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Dead Fish Grill, Belton, TX

Dead Fish Grill

4.3
4.3
646 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
In a relaxing and historical lakefront setting, Dead Fish Grill guarantees to offer a dish that can satisfy even the pickiest member of your family. A huge menu includes a variety of far-reaching flavors, with guest favorites such as fish tacos, chicken fried steak and gumbo. From bucket styles to plates we have enough food for the whole family. Dead Fish Grill lakefront patio, enjoying the historic view.

With a truly diverse menu, Dead Fish Grill is fun for the whole family. At night, guests can enjoy themed happy hour drinks, including tropical fare and a variety of wines by the glass. With a list of libations almost as large as its menu, Dead Fish Grill truly lives up to the claim of having something for everyone.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Burgers
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (254) 939-5771
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Francisco Baez
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact our Event Coordinator at 254-939-5771 or banquet@deadfishgrill.com for all questions and needs regarding banquets and private events.
  • Neighborhood
    Temple
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 646 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

646 Reviews
  1. JasonH

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was terrific the food was outstanding. The only thing that was bad was the noise. We were sat with large groups of people because we were a large group but we couldn’t hear our own conversations sitting next to each other. I think it’s the design of the room because the rest of the building was fine

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  2. SharonG

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We've tried Dead Fish several times. We like to take family for the view more than anything. Unfortunately, and the food and service have been inconsistent. While the food is good quality, it is often under-seasoned and frequently comes out at the wrong temperature (cold food is warm, hot food is also warm). Last night was no exception. The ice in the shrimp cocktail glasses was melted when it arrived at the table. Salads were room temperature. Entrees were bland and warm at best. Vegetable side dish was literally frozen veggies, and they were waterlogged. Servers are over-seated and can't possibly provide timely service, however they are typically pleasant and professional. I will say, the view is second to none, and the cocktails are pretty good. Next time we have guests in town, we'll go for a few drinks and to watch the sunset over the lake, then head somewhere else for dinner.

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  3. Pattycakes

    Austin

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Well I said 3 months ago I would never go back and we did for Father's Day! Things haven't changed. Owners added on a 3% charge on every bill if you pay with credit or debit and they don't tell you up front. Very misleading! And, you still have to ask for silverware and napkins 3 times per visit because the stingy owners won't purchase enough silverware. The staff is working their butts off and the owners are making a killing while running off their customers. Wake up owners! Enough of this crap! Today is Father's Day at 6:00 pm and this place was empty. Parking spaces up front. We knew something was wrong when we pulled up! Families all around us having the same issues. Horrible Management!! Get with it or shut it down!

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  4. Janna

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the view!!! Wow. Must try this restaurant out for sure. We will be going back soon. 👍

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  5. NathanS

    Austin

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    They had plenty of waitstaff, but our waiter just had trouble. I think he got the order wrong for every table around us because he kept running away in the middle of us letting him know what we need. We both ordered the fried shrimp plate. The first time he brought out just fried catfish. We told him we ordered the shrimp plate but he ran way before he could hear us. The second time he brought out catfish and shrimp and asked if we could just eat that because he didn’t feel like telling the kitchen he got it wrong again. I don’t eat catfish, but we had little confidence a 3rd attempt would be any better so we just took what we got.

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  6. LaurieS

    Central Texas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We had an inside reservation and they tried to seat outside. We ordered sweet tea and they brought us unsweetened, had to go hunt down sugar packs and straws. Winded up sending the tea back to replace with sweetened. The food was okay and the amount of noise in the place was over the top. Couldn’t have a conversation at all.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Problem with Open Table reservation being honored but sorted with some firm insistence on seating preference. Finally seated by window for beautiful view of Lake Belton. Excellent service (thanks Cody) and food was great: Appetizers - surf & turf poppers, calamari (they were out of ceviche). Main course - scallops and stuffed snapper. Everything very good. Complimentary birthday dessert was fantastic - chocolate brownie with ice cream and chocolate syrup. Recommend to anyone for casual or special dinner.

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  8. MsDee

    Austin

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We always enjoy the food and location, however, there seems to be continued challenges when it comes to service and wait staff. When we need to repeatedly ask for simple things like plates when you order appetizers, and then flatware to eat and refills on water it becomes a bit concerning. By the time we got the plates the appetizers were gone as everyone used napkins for plates, napkins that we picked up from the area housing dirty dishes from cleared tables. We were giving one another water from our glasses waiting on refills for water. The wait staff is always pleasant ….maybe it’s a training issue but it gives me pause when we come here at least once a month as a family. I hope they’re able to address this soon…..if it matters that is. They’re still crowded always so maybe not.

