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.
Monday - 5pm-10pm
Wednesday & Thursday, 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday, 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday, 5pm - 11pm
Sunday, 5pm – 10 pm
Reservations are available Thursday – Saturday 6:00pm, 8:30pm.
Food is pricey and not that good plus the waiter who serves us never smiled and didn’t refill our drinks.
The meal I ordered was brought out separately. I requested black pepper to put on my food by the sever and he never returned back to the table with the pepper. All i received “ I am sorry.” Unacceptable
Portions were extremely small. Although it was restaurant week, the entree and dessert were sized for a tasting instead of a full meal. Either give a regular size portion or do not participate in restaurant week.
Wonderful food, atmosphere (we sat outside) and service. This will be my go to restaurant for sea food.
Six of us decided to go for Restaurant Week. I don't know if the portions were the normal-sized portions or RW portions, but they were quite small! Meager is size! Sample size! Overall service was slow. Dinner service took 2 hours for the crumb of food we received. Staff was friendly but just didn't seem to be in sync. My hubby and I ordered a side to go with our "entree" and it was brought out before the entree. I commented to the server that it would get cold. She said our entrees would be out in 2 minutes but took the side away to keep warm. 20 minutes later our entrees arrived and just what I suspected would happen, the side didn't come out with it! I had to flag staff down to get it - Delmonico Potatoes. They were watery and not very good. The Sweet Tea Chicken was a single, dry breast with an uninspiring taste. Hubby had Mussels - he got 7 shells, one empty and no bread for the broth! Others ordered fish (trout and salmon) and that's all they got - a filet of fish! Shrimp and Grits had 4 shrimp. Dessert was a joke: banana pudding was pudding and whipped cream and a small piece of banana - very small portion. Mississippi Mud Pie was a cookie with chocolate mousse. Dessert looked to be more of a decoration for the plate than a serving! On the plus side, the atmosphere was great and beautiful view of the National Harbor. I would only recommend this place for the outdoor patio and bar. For dinner go elsewhere as prices are extremely high for the crumb of food you'll receive. We go out for fine dining occasionally so the prices weren't the shock - it was the sample-sized portion. We went to McD's on the way home...
The food was good I was expecting spectacular seafood (maybe I choose the wrong dish). I've eaten at other restaurants by Jose Andres and found this one not to be as good as the others. Then to top it off, I could not used my gift card I had for Jose Andres restaurants because this restaurant is actually MGM (I guess "by Jose Andres" is just for marketing).
The food was very good, and the service excellent, but the novelty and specialness wasn't up to par with Andres' other restaurants. We were there for Restaurant Week so the cost was manageable, but otherwise the menu was very expensive.
This place not ready to provide high quality experience as I expected.
Poor service, items ordered never appeared, soups not hot, long lulls between waitress returns for drinks and questions.
Chose the restaurant week menu-
Hush puppies was a first course- although good- honestly truly stupid on top of bread basket at table
Salmon with lemon caper - small piece and sauce was awful
Dessert- some kind of mud pie?? Inedible
Will never return
food did not live up to expectations.
Hush puppies/Shrimp and Grits dishes were good. All others were just barely ok and I would avoid the crab soup.
The food was excellent and the service was good, up until dinner was served. Once dinner was served the waitress seemed to disappear and did not reappear until we asked a manager to find her to order desert. After she took the order, it then took a while to get desert and the check.
Love this restaurant. I love so many things about it including that it's Jose Andres' creation. But what I love the most is my favorite server, Cristhian. He knows exactly what I am ordering. He has the best memory. He knows I'm going to start with a tractor pull (bourbon) drink. He knows how I like it too, a little sweeter. He knows I'm going to get the cobb salad, no scallions. He knows I'm going to get the mac and cheese, well done. I like it sort of burnt on top. I think it brings the cheese flavor out even more. Plus I'm a southerner, we like our stuff on the done side. He knows to ask if I'm going to add the best mashed potatoes in the world to my order. I also tried the creamed corn on this visit. I will be getting it again. They were great. I also got the corn soup. It was good but I wish they would go back to the org recipe (America Eats Tavern). I love the banana pudding. They brulee the bananas. It is the perfect play on this dessert. I know my Mamaw would have loved it. The man at the table next to me raved over his steak. Make sure to ask for the Sommelier. He gives excellent selection advice. I love the cook staff that you can see while you are eating especially Sidiki. He has worked there for some time. He used to make me the best cobb salads. This is a place I crave and feel right at home when I go.
Too few choices on the menu. White wine was served too cold. King crab was soggy. Green beans were flavorless.
Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu. Could have made my birthday feel a bit more special. A candle in the dessert? No signing...a good thing.
Outstanding dining experience all around for all 3 of us dining August 9 at FISH. The food was absolutely delicious, from the artisanal bread, to barbecue octopus, live scallops and tuna puffs as appetizers, to the entrees of grilled lobster and lobster jambalaya (will come back for more!), and the desserts! Don’t let the names of the Mud Pie and S’mores deceive you. These are far from the campfire creations of your youth, and every bit the adult masterpieces that would make a visit for dessert alone, well worth the trip! We topped it off with coffee and a double espresso which were the best experienced, ever.
