Seafood Unlimited

4.3
763 reviews
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We are Philadelphia' oldest seafood restaurant serving our neighbors as well as out of town guests for over 40 years in a casual setting. We specialize in the freshest fish, seafood and live lobsters purchased and shipped in on a daily basis. Daily offerings include wild salmon, day boat scallops, sea bass, jumbo shrimp, tuna, catfish, crabcakes and the aforementioned live lobsters to name just a few of the items on our menu. Be sure to save room for our homemade desserts like key lime pie, chocolate mousse, bread pudding and more. CASH ONLY
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Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On vacation in Philadelphia. Nice intimate restaurant with great food and service.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

a good neighborhoody place but we were last customers -- did not stay late but at 9:00 could smell the ammonia fumes from kitchen clean up - our table was way back nearest the kitchen. Still....

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b
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden hole in the wall. Can’t tell you how often we walked past thinking it was a dive. Anything but! Just an old fashioned, simple delicious fish restaurant with fabulous food, and don’t forget their homemade desserts. They also allow you to bring own wine with no corkage charge.

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AC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good seafood

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HS
Atlantic City
71 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was absolutely delicious! Our server was outstanding! Will definitely be back!

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit and both times I was pleasantly surprised. It’s small and assuming place but has great seafood , service and drinks. I don’t live in the city anymore but I love getting their emails about specials and will try to get there more often.

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m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved It here! I found It on open table for a last minute reservation on a Saturday and had no idea It existed. The bartender and owners were both so kind. The drinks were amazing and the food was even better! We’re going back this week for $1 clams and oysters (at the bar always)!!

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g
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Parking a problem, especially on rainy night, but that is expected in city area

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and fresh fish prepared properly

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PK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good seafood selection, BYOB, cozy . Great location close to AVA

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place... Food was excellent and freshly done... The place is very small... Remember cash only... There is an ATM machine on premises

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BR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for quality seafood dinners. No frills; not trendy—just solidly good food and service at reasonable price. With a full bar, they still allow you to bring your own wine.

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JS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great neighborhood restaurant. The food is always fresh and good. It's BYOB. Unfortunately, it is also "cash only".

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AJ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!
I enjoy Seafood Unlimited with my husband, with my grandson and happy hour by myself!👍👩‍🏭

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b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Seafood Unlimited for many years and have never been disappointed. Our grandchildren have enjoyed several meals there as well. Always a good bet for a finely prepared meal by a chef who was trained years ago at The Restaurant School.

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BC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Seafood Unlimited. Had the veggie tempura appetizer and panko crusted sea bass Fish was lightly battered and delicious. Service was friendly and attentive even though the place was packed. You can bring your own wine (which saves on cost), but do be aware that this restaurant is cash only.

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OT
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. The staff was very attentive. Drinks were on point. We will definitely be back!

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HD
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a gem with outstanding food, wonderful owners and staff, a nice bar and friendly, meet-your-neighbors atmosphere. Forty years of success is not an accident. It's a "go-to" for fish and for meat eaters there is a good steak on the menu, as well. Desserts are great, too. It's hard to come up with enough superlatives without sounding like I'm trying too hard but this really is a terrific restaurant. Don't miss it; you'll keep going back for...well...decades.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! We were seated right away, and our server was terrific. We enjoyed all of our courses, and the drinks were terrific too. Great value, especially for this neighborhood.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

vegetables were cold, beer was not good, service was so so.

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HD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

After reading Tripadvisor's reviews we thought this would be a lot better than it actually turned out to be. The service was very good but the seafood was pretty tasteless. But at least no one got sick!

