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Firefish Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
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25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459 (Formerly Gilbert's)
+1 831-423-5200
11:00 - 21:00
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91 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel recommended this place for dinner and we were very pleasantly surprised. Normally we would avoid dinner in such a touristy area but it was late and we were jetlagged from travel and we took the chance. The service was friendly. The view was awesome - we watched surfers as the sun went down. The food was the surprise.... More 

Thank Shelly S
Burbank, California
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here around 7pm and just before 8 saw firelights dancing at the lighthouse, very lovely sight. The firedancers dance on weekends in the spring with hoops of fire they throw. the fish here is great and very good service.

Thank Valerie H
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Valerie, Sounds like an awesome evening! So glad we were able to host it for you, firedancers and all! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fire fish is an elegant restaurant in an exquisite setting on the wharf adjacent to the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California. Enjoyed the beautiful view out the windows and the delicious food. I had salmon, spinach and mashed potatoes. They were wonderful. The service was good and the prices were reasonable for the decor, ambiance and quality of the food.

Thank Michael B
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Michael, Our fondest wish is that everyone who visits this page reads this fantastic review. Please come again soon, and thank you so much. More 

San Francisco, California
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The red snapper weeknight special with a small glass of weeknight wine discount was perfect on a rainy night watching the pelicans fish.

Thank joan0623
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Hollywood film crews have come here to shoot storms for movies. Storms are that beautiful to watch over the ocean looking out our windows. So happy you were able to experience that; with the delicious red snapper and glass of wine as a bonus. More 

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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice assortment of fish,scallop,shrimp with rice and vegetables. Very tasty and well served. The staff was very nice too. I would go back anytime!

Thank paul t
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Paul, Thank you for all your kind words. Please keep your promise of coming back "anytime". We would love that. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great place to grab a bite on the beautiful wharf. You can seat seats that overlook the water, but the restaurant has a great atmosphere besides that as well. Delicious seafood, friendly staff, would definitely recommend!

Thank Emma W
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Emma, Sounds like you had picture-postcard day with us and a wonderful meal to boot. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this really nice review. More 

Bakersfield, California
1 review
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We had the steak and prawns for dinner.it was the worst steak I ever had!it was bland,dry and over priced for the portions.Dont waste your time.will never eat there again.

Thank shoemake2022
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

We are doubly distressed to read this again after having read about your experience on Yelp. I can't stress enough that we would have gladly replaced your steak with another cooked to your total satisfaction. Sorry about that. More 

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99 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Dinner here and the boxes were all ticked. Good on all fronts, service, food and drinks. Sensibly priced for the location so no grumbles at all. Very nice

Thank Aitch222
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this very complimentary review. We hope to see you again very soon. More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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708 reviews
413 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

It's cold and wet outside, warm and nice inside. Restaurant not very full a Thursday night off season. We had a grab sandwich and Mahi Mahi. It was okay nothing more. Very friendly service.

Thank R_Sweden
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this. We appreciate the good things you have to say. We hope you'll be visiting us again. If so, you might want to try one of our $11.95 Locals Specials. They consistently get rave reviews, especially on the type of chilly night you describe in your review. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Pretty attentive wait staff, great Ahi appetizer, Salmon Croquette, and Firefish Rockefeller. My drink was weak, though, but not awful. Bread was rock hard.

Thank Julia M
Larry A, Management Team Member at Firefish Grill, responded to this review

Julia, We love it when we get the word "great" associated with our food. Thank you! Would have loved hearing about the bread and drink while you were here. We excel at fixing things when they're not just right. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459 (Formerly Gilbert's)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-5200
Add some fire to your next dining experience at the FireFish Grill, where we specialize in fresh seafood, steaks & homemade pasta dishes!

At FireFish Grill, our specialty is quality. We are committed to serving fresh, high quality ingredients everyday. We offer a variety of California-style cuisine. We feature a mesquite wood burning grill in our new exhibition kitchen. When it comes to refreshment, we offer a full bar, specialty drinks, and an impressive beer and wine list.

The heart and soul of our restaurant are the local residents of our community. We go to great measures to honor the bond with our locals by offering the most, delicious and affordable menu of specials for locals in all of Santa Cruz County.Our Locals Specials include some of the finest fresh seafood dishes imaginable, plus our awesome brined pork shop, and our signature Mile-High Meatloaf.

At FireFish Grill, not only will you taste delicious food, you'll also experience fabulous ocean views from every seat in the house.

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