Little Fish

4.9
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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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Little Fish was founded in the mid-'90s to the delight of Queen Village foodies and pretty much all Philadelphians who give a hoot about great seafood. Little Fish continues to offer flavors and daring combinations to the recognition of Bon Appétit magazine — 3rd Best New Seafood Restaurant in the USA — and the delight of The New York Times. Little Fish recently swam up stream and reopened in a new location, a stone's throw from its original location where Little Fish continues to earn accolades from national and local press. Most importantly, Little Fish continues to feed old friends and serve new fans
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karen
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing! I love that the menu changes regularly and that the menu is small...gives me no reason NOT to try EVERYTHING!!! Fabulous food, service was top notch! Loved it!

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JonathanY
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have lived in Phila for 7 years and this honestly could be my favorite restaurant. I like places that are quality over quantity. The limited menu of what is great tonight - is just that great.

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SophiaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I just had our first experience at Little Fish and both agree this place deserves 5 stars. Our server was so friendly and attentive and the food was perfection! The menu was small but even so it was hard to make our selection when every dish sounded incredible. We brought a bottle of red and a bottle of white which both paired nicely with our meal. I think Little Fish is great for a date or a night out with a few friends. We definitely recommend checking it out!

(I included a picture of the tuna entree- I think it was my favorite dish!)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Johendy
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent and flavorful. Four of us we ordered six unique dishes and a couple of repeats. All six dishes were giveN rave reviews. My hamachi and pan seared Bronzino dishes were delicious with each accompaniment of the Bronzino in perfect balance. Service is very good, not at all rushed and we noticed that they pace things so at each course is served to all at a given table at the same time. No one waits for others to get their food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved that the atmosphere was an open kitchen. The aroma from dishes being prepared was enjoyable and pleasant and often lead to comments during our table’s conversations. The menu was little and all fish. There were raw Oysters on the menu and three choices for both the First and the Second Course. We ordered oysters and two of the First Course plates: steelhead trout (sunchoke, dill, trout roe, and creme fraiche) and scallops (radicchio, caper, almonds, and sherry). Both dishes were delicious! The scallops had that perfect caramelization that I only seem to be able to successfully duplicate about 50% of the time when I prepare scallops. The other dish that we tried from the First Course was the steel trout. Beautifully prepared with great flavors going on.
Second Course. There were 3 people in our party so we had the opportunity to try all of the offerings for the evening. Second Course plates: halibut (wild mushrooms, potato, kale), branzino (brussel sprout, fennel, blood orange, and macadamia) and bigeye tuna (sweet potato, maitake, scallion, and mustard). The dishes were all prepared beautifully with particular detail paid to the plating of each dish. I will speak in detail to the bigeye tuna as that was my dinner. The tuna was perfectly pan seared and served over sweet potatoes. The mustard sauce was not coating the tuna, so you could enjoy the tuna on its own, but if you wanted, it was easy to coat the tuna with the mustard sauce on the plate.
The key feature that I liked about this restaurant was the limited menu. I often spend too much time agonizing over a menu when I have 20 plus choices for my entrée. A limited menu also allows the chef to make consistently perfect dishes. The service was beyond reproach. Although the restaurant was BYOB our waitress took control of our wine, kept it chilled, and made sure our glasses were always full. The next time I am back in Philly, Little Fish will definitely be on the menu!

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vipcsays
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This BYO restaurant is a tiny gem. The fish is extraordinary. Because of the size of the restaurant guests can actually talk while enjoying delicious food. One needs to plan far in advance to secure a reservation.

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SteveD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Five course tasting menu was excellent for adventurous seafood lovers!

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vipNiki
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the most unbelievable meal I've had in quite some time!! Cannot wait to go back, everything was BEYOND amazing!! Scallops, oysters, tuna, HALIBUT! Off the charts. Will be back!!

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StefanieB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent, but it was freezing inside!

SG
SeanG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, thoughtful sea food and attentive service.