Food obviously is paramount to an outstanding dining experience, but what really puts the proverbial cherry on the cake is the service, and exemplary service was the norm during our dinner at FISH. Although we did not get the names of all, every single ome was outstanding. In particular, our waitress, Chacha, we want at every restaurant that we frequent. Chacha was the epitome of perfection. Stellar personality, attentive, gracious, and at every step she perceived our unexpressed needs, which is highly unusual. Every thank you that we expressed to Chacha was returned with a refreshing “Thank YOU,” instead.
Thank you, Chacha, and a resounding THANK YOU to Chef José Andrés, and to all at FISH. We shall return!
You are paying for an extreme premium for the Jose Andres name and location at the MGM. The food was wonderful however serving size was very disappointing especially for the price point. However, the buser service (we had a female) was phenomenal and was attentive and on the ball the entire meal.
I honestly expected more from the environment. Everything was OK..nothing was spectacular.
Way too expensive for the amount/quality of food received. While good, the portions are EXTREMELY small and not so outstanding as to justify the high prices.
A really weird experience. I ordered the grilled Caesar salad w/ fried oysters and was only told after everyone at my table was served their entrees that my salad was not available. Why wasn’t I told this much sooner? Why did the manager wait until everyone’s food was at the table and getting cold before he told me? And to make matters ever more bizarre, we were comp’d my Diet Coke and one of my friend’s cocktails. I didn’t ask for the comp have t it seems weird to only comp me $5 for my Diet Coke but to comp my friend. Such a weird experience!
I really, really wanted to love Fish. I was able to get a reservation on Friday night (day of) for 7:45 pm - that should have told me something. The restaurant sits on a beautiful piece of land and the views are amazing! We grabbed drinks and walked around outside before our appetizers came - just lovely.
Upon arrival we were seated at a table directly in front of the kitchen - I asked to be moved - the restaurant wasn’t even half full so why would the hostess think that was gonna be great? I asked to be moved to a better table and that happened without any drama. Thank you.
We ordered a variety of appetizers, the stand out being the tp Miatake mushrooms. Prepared beautifully and soooooo flavorful. The tuna pillows - don’t bother - the sashimi tuna was so small sitting on a won ton like base and there was little taste. The conch fritters - my husband was thrilled.
I had a lovely piece of rockfish which came with potatoes - I don’t eat potatoes with bacon and asked for something else but I was denied a change. The waiter recommended the cauliflower for me to order but what arrived was a grilled head of cauliflower with three disappointing dips? Not worth the money. The grilled asparagus though was lovely. Others at our table ordered whole grilled snapper - very good but it came with nothing, soft shell crab also came with nothing and my husband ordered a filet that he was happy with - also came with nothing which is why we ordered veggie sides. We ordered two kale salads to split but we were charged for four salads! I guess there is no splitting but we were not informed of this if it is a rule.
I would advise wine by the glass - actually more economical. Fish is not a bargain - four of us and the bill was $400 plus tip.
It was a nice evening - albeit laced with a few so/so foods and service blunders. I’ll know next time to watch the bill - how I’m charged and I will request a table away from the kitchen.
Service was great. Restaurant is nice but the lobster Mac n cheese I ordered was greasy. Sauce was broken, not at all creamy like Mac and cheese should be.
Booking through open table a month in advance got us the worse possible table for 8, and there were only 4 in our party. Food was unremarkable in every way. Over-priced. The Lamb & Fried Oysters (highly recommended by the waiter) was a disaster in flavor and texture (like one might assume from the name of the dish). The best part of the meal was the cheese cornbread nuggets. Kale salad was so very average and unexciting. Mushroom risotto was quite ugly and gloppy, overly flavored. Salmon was good, but a huge fillet with no sides and overpriced. The asparagus side was bitter with fried garlic, almost inedible. This was our second time and we won't go back (first time was right when they opened and it was much better, Jose must no longer be at the kitchen). We love Jose's DC restaurants, so no need to travel to visit this one every again.
Great setting. Food and service could use improvement.
This was my second time at Fish and I was very disappointed this time. The first time was delightful--outdoor table, nice evening, great service, delicious lobster jambalaya and terrific wine pairing. This time, the wait staff was new and not knowledgeable about the menu. I find the menu very limited and very little room for flexibility. I ordered a cobb salad and asked to have the tomatoes removed; they were not. The salad was not dressed as the description stated and when I told the staff I was told that the salad had been been dressed, but that she would bring me more. It was not a good experience and disappointing because I like the idea of having a Jose Andres restaurant in the neighborhood. Perhaps more attention needs to be paid to this site.
The restaurant staff was ready for us when we arrived for our reservation. The staff gave us a choice of tables and we selected one near the open door on the inside. Wait staff was courteous and was able to answer questions on the menu items. The food came out timely and was very, very good. The only negative was the wait staff did not make us aware of the types of oysters that were available. But I didn't ask either.
