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Dead Fish Grill

4.3
147 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.

Support Dead Fish Grill during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 147 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.6
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaniceM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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CindyG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place and food but our waiter was very busy and took a long time getting to us and we didn’t feel important

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. The music was a little loud for the kids but would've been fine if you dont have kids. Wouldn't recommend sitting outside after dark, the bugs were pretty bad but thats my own fault, I wasn't thinking about them when I chose to sit outside.

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MichaelHartmann
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. I liked the food but I REALLY liked the view.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are glad you enjoyed the food and view! Come back and see us soon.

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Carla
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the new bacon wrapped Quail Bites!! Those and a wedge salad made a great dinner!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on April 6, 2021

We are thrilled you enjoyed the Bacon Wrapped Quail Bites and Wedge Salad! Please tell your friends and join us again soon!

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JPL5150
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good service and nice views of the lake. I experienced the distinct aroma of lighter fluid with the grilled shrimp this time around - this has never happened before. Kind of like if you started a batch of wood/charcoal with fluid and it didn't burn off all the way before starting to cook. In any case, I'll probaly be a little gun shy about ordering that again.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on April 6, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed the service and the view! We do want to apologize about the scent of the shrimp. That definitely won't happen again. We hope to see you again soon.

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JasonM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time and we had a great time! The view itself is worth the trip.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on April 6, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed your time with us! Please feel free to let us know what we can make improvements on!

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vipFoodie4fun
Central Texas
44 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got seated right away with OT reservation. Serving was attentive and seafood was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience !!! Definitely Going Back with the wife!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on April 6, 2021

We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. We can't wait to see you and the wife next time !

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was delicious and price was reasonable.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on April 6, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed our menu! Please tell your friends, and come back to see us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Scenery is beautiful the appetizers and drinks are really good. They were out of oysters was looking forward to trying those. I had the fried catfish it was okay the batter didn’t have enough seasoning for my liking. The blackened shrimp was really good. Will be opening to try them again.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're thrilled you enjoyed the scenery and food. We have been working very hard to improve our food. We have taken your feedback into consideration. Hope you join us again soon, we have oysters back!

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ChristopherG
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reserved our table ahead of time for a Friday night. Upon arrival, 15 mins early, we got seated right away while others who did not reserve had a 35 min wait. Our server showed up to our table instantly to take our order. I rated 4 stars for the food because the sweat tea was not sweat and the calamari was a bit over seasoned for my taste. Other than that it was a great night. Even the dessert.

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RobertK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re interested in catfish or shrimp breaded lightly and fried up flaky and not greasy, this is your place to be.

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RoyT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service was great this my go to restaurant with friends to entertain

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on March 2, 2021

Thank you so much Roy for leaving us a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time here. Please spread the word and come to see us again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We went on a Saturday for the brunch and they had a brunch menu we try to order from but when my wife wanted to order a burger that was on the brunch menu the waiter said they are not serving lunch items but only breakfast because the chefs would have to change the kitchen over from breakfast to lunch. It after 11am and was brunch (breakfast/lunch). He said the only will serve lunch after 1:30pm. Didn’t make any sense and my wife ended up not eating at all.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful service from Amanda. We were sat by a large group of loud women, we asked to move and she was beyond helpful and respectful about moving us. Throughout our whole visit she was awesome!!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on March 1, 2021

Thank you for taking to time to review us Danielle! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with Amanda and we are glad we could accommodate you. We hope to see you all again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view! Good value.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on March 1, 2021

Thank you for taking the time out to review us. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time! Please come back to see us soon.

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MichelleV
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No one told us it was closed!!! Very upset to drive there with a reservation and they weren’t even open.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 27, 2021

We do sincerely apologize about not calling. We did post on our social media platforms that we would be closed until Sunday the 21st, given the weather. I would be more then happy to book another reservation for you all again, we would still love for you to join us for a great experience. Please give us a call. Thank you !

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The balloon picture wall was awesome. We had a great time.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 21, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed the ballon art ! You can check out the company on Instagram and Facebook at TheVelvetHippie ! Please come and see us again.

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JayD95
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Unfortunate to say but this was not what we were expecting. We expected nice dinning with a romantic setting but instead had more of a grunge cheep place.
We made reservations and were sitting at a blank dirty table while the walk-ins received a nice romantic setting with flowers and dinning clothes.
The food was dry and we could tell it had been sitting for a duration under a warmer.
The only part we liked was the view of the lake.

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely enjoyed our experience. Highly recommend dining at Dead Fish Grill. The food was really tasty, the service was prompt, and the views of Belton Lake were fabulous! Pleasantly surprised. Will be going again

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you Kelly ! This review means a lot ! We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience here and we hope you come back and enjoy us again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as usual!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on March 1, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed the food! Please come back to see us again soon.

