Fish by Jose Andres - MGM National Harbor
Food and service was excellent. It was very loud which made it difficult to hear the person across from the round table for 6. Would go back again and recommend it to a friend.
First I would to say that I love Jose’ Andres’ restaurants, my favorite being Oyamel. Anyway, this was my sister’s and friends’ first time at Fish. However, the food was not as scrumptious as Jose’s other restaurants. I don’t usually take the time to write reviews; however, I thought it necessary to write one for the food experience that we encountered this past Saturday before attending a Kem concert. The ambience at Fish was fantastic and our server Cha Cha (sp?) was fabulous. Most of our food came out cold. I sent my shrimp and grits dish back, they put it under the warmer for a few minutes, and bought the dish back to me a littler warmer (room temperature) than it at was before, so I just asked for a container and took it home. I also want to say how wonderful the mushrooms tasted; they were out of this world delicious. My girlfriend ordered the lobster roll sandwich with well-done fries, which the fries also came out room temperature; however, she said the lobster roll was good. My other girlfriend’s broccoli dish had to be sent back twice and she finally gave up because it came out twice cold; however, her squash soup was good. My sister had the salmon steak (it was a little soft for her), so she returned it to get it cooked well done. Benjamin tried and succeeded to bring the salmon steak back to her the way she wanted it; he was great and pleasant. After we had so many problems with the food coming out room temperature, we asked to see the manager. Ernest stopped by with excuse after excuse and said that the kitchen was short staff. He even offered to bring the salt and pepper shakers for the fries that finally came back out to us hot; but unseasoned. We said no thank you. He did, however, remove the cost of the three desserts we ordered (whoop-de-do). We did ask Ernest if Jose’ was there and he said no. Again, the service by Cha Cha (sp?) was impeccable and Benjamin was also a gem, but the food – not the caliber that I am use to at Jose’ restaurants.
2nd time we’ve been to the restaurant. The best food item we had was the filet (steak at a seafood restaurant?). The rockfish was bland and the German potato salad was an absolute joke. I could have made better grilled fish at home. The shrimp cocktail was overwhelming with citrus and Worcestershire sauce. The fried squid was small and very pedestrian. The service was slow and awkward. The server was not accommodating and didn’t anticipate our needs. Drinks were left empty and dirty plates sat in front of us for longer than necessary. The woman who refilled our waters was kind and anticipated our needs better than the server. I will not come back after this second try. The first visit was just as bad.
First time experience was great. Had a 5 course dinner with wine pairing for 2. We both enjoyed the experience, food, wine & excellent customer service. Will recommend & return.
Great food as always with a Jose Andrea restaurant. But the music was too loud to have a conversation. Service was uneven.
Terrible service. Understaffed. Management lacking.
the food and the presentation was outstanding. We had the tasting menu and it was amazing.
Great food. Tasting menu is definitely worth it.
I wished we could say closer with 12 ppl. I know we had 2 separate reservations but we told them in advance and they did their best but seemed to lack communication.
We got the tasting menu with paired wines and the food was outstanding! Lots of it too. It was noisy and very crowded and had to wait for our reservation for about 20 minutes.
We had an early reservation due to a show. The staff seated us quickly and were attentive throughout the evening. One diner had shrimp and grits and really enjoyed it. His wife had the grouper and said it was good. A third had the lobster roll with the response of “it was good”. My husband and I shared the snapper - it smelled a little fishy when it came to the table but not in a “that’s no good - take it away” kind of way. It was just ok. The most enjoyed app of the evening was the oysters. Wine list had something for everyone and two of our diners really enjoyed the cocktails.
The first time we were there the experience was quite lovely, however during our second excursion we were met with the perfect storm of hungry people and not enough seats even though we had reservations. We had to wait 45 mins to even have the opportunity to be seated. Unfortunately we grew impatient and left.
Reviews had me worried, but the food was all good to very good and service was attentive and pleasant
Horrible service. We had a reservation for two for our anniversary at 7:30 and were not seated until almost 8:30. No one apologized. Host staff kept saying they were cleaning our table. Ridiculous. Waiter was also unfriendly. Food was ok but not worth the price. Will not be going back.
