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“Was not impressed”
Review of Fish in a Barrel

Fish in a Barrel
Ranked #16 of 34 Restaurants in Stephens City
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Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

I went here it was new thought that I could get fresh seafood and everything's frozen they don't even have stuff that you would want to look for that I'm going to pay the extra price for that I could go to Martins and get their food was not that good the soup really sucked I can make better clam chowder at home better quality and that's a shame the prices are too expensive for the product that you are getting I would pay that price for fresh not for frozen

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Reviewed September 15, 2015

I went to Fish in a Barrel for lunch several months ago and had what I thought was a cup of seafood soup. The lady who helped me heated the soup and it was served in a small bowl which was about half full. There were a couple of pieces of seafood (fish, shrimp) in the bowl along with the broth. Both were very tasty and I thought the quality of the food was good. However, when I went to pay my bill I was charged for a bowl of soup which with tax was over $9.00! When I questioned the charge, she told me I received a bowl (and not a cup) of soup. The amount of food received for the price paid was outrageous and I have not been back since. Although I can afford to pay prices like this, I refuse to do so out of principal. I am curious to see if Fish in a Barrel can make it in Stephen's City with the prices they are charging. I wish them luck.

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3  Thank Fred861
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Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Tried out the local business today. I am a huge fan of fresh seafood and was excited that we may have a good source of seafood in the valley. I asked if the soft crabs for the sandwich were still alive or were frozen. (Any good seafood place understands there is a difference) The lady scoffed and said "we don't carry anything alive"The cases had very few items. All were previously frozen. They advertised "live oysters". There was a bucket of oysters sitting on ice but they were all popped open slightly and clearly dead. Normal shops immediately throw them out because of the risk of sickness. Obviously she wasn't kidding about not having live seafood. I ordered the shrimp po boy figuring that the shrimp were frozen and would not make me sick. It came with slaw (appeared old and very soggy) there was nothing on the sandwich but the shrimp. No lettuce tomato or sauces. Just shrimp on a bun. My friend got the scallop plate. He was given slaw to eat first then his sad looking five scallops came out on a plate. Nothing else. Clearly no passion went into the meal or presentation. They appeared raw in the middle and crispy on the edges. My other friend had the crab cake. It was a crumbly joke. On the way out I noticed the tubs of crab meat all had bright white meat. After looking closer it was labeled as an imported product from over seas. $15 for shrimp on a bun a can of soda and soggy slaw. Save your money and get the fish sandwich at McDonald's it will be a better meal and is probably more fresh.

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Reviewed April 16, 2015

I have now tried to support a local business THREE times since they opened, and I keep getting the same old story. When I entered and looked at the "fresh" case, I was greeted by rather sketchy looking remnants of what was likely leftover from last week (this was Wednesday afternoon), and only about a meager 20 percent of the case displaying anything. The very confused elderly woman working there repeated what I had heard all three visits before over a period of a year.."My inventory is low,I have lot's in the freezer". Well, as I never buy frozen fish at a real fish market, I let her know that, and she only stated, again, what she repeated twice before: "We get it fresh, and we freeze it"...looking at their non commercial grade freezer, I am highly skeptical of the quality of anything frozen there, and as I never buy frozen fish (Even Wegmans Fish Department employees suggest never buying frozen white fish), I highly doubt the quality of anything sold there. The prices easily justify a drive to Wegmans in Leesburg, and that's exactly what I will do in the future!

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Reviewed April 8, 2015

I only tried the lobster bisque, but it was delicious, though a little pricey (around $9). The woman working was nice.

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1  Thank Josh H
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