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FOOW

4.4
4.4
689 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Please note: Fish Out of Water no longer accepts OpenTable reservations. To book, please contact the restaurant directly.
Fish Out of Water, WaterColor Inn’s signature restaurant, sets a glamorous scene overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with virtuoso cuisine and a distinctive wine list to match. The freshest local fish and meats, combined with an eclectic approach to traditional ways of preparing and serving food, translating into dishes unlike anything else offered in the area. A semi-private dining room is available, lined with bottles from the restaurant’s collection of over 3,000, representing some 600+ labels. Fish Out of Water has earned a number of distinctions for excellence. In addition, to garnering a Forbes Travel Guide four stars, AAA four diamond award, received a Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine, and also earned a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

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Booked 11 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (850) 534-5050

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Weddings, Meetings, Rehearsal Dinners

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa Beach

  • Cross street

    Highway 30-A

  • Parking details

    Open parking lot in front of Inn

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 689 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CM

    CynMickey

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Overpriced for quality and quantity. Also waited 1 1/2 hours for entree after appetizer. The old Fish out of Water was classy, quality, and great service. My understanding is St Joes pulled out of the resort area that is now being operated by 360 Blue.

  2. CA

    ConnieA

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Brian was the best.The food,though expensive is fabulous.I️ have never had a bad experience.I️ am sad they will close for a while

  3. A

    Andy86

    Tallahassee

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The location is fantastic. The food is quite good. The restaurant is closing soon for renovations. The wine list is very limited due to the imminent closing. The wine cellar will be restocked upon reopening.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious, the service outstanding and he staff went out of their way to make it a memorials evening for our daughters 13th birthday. We were waited on by the restaurant’s captain who was marvelous. He guided us with our selections and was spot on. We love Fish Out if Water and it did not disappoint.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love celebrating Mom’s Birthday at Fish Out of Water every year before Thanksgiving. Captain Morgan is the BEST - looking forward to another amazing dinner next year!

  6. TH

    ToHo

    Columbus

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We always try to make it to FOOW when visiting 30A. I personally love the relaxed ambiance and consistent quality of the food. This was our last visit before what was described to us as a 5 month, 3 million dollar renovation. The Watercolor Inn has always been upscale but this sounds like things will be going to a whole new level. Can't wait to try it when completed around May 2018. In the mean time we highly recommend you try the Snapper or Lobster in squid ink pasta ( and a souffle for dessert) so you can make your own before and after comparisons.

  7. CG

    CGRangerFan

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    They were so sweet for our birthday celebration, the service was impeccable.

  8. KH

    KHopkins

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have a special occasion or just want to treat yourself?? Go to FOOW!! Always excellent food, service and view. You can’t go wrong!!!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first visit and I was not disappointed! Everything I ordered was divine. I give it five stars.

  10. JE

    JuliaE

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a really good dinner! The best meal we had on 30a. Service was so accommodating.

  11. LL

    LizL

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2017

    overall2food2service5ambience2

    We booked in advance an outdoor table for sunset. When we got there we were told they don't hold outside tables. The receptionist had an attitude and was not nice about it either. I said you have my phone number and my email, why didn't you let me know this? Reluctantly, we stayed and sat at a table next to the window and all we saw were the people getting to see the sunset. The food was not up to par (we have been coming here for 25 years) Our waiter was great, but definitely will not put this on my list again. No "I'm sorry," nothing. Just rude rude manager. We know A LOT of Nashville folks that come here and will certainly share our experience.

  12. RH

    RobertH

    Mississippi

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    This was our third dining experience here. The food and service has been constiently good. However, I was a little disappointed with recent experience probably because I ordered the special entree, without asking questions, consisting of four jumbo shrimp, a couple slices of bok Choy on a bed of brown rice all priced at $45. Tasty but over priced. It would have been a good appetizer.

  13. AJ

    AudJ

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I ate here for dinner for our anniversary. Everything from the atmosphere to the food was 5 stars! Also, I have eaten here before but only for breakfast, which is also 5 stars! I look forward to having dinner and breakfast here next trip!!

  14. W

    Wineweekend

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant. We only come to florida every few years but it is our favorite place for special family gatherings.

  15. L

    Liza

    New Orleans

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    FOOW needs some new blood. We have had much better meals. Maybe it was an off night. Still a fabulous space. And innovative food.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and great service, every year when we are here on vacation. The wine list is extensive and the wait staff are always helpful and knowledgeable.

