Little Fish

4.8
1427 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday-Saturday 5:30pm - close
Sunday: 5:30pm and 8:00pm Seatings
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Phone number
(267) 455-0172
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chadd Jenkins
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fitzwater
Additional
BYO Liquor
What 1427 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.8
service
4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Incredible food and dining experience!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I was recommended this spot by several people and I’m so glad I finally listened! What a neighborhood gem!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The food was awesome but the Air conditioning wasn’t working and it was really loud.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

One of our favorite Phila. restaurants, tailor made for seafood lovers. Small, constantly changing menu, but always unique and creative. The chefs have a talent for flavorful ingredient combinations. It’s not inexpensive, but is fairly priced for the quality of food, and BYO helps keep it reasonable. The Sunday prix fixe tasting is a very good value. The wait staff has always been excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Outstanding. We had a lovely dinner. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Amazing! Can’t wait to go back. It was the best halibut I ever had.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Amazing food. Can’t beat it. On the upper end of the price range and with One waiter for 8 tables, it was a little tough. Hard to stay in that price range in this neighborhood without providing more of an experience. We weren’t in a rush so it was fine.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Outstanding Sunday evening fixed price menu! Delicious and a super value!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Little Fish is a small restaurant that serves very delicious seafood. The food is imaginative but not bizarre. Pricey but worth it. The kitchen is in the same room with the diners which is really fun if you like to cook. Attractive modest space in Bella Vista.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

One of the best restaurants in the city. Everything... food, service, ambiance is superb. We ate outside (just two tables outside). Every dish was expertly prepared and amazing.. .so delicious and perfectly prepared.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Please don’t go there too often so we can get reservations. Fully booked so fast 😄😋

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This is a super small, super cute neighborhood spot, with ever-changing seasonal menu and extremely well prepared, fresh fish, of course. The menu is also small, but everything is great. Friendly, non pretentious staff.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Fantastic food!! Very creative, small, personal menu - changes daily. Good for adventurous eaters with some more comfortable options as well! BYOB! :)

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

One of the best restaurants in the city. The fish is outstanding. The service is impeccable.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We were favorably impressed with the freshness of the fish and the one-two punch of (1) rich umami and (2) intriguing flavors. Three categories on the menu: "small bites" (bigger than an amuse, smaller than an appetizer), "first" (biggish appetizer), and "second" (entree). The "small" and "first" cost about the same so we didn't try the "small" to get more bang for the buck. Our favorite dish was the "first" octopus, extremely tender. We also liked the black bass (with a sauce called "sweet and sour" but more accurately "sweet and spicy"). My "second" of fluke was also good; her "second" of monkfish was by no means bad but not as interesting as the other dishes. For dessert, "strawberries and ice cream" -- simply in concept but very well done (flavorful strawberry jam as well as fresh strawberries). We were seated early (6pm on a Saturday) and the place was nearly empty and therefore easy to converse, but it started to fill up by 7:30 and it got louder. Great service (they were constantly filling our wine and water glasses).

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

I usually love LF. This time I found the food expensive, the portions bite-sized, and the dishes only so-so. Couple that with some poor direction from the waitress and Voila, not such a great review. Sorry LF, I still love ya!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Little Fish once again serves the best seafood around - beautifully, artfully, and imaginatively prepared without being overly fussy with frills. Everything was delicious including the shrip and the tuna. Homey setting in a tiny, welcoming space.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Phenomenal seafood spot. The scallop dish we had was probably the best scallops I've had in my life. Pricy but worth it if you're looking for a truly great seafood dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I still believe this is the best fish restaurant in Philly after many years. The Sunday prix fix special is exceptional and, occasionally, adventurous. Book ahead; Sunday is usually a capacity crowd which leads to my only criticism: the noise level is too high. The fish is well matched with the sauces and some of the usually stronger tasting and oilier fish, Hamachi and Salmon, had a delicate taste. This leads to my second criticism or rather a plea. This doesn't involve the restaurant but the customers. Most people brought strong red wines, including some Italian wines more suitable to a high acid sauce. I recognize that I have a tendency to be a wine snob and, yes, you should drink something you like but these full bodied reds mask the subtle taste of the fish. Try a Chablis, a Pouilly Fuisse, a white Graves or even a Pinot Noir if you want a red wine.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We absolutely loved the food, the presentation of plates and the service. I took my fiancé here for his 40th birthday and we are both foodies. We stayed there for 2 hours and enjoyed every bite. Thanks again for making our evening so memorable!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Fantastic food. Best fish I have ever had. Definitely a hidden gem that should be talked about.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food was well prepared. Excellent service but I have a problem with dinner for 2 with no alcohol 150 with tip and left alittle hungry

