations for Thanksgiving. We got there 15 minutes before the restaurant opened and were cheerfully greeted by Neil who gave us all a complimentary glass of champagne while we waited. All the staff (both Nicole's) were outstanding. The meals were amazing. Mom had the traditional Turkey and fixings and we had the lobster which was very good. The desserts were nice and light. Love the basil/cranberry cocktail! A very pleasant experience!

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    mizsimone

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We had a nice time celebrating my birthday. Though I came in for the Eggs Benedict, it was no longer on the menu so I had the fish and chips instead. Fish was flaky and tender and the fries were tasty with just the right amount of salt and vinegar. Our server was very friendly. We had a pleasant view of the river. I would recommend Fish Story to anyone.

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    JWM21

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    This is the 4th time I've been to Fish Story and I have to say most likely the last. Each time I think it's going to be different and that the last visit was just a fluke. Sigh, foolish me. It's a nice location and the décor is pretty but the food just isn't good here. All my visits have provided rather pedestrian fare that lacked substantial flavor. Also, portions are ridiculously small. My husband had the halibut on our last visit and it was actually comical how small the fish was. We jokingly mentioned to the waiter that it was more of a tapas portion and he smiled and said "let me know if you need anything else". Service is always so-so and the staff does not know the menu. Manager came around before we left and asked how everything was. I responded that things could have been better and again we got a "hope you folks have a good evening." Really?! That's it. Again, this is the 4th visit and it's just not good. There are much better places in Napa to spend your dining dollars.

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    Nigel

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the food and the staff. The butterscotch pudding for dessert was wonderful.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2014

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    I noted in the open table reservation section that I would like a romantic table fro two and it was a birthday celebration. Neither was recognized at the restaurant. The cocktail sauce for the oysters and shrimp cocktail might as well have been ketchup, also they were extremely over priced. Our waitress was very unatentive. We hade to wait for just about everything, water, drinks, refills. The entrees were good as was the wine when it finally came. Maybe we just had the bad luck of the draw with the server.

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    Triodad

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2014

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Servicd was good. Ordered the sole and very small portion for the price. Bread pudding was cold with a portion on frozen sorbet...not good. To sum it up..good service, expensive, small portions, taste below average...would not go back.

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    Bmcp

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    There was obnoxiously loud music, steel drums, coming from bar next door when we were seated on patio. When we asked to be moved they did move us in to an inner patio but it was still loud and very cold as patrons at next table did not want heater on. It was 50. I feel we should have been asked if we wanted in or out seating in 50 degree weather. I made this reservation a month ago. Food was very tasty but I wont rush back.

  11. WB

    WineBuddy

    Toronto

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The fish selection is extensive and the preparation is exquisite. There is a small but well constructed selection of local wines that match the fish dishes perfectly. The staff have an excellent knowledge of both the food and the wine..

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    napavalleynative

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    I have been to Fish Story 7 times now and I may not go back - the food quality is just not up to par, and the service was sadly lacking for the latter part of our dinner - I still feel that it is a much better experience to do happy hour in the bar. For the restaurant, they really need to step up the quality of their seafood and make an effort to improve the preparation of their fish - with a name like Fish Story - the fish should be well prepared and the quality beyond reproach!

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    Chicagofoodie

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    We were hoping for more seafood options, but the meal we selected was prepared well.

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    Msomt

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2014

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Lovely location. Food was good and well prepared. Service was not good at all. It was however not the servers fault. It seemed they had sections that were too large. Additionally they were serving tables inside and outside. We were in an outside section so I think we were easily forgotten. Perhaps more servers and less assistants would be more appropriate. When things started going wrong we could only get the attention of the assistants. We ordered dessert and each ordered tea with them. Our desserts came and no tea. When we asked an assitant he checked and told us they needed to clean the teapots. Tea for 2 out of 6 arrived 20 minutes after we finished dessert because they still didn't have pots. Making it a bit too complicated it seems.

