Islands Fish Grill

4.6
194 reviews
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Seafood
Islands Fish Grill is focused on what the restaurant is known for – serving up high-quality fresh fish, mainly caught off the shores of Florida, prepared in a variety of unique and creative ways. Chef Jared and Chef Nate filet fish daily to ensure only the freshest fish is brought your table. They pride themselves in pairing bright, colorful sides to enhance the natural flavor profile of the seafood. Less than a block from the beach, the casual atmosphere, and friendly service makes the experience complete. Fresh Fish, Florida Beer and Friendly Service makes for a great dining experience.
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LO
Miami
80 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh fish, variety of preparations. Williams friendly, helpful waiter.

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BN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Fish was great but had to wait a long time for it. The waiter comped a dessert for the wait. We went at 7 pm and it was super loud. Go later or when it opens if you want to have a conversation. It’s pricey so you want to be able to enjoy the food and conversation.

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Grouper was great
The crab cakes were not lump crab

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F
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place to have a quiet, enjoyable dinner with friends.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Blackened snapper was outstanding.... wife enjoyed mahi-mahi.....crap cakes real good but crab bisque could use a little work..... finished with a creamy creme brûlée that was perfect with fresh coffee...... definitely worth seeking this place out when in Melbourne beach area!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice place, food was good, a little to noisy, good service. The waiter had bad breath, sorry to say that

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T
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Initially noise level was high, but got better once major contributors left the restaurant. Food is outstanding, and the staff were very attentive to our initial concerns regarding the noise level.

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J
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place while on vacation. Matthew was the perfect server. My blackened mahi was fresh and fabulous. Hubby enjoyed the onion crusted grouper. The kitchen accommodated him by mixing the bacon.

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J
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had not been to this restaurant in along time and thought we would give it a try. My husband had the grouper and I had the crab cakes. They were very good in both quality and preparation. The service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Melbourne Beach for a month and this was our favorite restaurant. We ate here twice, and enjoyed it every-bit as much the second time! I would have to say two of the best seafood meals I’ve ever had.

Highly recommend.

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H
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The grouper was outstanding and always is!! Crab bisque delicious!

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was really good our server was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was great loved the grouper and the fried spinach. Over all a great dinner. Will for sure be back!

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Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superbly tasty dinner, choices recommended by server were wonderful. Service excellent. A little too noisy for intimate conversation.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small, quaint restaurant with great fish selections and a number of specials available. Service was good and food was well prepared. Crab bisque was a bit thick but good flavor. The house grouper comes with a sweet sauce that I would get on the side next time. A little too sweet and overpowers the fish. Overall we enjoyed our meal and will be back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is as great as recommended. The service is good and the ambiance is good in the more formal dining room. A place we’ll visit again!

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l
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Jennifer our waitress was adorable!!! She has personality plus! One criticism is the balsamic drizzle was over the top on my crab cakes and the the glaze on the onion crusted grouper seemed to overwhelm the fish.
Love the ambience, staff and attention to detail. We have been on a few occasions but plan on making this a regular dining experience.

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PT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times, never disappoints. The crusted grouper delicious, the shrimp and grits (even though it was not on the menu) was incredibly delicious. We wish they would have had the pineapple/coconut pie. GREAT experience!!

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RV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

As always the service was impeccable. A bit disappointed that the fish was, once again tough, however i realize this can occur during the catching process. I'm sure had i mentioned it, they would have happily replaced but my husband's was the same and i assumed maybe all they had was that way. The flavor is remarkable and bar none! I do highly recommend, this is by far my favorite restaurant.
I would love to step out of the box and order something other than the onion crusted grouper and fried spinach but apparently that is an impossible task for me! Until next time, hoping for tender grouper!

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Islands Fish Grill was so loud, I could not talk to my date. We would yell at each other, usually more than once to be understood. I order the shrimp and scallop plate with mashed potatoes and fried spinach. I received four small shrimp that I guess were fried and four small scallops that were flat iron fried and quite dark. The mashed potatoes were crudely mashed and served with no butter or anything. The shrimp and scallops were completely dry without any form of sauce or butter. The fried spinach was okay and I ate half of that with 2 shrimp and 2 scallops. The potatoes were too gummy for my taste. My date order the fried grouper and asked for the glaze/sauce to be served on the side. However, the large onion crusted piece was floating in a sugar based sauce. She didn't eat anything on her plate except a taste of the fried spinach.