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent dining experience. Hostess and waitress were very attentive. The scallops and halibut were the vest I've ever had.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The octopus was amazing

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

My husband and I went for an anniversary dinner and decided to try the tasting menu. The restaurant is small, casual and cozy, which was nice. This restaurant came very highly recommended by both friends and reviews, so we were really looking forward to our meal. The waiter asked if we would like tap or sparking water, and that was the last time they seemed to care what we thought or needed. The food was placed before us assembly line style. Some dishes were rather good, some were really fair, including the bland overcooked fish we were served as our main meal. In the end, we were presented with a check without anyone even inquiring if we would like coffee or tea, or if we enjoyed our meal. This was not the romantic meal we were hoping for at all, but perhaps we caught them on a bad night.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Every plate will make your taste buds go crazy, the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable of the food they have on the menu. It was well worth the trip down to the city to eat at Little Fish! Will definitely be going back there again!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Thank you to Chef Yoon for an excellent meal as always and to the staff who was pleasant and attentive. We were a party of 3 and ordered the whole menu--literally! We enjoyed every bite! This is a limited menu with lots of seafood. A great place if you love seafood! We love the simplicity of the menu which is executed to a high degree both in presentation and flavor. Well worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

— we liked it.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I took my wife out to this place for her birthday dinner and it was perfect ! An intimate and romantic place , yet not uptight or stuffy ! The food was cooked to perfection and the portion size was perfect ! I am not an expert on fish , but the quality and the flavor combinations was spot on ! The dessert was a mint ice cream family with blueberry jam and fresh blueberries with toasted Hazelnuts,which was divine ! The staff is very efficient and helpful ! Perfection in simplicity !

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Fabulous gem of a restaurant for those who know and appreciate seafood. I am a professionally trained chef and so was my dining companion. We both agreed it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Highly recommend.
The place is tiny, but that can easily be overlooked because you will be so distracted by the food.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Absolutely incredible! I can't wait to go back. Food was incredible. Service was great. Awesome dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Best fish in town, awesome experience, love to go there

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Everything was wonderful. Service was great and got to watch the chef make everything in front of you.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

As always a great meal in an intimate setting.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

I love Little Fish. It is a small BYOB (lucky for me just 2 blocks from my house). Everything they make tastes fantastic. They are very nice and helpful. I recommend it very highly to anyone who loves fish. Every single preparation is wonderful!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The fish is amazing. The place is pretty small and they were playing theater tunes over the stereo. If the weather had been nice and we could have sat outside I bet we would have had a different experience, but as it was, the ambience really cramped the experience.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Little Fish is very good; sometimes it is very, very good. Our latest experience of Little Fish was very, very good and we ate everything. We literally ordered at least one of the menu items and in some cases multiples. The multiples were the oysters--no good way to split one raw oyster three ways--and the small bites aji plate. The service was not quite up to par but it was a Tuesday and perhaps unexpectedly crowded with every seat filled and only one full time server. I say only one full time server since one person ran the plates and got the orders and another fellow stood around without helping much.

Anyway--I want to go again and soon.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Cozy neighborhood restaurant with fresh menu as it changes with what is in season especially with what is accompanied with the fish. Love the variety of fish options.
It’s a BYOB so don’t forget that bottle of wine.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Fabulous. The parade of five stars is correct. This place prepares fish beautifully. I had sturgeon, my wife, halibut. Both were wonderful, as we're their creative accompanyments...braised fennel with mine, ramps with hers. Also had the scallops as an app. Declcious!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

One word: divine. If you love top-notch seafood, this is the place to go in Philadelphia. Delectable cuisine, tucked away in Bella Vista, unforgettable experience.

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