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Firefish Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
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25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459 (Formerly Gilbert's)
+1 831-423-5200
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The red snapper weeknight special with a small glass of weeknight wine discount was perfect on a rainy night watching the pelicans fish.

Thank joan0623
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a very nice assortment of fish,scallop,shrimp with rice and vegetables. Very tasty and well served. The staff was very nice too. I would go back anytime!

Thank paul t
Cleveland, Ohio
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Great place to grab a bite on the beautiful wharf. You can seat seats that overlook the water, but the restaurant has a great atmosphere besides that as well. Delicious seafood, friendly staff, would definitely recommend!

Thank Emma W
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Emma, Sounds like you had picture-postcard day with us and a wonderful meal to boot. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this really nice review. More 

Bakersfield, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

We had the steak and prawns for dinner.it was the worst steak I ever had!it was bland,dry and over priced for the portions.Dont waste your time.will never eat there again.

Thank shoemake2022
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

We are doubly distressed to read this again after having read about your experience on Yelp. I can't stress enough that we would have gladly replaced your steak with another cooked to your total satisfaction. Sorry about that. More 

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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

Dinner here and the boxes were all ticked. Good on all fronts, service, food and drinks. Sensibly priced for the location so no grumbles at all. Very nice

Thank Aitch222
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this very complimentary review. We hope to see you again very soon. More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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637 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

It's cold and wet outside, warm and nice inside. Restaurant not very full a Thursday night off season. We had a grab sandwich and Mahi Mahi. It was okay nothing more. Very friendly service.

Thank R_Sweden
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this. We appreciate the good things you have to say. We hope you'll be visiting us again. If so, you might want to try one of our $11.95 Locals Specials. They consistently get rave reviews, especially on the type of chilly night you describe in your review. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

Pretty attentive wait staff, great Ahi appetizer, Salmon Croquette, and Firefish Rockefeller. My drink was weak, though, but not awful. Bread was rock hard.

Thank Julia M
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Julia, We love it when we get the word "great" associated with our food. Thank you! Would have loved hearing about the bread and drink while you were here. We excel at fixing things when they're not just right. More 

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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2017 via mobile

As soon as we walked in we knew this was a great place. Seeing the fresh open kitchen and that they have thought of the nice details got us comforting. The service was just lovely, they got us a table right by the window with a great view over the water. I had the daily special for 12$ with a... More 

Thank Gourmenten
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Gourmenten, Love that you took the time to write this very comprehensive and glowing 5 star review of Firefish. We also can't thank you enough to telling everyone who reads it, "you have to go here." Hopefully readers of your awesome review will do exactly that. More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

About half way out on the Santa Cruz Wharf you can not miss the Firefish Grill. The staff is very efficient and friendly offering the regular menus, however ask for the local menu which has a fine variety of entrees at reasonable cost. Many of the tables give patrons a nice view of the ocean; watching surfers at Steamer Lane... More 

Thank Lewis C
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Lewis, So happy we were able to earn 5 stars from you. Readers of this review would do well to take your advice and order from our Locals Menu, with a choice of 9 great entrees for just $11.95 each. We're guessing you enjoyed one while watching the surfers at Steamer Lane. More 

Blaine, WA
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

I am generally wary of eating in restaurants with fantastic views (which this one has), because they generally trade on the location alone. However, we stopped in here anyway and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Everything was better than expected and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch with a view of the bay from their picture windows.

1 Thank Kristin W
Larry A, Mamagement Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Kristin, We are glad we were able to prove to you that a restaurant with fantastic views can also serve food that's every bit as impressive. It's what we strive for, and the fact that you experienced that makes us very happy. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459 (Formerly Gilbert's)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-5200
Add some fire to your next dining experience at the FireFish Grill, where we specialize in fresh seafood, steaks & homemade pasta dishes!

At FireFish Grill, our specialty is quality. We are committed to serving fresh, high quality ingredients everyday. We offer a variety of California-style cuisine. We feature a mesquite wood burning grill in our new exhibition kitchen. When it comes to refreshment, we offer a full bar, specialty drinks, and an impressive beer and wine list.

The heart and soul of our restaurant are the local residents of our community. We go to great measures to honor the bond with our locals by offering the most, delicious and affordable menu of specials for locals in all of Santa Cruz County.Our Locals Specials include some of the finest fresh seafood dishes imaginable, plus our awesome brined pork shop, and our signature Mile-High Meatloaf.

At FireFish Grill, not only will you taste delicious food, you'll also experience fabulous ocean views from every seat in the house.

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