South Fin Grill

3.8
451 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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South Fin Grill offers delectable seafood with spectacular
ocean front views of the Verazano Bridge and the
entrance to New York Harbor. Watch sailboats and cruise ships glide
through the harbor. South Fin Grill promises to be the premiere Seafood
Restaurant in Staten Island. With breathtaking views and elegant surroundings,
you can have an intimate dinner for two, or throw a wonderful party of up to 125 people.
We have a sushi and a raw bar as well.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Sat 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(718) 447-7679
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
South Fin Grill offers a unique combination of delectable seafood, exquisite décor, and breath-taking views.
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Private party contact
Event Planner: (888) 678-4584
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sand Lane
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Parking details
Private parking is available for South Fin Grill and Vanderbilt at South Beach guests only. Additional parking is also available across the street in the public lot please be advised that the lot closes at 12:00am.
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Special events & promotions
ULTIMATE UNWIND HAPPY HOUR Monday - Friday 4pm-7pm - 1/2 price cocktails in our Lounge.

SUNSET PREFIXE - Every Monday through Friday from 4 pm - 6 pm enjoy a 3 course menu for only $26.95 , ask your server to view our menu.

SUNDAY BRUNCH - 11am - 2pm with buffet selections. Your oceanfront buffet includes 1 complimentary brunch cocktail, choice of Mimosa or Bloody Mary - $29pp
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 10:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 3:30PM - 7:30PM
Wed 4:00PM - 8:30PM
Thu 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Fri 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 4:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

What 451 People Are Saying
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3.5
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3.7
service
4.3
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3.3
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4.0Dined a day ago

Nice atmosphere, friendly service, good food quality. Brunch includes basket with croissants, Danish, and mini muffins (ours only had mini muffins), one drink-mimosa, bellini, or bloody mary, entree, and a chocolate fondue dessert, what a fine touch and ending to a nice meal....all that for $29.95pp. great value......top it all off with a nice stroll on the boardwalk, makes for a perfect day.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Service was slow. Took an hour to receive bread and another hour to receive food. Undercooked food. Couldn’t even eat anything. It was an overall horrible experience .

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My gf ordered the grilled shrimp which came over a salad for $25. It was more like a huge salad and just 4 shrimp. Totally not worth the money. They were kind enough to exchange it for a pasta with shrimp but same ordeal. The truffle cauliflower mash was amazing but such a small portion. The food was decent but not breathtaking. We most likely would not return.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Everything was fabulous from the ambiance to service, drinks, and food. I’m so happy that South Fin Grille has made many changes from last year. I will be back again.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Fabulous atmosphere and seafood

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I have been there several times over the last couple of years and it's the same story. Nothing beats the view but the service leaves a lot to be desired. Young inexperienced servers not knowing how or when to pour wine or being able to explain the menu. Considering the prices they need to elevate their staff

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We were served immediately but that’s where the immediate ended. The servers and management were very nice but did not come over enough. A salad was served with main dish and no dressing was given and We couldn’t get anyone’s attention. We were sitting a while between courses when the manager came over and apologized but we waited another 2o minutes at least after that before only 3 of the 5 entrees came out. It was at least 10 minutes before the other entrees came out. We did get free desserts but they definitely need to work on these problems. The food was good though.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I have been going to South Fin for a number of years
I would continue to go in the summer for the music and drinks
The food is poor
Service slow - not enough servers

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great view; busy/noisy; decent service and decent fare. Its the view.

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

I surprised my fiancé for his birthday to go there and it was our first time. I had told the restaurant through open table that it was his birthday and they sat us on a candle lit table near the window for a view of the water. Our waiter Ferrat made us feel so special and was very attentive but not overly. We really had a good time and was more than what we expected. Thank you so much!!!

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

not my first time... but each and every time, I bring a friend from another boro across the bridge to see our lovely boardwalk and our beautiful view of Brooklyn and the Ocean. it was too chilly to walk, but the food was as usual.. delicious maple crusted salmon.. calamari grilled to perfection, and kale salad that was great.

an attentive waiter. good seating.. another impressed non Staten Islander..