  17. RL

    RLTM

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great sunset dinner at FOOW! Everything from the cocktails to the dessert was extremely well done and beyond satisfying. We’ll be back!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The entire group enjoyed their dinner. We had beef, fish and even one vegan meal (which was wonderfully prepared and presented). Yes, the place is pricey, but it was worth every penny. The service was outstanding. No water glass was ever empty and never did we have to search for a waiter/waitress. We will definitely go back once we are back in the area.

  19. FC

    FiveChannels

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding experience from start to finish. It's been awhile since I've been impressed with every stage of food service. A "thank you" to Luke and the rest of the team.

  20. 4

    45foodie

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great views, good food and wonderful service.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Anniversary

  22. F

    Fred

    Pittsburgh

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyable evening. Great food and service. Loved the sunset!

  23. PS

    PattyS

    Nashville

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a great meal, great service and seated outside to watch the sunset made it all the better. We arrived early for our reservation, and got seated due to openings, which was nice because we sat outside. The flavors of the local fish with sides it was served on were perfect, the ceviche was outstanding, and make sure you order a soufflé...one of the best I've had in a long time...great place for a nice meal, a special occasion, or simply treating yourself!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our very favorite restaurant at the beach. Exquisite food and impeccable service.

  25. WB

    WesBSr

    Memphis/West TN

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dinner on 30A. Impeccable service. Grouper and swordfish dishes full of flavor. Well worth the few extra bucks.

  26. AF

    AuburnFan

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    This was our first time to dine at this restaurant, which was recommended by a friend, and we were caught off guard by the Hostesses' reply when we asked to be seated at a window table. The restaurant wasn't busy when we arrived for our reservation at 6:45 p.m. so we asked if we could please be seated at a window table if possible. The Hostess refused to seat us at a window table because we weren't "Celebrating a special occasion". She said that the window tables were reserved for guests celebrating special occasions and seated us near the center of the dining room. Upon paying our check there were, at least, four empty tables near the window which were vacant the entire time we were at the restaurant. We will not dine at this restaurant again.

  27. TO

    ThomO

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was wonderful.. made the entire meal

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and the service we great. We are so glad the fried okra is back on the menu this summer. This is the 3rd year in a row we have celebrated our anniversary here.....grouper and ahi tuna were delicious

  29. GT

    GabbyT2018

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing. We will be back! We loved the atmosphere, menu, and waitstaff!

  30. D

    Deborah

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent and the view exceptional. Can't wait to return.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a special treat to enjoy the fine dining offered at FOOW while watching the sun set on the Gulf.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came here for our 1 year anniversary. Service was fantastic. Did not "want" for anything: water, wine, food, etc they were on top of it. We were also surprised with a peach soufflé that was compliments of the chef; which was fantastic!! Definitely will come back on a future vacation

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We are here for our babymoon - great food EXCELLENT service. Wasn't expecting tons of kids at an 8 pm reservation but since the restaurant is in a resort I guess that's what you get. Only reason this didn't get five stars all around was the noise level.

  34. SM

    SummerM

    Austin

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    The view made the evening spectacular. Service was OK and food decent.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant! Went here on a date night for our anniversary and was thoroughly pleased. Very accommodating staff, great atmosphere, no complaints whatsoever. My wife can't have tomatoes and not only did they ask, they offered alternatives and suggested which would go best with the meal.

  36. FC

    FC11

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome. Every time I go there it is wouderful. It has the to things a resturant needs Fantastic service Excellent food

  37. A

    Abomar

    Atlanta

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very lovely setting, right on the water with great outdoor seating. Nice ambiance, would prefer to not have to walk upstairs thru a hotel. Parking is a bit difficult. Food and drinks were great, although the grouper was a little dry. That could have been because the kitchen was closing soon (9pm???). We felt a little rushed by our server, but I understand the kitchen was closing (9pm???). Drinks were awesome and the cheese plate was great. Again, felt a bit rushed but other than that it was great!

  38. SM

    ScottM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fish out of Water is one of our favorites when we visit 30A. It is pricey but the food, service and surprises are outstanding. They truly do things that signal a fine dining experience from the ambience, music, treats from the chef, etc. Highly recommend for a fine dining experience on the waterfront.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great night, great setting and fine food. The view of the ocean is very nice and we had a beautiful sunset

  40. WF

    WillF

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Combined with seaside atmosphere, always a treat.

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FOOW is rated 4.4 stars by 689 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.

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Booked 11 times today
Google Map for FOOW

34 Goldenrod Circle Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

  • Cross street

    Highway 30-A

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Rosa Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Daily 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Open parking lot in front of Inn

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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