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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Good for a Date (31)
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Creative Cuisine (30)
Special Occasion (30)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Authentic (18)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (17)
Tasting Menu (11)
Casual (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Fun (5)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service in a cute little neighborhood spot. The fish was very tasty and prepared very well.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

I went with a friend for the Sunday prix-fixe dinner at this quaint BYOB restaurant. It required reservation a month in advance. The menu was not known ahead of time. So each course was surprise. While it was amazing to watched the 3 chefs worked in the relatively small kitchen to prepare 20+ portions, it was equally amazing to see the few waiters moved around the small dining area to serve and explain each course. The presentation and the flavors of the food were good. The portion was just right. I was especially surprised by how accommodating they are to modify the courses according to the diners' dietary restrictions. Little Fish, big flavors!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Absolutely divine dishes, and I love the intimate setting with an open kitchen. My girlfriend and I love coming here on special occasions. Recommend this place to my friends regularly

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Sorry to say we were disappointed. The selection of side dishes for vegetables or salad was non-existent. There was only one choice for dessert. The fish, halibut, was a nice thick piece, fully filleted but was over sauced. The'vegetables' that supposedly accompanied the fish were more like garnishes and were soaking in the sauce. It was not a dining experience that I wish to repeat.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

As always, the Best and most creative fish dishes in the city.

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Little Fish used to be one of my favorites,but I had been a bit underwhelmed on my last visit so hadn't eaten there in a while. This time they rebounded back into the top tier of my favorite Philly restaurants. Not only was each course outstanding, but serving sizes seem to have doubled from what I remember receiving before. Everything was so delicious and each course had a unique twist on flavors and ingredients. Service was spot-on, friendly and professional, courses were well-timed. Prices may seem a bit high by Philly standards, but BYOB and quality of what you get makes it a great value. If you like seafood, you will love Little Fish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We dined on Sunday and experienced an amazing tasting menu at this BYOB. Every dish was unique in flavor profile and presentation combining surprising tastes and textures. They seamlessly accommodated my no meat diet. We enjoyed the service, the noise level was very loud, my only complaint.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Girls night!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

excellent food, no question. great BYOB from start to finish.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Simply outstanding. Every time I go, they never cease to amaze at how balanced their ingredients in their dishes are. Everything is always well thought out and so delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Enjoyed a very good meal. The preparation and presentation were also excellent. The only negative was we were rushed through our coffee because some was waiting for our table. I left half of mine. We were only there for two hours and 10 minutes for appetizers, and main course, a bottle of wine and coffee. I didn’t think we were there an unreasonable amount of time and we arrive for our reservation precisely at 5:45 pm, our scheduled time.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I had not been here in years. That is to bad for me since the food was terrific on my visit on October 30, 2017.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The place was really nice and the service was great but the main courses we had (Grouper and Trout) were really salty and buttery. I rarely salt food so I may have noticed more.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had an 8:30 reservation and didn't have to wait at all. Service was very good as was the food. Got the poached pear dessert, the only thing I could say is the pear could have been poached more. It was pretty hard. Other than that, a lovely experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food great service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It is the best Sunday night dinner in Philadelphia. Great and interesting food and very reasonable prices.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always amazing food and service in this tiny little neighborhood gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Little Fish was perfect top to bottom. From the food to the service--everything was wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This local neighborhood gem exceeded all expectations. The food was delicious and so fresh. I loved the tuna and my husband loved his halibut. The small dishes were amazing too. The oysters were fresh. We love that it’s BYOB. We will definitely be coming back. The service was quick and excellent as well. A++ experience.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food at Little Fish is delicious and carefully crafted. That being said, some of the creative dishes were minimized by the very small portion size (especially for the cost)... We wanted more! The appetizers and first courses were outstanding. Dessert was a little less exciting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great, fresh seafood. Very good service. Very fair portions.

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Absolutely excellent in every regard

