Blackfish - Conshohocken

4.7
2620 reviews
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Blackfish, the flagship BYOB of Chef/owner Charles "Chip" Roman, offers seafood-centered, progressive American cuisine with French influences.

Guests can enjoy a daily changing a la carte menu, as well as tasting menus ranging from five-to-seven courses.

Blackfish opened in 2006 and has since been named “Best Restaurant” in Philadelphia Magazine’s 2011 “50 Best Restaurants” issue, calling Blackfish “flat-out fantastic; sophisticated without being overbearingly avant-garde, pretty and fresh without being precious; the perfect restaurant of the moment.”
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SF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food

DB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Blackfish for a few years and it was my wife's first time. We tried out the 5-course chef special. It was more than enough and very tasty. There wasn't anything we didn't enjoy.

r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to celebrate our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent (my wife loved the Gazpacho and NJ scallops, while I had the four course blue crab tasting menu). All of the servers were pleasant and very helpful. The ambiance was minimalist but very warm. We will go back again.

l
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, fresh, beautifully presented food. Relaxed ambience and great friendly service.

e
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was an Anniversary and the dinner was excellent. The service was superb.

f
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time I visit, it does not disappoint.
Especially the courtesy & attentiveness of service
The menu is changed up frequently enough to go back over & over.

K
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had dinner at Blackfish to celebrate our anniversary. It's a place we have been before to celebrate special occasions, and the food is always outstanding. We've never done a Chef's Tasting there, but decided to give it a try.

The menu make's it sound as though the chef will be preparing a meal exclusively for you while incorporating your preferences. What we got, while delicious, were just 5 small portions of dishes that are already on the menu. And, even after stating there was an ingredient we wanted to avoid, it showed up on 2 of the dishes anyway. One of those dishes was quickly whisked back to the kitchen for replating, but the other went unnoticed. It was a good meal, don't get me wrong, but was not as billed in their menu a meal created just for us. Nor was it a custom meal interspersed with favorites from the regular menu. Had we known we would just be getting smaller portions of dishes on their regular menu we would have ordered what we wanted and shared.

LB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took advantage of bad weather and was able to make a last minute reservation at one of our favorite spots. And we were not disappointed!
The Branzino tasting of the week was fabulous, with great, complex flavors with fresh local vegetables, including fried green tomatoes. A bonus is that the weekly tasting menu can be ordered by anyone in the party and others may order off the regular menu.
Our server, Veronica, was very engaging and knowledgeable, as was the entire staff. We will be back!

KH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Blackfish and was curious to see what the food would be like. We saw previous reviews of how good the food was so we decided to give it a try. We choose the 5-course sampler and we were pleasantly surprised. EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS! We are going back this week!

GW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Ahi tuna tasting menu was extraordinary! Each course was creative and fresh tasting . Thoroughly enjoyed !

LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent and the service was attentive and friendly without being obtrusive.

HW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food keeps getting better!

l
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, creative, fresh food. The service is always friendly and perfect. The value is unheard of.

L
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service outstanding. Table was not available when we arrived. It was very hot and the waiting area was stifling. The staff was very nice and provided our party with some complimentary dishes that were delicious.

T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 3

Waited forever for the food

a
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Serive slow. Forgot an appetizer. Slow between courses. Expected much more.

T
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic, service was great. Noise level was high though and a bit tight. But no reason not to go back!

C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great idea with the Jersey Shore Classics. And delicious!

s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! When the room gets crowded the noise level gets so loud you can’t communicate wit your table.
We still love Blackfish!

JM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Blackfish never disappoints.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the Lobster tasting and it was fabulous. The tostada and Risotto stood out

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good. Even after all these years.

J
New England
34 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

For the first time I was disappointed with our dining experience at Blackfish. It is usually a fantastic experience but our last visit there was less than impressive. We waited a long time before anyone even acknowledged us after seating us. They were having a problem with someone's payment and they stopped to tell us that but it still took a long time for anyone to come take our order. They could have at least put some bread on the table. We sat in the back room and there was a party of 4 sharing the space with us and one of the women had the most annoyingly shrill voice and ridiculous laugh I have ever heard, and she used it often! My husband and I couldn't hear each other to talk. To add to the noise level a door in the kitchen squeaked very loudly every time someone came through, which was every few seconds. I asked a guy if they had tried WD40 and he said they had but that the squeak kept returning. How about replacing the hinges!!