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2.0Dined on September 24, 2017

The people next to us had 3 screaming children and were dresses in dirt undershirts. Missing staff and service was the worst. Maybe a dress code .. like clothes

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1.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Worst restaurant experience I've ever had. It was the worst wait service I've ever experienced in a restaurant. From taking almost an hour to ask us if we wanted a drink after we sat down, to bringing our dinner entrees while the appetizer dishes were still on the table, forgetting an appetizer, after we complained and they gave us a free round bringing the wrong drink, I could go on as this wasn't all that happened. An absolute disgrace

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2.0Dined on September 20, 2017

The chef and his supplier must have changed since last mid-summer! The food is more like gussied up fast food than quality or originality. Used to be great food; not anymore.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

I was here about two weeks ago and the service was just awful. We were a party of four so you would expect it to be manageable for the wait staff especially considering that the dining room was basically empty. Our appetizers were all served at different times and shortly after the appetizers were served salads were brought out leaving no room on the table. When we commented to the waitress about this she simply shrugged and said that's how the kitchen prepared it. Their solution to make room on the table was to remove all the bread dishes but they left the basket of bread. Holding my bread in my hand because I didn't have a dish, I asked the busboy for some butter and he returned to the table with wrapped pats of butter in his hand and simply threw them on the table. Because we were all eating at different times our plates were cleared at different times so when the last of the appetizers was finished we waited so long for the plate to be cleared that we couldn't take it anymore and decided to clear it ourselves and put the dirty plate on the table next to us where it sat until after our entrées were served. Our entrées were also all served at different times and my friend actually had to ask the busboy to clear her dinner plate because no one came around after she finally finished her meal to clear her place setting. When it came time for dessert, we were offered coffee but never offered refills and our dessert menus all had different selections and several were unavailable that evening . If this was a restaurant that had $15 entrées you could maybe excuse the poor service, however, at this price point my expectation is that the service should be much, much better than what it was. Unfortunately I'm crossing this one off the list and will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was mostly wonderful. The sevice was excellent, friendly and accomodating. The atmosphere is so pleasant as it overlooks the ocean and bridge. Woukd highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Great food nice selection & nice size portions
Very pretty place & nice view inside or outside
They have a pre-fix menu Mon-Fri
Till 7pm
Great for the price

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with great water views. Good food and service.

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1.0Dined on September 4, 2017

You Gotta Be Kidding:
Had a 5:15 reservation. Arrived on time. Told it would be 10 minutes while they clean up some tables. 35 minutes later we were shown to a table. There were at least 6 other empty tables. Bus boy came over filled our water glasses and that was our last contact with staff for another 30 mins. We didn't even see anyone to complain to! No one was served during that time. One table had bread. We left! Horribly managed and under staffed. This isn't the first time we've been disappointed with the service... but it will be the last.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The night started with the Maitre he was able to accommodate us to an outside dining experience which had a great out door band playing. Indoor was nice atmosphere was romantic but just a little cold A/C excellent. The food and drinks was excellent. Our waiter Ferat was excellent and explain all the dishes to our table. I would definitely go back again.

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1.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Service was awful! Food came out after a long wait and was not what the menu stated. Texas toast was english muffins, no holandaise on the eggs, no home fries, and polenta was like awful gritty cornmeal. Was looking forward to this restaurant because I heard good things about it. It was the worst dining experience I've had in my life.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Very disappointing. Pretty view but not worth eating there. Even the busboys are not trained. Two different busboys stacked dishes on the table in front of the diner. Service was very slow and the food was average at best. Better off going there for a drink and enjoy the view but go somewhere else to eat.

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1.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was lousy. Portions were small. Waited a very very long time for our food. I would not recommend South Fin Grill to anybody. They need to improve FOOD, PORTIONS AND SERVICE.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

My first date with my girlfriend was at South Fin and that was 4 years ago. Now we come back on our anniversary date every year. Food, service and the ocean view is great.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Nice place located directly on the boardwalk of Staten Island. There is an outdoor deck that was more casual. We ate inside because it was a humid night. Limited menu but the food was prepared as requested & the waiter was on point. Mt date requested a drink that wasn't too sweet & not only did he make a great suggestion but had the bartender make it to her specs. We only had a salad & angus sliders but both were excellent. With two drinks and a bottle of sparkling water the bill was under $50. I will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2017

This restaurant was just okay. Food was nothing to rave about. One of our meals took longer than others but a drink was comp. The only thing that was good was the ambiance.

