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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm-Close
Sunday: 5:30pm and 8:00pm Seatings
$31 to $50
Little Fish Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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