With the name Fish (formerly known as Coral Seafood), one would expect the menu to be leaning heavily towards exactly that, fish. But this is not the case. Patrons will find the same variety of seafood selection here as in other seafood restaurants.
That being noted, the lunch and dinner menus do offer palette-intriguing medleys of fresh seafood for indecisive guests, such as the mix grill (swordfish, shrimp and salmon) and fried seafood platter (haddock, whole clams, shrimp and scallops). The shrimp, scallop and mussels scampi dish blends butter garlic, olive oil, diced tomatoes and spinach with the seafood over a bed of fresh pappardelle pasta ($14 lunch; $23 dinner).
The new interior of Fish slants toward an urban chic design with predominantly black, reds and beige colors and an open kitchen. The decor helps set the tone for a more casual, less stuffy atmosphere than some upscale dining establishments. However, the owners might have taken urban chic one-step too far with the light fixtures that resemble octopus tentacles.
A highlight for Fish is that on pleasant days, the staff opens doors to expose the bar seating to the great outdoors, providing restaurant goers the relaxed feeling of dining at a sidewalk cafe (but with air conditioner). And of the six beers on tap, the restaurant offers the hard to find local brew Wachusett Pale Ale, along with offering a well-rounded wine menu.
Although the dinner menu is much more extensive than the lunch menu (offering surf and turf and oyster bar, among other dishes, at night), many of the classic seafood dishes are served both at lunch and dinner. But the main courses on the lunch menu are nearly 50 percent cheaper than the same dinner options (noting a difference in portion size).
A recommendation is to first sample the restaurant's cuisine over a leisure lunch where patrons receive the experience and quality of food of a more upscale restaurant but without the high-end prices. (Hint: This is a great spot to wine and dine that special someone over a romantic lunch without burning a large hole in the wallet.) Check out their menu online before you go.