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Philadelphia
170 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is surprising because the best items to order are different from the normal seafood restaurant. Here you should order the daily fish specials because they include their freshest and best preparations of fish. Most restaurants are trying to get rid of old stuff with specials. Seafood Unlimited is offering their best. Other than Salmon, they will run out so don't expect to return in am few days and find the same items offered. The next surprise is that they make the best soups in the city. Again, try the soup offered on the daily specials list. They are made in limited quantity and they run out frequently. The daily special soups are SPECTACULAR! Think of potato/leek, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower and other root vegetables you wouldn't normally favor. Made the right way, with a terrific mix of ingredients and seasoned well they should not be missed.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly atmosphere. Seafood was fresh and well prepared. Many alternatives to choose from.
A hidden gem that has been around for 30 years. How did we miss it?

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KT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was not seasoned at all!!!! They only offered the restaurant week menu! The restaurant is super tiny and I practically felt like I was on a date with the couple at the next table. I wasn’t impressed.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party went for Restaurant Week. Our group grew from 3 to 5 and was accommodated by staff. The Restaurant Week options were delicious. My favorite was the carrot coconut ginger soup. We will be back despite some of us came from the suburbs, neighborhoods and one on foot from her Center City office. Parking in the area is what is for the Rittenhouse Square area. Bon appetit.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

My son and I were both disappointed with the quality of the food and the serving size. Compared to a restaurant that I dined at the week before for restaurant week which was exceptional. The waiter at Seafood Unlimited however, was the reason we actually stayed. He was extremely nice, considerate and made sure we were okay throughout our dining experience. Food was not good and for the price the food tasted like it was not freshly made but store brought. Serving sizes were extremely small. I hope they do better in the future.

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've frequented Seafood Unlimited quite a bit and this experience was just a little bit different. I've gotten larger portions in the past and I feel like we were rushed in eating.

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BS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice evening will like to return their again

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KS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was okay, was not the best, you do get what you pay for though! Also, great service!

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SL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an all girls dinner during restaurant week. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic, the people there were very patient, and we will be back.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Had an 8:30 reservation. They wouldn’t seat me until my husband arrived, he was parking the car. Several people came in after me and were seated without their whole party. Food was terrible. Ordered tenderloin well done. It was medium rare. Had to send it back twice. I cut it each time and they kept grilling it and pouring more gravy on top. After the second time it was dried out and drenched in gravy. They didn’t even grill me a new. I would not recommend this place. Very disappointed!!

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

My husband and I thought we were the butt of a practical joke dining here this evening. The restaurant was horrendous at every level. It is next to a nail salon and there is a pervasive odor of nail varnish. The tables were dirty: I had the displeasure of sticking a finger into gum as I tried to steady a tipsy table and my husband put his hand on a sticky mess on his side. It was restaurant week so we were presented with a fixed menu. It was dreadful: the rice ball was without flavor and the wonton was so salty it was inedible. The next course was a stale hummus that had discolored it was left out so long, accompanied by grease soaked cold pita chips, and a grossly over cooked faro in a tasteless supermarket mixed green salad. The main courses were inedible: foul tuna in a bath of soy sauce soaked rice noodles, and gelatinous orchietta with “shrimp.” We got the desserts to go: pumpkin bread pudding and chocolate mouse that we have just binned. And a bottle of Pinot Grigio that could have been put to better use at the nail salon next store to remove the gel finish. HORRIBLE. AVOID.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with my mom tonight and the space is super quaint and cute. The food was delicious, we didn’t wait long for any food. It was fresh and hot and super flavorful. Staff was friendly and right on time with everything. I highly recommend this spot.

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DR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service. Great restaurant week menu.

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SF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable small restaurant favored by a neighborhood crowd.

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JP
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Seafood Unlimited on a Friday evening. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. The food was fabulous. I ordered a 3 course fixed price meal of chowder, tuna and tiramisu. All were excellent. My hubby had the chowder and seafood quintet. He raved about his meal also. When in town again, I will definitely return to Seafood Unlimited.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service in a cool space!

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant and reliable
Reasonable
Good food

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k
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood Unlimited food was excellent. Accommodated my husband’s dairy allergy attentively.

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