Having dinner at Jaleo in the past, I was expecting tapas and tapas prices. So there was a little price shock when we looked at the menu. Our waiter was very helpful in answering all our questions and we had a great table outside by the fountain.
The Sangria was very good, as were the biscuits. I ordered some hush puppies and really liked the honey butter. The lobster roll was good and filling and the chips were really yummy!
Our food overall was really good and service was great. Just wish it wasn’t so pricey and there were a few more menu choices.
I’ve been to FISH at least 3 times. Steve or Steven has been my server the last two times. He was attentive and helpful to my group. The entire service team from floor manager, server assistant and chefs. I love the layout and feel of the place especially with the large doors open. It is a definite place to dine if ever you find yourself at MGM Resort.
Went with a group of 4, and really enjoyed it. We sat outside and the staff even moved an umbrella for us to help block the sun. The lobster jambalaya was delicious and filling—good value when dining with a small group. My friend loved the vermicelli mac & cheese. The calamari was also excellent. I ordered smokes oysters and, while the presentation was impressive, it had too much migionette for my taste. Overall, quality food in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere.
Dined here on several occasions. This happened to be moms birthday. Food was sub par.m overall. Cod fritters were way too salty, grilled octopus was just meh- cold as though it were precooked and halibut entree was WAY too salty. Not what I expected having dined before- it’s definitely gone down hill. Service by Christine superb and en pointe as always. Banana pudding dessert made up for the salt more or less- it was non-traditional, de-constructed, yet delicious!
I really regret not being able to rate this restaurant more highly. I enjoy all of Jose Andres' other dining spots in the area, and I've eaten at all of them except Minibar multiple times. There were four of us and all of our dishes were over salted. The concepts were good, but the salt was just too much. The service was fine. The cocktails were inventive and enjoyable. However, the prices were too high for the mediocre quality of the food. I'm surprised that Fish wasn't better.
Underwhelming. Ends of rockfish were overcooked and dried out. Cauliflower was basic though sauce was nice. Service was absent. Cost to quality was not appropriate.
My meal was fantastic. Prawns for appetizer and the rockfish entree. Superb. My wife's scallops were great. But, beet salad was to salty. Service was exceptional!
I was disappointed by this restaurant, I read the reviews before, and I had hoped the issues of service and noise and menu might be resolved as the MGM Hotel was open longer. The menu selection was disappointing; the entrees were primarily whole fish brought to your table with the bones for you to carve out yourself. The appetizers were common and not exciting. I would have expected a more innovative, creative menu from this chef compared to his other restaurants I have been at. The cost was high but may be typical of MGM or other restauarnts in Las Vegas. The audience of wandering people perhaps should be a stronger predictor: primarily looking for "food of any type" in a casino or bar setting rather than chef-inspired food (competing casino and Brittney Spear in concert that night), it could be that the venue for this chef is more like Wolfgang Puck establishments in airports: the setting drives the product. The noise level was extremely high; you could not talk to your table partner. The restaurant was packed at 7pm and empty at 815pm. Again, the setting and the audience was clearly not aligned with my expectations as a typical diner.
I was a little nervous based on other reviews. Thank goodness I didn't stay away based on those. It was my birthday (granted it was a Wednesday evening) I arrived at my resrvation time, was greeted, seated immediately and ordered. The waitstaff were pleasant, knowledgeable of the menu and both appetizers and entrees were quick to come out. I had the whole red snapper, mushroom with goat cheese, cod fritters, my boyfriend had the lobster mac and cheese with vermicelli and we shared the mushrooms. Food was well seasoned and perfect for my tastebuds. Even my bf commented that it wasn't salty (he rhinks everything is salty). Neither of us are wine drinkers, however they had a whole book full of wines. We were too full for dessert but I did get a mini complementary dessert with a little candle. 🙂 The prices are relative I guess based on what you are ordering. We were prepared for sticker shock but when the bill came, we both felt like we did more damage at Firebirds! Overall great experience and we will be back. Go and sew for yourself.
We enjoyed our meal, however, for a seafood restaurant, the entree selections were very limited. Of course, being a Jose Andres restaurant, the dishes are pricey. Lobster bisque, shrimp and grits and lobster roll were all good to excellent. We just would have preferred more choices. The setting is lovely and service was fine.
The food is generally good, but not what you would expect for this price point. The service there is ALWAYS bad. Slow service for very bad wait staff. I have dined at the restaurant about 5 times and the service is always terrible. I eat there only because it is convenient when I go to MGM National Harbor.
Everything was perfect. One of the best lamb dishes I’ve had. Oysters were great too!
This is our fourth visit to Jose Andre's at MGM National Harbor and each time we try a different dish. As usual they never disappoint. The food and service are always superb.
This was a horrible experience. I ordered the rockfish as soon as the waitress put it on the table my husband and I smelled the most repulsive and rank smell. The fish smelled spoiled. I could not stomach eating anything else but ordered a small salad. My waitress immediately took away my food but there was no response or apology from management.