Fish by Jose Andres - MGM National Harbor
*The Maryland Fry Bar, where the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay meets the traditional frying technique, right in the heart of the MGM National Harbor. At this exclusive five-seat bar, situated within Fish by José Andrés, guests have a front row view to watch chefs prepare a variety of ingredients – from wild mushrooms and local oysters, to exotic sugar toads and luxurious scallops with truffles and caviar.
Reserve today to enjoy the best of the Chesapeake and beyond at the Maryland Fry Bar. Reservations are available Thursday – Saturday 6:00pm, 8:30pm.
Great ambiance and decor. Food was at Jose Andres restaurante level, so definitely would return. Lots of seafood, simple and delicious.
Ordered the grouper and shrimp &grits. Grits were salty and under cooked. Made my wife sick. Server was slow throughout.
Delightful venue, but I was disappointed that the tasting menus leaned so hard on shrimp and mollusks, with so little actual fish. I would have liked to be offered a medley of braised, roasted, seared, fried FISH, rather than the shrimp-cocktail etc. crowd-pleaser fair.
We ended up ordering more specifically off the menu, which was great (very fresh! and not over cooked) but uneconomical—about $160 apiece, including light alcohol—which was more than I thought this delightful evening was worth.
Love the high ceiling and the fishing-industry decor; was pleased that, busy as the place was, the Muzak was low enough that conversation was still easy.
Valentine’s date was great!! No waiting, waiter was good. Food was good. All in all a great experience!!!
I live this restaurant!!!! Excellent service...
We dined at fish for Valentine’s Day. The entire experience was fantastic. The food was excellent and just the right portions; our waitress advised us correctly about the portion size. The drinks were excellent. The ambiance was extremely well done. The only downfall was that service was a little bit slow, but it was a busy Saturday night, so I give the benefit of the doubt. Overall, I highly recommend it.
Given the menu descriptions and the prices, my husband and I were expecting excellent food. Unfortunately, that’s not what we received. I’m a huge fan of butternut squash soup so I was excited to order it, what came out was a $14 carafe of watery, tasteless excuse for soup. If you want excellent butternut squash soup go to Seasons 52, you will not be disappointed. My husbands lobster bisque was similarly disappointing, save the two bites of actual lobster. Then we got the crab cakes. These may have been the most bland and disappointing crab cakes I’ve encountered in MD yet. Thankfully, we got the Brussels sprouts, those were quite good which is the only reason I gave two stars for the food. Overall the food was underwhelming and not worth the price. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.
The service was terrible. They have multiple managers walking around that don’t do much and don’t add any value. Food was good but way overpriced for very small portion of food.
Jose Andres is a visionary leader, transcedning the culinary realm and providing us a beacon in these trying times. I was very lucky that he was at Fish on the night I ate there, an experience. Fish is terrific: the food was sublime, the decor was exciting, the service was top-notch. We had a wonderful night. Highly recommended.
Our Server was extremely attentive and patient. We were talking and did not order for a long time and not once did she get upset or seem annoyed that we just weren't ready. The food was great too. Thanks
We went did the Jose way tasting meal with pairing. Three of the five pairings came out after the first tasting for each of the wave. There was very little information about the wines or tasting giving. This type of service is not what we are used to in a tasting menu. We went for a birthday celebration. It was listed in the opentable reservation and we told our waiter. He said he was going to do something. He did not do anything; however, surrounding table we given a small desert with a candle. The food was excellent but the service was not comparable. Definitely will not recommend your restaurant!!!
Hubby & I ate here before a concert. We order from the restaurant week menu. Perfect tastes & portions. Two thumbs up!
I made a reservation & was seated immediately. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu & service was great. The restaurant week menu was disappointing, I ate from the main menu.
The food was delicious and the ambiance is beautiful! I would recommend this restaurant to a friend but I did believe it was slightly overpriced.
Very delicious! We visited during Restaurant Week, and got delicious food for a good value. The mussels were succulent, the hush puppies were sweet, and the trout was seasoned perfectly. I enjoyed the wine selection that accompanied the menu. I will definitely visit again. It is worth the drive around the Beltway.
Food. Beyond excellent
Restaurant design/decor. Excellent.
Service. After a problem w/ getting first round of drinks and cocktails, good.
Noise level. Very loud. Annoyingly so.
Value. Food-wise - excellent. But, found the wine list to be very expensive.
Everything I had was delicious.
We had a table reserved prior to a show at the MGM theater. We have dined at other JA restaurants in various locations (DC and elsewhere) and always have had a great meal and experience. This one was not as great. The dining and bar spaces are beautifully designed. The oyster bar space and selection looked terrific. The sangria was delicious. But despite an early table, our choice of entree was sold out. We were not ordering from the Restaurant Week menu, and our first choice was not part of that menu so it was surprising. The cobia entree that we chose was so salty that it was close to unpleasant. Also, the view from the restaurant to the exterior focused on a wall where a series of slobbery dog videos was projected - it was kind of gross to have to watch that while eating dinner.