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This review should be five star but there was a glitch.
Had reservations for my husbands birthday. The restaurant is tiny with a full view of the kitchen. The chef and sous were hard at work clearly preparing each dish specifically as ordered. There were two servers - perhaps needed more. We were seated in the front corner and given water immediately.
10 minutes later the waitress arrived to go over the menu. Another 10 minutes she came back for our order.
Appetizers came; Lobster and scallops. Three scallops were cooked to perfection and perhaps the sweetest I have ever had. The lobster was two "bites" on a crisp rice tortilla, topped with wasabi and radish - heaven. The waitress never stopped at for table to check on us. They did stop at the tables next to us but because of the flow in the room never got to our corner.
Entree came; Madai (which was actually a first-course item) and Halibut. The halibut was charred beautifully and was served with a mix of in-season veggies. The Madai was not so good. Thinly sliced Madai with Foie Gras over a bed of greens. The Madai had been seared on one side and served cold (unexpected). The Foie Gras was cut into large pieces and also served cold. The dressing included roasted pistachios and had great flavor. However, I could not chew the fish, it was so tough.
But what makes for the four-star review was the fact that I could not get the waitresses attention. Both waitresses were at tables on either side of us but walked away as soon as I raised my hand or said, "excuse me". It took so long to get her attention that my husband was finished eating by the time she asked if I would like something else. We didn't want to wait the time involved in a new entree - so I left hungry. :(
They did take the price of the Madai off the bill but I am still disappointed in the service. I would like to try it again but Little Fish isn't in our neighborhood.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is a great restaurant. It is a BYOB seafood gem located in Philly. Perfect for 2 or 4 people. Many dishes had a raw component which I love but some may find this a little limiting. However, no matter what you order you will be pleased.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious meal. We will definitely return

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Sunday night is the night to go. It's prix fixe for $38 - 5 courses. The first course of raw tuna with puffed rice and a charred scallion vinaigrette was spectacular. The second course, a bluefish pate with fresh grated horseradish on top and grilled bread was very good. The horseradish was a terrific touch. The third course, agnolotti stuffed with scallops and shrimp, with lobster claws alongside was mixed. One of the lobster claws was perfect - perfectly cooked and with a full lobster taste; heavenly. The other diner's lobster claw was overcooked. The stuffing in the agnolotti was delicious, but the pasta itself was too thick. The dish that missed was a seared swordfish - no discernible searing and little taste, but the salad with it was good. Panna cotta dessert was excellent. Bring your own wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

What a wonderful place. I am not a fan of fish, but Little Fish changed my mind. We had early reservations for a pre-fixe Sunday meal (great value, five courses). The staff was so sweet -- good eye contact, great smiles, appropriately funny/discrete. Every dish was amazing. I don't even know how to describe them because the mix of flavors blew my mind and every course was a stand-out! I keep dreaming about the panna cotte dessert...my goodness. The tables are a tight fit, but I had no trouble hearing my dining partner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was our second visit and we were not disappointed. Although the menu is limited, the food was wonderful.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Always creative and great food, a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Seasonal, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

As promised in various reviews, Little Fish is a cozy neighborhood spot in Queens Village. The food (almost exclusively seafood) was excellent. You definitely won't overeat with the portions. The waitstaff very efficient and friendly. BYOB is a definite plus, since the restaurant is certainly expensive. Dinner for two with a "first" and "second" almost $150 with tip.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The food was good, didn't realized the tasting menu might is on Sundays. The music was too loud .

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Love this place. It’s little and cozy and the food is amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Loved loved loved our meal.....we will return ...thank you for a wonderful experience

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This little restaurant never disappoints. High quality seafood dishes prepared in a very upscale way but in a setting that is wonderfully relaxed. The service was terrific and the fact that it's a BYO is an added bonus. Perfect for a date:)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had heard great things about Little Fish from friends. Some of the dishes, like the lobster appetizer, were truly amazing. Others, like the scallops, hamachi and black bass, were good but not up to the level of the high prices ($284 for four before tip and no dessert and BYO), although the sauce that came with the black bass was phenomenal! The major negatives were the extreme warmth of the dining room since everyone is near the open kitchen, the sardine-like congestion (you are literally inches from the next table) and mainly the ear-splitting din, which was almost painful. We were sitting across from my brother and his date, and we could only hear about half of their words at most. The noise level is insane. Everyone at the table commented that they really could not enjoy the experience because of the jet plane-like din. That is the main reason I could not recommend Little Fish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Amazing. That's it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Always perfect! Personally, I think it is the best restaurant in the city!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We've heard great reviews of Little Fish - with one friend swearing it's "the best" meal in Philly.... so perhaps we just caught them on a bad night.

The Oysters tasted like low tide & didn't seem fresh... the bass was just OK... and the halibut entree was above average but not amazing. The lobster appetizer was the taste highlight of the meal but was barely a fork-full each for $18.

All said and done - even though it's BYOB- we walked out with a $175 tab and just an "OK" seafood experience.

We'll probably try again someday - with our expectations lowered.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We loved little fish! It's a very small restaurant but it was adorable. The tasting menu on Sundays is an absolute steal and the food was out of this world delicious. Every diner there received the same thing at the same time so be sure to get to your reservation on time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

great food a little noisy great serviceneeds work on noise level

Tags: Good for a Date
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