Waited 45 minutes when we had a reservation. They did give us a free dessert
The level of service did not match the level of food. The food was outstanding. Very noisy restaurant.
We only ordered drinks and appetizers. The drinks were yummy. The oysters were fresh and briny. I wish the location was on the menu. I just know our waiter Chris said they were from the New England region. I also tried the raw sea urchin which has been on the bucket list forever! It's was a tiny but delightful bite. I am excited to go back for a complete meal. I love the décor and open kitchen. It's definitely more on the pricey side so be ready to splurge. A great meal is so worth it.
My wife and I had not been to the MGM Grand so I bought a Groupon for the tasting menu with wine pairings at Fish. Having dined at other of chef Jose Andres's restaurants, our expectations were high. For the most part, the food lived up to his reputation but the service and general atmosphere left us unfulfilled. The restaurant is in the casino / hotel complex and so it has that glitzy Las Vegas feel to it. That could be good or bad depending on your point of view. I was impressed with the decor but it was very modern and my wife was not so impressed as she prefers a fancier, more formal look when dining at an expensive restaurant. There were no tablecloths here which turned her off.
Though we had a reservation, we had to wait about five minutes for our table. I wasn't put off until the walked us in and I noticed there were many empty tables. We began with a cocktail which was not included in the Groupon deal. We both enjoyed the drinks and were impressed when the appetizers came right out. Unfortunately, the first wine was served before we had finished our cocktails so that made for a hurry up on finishing what was a very good drink. The server explained where the wine originated and how it was meant to complement the food. The smoked oyster and the crab appetizers were great. The octopus we had for the second course was tough and not very flavorful. The second wine showed up in the middle of the course with no explanation of what it was. The macaroni and cheese course disappointed both of us as it had no seafood in it and tasted like what you would get at Denny's. We had to ask the server to bring the next wine pairing which was again a mystery wine. The roasted trout was divine. The dessert was pretty average and uninspiring. The sweet wine served with it was a moscato but again, we weren't told anything about it.
This was a satisfying meal and we left full, but could have been so much more. An explanation of the wine pairings would have been nice.
Service was good. Food was mostly bland and over buttered
I paid alot of money for hubby and I to do the tasting $75 per person and $44 per person for wine tasting and the food was horrible. The shrimp was over cooked, the calamari was rubbery, the chef is butter happy...most of the food taste like a stick butter. I left feeling hungry for good food and angry that I have this pay this spot. I told the manager Angelo how my experience was and he asked me well how was the wine and never addressed the food. I feel robbed and violated without vaseline.
The restaurant itself is beautiful! We were warmly greeted as soon as we walked in. It wasn't very busy, yet it took a while for anyone to come to the table to take our drink/food order. The steaks were over cooked...BUT the conch fritters and whole lobster were amazing as well as the lobster roll. The waiters were polite...service was just slow. I would come back and give it another chance.
For over $100, we expected better food, especially for a pre fixed tasting. It was not good at all, everything has so much butter it's a clogged artery in the making. The wine was good, it just didn't pair well with the food that was much less than decent. I generally don't write reviews, but this is my 2nd in a week, and it's not because I'm expecting too much, I'm just not about to allow my dinner experiences trend in the wrong direction.
I’d read the reviews and was prepared for bad service but it was worse than expected. Poor service, tastes were off, wine pairing was a disaster. Save your money and go to any other José Andres restaurant. I love Chef and all the great work he does so am loathe to write up a poor review but this is an embarrassment to his restaurant group.
We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. A fun experience with each course better than the next. Some.wine pairings were not intuitive but worked very well. We would do this again.
Fantastic food and great service.
The five course tasting meal with wine pairing was fantastic -each course had more than one taste and by the delicious dessert we had covered the gamut of seafood in various forms - crab, shrimp, oyster, clam, octopus, and a beautifully cooked piece of salmon. Not to be outdone was a great vermicelli mac and cheese and roasted brocollini.