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vipnortynorty
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistent. Always great! One of my top 5 in Philly.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fish and shellfish dishes. Best hamachi, cod and tuna we’ve ever tasted. Service was great too. Will come again.

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vipCaitlin
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Even on Valentines Day with a fixed menu, the food was still amazingly good and we tried everything.

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vipGoNow
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely date place with excellent, beautifully presented food. Good preparations with restrain that let the ingredients carry the day. Thanks!

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vipCosmo
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Borderline excellent. Food, ambiance, service and location.
A little on the pricey side, though. Other than that, a frequent repeat experience it'll be.
Keep up the good work!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in all of Philly. Never disappoints. Thanks for an awesome Valentine’s evenjng for my wife and I.

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vipAtid1
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The menu and restaurant are small and the food is wonderful. Everyone was overjoyed with there dinner.

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vip400restaurantssampinphila
Philadelphia
184 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. I live in Phila and dine out every night so I visit a lot of restaurants. This one is consistently THE BEST! I love a lot of other restaurants, but Little Fish never disappoints. I am happy that the Philadelphia critics mostly review the new restaurants, because Little Fish can be too crowded even without the reminders.
The menu changes every week and the results are always good. Someone has an amazing palette and creates interesting and delicious dishes consistently. The sauces are amazing. Save some bread as a mop-up.

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vipmarie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Sunday is the best deal in Philadelphia. We usually go during the week. Sunday is truly a pleasant surprise. Chefs dishes are unique. The fish is fresh & perfectly prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Little Fish is absolutely amazing!! I’ve never had anything like it. Our server Alyssa was so very wonderful and welcoming! I would recommend Little Fish to anyone and everyone!!

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend going on a Sunday for the 5 course tasting. Everything was so fresh and cooked to perfection. New favorite spot

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TomC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Little Fish! The great food, superb friendly service, and cozy atmosphere make it a go to place for us. K had the awesome branzino and I had the fantastic tuna. Not only is the fish fresh, but paired with great veggies and or starch in delicious sauces.

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JoyceN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The restaurant's credit card scanner was out and they called ahead of time to make sure we knew it would be cash only. That is the work of a professional organization.

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RebeccaP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very fresh fish. Everything was pretty delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was carefully crafted. Respecting fish delicate flavors. I did not know BYOB meant to bring your own bottle so I missed that piece; but that one is on me. We had a great time

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David
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Just a little on the expensive side for a BYOB. We loved everything. Huge fan of the small menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish. I actually don’t eat meat or fish but my fiancé had been wanting to come since we live around the corner. They confirmed over email they could accommodate and did so with flying colors. Amazing creative dishes!

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vipJule1957
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is beyond wonderful. Every bite was fabulous. We tried two apps and split an entree. That was more than enough field for two fo is. However, the menu is all fish. You can not get a salad or side veggie. I would like it better if they added one or both to the menu. It would be helpful in another way. Some of our family and friends are vegetarian and there is nothing for them to order.

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Tealoe
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was again an one wonderful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the sunday tasting menu. It was all absolutely delicious! Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A long time Philly favorite of mine.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the 5 course tasting menu that was absolutely stunning. Everything was well prepared and extremely tasty.

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KatieH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. My husband and I wanted a fancier dinner while we were in Philly, and Little Fish did not disappoint. All of the food was extremely fresh, and so tasty. The ambiance was so nice and intimate. It was the perfect place for a nice date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly exceptional fish. Light, inventive, flavorful. Wow!

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vipwsm314
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal.

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vipdining
Philadelphia
127 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfectly made fish. Wonderful pace of meal. Informative but invisible service ( the best). First time back in some time...amazing meal!

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vipHappyRandy
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local gem. Incredible fish superbly prepared and presented.

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vipPeripateticDiner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice little corner restaurant with great fish entree selections.

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Little Fish is rated 4.9 stars by 1786 OpenTable diners.