If was "healthy" cuisine, it worked as we didn't eat anything that would be considered not healthy. Healthy should be a menu and dining choice that the patron selects. We didn't bring anything home. I won't be back.

This was the last but not the first time at Islands. My past experience was an intimate restaurant with unique, chef inspired meals not a noisy place with mediocre food. I believe the food and atmosphere at Squid Lips is superior and certainly less expensive than the over $100 tab I paid at Islands. I can think of nothing to recommend about Islands Fish Grill

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W
Charleston
105 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

First visit to Melbourne and Islands Fish Grill was a very good choice once we got past the beginning. Rather tough to find using GPS and parking lot is dark and one way. Once seated, we had to wait longer than average as our server seemed to handling half the tables in the restaurant and it takes a long time to go over the menu and specials for each table. Both fish entrees were wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food with an outstanding service!

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GB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome. Served hot. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Sauce on grouper too sweet, fritters rubbery and undercooked, spinach greasy, fish overcooked

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JD
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on New Years Eve. It was a fixed Prix menu for the holiday, which we didn't expect, but everything on it was tasty and it was a good bargain for what you got. Our party had: the bisque soup, Grouper, Mahi, Cheesey grits, key lime pie, and it was ALL super tasty. Service was just right: timely, helpful and professional. Well done all around

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MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent New Year’s Eve!

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Orlando
170 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a true GEM, great Fresh fish, prepared perfectly, served efficiently & professionally in an intimate dining room. You would pay almost twice as much most other places.

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food we have found in Brevard county. Everything is delicious.

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Fried spinach melts in your mouth. Had the onion encrusted grouper and creme brûlée and enjoyed every bite!! Highly recommend. Well worth the price!

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DL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. We waited at least 15mins before a server came over to take our drink order. Then waited again to get our drinks. We ordered the house salad, but received a Caesar Salad, could not send back since server was no where to be found. Dinner arrived cold, prices seemed high for the quality. Too many better places to go locally, probably not going back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in on my first night in town was told this is the place to go. Service was prompt and attentive, the food was outstanding, had the Thai Chili Shrimp and the Filet as my entree. Filet was a generous 10oz on menu but it had to be more, cooked and seasoned perfectly, had the sides mash and asparagus. I couldn't resist dessert when my server mentioned homemade figgy pudding, just delicious, also had a great IPA Reef Donkey. Great stop I will be back.

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IN
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy FRESH Seafood, expertly prepared in a casual environment with excellent service this is the place. We arrived at 530 promptly greeted and seated by the Owner we were the first ones in and that lasted only a few minutes the place just filled up on a Monday. I ordered the signature the onion crusted grouper my partner had the crab cake entree, both were excellently prepared and delicious, the fried spinach what a different twist it melted in my mouth. They also have a great wine list reasonably priced. we opted not to drink today but we will be back before we leave. You wont be disappointed, I Highly Recommend.

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l
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This restaurant is a solid good. The service was excellent. The food was good but there was nothing that was outstanding.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. The grilled snapper Wes delicious and we managed to go on a night that was not busy so it was quieter and easy to visit with our friends.

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NE
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The server was unattentive. The fish is ALWAYS under-cooked. Don't bother with dessert, it's really bad (at least mine was; uncooked moose)

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TB
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit to Islands Fish Grill, a very busy Saturday night. Our server was a little frazzled but handled our table well especially as the rush ended. We ordered a dozen oysters for a starter and were kind of disappointed. They must have been rinsed because all the flavor was gone. I had the Sheepshead fish special which was very good, maybe a few too many flavors going on In the dish but a large portion and very tasty. My husband had the crab cakes which were full of crab meat as described. I’m sure we’ll dine here again since we are in the neighborhood but we’ll choose a quieter night.

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is lovely, but as always, for busy saturday nights they need more servers. Everything was extremely slow and it wasn't just us, the rest of the tables were taking a while to get their stuff. If there were more servers i'd be more pleased... everything just took way to long. But everything else was perfect.

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d
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable service excellent food and presentation the wine was not bad either. You can’t go wrong here

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, as was the food. Lori and John Williams are the best, the chef is great and the fish is in a class of it's own!

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DC
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and our waiter was very attentive.

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The fish was really fresh, it was creatively prepared and cooked perfectly. Our server Mike was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the menu. We ended up not sitting outside because it was too windy.

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