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Four of us got a very bad experience at South grill restaurant. First of all, we booked 10:30 for Sunday bunch and arrived on time. We were their first guesses for the day. However, we have to wait for 20 minutes until the table was ready. We got a nice view to the beach and ocean which was the only good thing for the bunch. The waitress was not good at all. When we question she do the restaurants has a regular breakfast menu other than the bunch menu, she had to ask the manager. We have to wait and remind she several time to change the uncleared tableware, she didn't come and take our orders until we asked other waiter. Then, the waiter to sent she back. We also had to wait the food for long time and it is just ok. Finally the manager find out something and bought us a special tea bag and stop by several times to say hello. We won't come back and will share my real bad experiences to my friends.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Overall a nice, positive experience. Food was fresh and tasty. Food took a while, quiet atmosphere. Service was prompt and attentive! Views were wonderful. Great lunch meal. Dessert was fantastic.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was mediocre, and the staff, though efficient and courteous, knew nothing about restaurant week or Open Table. Still, I might returnrfor the water and bridge view.

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Horrible service. The manager did not seem to care. The bus boy was lackadaisical and I had to ask several times for the plates on my table to be taken away. This place used to be much better but has gone down hill.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2017

The grill must of been to hot everything we got was burnt.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

My husband, my son and I decided to go out for a special lunch. We decided to go to the South Fin Grill mainly because two of us love seafood and the other one loves beef. The food was delicious. Two of us had the lobster club and my husband had the angus sliders. For appetizers we had mussels, new england clam chowder and crab cake. The food was really delicious. Just the ambiance of the restaurant and sitting near the water made us think we were on vacation. It was such a nice relaxing time for us. No problem waiting for food to be brought to us. Waitresses brought food right out. We had such a good time and we will be back.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Anniversary

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2017

I have come to the grill since the grand opening. We have celebrated weddings and special occasions. This summer the food and service went down hill. While leaving the staff kept offering us drinks but wouldn't except that my wife who's pregnant couldn't drink. One of the managers mentioned they are trying something different. From previous reviews the plan isn't working. The day we went the maitrede wouldn't stop saying it was our anniversary even though it wasn't. The waiter never came to check on us. The maitrede was slamming drinks and upset with the staff in front of us. We ran out of drinks and the food was not worth the price. $32 for 4oz of a flank streak with no flavor and over cooked. We could have made a better meal at home. The shrimp was only cooked on one side and the pasta was soaked in half a bowl of oil. I had to wait for the maitrede to bring water, a new drink, and cheese because none of the waiters were around. I had to return an old fashion because it was missing the sugar and bitters. Come one, your the only restaurant in NYC on the boardwalk with a beautiful location and decor. The food and drinks should match the ambience. If your considering this restaurant go to the marina cafe instead. In the end the both of us felt sick. Good luck.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Nice location. Outdoor seating. Tuna entrée was very poor quality and prepared badly. My wife had to send it back - a very rare occurrence. They replaced it with salmon entrée - no questions asked. Salmon was better. Pork cutlet Milanese was dry and over cooked - I ate most of it anyway. Server was untrained in wine service.
The restaurant is nice. The location is nice. They could be doing much better.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2017

Beautiful view, great music and food was good

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2017

Server mixed up our orders.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2017

I was not a big fan of the food and the waiter was inattentive. The outside bar scene was rowdy and it was expensive with a very limited menu.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Went to celebrate a friends birthday here. The location is great and the restaurant is beautiful! A really nice view of the water and literally a step from the pier where you can walk. The entree itself was great! Barramundi fish was seasoned and excellent. The side of "risotto" was more so moist rice but still seasoned well! I would pass on sushi, I was eager to try it but was disappointed but then again I should habe known not to get sushi from a place that doesn't specialize in that. Drinks were meh, honestly didn't feel ant were worth the price and I sampled a few different ones from our friends. The service was the main drawback.... they were very nice but we got 3 different stories of when the kitchen closed, at one point told we cant even order because its too late and the "chefs all left for the night" which turned out to be false.... Then were told we didn't all pay the bill even though all our receipts were signed and handed back..... sigh. It was the black cloud over the experience

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

I've been loving the Fin for years. The food never disappoints. The views, live music, people watching, and vibe... just right! Highly recommended.

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