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Madfish Grill

4.1
4.1
42 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Dive into Madfish Grill and experience fresh steaks, seafood, pasta and more in a casual atmosphere that focuses on fun. If you're looking for a new place in Sarasota, make sure to stop in for brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner or late night and discover a new favorite complete with an outdoor patio and full bar. Madfish Grill offers a range of Caribbean-inspired dishes, including appetizers like the house smoked fish dip and chicken and mushroom pate. Share options such as Caribbean eggrolls, escargot, the caprese board and more from the small plates menu. Madfish Grill also offers daily fresh fish, seafood specialties, gluten-free options and a full kids' menu.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 377-3474

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Gough

  • Private party facilities

    Private room known as "The Vault" seats six to eight people.

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    Bee Ridge Road

  • Parking details

    Unlimited free parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Skeeter

    Naples

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Eaten there twice. Food is just okay and both times the service was poor. Maybe it is because I am alone? Nothing worse on a business trip than eating alone and having poor service and okay food. But, I am in Sarasota every week and it is close to the Hampton and I will probably go back next week.
  2. A

    Angelo

    Naples

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    As always always great Wonderful local place
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was good, service excellent, noise level low. Good time.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, and good for business lunches. Great local gem with great food. Food and service was great!
  5. NS

    NSPS

    Tallahassee

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Madfish has great food and service. The "Drunken Lobster Bisque" is always an exceptional soup. The rest of the menu is great and reasonably priced. We often use Madfish for lunch meetings.
  6. j

    jumu

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    modest ambiance, good service, nice wine list, seafood fresh and nicely prepared, side dishes boring, prices definitely higher than expected
  7. JL

    JeffLovesFood

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met some old friends to celebrate. Great service and a fun time. Love the calamari! They have a great specials board. Will be back!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very good food. I especially enjoy the sign at the door, "Please turn off your cell phones". Too many people feel it is their right to talk on their cell phones in a restaurant and the other diners need to listen to their conversations! We will definitely go back.
  9. s

    sammstar

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2016

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This was our first visit to Madfish Grill. We loved the menu and were really looking forward to the meal. Upon entering, we thought it had a great atmosphere, so check! Then, we had prompt service and (warm!) bread with a lovely olive oil combination, so check again! And, then, our waiter recommended the tenderloin tips with mushrooms over pasta (a special that night). Three people in our party ordered that dish. I had the Chicken with Macadamia. The people who ordered the special were not pleased -- the meat was tough, too many noodles, even tough noodles! The Chicken was just OK. I may try this restaurant again for lunch, based on the many different enticing menu items. But, I will not be back for dinner any time soon! P.S. Service was very good.
  10. DM

    DianeM

    New Mexico

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My husband and I went there for an early dinner, so were pleased to see a discounted menu offered. The menu is eclectic, ranging from the Madfish version of pad thai to fish & chips to steak. Our food overall was OK, but nothing special to warrant a trip unless in the neighborhood already. Service was attentive, but the screaming kids nearby spoiled the ambience for us.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We found the restaurant to be family friendly. The food was excellent. However the lobster "fondue" wasn't really a fondue - it was just a small bowl with the lobster sauce and pieces of bread. The lobster sauce was very very good and had lots of lobster pieces in it. It would have been much better as a true fondue so the sauce would have remained hot.
  12. BK

    BobK

    Naples

    43 reviews

    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We had two of the daily specials. They were both okay; seemed a bit small for the price. The chowder was too thick - not very many ingredients apart from the chopped potatoes. Neither was anything exceptional. I don't think I'd rush back there.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was okay but definitely NOT worth the cost. overpriced and not very creative.
  14. LB

    LBIEd

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The Madfish Grill has been on our radar for some time. With out of town friends staying near Madfish we met them there for lunch. What a revelation --- cordial welcome, nice large booth, extensive and appealing menu highlighting seafood with more than ample alternatives --- even including brunch items. This being lunch three of us ordered salads ---- two well dressed Caesars with salmon (one blackened one grilled) both generous portions perfectly prepared. The third spinach with grilled shrimp - again just great. The last order was a quiche from the brunch selections --- again nice size well prepared and served with an excellent side of fresh local seasonal fruit. Service was EXCEPTIONAL --- Monica could not have been more pleasant and efficient even allowing us time to "visit". We plan to return to the Madfish Grill for dinner soon --- and will request "Monica" on our OpenTable reservation!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I come here alot, love to show it off to visitors! Never been disappointed!
  16. b

    bcbcbc

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The eggplant fries were great. My linguini and clam sauce was perfect, my husband had the pork. Which was so good, i ate some of his. Service could not have been more accomodating. A great casual dinner place.
  17. F

    Foodie

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I frequently eat here when I do not want to cook. The food and service are reliably good. The restaurant is pleasant. This is not necessarily the place to go to celebrate a special occasion. It is a reliable neighborhood restaurant for good food and service at moderate prices.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We found the restaurant unusually accommodating to our requests. Everything provided was much more than simply satisfactory. The food was very good, the selections suitable to every taste and the service was outstanding. Our group of six enjoyed the experience very much.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very pleasant surprise. Food was good. Nice small bar area.
  20. EW