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AlexandraA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service was good. Cajun pasta was a little in the salty side but overall good experience

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 21, 2021

Hey Alexandra, we are so sorry about your pasta being salty. We definitely will make sure that does not happen again for you or other guests. We are happy that you enjoyed the service, and we do hope you come join us again !

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EdwardT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quick service from the staff was outstanding. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was great.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 8, 2021

We are so glad you had a good time ! Come back to see us soon.

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vipNibbles
Austin
86 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is stunning and the place has character. Tonight we had a great meal, sat by a warm fireplace, and watched the sun go down. Lakeside dining so pretty.that, well, you could be anywhere. The food was just right. Overall, It was nice to be there !

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 6, 2021

We are so happy you enjoyed a cozy sunset with us ! Please join us again soon.

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mrschuck
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience, good food. We made an early lunch reservation on the patio for safe social distancing. Kind of surprised when there were only two other tables seated and one was right next to us. The first person to arrive after us was seated two tables away, but then they seated a party of four right next to us. I would suggest that as long as space allows, spread people out as much as possible. Wait staff were very attentive and wore masks properly, etc. I'd go again-- thanks!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 6, 2021

We will definitely continue to do our best making sure guests are social distanced when being seated. We really appreciate your business, and hope you dine with us again.

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WesleyM
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I somewhat regularly dine at the Dead Fish Grill and almost always enjoy it. This lunch was exceptionally good. A beautiful day, a beautiful lake and the food was even better than usual.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 5, 2021

Good Afternoon Wesley, we are thrilled you enjoyed your time here ! Thank you for dining with us .

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RobV
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always the Dead Fish grill was great. Even more, now there where less tables due to covid.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 5, 2021

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit Rob ! We hope to see you again.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

First time there. The food was good. The view was great. The service was terrrrible. Our waitress, blue highlights I think, never refilled my water. Didn’t clear our plates til we asked. We had to go to the bar to have someone find our bill. She just disappeared. Then never apologized.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful views of the lake

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 21, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed the views of Belton lake ! Please come back to see us soon.

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NicoleT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Burgers were bland and tasted like frozen patties. No condiments were offered and burgers were dry.

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RobinP
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome lace to meet with friends and family. Food selection was great and well prepared.

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EddieM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening again as always with great view and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food has improved, but service is hit or miss. Unfortunately it was slow this time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great! Our server was prompt and sweet. The food was amazing!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 11, 2021

Thank you for your review ! So glad you enjoyed your time here. Please come back and see us again.

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KitKait
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Made a reservation solely based on a friends photo she had posted of the water view while dining with her family at Dead Fish Grill. I live in Austin and decided to make a reservation for the patio, on a Monday for our Friday night date. Once it was Friday and we started driving towards Belton, the hostess called and informed the patio would be closed due to high winds. She asked if we wanted to keep the reservation and I let her know that we were already on the way from Austin, so sure! No big deal. However, once we arrived, we realized how awkward the tables were arranged within the restaurant and didn’t even think to ask if we could guarantee a spot by the windows, I mean after all this was the reason I chose to come here, based on a photo of the view. The hostess sat my boyfriend and I at a square table in the middle of the dining room with no view. We quickly decided to ask the hostess if we could possibly move to one of the tables by the window instead, she stated those were reserved for other reservations. We were willing to wait but were told no.. now I am confused on how I made a reservation days in advance for a patio table and then kindly asked for a window table and could not be accommodated. This left a sour taste in our mouth throughout the rest of the experience. The server was nice but seemed overwhelmed with other tables or maybe she was just forgetful, she did okay though. The food in my opinion is overpriced with the menu having a “under the sea” theme... plus a Cajun twist. I think that the restaurant should choose an identity and it should be Cajun.. the gumbo was the best thing and that was just an appetizer that I chose to order after the chewy calamari, which the gumbo arrived after our two entrees because the server forgot to ring it in. Needless to say, I had high expectations and they were not met. But this was all created within my mind, based on one single photo. My mistake!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on February 5, 2021

Good Afternoon, We sincerely apologize , and we definitely want to keep your business. Your reservation should have been accommodated to fit your window seat request. We would love to make you another reservation with a window seat, as well as an appetizer on the house ($12 Value). We are hopeful and look forward to seeing you dine with us again.

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patrickb
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, and great atmosphere. Will definitely return!

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TexasBrandon
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open and quiet with a nice view of Lake Belton. Bar is big if you wanted to sit there and the food is on point. We had the calamari, Cajun pasta, and fried shrimp plate. Everything came out proper and tasted great. Just be prepared for a moderately sized bill. It’s to he expected with the quality of food and ambience and, in my opinion, properly priced. Will continue to visit this place.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on January 17, 2021

Thank you for your kindness! We love that you've taken time to review your experience with us. We hope to see you again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quail bites and jalapeño poppers were amazing. Our server was great. Great environment.

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on January 12, 2021

Thanks so much!

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Catlady
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great food and great view!! Will be going back soon!

Dead Fish Grill
Responded on January 12, 2021

Thank you!!

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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 147 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.