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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!!!
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..
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Great food nice selection & nice size portions
Very pretty place & nice view inside or outside
They have a pre-fix menu Mon-Fri
Great for the price
Beautiful restaurant with great water views. Good food and service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.