Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Brooklyn Fish Camp
162 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.677895 -73.979591
Mon-Thurs noon-3 pm, 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat noon-3 pm, 5-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
Great & Overpriced – i went with my wifeon a friday evening , i had a oyster po boy which was delicious and my wife had the soft shell crab, which she loved. we had 2 diet cokes with the meal that they charged us $8 for. i was shocked. $8 for 2 diet cokes.. never again will i go back..
Tasty, Overpriced, Food Cost trickery – I've been a few times, and in terms of taste, I have not had a bad meal. With that sad, it is overpriced. They use classic restaurant food cost trickery - the dish you receive is VERY light on the protein, and VERY heavy on the accompanying side dish. You'll get a small piece of fish, and a PILE of frieds, or salad, or veggie to have the appearance of a big meal. When in reality, you are paying a lot of money for VERY little fish. I've worked in restaurants for years which is how I know this. There is no other fish place in the neighborhood, and it is tasty, but be prepared to overpay.
Go, but stay indoors. – My wife and I went on a cool summer night, and enjoyed the backyard space. That is, until four legged vermin showed up. After the third appearance we moved indoors (along with a few other diners) and enjoyed the rest of the meal there. A free round would have been nice, but they only took one beer off of the tab.
Like the other reviewers, this place can be expensive. $33 for a lobster roll slightly longer than a hot dog bun just won't cut it. The rest of the meal was good, though (good steamers, salty grilled sardines), and the hot fudge sundae was the best I've had in a while.
We will be returning, but will stay away from any "market price" entree, and will stay indoors.
Overpriced and not tasty – The food here was mediocre at best. It was totally overpriced- fish and chips was about $15.... There are so many other great places to go to eat and drink..... this place is not worth it...
Outrageous Prices – Ordering something on the menu at market price is like playing Russian Roulette -- I thought the rule of Market Price is that it should not be a dollar or two more than the highest price entree. When we got the bill and saw we were charged $33 each for our lobster rolls we were outraged! The restaurant is extremely casual and doesn't even have table cloths!!! The food was good, but we felt taken. We won't be returning.
low quality high prices – The service has deteriorated at Brooklyn Fish Camp while prices have gone up and the quality of the food has also gone down. I recently ordered $23 Lump Crab Meat crab cakes. I was given little brown cakes which were 75% filling and way to much cayenne. Our appetizers came almost 10 minutes apart too. My whole fish was quite small and we actually left hungry after spending almost $100 on a meal.
Fabulous food - if the front of house staff don't put you off – We live nearby BFC. It's a little out of our price range for dining there except on special occasions, but we've eaten there 6 times in the last 2 years. Each time we've been, the front of house staff (not the waiters - they're fantastic - but the people who greet and seat you) has been so hideous to us that were it not for the exceptional fish dishes I would never return. As BFC doesn't take reservations you almost always have to wait by the bar - and be abused by the front of house staff until you are seated, which can be over an hour later!
The frizzy retro girl (with winged/ Dame Edna glasses) will yell at you if you try to order a drink. I was almost amused by the fact that she was turning away customers at 9pm on a Friday night because she "had a BBQ to go to" that night - WTF?? I'd be horrified if my staff were turning away customers so early and so rudely!
There's another girl who I can't describe, she is about 5'6" with brown hair, who eavesdrops on your conversation and chimes in - except she only hears the last part of what you said, so her uninvited opinions are often out of context and nothing to do with what you're *really* talking about. I'm a friendly person, so I wouldn't mind had she not been so nasty and gotten so personal. Again, I'd be super upset if that were my employee.
Considering you will spend at least $60 a head, I expect better service. So, if you're walking by and thinking about dining, you might want to see who's going to be seating you first...
Not as good as the first time. – I've gone to Brooklyn Fish Camp twice. Once about a year ago and then again last night. A year ago, I would have given it five stars. Last night, brings it down to three. The staff there was very friendly and attentive, but the meal itself wasn't doing the trick. The lobster roll I ordered had big chunks of lobster, but a bit too heavy with the mayo which somewhat negated the lobster's taste - not something you want to do if you're springing for lobster! Overall, give it a shot, you might like it. It is a little pricey, but if you get my first experience, well worth it . . . last night's experience would be disappointing.
Don't go with a larger group than 4! – I went here for a family birthday dinner. Five of us walked in at approximately 6:20 on a Thursday evening. The hostess said "Wow that's a large group, unless you aren't together", to which I replied "no we are, and there will be one more, so a table for six please." At first we were a little taken aback, as this seemed to present a problem, although the restaurant looked fairly empty, but they hastily put the table together for us.
The menu is fairly simple without much descriptions. There was no tap beer that evening, which was a disappointment. Not much of a selection of bottled beer either, we went with Brahma. The appetizers we ordered were served quickly - an order of fried oysters and clams were delicious but a tiny portion (maybe 3 of each). The lobster knuckles (special of the day) were ok, but pretty tasteless. I believe there were 2 shrimp in the "salt encrusted shrimp" appetizer. After we ate our appetizers (which took all of 8 minutes) we ordered another round of Brahma's - and tried to stall a little as we waited for our sixth dinner member. The waitress appeared and asked us if we wanted to go ahead and order. We replied that we would like to wait 5 more minutes if that was okay. She replied "well it would be more convenient for us if you ordered now, since you are a larger party, and it might get crowded." We called the other person who was very close by, and she told us to order for her, so we did. The food arrived in about 15 minutes. I had the Thai style Fried Sea Bass...which was very good. Everyone seemed generally happy with their food, except my brother who had the grilled Mahi Mahi, seemingly drenched in Grapfruit Juice! I heard the lobster roll was excellent. They seemed to continue to rush us along, taking plates without asking if we were done (my sister still had her fork in hand). All in all the food was good - a little on the expensive side, but fresh. Service not the friendliest to our "large party"! Probably would not go back here.
One of the best, if not the best, seafood restaurant in the slope – I had the New Zealand Cockles and the Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, plus the French fries. All were outstanding. The Cockles are cooked in butter, white wine, and garlic slices, garnished with white beans. Just terrific. Well worth the $12 tab. The jumbo crabcakes were like no other crab cake that I had. Filled with large chunks of real crab, made to perfection. Fabulous! Two large round cakes. Alas, the $22 price is overpriced. They should be $15, top. The French fries are sliced into matchsticks and wonderfully spiced. Not sure how much I paid, but it was worth it. Large, tasty portion. One of the best FF I've ever had. All in all, this is an excellent restaurant, a bit pricey though.
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