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“Lot's of Potential”

The Fish Peddler on Foss Waterway
Ranked #18 of 746 Restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A waterfront seafood market & bistro.
Des Moines, Washington
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167 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Lot's of Potential”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

Nice location with patio for soaking up the sun (or rain depending on time of year). Pleasant, informal décor, friendly staff, a menu featuring several fresh seafood options and free parking! Mixed reviews on the seafood, some being very nicely prepared (salmon), and others not bad but unremarkable (shrimp tacos). With a little tweaking of menu items, presentation and preparation (bacon on a burger was visibly burned and should have been replaced) this place could rock. Server did not mention the option of selecting seafood from the attached market and prepare/cook it for you. If this is an option, what a great differentiator. All in all, not a bad choice with lots of potential. Bottom line, I would go there again but not necessarily go out of my way to get there ... yet.

  • Visited July 2014
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Puyallup
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great service we'll be back! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

It is such a treat when an entire staff is friendly and informed! We were out with our neighbors and he said check this place out. We had a pitcher of red sangria loaded with fruit. Fun summer drink! The restaurant is quaint and casual. They have a patio as well. It is also a fish / meat market. While they have a beautiful menu and specials all there own. You also have the option of selecting fresh seafood from the market and they will prep and cook it for you for a small clean/cook fee. Fresh! We can't wait to go back and do that. They also sell an assortment of Johnny 's seasonings, marinade and bread coating mixes by the door. We were served our drinks and had an enjoyable time and had no idea they'd been closed for 45 minutes. Talk about a professional welcoming staff!

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Olympia, Washington
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487 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Salmon was very nice.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

There are a lot of seafood restaurants in the Seattle Tacoma area and this is one of the nicer ones.

Visited August 2013
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Poulsbo, Washington
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Brand new Johnny's!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Incredible transformation from just a smelly fish market to a top notch waterfront bar and restaurant! Best fish and chips I've ever had...not greasy, not Smothered with batter, just a nice crispy crust to enhance the fresh fish blanketed within. So Yum! Oysters on the half shell, FRESH, and So tasty! Awesome service to boot, along with the harbor view...pretty amazing. Great job Johnny, we will definitely be back. So happy to have you as a neighbor!

  • Visited July 2014
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Tacoma, Washington, USA
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95 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fun waterfront casual dining”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Good food, excellent service and fun atmosphere. What more can you ask for? It's an interesting mix of
Waterfront bistro, seafood market and counter lunch!
The dinner menu, while fairly limited, offers a good selection of seafood, shellfish and beef. Quality was very good and prices are reasonable. Try the Clams!

Visited June 2014
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