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    Jackie

    San Francisco

    176 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The menu changes daily so that is good and bad. The good part is that the dish is very fresh. The bad is that the chef doesn't have a chance to perfect anything. My salmon salad lacked flavor. Cod sandwich was good, according to friends. Fish and chips just okay per my husband. I liked the chips in particular. A bit pricey for what you get.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    62 reviews

    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Dinner was good! Sat on the patio under a heat lamp which was quiet & relaxing. Menu does not have a lot of entree options for people like me who do not eat fish. Got soup & the rock shrimp tempura appetizers. The rock shrimp was very good. The carrot cake dessert was also good. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. She even remembered to send out a birthday dessert with a candle for my friends birthday as requested on my reservation.

  17. T

    Texan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Great service nice ambiance. Very nice evening with friends.

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    Star812

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The sweetbread dish was very small in quantity (3-4 bites) for $15 and tasted average, but all other dishes (salad, duck, pet rake sole) were fantastic. Bread, which came from Model Bakery, was also hit and delicious. A dinner for 2 w/ wine came out to be $100.

  19. L

    Lucy

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2014

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Our first clue should have been that it was dead inside on a Saturday night. The food was good not great but the portions were small and terribly overpriced. I had mushroom ravioli. A foodie twist in the prep which was fine but 4 incredibly small ravioli for $20, come on. A half bottle of mediocre wine $32. Service was good. Atmosphere too quite, a bit commercial in the look. Very limited menu. Chef seemed good but portion and priced can't make up for that.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We sat out overlooking river which was nice Food and service was extremely well done. Would surely go back. Figure on about $75.00 per person realistically

  21. DT

    Dinner4Two

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I wanted to have a dinner night out. Thought we would try Fish Story. It did not disappoint. Service was great. Online reservations were easy. And the food was amazing! We will go back.

  22. PG

    PGFDE121

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We did the Chef's 5 course meal paired with the wine tasting. Only done this type of meal one other time (in Vegas), but similar results in that it was amazing. Great service as well. We didn't think the final two wines were paired that well, but we had been wine tasting for 3 days, so think we were all wined out by that point. The great food didn't need any pairings to be enjoyed though. The water front area is under construction to allow for large vessels and deeper water, so the waterfront doesn't really have any movement, but hopefully once that project wraps up things will be a little more vibrant.

  23. RR

    RobinR

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful dinner and such unexpected delight! The Sole was simply outstanding! We recommend and will make Fish Story a regular dining experience.

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    suz1155

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The food was great, although my husband's serving was very small compared to my serving. The server was very good and did not rush us.

  25. DL

    DisneyLunch

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We love Fish Story, end of story, lol. The choices there are so wonderful, and taste so delectable! Can't wait to dine here again.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, another fantastic and delicious dinner! Our friends from Hawaii enjoyed the ambiance, view and service! When we arrived for our reservation, we were seated immediately!

  27. MK

    MicheleK

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thanks for a wonderful evening. Food was fabulous- we both ordered fish that we new to us and enjoyed immensely. Staff were friendly, attentive but not over bearing in any way. A Perfect evening !

  28. BS

    BarbaraS

    Phoenix

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2014

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    The atmosphere was great and the service super but the food was just so-so. We met friends that we hadn't seen in year, so the relaxed atmosphere was perfect, but no one walked away saying that they had a great meal.

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    Andrew

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Bad experience! Service was bad and salmon was so dry! I expected better!

  30. DL

    DisneyLunch

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have wanted to come here since I moved close by, and my boyfriend and I finally got the chance, and the babysitter :). When we arrived, we brought our own bottle of champagne, and everyone kept asking what the special occasion was, but there was none really; we just wanted to come to Napa and support the restaurant community after the earthquake. To be honest, our server (I can't recall her name), along with other staff members, treated us like we were celebrities! It was great; the service was excellent, and the dorade I had was the best fish I have ever tasted; it was the freshest-tasting piece of fish I have ever had. My boyfriend had the king salmon, and we both enjoyed it! We left our OT gift at home, so we will be back!