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  9. DonH

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made reservations at 5:30 pm on a Friday night to be seated by a window. It was an excellent view. Our waitress was Brittney. She had a great personality, making sure our food tasted good and keeping our tea glasses full. I had the Mahi Mahi which was tender and spiced just right. My guest had the flounder which was tender also. We recommend this place but make reservations if you want special seating.

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  10. THerman

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant with a fabulous view of Lake Belton. The catfish is the best I've ever had. We had a delightful server with a huge personality who was very attentive but not hovering.

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  11. MariaT

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an awesome view of the lake and we originally planned on seeing the sunset over the lake but there was a storm that got in the way. Luckily the rain stopped for a moment to see the sun setting and was great! The food was sadly not that great. We ordered the chips and queso and that was awesome. A little salty but not bad. Spouse got a burger and it was nothing too special. I got the chicken fried steak and it was small and the mash potatoes seemed to have been in the warmer too long as they had turned yellow and had a burnt taste. My brother got the Cajun pasta and it was decent.

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  12. MikeC

    Central Texas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered a gin martini, and it was super sweet/disgusting. I sent it back and it came back the same way. I exchanged it for a gin and tonic which was good. Our appetizers of coconut shrimp and quail were delicious. My husbands fried catfish was good, the entree of fried shrimp was good, but two of us had grilled fish and we both complained it was dry. I ordered the mahi mahi, and it had no taste, super dry. Even the vegetables were terrible. Over all it was a disappointing experience we had looked so forward to. The icing on the cake was when we realized a three percent charge had been added to our bill because we put it on a credit card. Apparently unless you want fried food it's not the place to go.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kaelyn was so kind and let us have a great date night!

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  14. BHtraveler

    Central Texas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow but good. The music at the time was enjoyable but very loud for a restaurant for that time of day late afternoon on a week day. The food was excellent but while ordering the food the music made it highly difficult to order to the service staff. In fact the main dish I thought I ordered was different from what I received because of how many times I had to try to convey my order to the the staff over the music. They could not understand me apparently and got the order wrong. It was close to what I wanted but not exactly what I wanted. Not their fault and the dish was still good in the end. I had no reason to complain about it at the time. Turn down the music until later in the day when it's more a night club as it would be expected.

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  15. Pattisue

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Husbands red snapper was too dry and salty. All rest was great! His seafood gumbo , my coconut shrimp, molten lava ..yum yum

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great views of Lake Belton. Really good margaritas but took quite a while to get them. We had only appetizers for lunch -catfish bites, onion rings and coconut shrimp. All were really good. Service overall was very good. Only drawback is tables are sticky - maybe due to age and outdoor wear/tear. Will definitely go back.

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  17. Miss

    Central Texas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The view was gorgeous. Definitely appreciated the front staff member acknowledging and honoring our efforts in taking the time to make reservations and chose sit us by the glass wall with a view. Service: The server lacked customer service skills across the board. He hyper focused on selling us an alcoholic beverage, and failed to bring out the basics. We had to ask him for everything, including silverware, napkins, water, water refills. He took forever for everything and never apologized. Food & beverages: The catfish appetizer was delicious and tender, even with the breading. Everything else was disheartening... The calamari appetizer was thinly sliced and fried to the point of being rubbery and tough. The alcoholic beverage tasted like watery soda all the way to the bottom. We questioned ordering food, so started with crab stuffed snapper...the white rice and vegetables had zero seasoning, it almost came off as if they were served straight out of water. The vegetables were not well prepared, the carrots were stringy. The crab was okay, the best thing on the plate. Nonetheless, the crab and snapper were too salty. We moved on to try a dessert and that took a long time to be served...too long considering it was served cold without any attention to presentation. The combination of the waiter's lack of quality customer service, the disheartening caliber of food preparation, and the length of time everything took...made this a 1-star experience. Luckily, we make the best of everything. We enjoyed the view and one of the appetizers, and our focus was the company at the table. I hope this feedback assists in making necessary adjustments and providing much needed coaching to the server. Best regards.