I also found the menu to be lacking and a little tired - for me anyway. There are some foods I just won't eat because I don't approve of the practices and other foods I'm just not fond of. I am also allergic to shrimp. I had received a menu with my reservation confirmation which looked good. It was different from the online sample menu and I thought it was the current menu, but when we got to the restaurant it wasn't. There was nothing that appealed to me and there were no specials. I was so hoping they would have something spring-like, like spring pea soup, spring onions, or some other spring dishes. I am quite tired of the gnocchi but that's what I ended up getting.

We normally have 3 or 4 course and we always have dessert, but this time we couldn't wait to get out of there. Just walking out on the street was a relief. I am so sorry for the bad experience because I will hesitate to go back when Blackfish has always been one of my favorite restaurants.

Blackfish - Conshohocken
Responded on June 28, 2019

Hi June, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We apologize that your dining experience was not up to the Blackfish standards that we have set. Your specific feedback, while disappointing, is extremely helpful in pin pointing areas that need improvement. I did reach out via phone and left a voicemail. I look forward to speaking with you further. Best, The Blackfish Team

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Decent food. But for the main course - duck, we cannot use the knife provided to cut the duck easily, its kinda ridiculous trying to slice the duck so hard.

And one of the young waitress has a really bad attitude, no smile. Overall waiter is not very enthusiastic and not very welcoming.

7 course does not worth $90, food is okay but nothing exciting.

I would recommend just order from menu.

Blackfish - Conshohocken
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are disappointed to read your review. Thank you for the specific feedback. This is not a true blackfish experience and we do hope that you choose to give us another chance. We do not have contact information for you but would like to connect further. If you are able to give us a call, we would welcome further honest conversation.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food. Service was pretty good...some transition in the servers but they made up for it. The tables are very crowded and I literally could not hear my husband sitting across the table from me when we first arrived. If we had guests with us we probably would have left. It's a small place, so if you can handle being crowded and loud, the food is well worth it.

W
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at Blackfish did an outstanding job. We will definitely be back for more!

OT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious. The presentation was beautiful. The service was great. We would definitely go back!

J
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice wait staff, great service and the food was fantastic. We'll definitely be coming back.

A
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a weeknight anniversary dinner. Convenient to our day spent on Philadelphia's Main Line. Fresh springtime ingredients were featured that showed creativity and enhanced our meal. Seafood oriented menu had many delicious options. Very attentive wait staff guided us through the menu and preparations. Water, wine (BYOB), bread (in house baking), courses refreshed without intrusion and without asking. Gratis dessert for our anniversary concluded a memorable meal. Satisfactory street parking. Municipal parking lot also available.

AV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the service is impeccable, and the food outstanding. We had the 4 course tasting menu that changes every week. And being a BYOB with great food, what more can you ask for?.

JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been here before many times but this time the food was incredibly salty - to the point I had to leave more than one course.

TC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They push their Chef's Choice menu, which sounds interesting, but you can only get it if the whole table does it. Being our first time there, my wife was a little concerned about some of the menu items so I couldn't order the Chef's Choice, and that was a little disappointing. We still thoroughly enjoyed what we got though, and the service was great.

LG
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sea Bass tasting menu was amazing. I love this place and come regularly. It is in my neighborhood but has the sophistication and creativity of being a Center City restaurant. 100% have to go.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu has both fixed price and a la carte options. The fixed price has $50 and $70/pp choices for 5 or 6 course meals. The night I went there was 4 course choice for $40. We all almost got this but realized that 3 courses were different preparations of Black Bass. We didn’t love that idea so we ordered a la carte. The dishes are smaller and prepared creatively. There are no shellfish selections, only fish. Keep this in mind if you want shrimp or scallops.
Our waiter was very nice and very attentive. It’s byo and there is a liquor store on the bottom of the bar Nextdoor.

a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely wonderful--creative, delicious, ingredients handled beautifully--and the service was outstanding. Our waiter was friendly (but not overly), knowledgeable about the menu, attentive (but not overly), and obviously took great pride in working at Blackfish. The only flaw was the noise level in the room. Our experience was probably particularly difficult because of a loud party seated immediately behind us but the amount of hard surfaces in the room also contributed to the problem. Notwithstanding that issue, I look forward to returning to Blackfish the next time I'm in Philadelphia.

D
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been to Blackfish in years. So happy that we tried it again. It was one of our favorite meals in a long time!
Especially fantastic... the chicken!
Can’t wait to go back

MF
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent! I ordered the short ribs my wife had to tuna. Both meals were wonderfully presented the beef was dry and the tuna was just okay. To be honest expected a better taste to go with the higher price points.

BM
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service. Their focaccia bread is delicious!

SR
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food and the kindness of the servers made the evening excellent. We have been fortunate to be able to feel at home at Blackfish many times.

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