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Posted by Mr and Mrs Rodriguez on 06/06/2005
The Fish Shack has a wonderful raw bar and outrageous garlic bread. Unfortunately, they do not take reservations so you take the trip and then find yourself with over and hour wait, then you try to find a seat at the bar which is almost impossible luckily one opened up after a like 30 minutes and we found ourselves ordering a glass of overpriced bitter wine. Finally getting seated after an hour we truly enjoyed the raw bar with bottle of wine and jalapeno poppers which were very good.
Posted by LouisM on 06/01/2005
Do not go to BLT Fish with your face fixed for a generous, overflowing lobster roll such as you find at Mary's Fish Camp, Pearl Oyster Bar or Mermaid Inn. I went last night with great expectations and an empty stomach. The lobster roll was a disappointment. Not only was there an small amount of lobster--I have seen more of the essential on a good PB and J sandwich--but what was there was so overwhelmed by mayonaise and some herb--tarragon I think--that whoever made the thing might just as well have used that fake crab meat or even tofu. I am not kidding. This would have been overpriced at $8, but at $24, they have got to be kidding. Caveat Emptor, baby.
Posted by shermy on 05/24/2005
I'm the guy who posted about a great experience on a slow Sunday (Mother's Day). Well, I went back last Sat, and what a disappointment. Subpar service (not the same people) at the front. We waited over an hour and a half for a table (after being told 45 mins). People who came in after us got tables before us (some seemed to be regulars). Apparently it's very hard to find 3 person tables. Meanwhile, a group of about 12 people walked in, and had a bunch of tables put together for them immediately. The door people were barely civil. It's a shame because I looked forward to coming back. Our waitress disappeared halfway through our meal. The food was so-so. We had such an unpleasant time that we didn't even bother waiting for dessert--we just wanted to get out as quickly as possible. I would recommend not going on busy nights.
Posted by Happy Clam on 05/22/2005
The food in a word, was excellent. My lobster roll needed more actual lobster (so, at $24) I complained, and my waiter (a hilarious, hot guy with a great body and the cutest blond curls) got more upset than I was! He had it fixed immediately. The Managers at this place were great and would help take orders, get drinks from the bar, even bus tables around us! Talk about team work! I haven't had better dining experience (or a funnier, more accomodating/effiecient and knowledgable waiter) in a long time. My only complaint is that at times it was a bit too loud to hear but it was a consequence of the sheer number of people more than the music playing (which is fun rock, pop, and 80's/90's radio hits). This busy fish shack is definitely worth the price and the wait for the first floor (because when you're waiting you can stare at the model hot bartenders behind the bar). This place was great! Go, you won't be disappointed!
Posted by shermy on 05/09/2005
I had dinner downstairs with a friend and her 2 and a half year-old on Mother's Day, and the service was wonderful. You can imagine that some places aren't so accommodating when you have a small child, but they were great. That said, I'm not exactly recommending that you run there with kids in tow--some of the good service we had may have been because it was late on a Sunday night and business was slow. The food was wonderful. My salmon was perfect. The key lime pie was the best I've ever had. I look forward to going back. Highly recommended.
Posted by James on 05/03/2005
I have been here quite a few times. The seafood is as fresh as fresh can be. The atmosphere is fun. Unfortunatly, evertime I have been here the staff seems terribly bored, unhelpful and unfriendly. Tried to flag down my waitress for 5 minutes... Seems she could not take her eyes off the floor. Still the food is great. Oysters are always a great selection. Two out of three ain't bad.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2005
Our waiter made it all worthwhile (I don't know his name, but he has curly blonde hair and is hilarious). Chowder okay, steamed lobsters delicous. Everyone around us was complaining that they didn't like their lobster rolls, but the real thing was sweet, meaty, and fabulous. Sides were great too. Good wine list, and the best chocolate cake I have ever had, hands down (and I've had a LOT of chocolate cake.) It's really pricy for what wouldn't be that expensive on Cape Cod, but we had a terrific time. Go early.