Good food on tasting menu
I have dined at this restaurant several times by and large, I like the food and service.
However, there are a couple of things that the restaurant could improve. I ordered the salmon steak which was delicious but I had to pull bones out of the meat and the seasoning on the fish was entirely too salty. Some dishes that I have ordered, including the crab cakes were too small for the price. The tossed garden salad is a good buy and it is about the right size. The restaurant should also provide additional cheese rolls for free when customers request them. Bread is provided at the Osteria Costa for free and all other MGM National Harbor restaurants should do the same.
Outstanding food and gracious service are but the beginning. They know how to take you on a journey. This is next-level gourmet dining that lets the freshest ingredients take center stage.
Five of us went for a birthday dinner. We all had the Jose's Way tasting menu which was excellent. Not only did we get to try about 14 different items (we lost count), but the family-style presentation encouraged conversation and discussion of the experience. Not a single phone was checked during this engaging event, and our server"ChaCha" made sure that everything was as we wanted all during the meal.
Our server did not seem to know much about the dishes, but the food was amazing, the tasting menu was plentiful (seemed much more than "5 courses") and the sommelier was personable and very knowledgeable. It was the perfect date night for my husband and me!
This was our first experience visiting a restaurant at the MGM and unfortunately it will be our last. We visit the MGM quite frequently for shows and decided to eat at the MGM instead of the Harbor and our experience was quite regrettable. Our meals were served about 40 minutes after ordering and we watched couples who were seated after us complete their meals while we were still waiting on ours. Our steak and salmon were both dry, the biscuits were rather tasteless and the boardwalk fries taste like they were from UNDER the boardwalk. The waiter never shared any specials our recommendations for the evening. Fish is WAY overpriced for the quality of food served and the service offered. I’m glad we were able to enjoy the Isley Brothers & WAR....but FISH was a horrible way to start our evening.
No one really explained the tasting menu items unless we asked.
We had a great dinner at Fish. We tried the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings .... great! Terrific service, fabulous location with sunset views. Will be back!
I was so disappointed at my experience at this highly anticipated restaurant visit. I love seafood and I knew the reputation of this chef to be high and I was excited about the experience. I was devastated by the rudeness of the waiter and embarrassed at the quality in the restaurant.
The waiter didn’t tell us about any specials, didn’t recommend anything and was unhelpful to us in general. When asked about a substitution the waiter just said no and offered no other options. My dinner companion and I were shocked. The waiter even said the entrees are very small, you may want to order two. At $40 an entree I was shocked by that comment.
He never asked if we were ok throughout the meal or if we wanted drinks or deserts. Never checked on whether food was prepared right or if we needed condiments. He had zero personality and quite frankly added zero value to the meal.
Then the wait staff, someone different brought us biscuits and one on the plate was completely black. I was like what is that? And I’m companion said a burnt biscuit. And this is a five star restaurant. I asked twice for ice water and never got ice and had to ask twice for lemons. Putting it mildly, even though the main course food was good, by that point our experience had been ruined. Do not recommend this restaurant to anyone!
I highly recommend the tasting menu. It's little bites of a wide variety of items from the menu. Absolutely delicious!
Fish really needs to invest in training their existing and or hiring new bartenders. The drinks were absolutely horrible. We ordered a French 75 which the ratio of lemon to champagne was off terribly. So we tried a Paloma Masquerade which is on their drink menu, and it was horrible as well. The food was average at best. We ordered, conch fritters, St Michaels Crab and Endive salad, The Imperial Maryland Oysters and Seared Scallops. The only thing that was pleasing was the Imperial Maryland Oysters. There are too many restaurants in the area, that serve much better tasting and cheaper dishes. I will never suggest for anyone to go to this restaurant and I wouldn't go back.
Food was excellent. Portions could be enhanced. Service was slow probably due to Saturday night crowd.
Although very pricey but Food was Authentic...Celebrated my Birthday .
Outstanding service and food, The shrimp and grits were great but not a lot of taste for the rockfish. Got a love the biscuits and hush puppies, overall an outstanding dinner. I would definitely recommend it and return for another meal.