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Sammy's Fishbox Restaurant

#31 of 1,010 Restaurants in Bronx
#34 of 1,123 Places to Eat in Bronx
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41 City Island Ave, NY 10464-1612
+1 718-885-0920
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: T was in 1966 that the Sammys's Fishbox story began; From our very humbe...
T was in 1966 that the Sammys's Fishbox story began; From our very humbe beginnings in 1966 we have grown from a 26 seat snack bar to a 500 seats, full service restaurant; preparing upwards of 1 million meals annually. Our phenomenal growth has been most gratifying to us. Since the beginning we believe some things are as true today as they were years ago; quality attracts customers, value earns respectand compromise in either is inappropriate. Our formula is very simple; we serve the best quality food prepared fresh daily in a uncompromising manner and served in generous portions at affordable prices. We at Sammy's wish to thank our customers for your loyalty in the past and we promise to earn more of that loyalty in the future. Sincerely, Sammy
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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Not The Same

I have been going to Sammy's Fish Box for years and I must say that my recent visit was good, but it's not the same as it was in yesteryears. The food is good but not as great as it used to be. They still give you ample portions, but it was a bit bland on the day of our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Jennifer E T
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Newark, New Jersey
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129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bronx, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Sammy's got that 70's charm we often look for when we go out to theme restaurants. Their famous garlic bread is a bit too garlicky for the kids, but the whole ambiance of the place, plus pretty fast service, roomy tables and the kitchy interior is great. Seafood wise, there are so many great options on City Island out there... More 

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NYC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Really disappointed with the quality of the food compared to past visits. We ordered fish and chips and snapper. The snapper was overcooked and tasteless, and the fish and chips were undercooked and lacking in flavor. I could have done better if I'd emptied frozen fish filets and fries out of a freezer bag and into my oven for 20... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I have been going to Sammy's Fish Box for years and I must say that my recent visit was good, but it's not the same as it was in yesteryears. The food is good but not as great as it used to be. They still give you ample portions, but it was a bit bland on the day of our... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I have been To Sammy's in the past and while the prices have always been high, the food quality and portions helped me get over that. It's been two years since my last visit, but we decided on a whim to drive down from CT for lunch. To begin with, our waitress was ok at best. Not welcoming, just doing... More 

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New York City
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Too noisy and crowded. Food is good but not great. When they were smaller years ago they were perfect. Will go to other places in V City Island instead.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Sammy's Fish Box is another favorite. The Bronx Rotary Club meets their every Tuesday for lunch....a scenic spot, excellent food and wonderful ambience is why they do. The menu is quite diversified, but my favorites are the New England Clam chowder and the Prime Rib...the Fried Shrimp is another favorite. The cost of the food is reasonable and the portions... More 

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Albany, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Visited City Island and ate at Sammy's. I'm told that the only difference between Fish Box and Shrimp Box is plus Spanish food on the menu at Shrimp Box. Fish Box is huge inside and was surprisingly busy for a rainy weekday. Seemed as if it hadn't been updated in awhile. Giant, table sized plastic menu with tons of choices,... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We ate dinner at Sammy's to celebrate his birthday. The food was delicious and the service was great! The atmosphere was nice. This place is 1 of the best in City Island.

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New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Sammy's seems to be over rated and over priced. I saw nothing extra ordinary about the food. The food is good but over priced.

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Bronx, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Definitely worth it to eat here with big groups of friends and family. Large portions. Well-seasoned seafood. This place has a legacy of serving high quality seafood to please their customers. I've been coming here for 15 years!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 41 City Island Ave, NY 10464-1612
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Bronx
  • Phone Number: +1 718-885-0920

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

T was in 1966 that the Sammys's Fishbox story began; From our very humbe beginnings in 1966 we have grown from a 26 seat snack bar to a 500 seats, full service restaurant; preparing upwards of 1 million meals annually. Our phenomenal growth has been most gratifying to us. Since the beginning we believe some things are as true today as they were years ago; quality attracts customers, value earns respectand compromise in either is inappropriate. Our formula is very simple; we serve the best quality food prepared fresh daily in a uncompromising manner and served in generous portions at affordable prices. We at Sammy's wish to thank our customers for your loyalty in the past and we promise to earn more of that loyalty in the future. Sincerely, Sammy
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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