3070 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541644.946776 -93.321550
Neighborhoods: West Calhoun, Calhoun Isles
Decent Food-Small portions-Romantic feel – Three Fish has never been too generous with their portions, but they must be feeling that it's necessary to squeeze more profit out of the food and drinks. In addition the price is up a bit besides. Do not split as you will be hungry by the time you leave. The 'sides' are skimpy, (asparagus overdone) the fish portions are no more than 6 ounces and the wine pour is a joke. They serve reds in what appears to be almost cordial size with less than the minimum 4 ounces. The calamari is good but a third of what you expect filling up the plate with other items to give you the impression that you're getting what you pay for.
Service was decent especially when there was maybe 12 people in the whole dining area. Ambiance is great and romantic.
Great secret in a strip mall – Wow, that sums it up. My partner and I were looking for a new seafood restaurant to try, and we saw the great ratings for Three Fish on Citysearch so we tried it. Driving up to it, we were a bit put off by the location (in the strip mall on Excelsior and Lake where Whole Foods, Chipotle, and Noodles are). But upon entering, it was like walking into an upscale bistro in Downtown. White tablecloths, rich colors, and friendly staff who made the specials sound delicious.
We were even surprised by the quality and presentation of the food, for the price we paid! For about $50, we got an appetizer of fruit and cheese (Delicious!), 2 entrees of seafood pasta (very fresh, beautiful, and just the right portion size), and my partner had a drink. We didn't have dessert, but they looked wonderful on other people's tables! My shellfish medly with linguini and garlic sauce was a surprising find on the menu, and my partner had jumbo shrimp with basil tomato sauce on angel hair. Um, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
It got a bit crowded about 7pm on a Friday night, so I would make a reservation. Trust me, this place will not disappoint you!
Awful Oysters – The oysters were old which makes this place lower than a vending machine. Otherwise they had a nice atmosphere and a mostly pleasant staff.
Great overall experience – Table for Eight......My family and I met there for a birthday celebration for two of the people in our party. The wait person was knowledgeable about the menu and the evening's specials, as well as being prompt and courteous. If you enjoy seafood, I recommend the curried shrimp appetizer as well as the scallops entree, both great. There is also ample menu selection available for the non-seafood dining companion. From past experience I know the pork tenderloin is always excellent. There's a nice wine list, whose selections include a half bottle (for at least one red) for the sole diner or a romantic sharing. For dessert, there was something for everyone, and the two birthday folks both tried the port flight, a nice dessert accompaniment. Besides myself, none of the diners at my table had been at this restaurant before, and at the close of the evening, all agreed that the service, food, and ambience all made for a very lovely (and memorable) evening.
Not enough variety on Menu - Pretentious. – This place TRIES very hard to be high class, but fails miserably. They do not have much variety on their menu, and to make matters worse were out of 3 dishes when I was there. I ordered the walleye with the risotto (substitution since they were out of what the dish it normally comes with) and it came out raw. I sent it back, and new risotto was just a little more cooked than the last time. The manager came out and suggested mashed potato, but gave me an attitude and tried to "school" me on risotto, everyone at my table became irate at this point and told him to try it - how dare he even question a paying customer! He later apologized and left and offered free dessert for the mishap. Overall, I would never eat here again. The experience was horrible. I forgot to mention that the food took over an hour to get to our table and it was not worth the wait - go somewhere else.
A strip-mall facade hides a surprisingly elegant and affordable seafood find. – In Short
Three Fish may be in a strip mall, but it doesn't feel that way once you're in a big booth with white-linen tablecloths along a wall lined with tall windows. Drapes of silky, harlequin-printed fabric in olive, magenta and red create an elegant vibe. Reasonably priced seafood meals are slowly paced, ideal for celebrating families and groups of friends out for a leisurely dinner. Highlights include steamed mussels in a bouillabaisse and lemon-butter Atlantic salmon.
plain jane – The food was good and the service was fine but I was still eating my salad when the server brought out our entrees. To be fair it was his first night. Check it out but its not all that romantic. I would say it is a great place for a double date or pre-night out with the girls.
Delectable – The fact that this restaurant is in a strip mall brings to mind the saying: can't judge a book by its cover. The food here is simply delightful, and in may ways unique. The curried shrimp in crispy shell appetizer is superb, and the rare grilled ahi dish is highly recommended. I look forward to more satisfying dining at this gem of a restaurant.
Amazing! – This restaurant was way above our expectations! My husband, a chef, took me out for a romantic dinner and even HE was impressed! The dishes were original yet so very delicious, and the portions were just right - not too much, like so many other restaurants these days. Our waiter, Perry, was friendly yet polite, and very knowledgeable about the menu. I had the Salt & Pepper Blue Prawns, and my husband had the Seared Sea Scallops - both dishes were well-presented and unique, and the seafood was done to perfection. We will definately be coming back here again and again - a rare gem in the Twin Cities!
IMPECCABLE TASTE – Hopefully our server will read this--she was such a doll. My husband and I decided to dine here for his birthday a few weekends back and she made the entire experience so special. She was so sincere and genuine and I believe that her name was Bethany. We will definitely be back for more of the incredible seafood and some of the best service we've ever had!
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