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Firefish Grill

25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459
+1 831-423-5200
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“crab cakes” (40 reviews)
“seafood” (58 reviews)
“abalone” (13 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely try their crab cakes (I had an appetizer portion) and it was delicious, moist, tender, and really well seasoned - might have been one of the best crab cakes I ever had. Their clam chowder in a bread bowl was great as well.

Thank DimakCanada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a late reservation and missed the daylight views, which I'm sure are spectacular. Service was 100% and food was very good. Staff gave my boyfriend and myself an on the house cocktail for our anniversary, which was very kind.

Thank Casi V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located on the wharf, great views. Food delicious. Service excellent, thanks to Phyllis. We had crab cakes and the seafood platter. Large portions. Clean restaurant, friendly staff. Overall a very good meal.

Thank rabbitt1000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were passing through and this place was recommended to us. It is right on the water, and it was enjoyable to watch all the waterfowl directly outside our window. The abalone was absolutely outstanding and is a must try if available. Service was friendly,...More

Thank E4468HCjerryb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went in expecting a good lunch, particularly lobster as we were told so. This restaurant is a huge place with lots of sitting,we enjoyed Jumbo lobster and grilled fish watching the sunset and sealions below is. The service was excellent and quick

Thank Riya Katy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been years since we were last at the warf for a lunch. Enjoyed everything about our meal. Great food and service and beautiful views from the tables. Watched as a pod of seals floated by right below our window. Had the fish and chip and...More

Thank dhen
Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

Lovely yummy Valentine’s Day dinner with my husband. 4 years ago he proposed to me after dinner with the sea lions serenading us. Helpful waitstaff. Window seats are the best!

Thank sami3339
Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this restaurant. The staff was amazing and the food was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back some day.

Thank Tamara B
Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

I was traveling with 2 adult children. We had walked the pier and were interested in dinner when we saw the Firefish Grill. Yes I am budget conscious, but of course I still want it to be good. We liked the look of the restaurant...More

Thank MZTLady
Reviewed February 2, 2018

Four of us met here for dinner. We all chose from the locals menu. The fresh fish was delicious. Others liked their meals as well. We have always thought that you get quality food at reasonable prices.

Thank Jackie L
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Jody G
March 4, 2016|
Response from Paula C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jody, I am not a Fire Fish employee, but having dined there over half a dozen times, I can safely say that they have always been able to accommodate my requests for gluten free, dairy free, grain free options. And you do... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids
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
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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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