fish!

Restaurants, Seafood South Bank
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fish!
Venue says Proud winners at The National Fish and Chip Awards 2017!

A fish specialist in a glass pavilion overlooking Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market. It's been going since 1999, so it must be doing something right. 

The menu goes from beer-battered fish and chips, grilled/steamed sardines, mackerel, tuna steak, swordfish and sea bream to Thai fish cakes with sweet chilli sauce, smoked haddock rarebit, moules mariniere and grilled lobster with chips and garlic butter. Seafood not your thing? There's bruschetta (without anchovies), chicken liver parfait, steaks and a veggie dish of the day, too.

A couple of cocktails are available, alongside a wine list with an understandable focus on whites. 

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fish! says
Established in 1999, fish! was the first restaurant of its kind in London. Our concept is simple: we provide our customers with the best quality fish, cooked in front of you, in simple and classic ways. Since then our focus has never changed, quality and responsible sourcing is still our main priority.

Our central location in Borough Market means that London’s best produce is right on our doorstep. We source most of our produce from Borough Market and Bermondsey, and our fish is delivered daily from our very own fishmonger, Jarvis. Our menu ranges from traditional fish and chips and whole grilled lobster, to seared tuna or ceviche – with every fish you can think of in between! Look out for our weekly set menu, extensive gin list and brunch, too.

With 360-degree views of the market, Southwark Cathedral and The Shard, enjoy lunch or dinner on our comfy banquette and soak up the atmosphere of our beautiful open kitchen.
If you want to be in the thick of the action, our dining counter is the perfect spot for a quick bite or Champagne and oysters with friends. Watch the chefs at work at our beautiful marble and mirrored bar. Our heated terrace is open all year round too and is available for private hire.

If you need a fish fix on the run, you can grab your fish and chips next door at fish! Kitchen take-out. Beer battered fish is our speciality along with a choice of other chip shop favourites and daily specials, perfect for walking along the River Thames on South Bank.
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Venue name: fish!
Contact:
Address: Cathedral Street
London
SE1 9AL
Cross street: Borough Market
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-11pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9.95-£26.95.
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Robert O
2 of 2 found helpful

Just been refurbished and we were lucky to get in on the opening night. Service was excellent. The food was good. The seafood salad was especially good. The atmosphere was also good.

Jessica C
1 of 1 found helpful

lovely fresh fish in a modern setting, perfect for escaping the borough market hustle and bustle yet still feeling amongst it

David H
1 of 1 found helpful

Great location, great ambience, great service, great food, great wine and THE best sticky toffee pudding that you'll ever eat (in my opinion) !

Borough B
1 of 1 found helpful

Heard good things about fish! from friends that live in the area, they mentioned it has had a refurb recently so we thought we'd try it out as we were looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Borough market. It was busy on a Saturday afternoon but the staff were very helpful and found us a table after a few minutes as we didn't have a booking. Food was very good, all of the fish we ordered was very fresh and we couldn't fault it. The Turbot and wild mushroom special that I had was superb and the fish and chips looked equally good. Service was also very good, swift without feeling rushed, just what we needed for a casual lunch. Would highly recommend when in the area.

Edward W
1 of 1 found helpful

Lovely meal, enjoyed the atmosphere and the quality of the food. Go if you expect a restaurant, avoid if you want a "chippy".

Lisa Peake
1 of 1 found helpful
Tastemaker

I've just read the reviews and was surprised they were so low. I've eaten here a few times and have always been satisfied - this evening was no exception. The food isn't perfect but at London pub prices you don't expect it to be. It was filling, well cooked and tasty. The service was impeccable and extremely friendly. Maybe they've stepped up their game since the last reviews. If you want a genuine English fish and chip experience go to a grotty part of town and get them wrapped up in newspaper. This is a nice restaurant with decent food, happy service and a great location. You could definitely do a lot worse so I’d recommend it.

Dave
1 of 1 found helpful

Very very very poor. I'm a Londoner on a London fish and chip experience, trying to find the best London fish and chip shops, and this restaurant was such a disappointment it's an embarrassment to our city. It is clearly trading off its fantastic location - most of its custom has to be through tourism as I cannot ever imagine a local choosing to return to dine here considering such disgraceful prices and poor quality of food. There should be a special London tourist board office instructed to check on these kinds of places as this restaurant is clearly set up, in such a wonderfully historic and popular part of London, to shamelessly fleece one-time tourist visitors. Disgraceful and outrageous; it makes me so angry as a proud Londoner. I cannot stress enough how much of a rip-off this place is - how on earth can they charge more to eat-in for fish and chips than The Ivy (where I often dine - I have no issue whatsoever paying high prices for GOOD food). They are charging more for standard fish and chips than one of London's most famous restaurants yet have the audacity to then serve up a plate so pathetic my local chippie would be embarrassed to produce (and he charges just £5 for his fish & chip lunchtime and OAP special) Avoid like the plague and please spread the word.

Lise M
tastemaker

Recently visited Fish! for a family dinner on a Friday night. The venue is quite big and surrounded by window glasses so you can enjoy the market's architecture and busy life. Obviously, their menu is  mainly based on seafood but you can find some alternative for vegetarian and meat eaters. It's so pity not too taste their fishes though! They're amazingly fresh and tasty. 

Our friendly waiter from Marseille was very attentive and gave us some good recommendations. We ordered to cod fish and chips, grilled scallops and black pudding with red wine fish gravy and ribeye steak. Everything was very well cooked and generously portioned that we had not space for desserts. Highly recommend it if you're a fish lover - and it's a good address to keep in mind when your in Borough Market/London Bridge area. 

Eloise
tastemaker

Wondering around Borough Market last Friday night having not booked a table anywhere and looking for somewhere to eat I happened across Fish with a friend and were seated straight away. The staff were incredible friendly and instantly offered to take our coats, a big win with me. Right in the heart of the market they serve high quality fish and definitely don’t hold back on the portion sizes – If you order the fish pie prepare to be amazed! The décor is simple but the venue is really big and there is such a relaxed atmosphere. If you a fan of the fish, I’d highly recommend. 

Ariful I

Amazing environment ... Delicious and unique food ... Excellent customer service .

Dee
Tastemaker

Lovely fish restaurant where you can take a break from all the hustle and bustle of Borough Market and enjoy fresh fish dishes from their menu of vast varieties. We sampled the ceviche, the fish and chips , the tuna sandwich and oysters and they were all fresh and tasty.

pompey steve

went yesterday, food really nice but the prices are well steep, drink menu a complete and utter rip off, Loch Fyne far better value

John

Ok service, ok food, hence pretty poor value for money. Given its location and the fresh fish ths could be a great restaurant but it is decidedly average at best

Peter

So so service combined with ludicrously overpriced fish resulted in very poor value.

Boroughfoodie

Terrible service, been twice and dreadful, slow, inattentive service each time. We complained to the manager at the end when we refused to pay the incredibly cheeky 12.5% service charge and he just shrugged his shoulders and barely even apologised. Aside from the bad service the food is below average, bland and uninspiring. Restaurants around in borough market charge the same prices for great food. Don't go there, it's a total waste of money and incredibly annoying experience.

Phill

Well lots of good news in advance, but to be honest food ok, service dreadful, forgot to tell us some of the things on the menu were out of stock, then forgot to note down all the main courses hence everyone else got served & 10 mins later finally admitted forgot to write it down so hence had to have a quick option as everyone else on with the meal. Unfortunately restaurant manager not interested. 12.5% service charge - hmm well!! I have eaten in many top restaurants, but never so badly organised.