About Little Fish

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. Chef Chadd Jenkins purchased the long-established BYOB in September 2011 which he had been overseeing as the Chef de Cuisine since 2008. Convention says that when you purchase a successful business you maintain it. 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 every day.

746 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm-Close
Sunday: 5:30pm and 8:00pm Seatings

Cross Street:
Fitzwater

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 455-0172

Website:
http://littlefishbyob.com/

Executive Chef:
Chadd Jenkins

Additional:
BYO Liquor

Little Fish Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
Fit for Foodies (35)
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Good for a Date (33)
Special Occasion (29)
Romantic (27)
Cozy (23)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Tasting Menu (15)
Authentic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Vegan (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Everything was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Unreal herb & olive oil dip for the bread. Entrees were good, too

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our second time to Little Fish and the staff was even friendlier than before and the lighting was much better. It's still a little cramped (maybe one less 2-person seating would help), but still the best seafood place ever.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

One of best restaurants in Philly. Food is superb... beautifully presented and prepared. On high end cost-wise but worth it. Service is excellent and atmosphere is warm and cozy. Small, intimate space.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

What an amazing restaurant. The food is incredible. Great ambiance and good service. Would have liked to have seen a bit more food on the plates though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Anniversary dinner. Started with oysters then moved on to hamachi and tilefish. Main courses were halibut snd big rye tuna - both to die for.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This is our favorite small neighborhood restaurant. The quality of the seafood is tops, and is imaginatively and artfully prepared. The service is outstanding and friendly. And it is a BYO. If you take wine, be sure that it is equal to the quality of the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. It has the best fish, the best sauces and the most interesting small bites and appetizers. The quality of the fish and ingredients are top notch and the preparations are meticulous and delicious. The sauces are delicate to let the fish be the star, but are delicious in their own rite. I always save some bread to mop up the dishes. I dine out a lot (basically every night) and I try to eat here at least once per week. The dishes are constantly refreshed and I have had meals entirely composed of small bites and appetizers with other dinners of only entrees only. All have been terrific and memorable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I come back here time and again because I love it. One of my favorite restaurants in Philly.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall excellent. Great food, great service, excellent experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The fish was a lot bigger than I thought it would be based on your name

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Menu too pricey for the portions of food for a neighborhood restaurant. I was still hungry when I was finished. Only one option for dessert.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I though that my experience was well worth the price on the menu. It was quite expensive but the service, food and atmosphere certainly made the cost well worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing amazing seafood - creative and fresh. Cozy & cute atmosphere. Great for an intimate meal. Service was also wonderful - great suggestions! Loved the handwritten menu - shows a lot of thought & creativity go into each and every meal

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always an amazing visit. Went for the wife’s birthday and food was exceptional. The scallops were perfectly cooked. Service was delightful and severs made great recommendations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

One of the best most consistent restaurants in the city!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellent dinner with attentive and professional service. We loved it and highly recommend Little Fish.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great as always, little fish will never disappoint.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was excellent! My husband and I ordered the rock shrimp and the mackerel for 1st entry. Rock shrimp was great however, we were surprised that the mackerel were not cooked and the servers never mentioned it when they described the menu. However for what it is, the mackerel was fresh just not our style. Main entry was excellent!!!

The place was very crowded and loud. The table next to us was extremely loud and was hurting my eardrums. Without that loudness, I think the place would have been perfect for our date.

Besides those negative aspects, the food overall was delicious. Definitely coming back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I was taking to the restaurant for my birthday. I ordered the black cod, which was served over rice with the delicious Boullibaise sauce, clams, mussels and a Crustini. We listen to the description of the food preparation twice, and neither of us heard/understood that the shellfish meat would be taken out of the shells and served cold on top of the bread. So the fish part of the main entrée was delicious but the shellfish were a total waste. The place is very cute but only has eight or nine tables and we were stuck next to a group of four who were ready for dessert when we sat down. They were extremely loud and dropping F bombs constantly. We had two courses while they spent an hour finishing their wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

My husband’s red snapper was oustanding. I loved my hamachi appetizer but was a bit underwhelmed my the scallops. They were perfectly cooked but the sauce seemed a bit dull. The dessert of baked apples with ice cream was excellent. Friendly service and expertly prepared food made for a perfect dining experience.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I live thousands of miles away and hadn't been to Little Fish in five years. It's a little less basic and a little less edgy. I don't know if that affected out entrees but both my husband and I love our oysters and our first plates and thought our main courses were either bland and uninviting or too much food without being exciting. We still plan to go to Little Fish again, but next time order more oysters and more first courses without getting mains.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We loved every bite of our meal at Little Fish. We arrived early in the evening, so there were vacant seats when we first walked in, but the room never felt crowded even after every seat was filled later in our meal. Move this place to the top of your list!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding service & excellent food. A gem. I look forward to returning!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

As always....simply everything is an experience to taste...savor....and sort through the parade of flavors. That's in every BITE!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I drive 100 miles each year & have great dinner. The food is great I can not say more.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was fantastic. The food was creative but unfussy. One of the best meals I’ve ever had.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Overpriced for what it was, and portion size. Food was average at best.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always a great time at Little Fish -- this time was no exception!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Was given a gift certificate two years ago as a Christmas present. Since I am not in the city on a regular basis I had an extremely hard time getting a reservation. Finally was able to and the owner would not honor it. The restaurant changed hands last year. I was extremely disappointed on how it was handled. Will not be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was my second time at little fish, and yet again they did not disappoint! Food is amazing! It’s been a great experience each time! Highly recommend this place to anyone!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We differ from the general evaluation. Our dishes were good, but too salty for our taste. The bread was excellent, one slice each though we could have asked for more. The wait staff were good, but too thin on the ground. The coffee was notably weak.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Best restaurant in Philadelphia

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went for the Sunday prix fixe menu. We got there 15-min late, but they were very accommodating. All the seafood dishes were delicious. The major letdown was with the dessert - a lemon sponge cake that was dry, and coffee (for $3.50 extra!!) that was weak and watery. It's like they put all their effort into the entrees and just gave up on the dessert.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Very well portioned and prepared seafood tasing menu. Outstanding quality and value on a Sunday evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of the best meals my husband and I have had in a very long time. This restaurant was magical; the food, the service and the ambiance far exceeded out expectations. Thank you to everyone at Little Fish for a wonderful experience. We will highly recommend this restaurant to all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Ecellent fish restaurant. Cosy atmosphere, frienly staff. Best restaurant we have visited in Philly so far.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Decent food but thought it was overpriced for the size of the portions and quality of food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

-amazing food
A bit expensive
Good for special occasions

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Little Fish was delicious. We did the Sunday pre fixe menu. There are about 10 tables and you are served 5-6 courses. Every course was delicious! The chefs did such a great job with textures and flavors! They even made foods I usually don’t like, like kale and mashed potato taste delicious! All of the staff was awesome! It is a very small, intimate place. Don’t expect the restaurant to look extravagant, but the food is the main attraction.

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