    ElaineW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was pleasant and attentive, as was the hostess. The ambience was casual and welcoming. We would definitely return to this restaurant the next time we are visiting Sarasota.
  21. A

    Angelo

    Naples

    94 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2015

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Have eaten here multiple times my wife knows owner over 20 yrs I have tried different foods and have never been impressed mediocre and feel the same however the alcohol drinks excellent food needs help I'll continue to go only because of my wife's friendship with Miles someday I'll tell him if I am going to spend $100 or more I want quality food service always great
  22. MC

    MitsiC

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate a birthday with a party of 8. Food was delicious and the service was great.
  23. c

    cindy

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    four of us gathered for drinks and dinner and we had a lovely time, everyone loved their food and we comfortably chatted away the evening. mai tai was a little disappointing, and service was a little slower than we would have liked but other than that we had a lovely time.
  24. e

    epicureanfan

    Tampa

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2015

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Excellent and friendly service from Monica. Some dishes were superior to others. Not sure if the chef uses jarred chop garlic, there was a bit of an bitter undertones to see dishes
  25. C

    Chr15

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Went here because we read the menu which sounded excellent. The place is lack luster without any creativity to design. Drop ceiling and dull decor. The food is good but not as great as it sounds. A sold place but not special.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had dinner with a friend and the food was very good, service great and reasonably quiet. Used to go often but have moved further away. A place you can depend on for a good, relaxing dinner.
  27. RG

    RussG

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten here three times with different friends and family in the last year. Each time I enjoyed experience and wondered why I don't eat here more often. Seafood is fresh, ingredients are local and prepared expertly. Wait staff is welcoming, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. I consider it a letdown to eat at a chain restaurant because this kind of experience is always what I'm seeking and, the majority of times, they can't get there. Kudos to Madfish.
  28. l

    luvgoodfood

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Nothing to complain about. Good food, good service.
  29. c

    coolplace

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mad Fish has an excellent menu with a great selection. They have a happy hour and early bird menu which is very reasonably priced. There were 4 in our party and all ordered something different. Every meal was excellent. Can't wait to go back.
  30. KE

    KED83

    Tampa

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This is a very nice, non-chain place that has a decent Sunday brunch. It's ala carte. The almond cripusted French toast was rich, crunchy and so tasty I didn't use butter or syrup. I devoured it just the way it came. Super delicious and I will definitely order again. The mimosas and bloody Mary's are $1.99 during Sunday brunch- I got the mimosa. Maybe a little bit more juice vs champagne but good non-the-less. Next time I would ask for more champagne. Btw no pancakes at this place. My husband had the waffles and liked them.
  31. CR

    CathyR

    Indiana

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FOOD IS FABULOUS AND VERY REASONABLE. GREAT SEAFOOD AND PRESENTATIONS.
  32. p

    ppacol

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2015

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    This restaurant was very disappointing. Food was just average; the shrimp, supposedly one of their specialties, was awful. So far the worst meal of our trip.
  33. S

    50Something

    Tampa

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2015

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is good. Prices are reasonable. Service is adequate. This is a great choice for a standard night out when you don't want to cook at home.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Fairly good, moderate prices, just ordinary local restaurant
  35. c

    chuckgolf

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    perfect neighborhood spot. Accommodating, great changing menu, wine selections, super food, and terrific staff
  36. K

    Kathy

    DO NOT USE

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Madfish is a real neighborhood find--great, casual-upscale atmosphere plus a reasonable and thoughtfully selected wine list. And it's so convenient for those of us who live in the "country" east of I-75 in Sarasota. . Two suggestions: If you love "real" friend clams, try theirs. And if you want a quiet table, just ask and they'll accommodate. They are very attentive to diner's needs!
  37. B

    Bruce

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The entire staff was attentive, flexible and professional. Food was very well prepared and delicious with proper spacing. Server was attentive but not intrusive. The Crab Cake entree was the real deal! Had a wonderful experience and will a regular.
  38. C

    Chrissyj

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I never been disappointed with the food at this restaurant. I've tried many things on the menu. From fillet and lobster to Thai food, to killer macadamia coconut shrimp . Delicious! Their house salad is fresh , with exciting twists. I'll keep coming back.
  39. VW

    VWFL

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Besides excellent and ever-changing menu selections, the staff will change the accompaniments to suit the diner. The staff is friendly and welcoming.
  40. l

    luvgoodfood

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2015

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The surf and turf was perfectly done to our satisfaction. We dine here a lot and are almost always pleased. Fish and chips are not the best by a long shot, nor do they know how to prepare asparagus, but everything else has been fine.

FAQs

Madfish Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 377-3474.

Madfish Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bee Ridge Road

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Unlimited free parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Gough

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 377-3474

  • Private party facilities

    Private room known as "The Vault" seats six to eight people.

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