My table reauest was meet, very happy about that. The drinks and food were great. Only trouble with the food is it was warm and not hot. The taste was great! The service from the front door to our exit was excellent! Would recommend to others. I have allergies to seafood and was surprised at the non seafoid choices. Would have gotten 5 Stars if the food arrived to my table hot. Other than that a very strong 4 Star restaurant.
After so many esteemed recommendations, I was very disappointed. The food was horrible and it is completely overpriced for the portion size and taste of the food. Under the “what would you recommend this restaurant for?” question “nothing” is not an option; but it should be because I would recommend this restaurant for nothing.
From the moment we walked in we were impressed by the atmosphere and ambiance. Everyone was friendly and the food was amazing
Our meal was a dining gourmet experience. I had the Restaurant Week menu which gave me an opportunity to experience an appetizer (sauteed mussels), main (roasted rainbow trout) and dessert (mud pie). My wife ordered the braised lamb neck and fried oysters. Our server was helpful and candid. The sunset and MGM kiosk view was enjoyable.
Dinner date with my mom.
Was at the MGM for a show and chose the restaurant to have dinner. Turned out to be restaurant week and we took advantage of the reduced menu and it was a wonderful dining experience. The trout left me desiring more.
Restaurant Week portions were relatively small. The dessert portion size was the equivalent of two spoonfuls.
The roasted brussel sprouts and grapes dish was delicious.
It was very disappointed. We were visiting from nyc, I love Jose Andres food. Been to many of his other rest. Vegas, LA, DC. The food was good. But the service and presentation of his food was very poor executed. Would I go back again, maybe just if I happened to be there for some reason. But def would not go out of my way.
Food was great!
Fish exceeded expectations. Our waitress, Hailey (?), was attentive and friendly even though she had a large, rowdy table next to us. The food was amazing! Everything was fresh and delicious. My only complaint is that we had to wait 15-20 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation.
Terrible service by our server. This was such a disappointing experience since I love J.A. restaurants and supporting his causes. We went for my birthday and left extremely unsatisfied . Will not return.
Everything was great from beginning to end. Service was attentive and never over-bearing. Our server was happy to make suggestions as well. There was even a celebrity sighting during our dinner!
Went here during Restaurant Week 2019. My husband and I decided not to order from the RW menu but instead ordered from the regular menu.
My order: Grilled caesar salad with fried oyster - Tasty and loaded with shaved parmesean.
New England Clam Chowder - Not your traditional "thick" chowder but more of a cream colored broth. VERY TASTY but don't be alarmed that it is not loaded with potatoes or clams and isn't "hearty".
Huspuppies with honey butter - tasty and delicious.....slightly heavy salt dusting.
Cheddar biscuits - yummy and tasty.
Dessert was the Mud Pie- unexpected VERY small bite of chocolate, expresso and whipped cream. If you like big portions DO NOT ORDER THIS DESSERT LOL
My final critique is the placement of my table. My husbands back was in the aisle and I was bracing myself for a dropped tray as the wait staff avoided a collision. It was basically poor placement of the table.
Now let's talk about the service....Our waiter was knowledgeable and pleasant and I have no complaints about him but i do want to note that the chowder was brought out by another staff member without a spoon. When he put it down on the table i told him that i needed a spoon and he looked at me, left the table and never returned. We had to grab a passing waiter to ask for the spoon. Customer service needs improvement.
Wonderful experience at Fish. We were seated at a round table in the bar area for our party of 7. Upon using the restroom, we saw a round table for 7 in the formal dining room and politely asked to be reseated. The Hostesses we so kind and accommodating. Our server - Christian - was both informative and responsive. And Javiar - the GM - was kind enough to introduce himself and make sure we enjoyed our meal. A wonderful experience with food cooked to perfection.
The food and the service was great. The only reason why I gave 4 stars is because of the portion size for restaurant week. I got shrimp and grits and it seems that I got only four tablespoons of grits with four shrimp.
Food was delicious but the portions were too small for the price. The restaurant looks like afun place to go when its nice outside since it has a bar and food area there to enjoy a drink and appetizer.
Poor lettuces choice for romain salad. Food is not worth the money.
Attended resturant after we finished a concert at MGM. We got there about 10:45pm. The server told us they had a busy night & were sold out of a number of food items. We had great service but being told they were out of food put a damper on wanting to eat there - so we left.
I went twice in the same week. My visit on Monday night was very good. The food was tasty and nicely proportioned. Told my family about it, so we went back on Friday night. There was a drastic difference - the clam chowder was watery and the fish entree that we got as a whole fish on Monday was served to us as one quarter of the fish. When we pointed out to the waiter that we got a whole fish on Monday, he apologized and said that we had a different chef today (Friday) and that the chef on Monday did not realize that it was Restaurant week! So that means that during Restaurant week they cut down the portions and water down the soup!!?? He did come back with a whole fish, though.
I really wanted to like this restaurant.
We came here for Restaurant Week 2019 and were really impressed! The service was phenomenal, and the food was delicious. Also, if you normally don’t like banana pudding, their banana pudding here will change your mind! Creamy vanilla pudding topped with an ACTUAL banana that’s been caramelizad, and a little whipped cream. Seriously amazing.
Excellent food, ambiance, and an amazing view. Great service in a beautiful restaurant. If it were more affordable, this place would be perfect.