We decided to give Kings Fish House another try for a special occasion last week. Pretty simple, table for two on a weeknight. Almost didn't wait: there were clearly dozens of open tables, yet the young girl at the desk insisted we wait 20 minutes in the very cold foyer (hey, she was even wearing her winter coat). That tiny foyer was also jammed with unruly children with inattentive parents and grandparents, apparently fresh from the mall. Kind of felt like waiting at the McDonalds playland in Alaska, not like fine dining. If this was designed to get us to the bar, well, it didn't work and pretty much started our experience with weirdness. Once seated, our waitress was efficient and helpful and clearly better at her job. We started with martinis, which were pricey but well crafted. Shared a small salad and cup of chowder, both decent. Lauren really liked the thin but generous swordfish picatta. Laura's (5) grilled scallops were well prepared but spare for the price. What we love about this place: old school, East Coast atmosphere. Healthy menu, with sin-a-little options if you want that. Complimentary (for the birthday) and yummy key lime pie. On a good night, a nice fine dining option. Here's what doesn't work: so little care for comfort of the guests, so little control of what should be a fine dining environment, and a price/value relationship that's just off. Either reduce the prices by a few bucks and BE Red Lobster ...or make the experience more like a strong seafood house (i.e., Walt's Wharf or others in your price range).
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