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    liketoenjoy

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Food was great, service was not. Sat for 10 minutes before someone came for drink order, then brought two of the three drinks, 10 minutes had to ask for it again, another waitress brought it promptly. Order additional drinks, again took another 15 minutes. Lastly received our check before we received the last of our cocktails................. Food service was good

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    diningouttonight99

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2014

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Fish Story is in a convenient location (Downtown Napa). It has a nice outdoor/patio dining area. The day we were there it was not crowded at all and had a relaxing, stress-free vibe. The food was OK, if you or someone in your party is a foodie or dines out in the area, this lunch will be disappointing. Our server was nice, but not experienced and not polished (forgot about our appetizer). I was disappointed because I had set up the reservation and it wasn't the kind of services I had hoped for. The portion sizes were fine, and the price would have been fine if the food was better. Overall it just seemed like they save the A & B teams for dinner (food & service).

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    Hmbjww

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great evening on the patio next to the Napa River. Actually had a couple of fish entrees that we'd never heard of before, both recommended by the server, both delicious. Don't pass on the tuna tartare app. Scrumptious!

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    Sardel

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This was our 2nd time eating here. We came back specifically for the clams with chorizo and pork belly, which unfortunately they no longer have on the menu. I ordered the Petrale Sole and the other 3 guests order the Sturgeon. The Sole was very good. The Sturgeon had great flavor, but the portions were a bit on the small side. We all joked about where we were going to eat next, because they were still hungry. Our waitress Lisa, came over and asking how was everything. We said how we felt about the meal. Needless to say, about 10 minutes later we had another entrée delivered to the table with 2 sides of fresh garden vegetables for all of us to share. We didn't leave hungry! We will definitely return for a 3rd go around!

  35. A

    Andrea

    Phoenix

    201 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We had a lovely dinner at the Fish Story. My petrale was delicious and my husband's beef was excellent. The beignets for dessert were also wonderful. The new manager, Neil Robinson, has really made a difference. The welcome is superb and the service outstanding. We will make this restaurant one of our regular haunts. They also have a nice circular bar and we come here often for drinks and bar snacks.

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    hslover728

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    I went to Fish Story as a group of 4 on a Sunday evening. We started off with a bottle of pinot noir and the ahi tartare. Tartare was very fresh and light but not a ton of flavor. Sourdough rolls from Model Bakery-yum! For entrees, we each ordered a different fish. We got: sauteed dorade, grilled escolar, wild king salmon, and butter roasted sturgeon. I tried each and they were all delicious! The escolar was my favorite because of the salty flavor and the denseness of the fish but the salmon was a close second. The dorade was my least favorite. It had crispy skin and tasted fishy. We also got a bread pudding with roasted pineapple and coconut sorbet for dessert. Loved the pineapples but did not care for the sorbet. An excellent meal!

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    localgal

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2014

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Fish Story was my favorite restaurant in Napa until this visit for lunch. The menu has been changed and my favorites have been taken off...but the real downer was the taste of the food. Salty. Lack of flavor. And a strange balsamic jelly that was served on the Ahi. The Salmon Salad was very small. Plain lettuce on a bed of quinoa with 4 bites of salmon. $18. So sad. I love the ambiance but the chef is getting it wrong.

  38. BR

    BigRay

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    If you are looking for a fish meal in Napa, this is the place. Located in a new building on the river, central to downtown. Wait staff is very accommodating and friendly.

  39. T

    Toby

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were celebrating or 27th anniversary and decided on FS. Service was great! Food was delicious. The outdoor space was very relaxing.

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    Caceho

    Salt Lake City

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience1

    I was there for a special date with my wife. They give us the worse table possible in the outside area. It is really bad when they makes you feel that you are not good enough for their restaurant and they give you the worse location (noise, with waitresses running around continuously, with no view, etc). Good food but the service does not worth the price. Not coming back

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