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  18. CourtneyA

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time going and I fell in love! I love being vale to sit outside and look at the lake while I enjoyed my food. I got the salmon salad and it was perfect! It got a little noises when a lot of people were also seated outside but that’s to be expected. I would go every week end if I could. My husband and I love this place for a date night. It’s become one of my favorite places to go. 9/10 review. Only thing I would change is how loud it can get with the people outside and our table was wobbling pretty good. One of the waitresses wasn’t very friendly but the other two we saw were super nice!

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  19. MaryL

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Promptly seated at a table per our request. Large menu; good choices. Really enjoy this restaurant.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the fried chicken and it came out and wasn’t the quality I expected. I let my server Constantino know and he insisted on making it right. I hate complaining, but, it was either underdone or it was an old piece of chicken. The second piece was perfect. I appreciate Constantino, his service was amazing.

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  21. GeorgeH

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view of Lake Belton is wonderful! The food as well as the service was fantastic!

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  22. DebbieT

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined on the patio for brunch. The food was good and service was friendly. We had the breakfast skillet, fried catfish plate and shrimp and grits. It’s one of our favorite places to dine.

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  23. KileyB

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great good, atmosphere, and views! Will be coming back soon!

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  24. HeatherT

    Central Texas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was great. Our server made sure we had what we needed, but was not overly attentive. We sat on the patio and it would have been fantastic except for the incredibly loud music from the bar DJ. We drove an hour for a date night and it would have been nice to have a conversation over dinner. All in all, not a terrible experience. Next time we probably sit inside as you have a lake view either way. The catfish was phenomenal.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Waitress was very attentive. View was magnificent.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience started out very bad the table my wife and I were sat at was wobbly and the people at the bar kept knocking into my wife I was on the phone looking for somewhere else who have dinner when our waiter Brad walk up we explained what the deal was he moved us to a different table Brad went above and beyond to make sure the rest of are dining experience was awesome and it was awesome thank you Brad we will definitely come back again

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  27. PaulaS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed Dead Fish Grill overall and will go back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waiter, the food, and the experience! Will come back soon.

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  29. JustinC

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great Service and Great Atmosphere!! We will be back!!

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  30. JasonH

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was good had the calamari and the lemon pepper was clumped on there. That’s all you could taste. Other foods needed salt to enhance the flavor. But it was good overall

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  31. JimP

    Central Texas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was at the top of his game. Cajun pasta, however, was mainly oil at the bottom of the dish and no cajun cream sauce. Kitchen goof, we figure, an error in judgement. We'll be back, though.

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  32. BrooksG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Mothers Day dinner. Slow service. Had 2 appetizers, 1 came out on time the other about 20 mins later. Had to refill our own water glasses from bar. Food came out about 20 mins after that - lukewarm. Ordered chicken fried chicken and got chicken fried steak with cold veggies. Mahi was rubber - cold veggies. Cajun pasta tasteless and watered down with one 3” piece of hard bread. No one finished their food. The couple next to us had the wrong food also, and waited about 30 mins for wrong drinks. The restaurant wasn’t that busy. The only positive thing which the restaurant had nothing to do with was the sunset. Awful food and service. Obviously we will never go back.

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  33. SamuelL

    Central Texas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, menu wasn't overwhelming with items. Service lacked in having to really wait for our waiter to come around.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. Food was ok, but the restaurant was extremely busy for mothers day which could have affected the quality of the food.

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  35. YvetteM

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Dead Fish Grill… food was fresh and amazing. Staff friendly

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  36. Nana

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choices for Sunday brunch. Love view of lake. Service great.

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  37. Penny

    Austin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Describing the noise level as 'energetic' is putting is nicely. There was a large party 5 tables over and we could barely hear each other's conversation at our own table. It wasn't until our meal was nearly over that they all left and THEN it was more pleasant for EVERYONE in that area. They were drawing attention not just from us but from other tables as well. Even our waiter noticed.

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  38. ShelbyL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was awesome, and the service was fantastic!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were wonderful. Price was good. Our server was great.

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  40. RachelT

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant has a great view of lake. Great food and great service. We will be returning.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Dead Fish Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (254) 939-5771.

Dead Fish Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 646 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Dead Fish Grill

2207 Lake Rd, Belton, TX 76513

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Temple
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Francisco Baez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (254) 939-5771
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact our Event Coordinator at 254-939-5771 or banquet@deadfishgrill.com for all questions and needs regarding banquets and private events.
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