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King's Fish House

nolanani Feb 22, 2008 05:41 PM

I am invited to dinner at King's Fish House for a "work related" evening. Anyone care to review---dressy or casual? How is the food??

  1. OCEllen Feb 22, 2008 05:51 PM

    Casual. Food fairly good, actually, though it is part of a 'group' - I used to go often to the Orange location and the oysters were fresh. I think of it as a summer early dinner sort of place and have only spent time in the patio dining area so I suspect it might be noisey inside this time of year.

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    1. re: OCEllen
      OCEllen Feb 22, 2008 05:57 PM

      Meant to include link!

      http://www.kingsfishhouse.com/

      1. re: OCEllen
        nolanani Feb 22, 2008 06:10 PM

        Thank you. We are going to the Orange location before a concert. I went to the website and it does look pretty casual. I have to admit that I have never had oysters and will probably not be ordering them since I will be dining with two people that I have never met. But I have always wanted to try them so maybe if they order some I will give it a shot. Do you chew or swallow?

        1. re: nolanani
          OCEllen Feb 22, 2008 07:20 PM

          Chew! How else can one taste them? Try an appetizer order of fried if raw might not appeal, share with the table.
          Most things there have seemed to be fresh if not absolutely stellar.

      2. notmartha Feb 22, 2008 07:13 PM

        I thought the food is decent, not great, but certainly better than other seafood chains like Red Lobster, Joe's Crabshack, etc.

        Try the kumamoto oysters if they have it. It's a bit milder and less briny if you are not used to the taste. Although most folks cover their oysters up with tons of cocktail sauce (sacrilege for me).

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          gsw Feb 22, 2008 07:24 PM

          I went to the one in Calabasas twice, and it was fine. Obviously part of a chain, but the food was fresh. I like raw oysters,and they were good, and the price was more reasonable than some places. They had a realy nice shrimp cocktail with large, fresh shrimp. The servers were nice, too. I'd stick to simple things, but over all its good, in a kind of corporate suburban setting.

          1. creamfinger Feb 23, 2008 02:20 AM

            The grilled artichoke they serve as appetizer is absolutely addictive.

            1. ChinoWayne Feb 23, 2008 10:20 AM

              Casual, decent seafood. I like the fact that hey have sushi which you can order by the piece or as a platter.

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                nolanani Feb 23, 2008 11:10 AM

                Thanks to everyone for your input. I will let you know how it goes. I am actually hoping someone orders the oysters.

                1. re: nolanani
                  nolanani Feb 24, 2008 03:51 PM

                  Place was packed but service was great. Macadamia crusted halibut with orange ginger sauce was delish as were the mashed potatoes and veg. Make sure you make reservations!

                  1. re: nolanani
                    creamfinger Feb 24, 2008 09:53 PM

                    Absolutley, YES! The macadamia crusted halibut with orange ginger sauce is excellent.

                    Just make sure to ask if they're serving it using fillets or steaks. They usually make it using halibut fillets, but the last time I was there I was served a halibut steak. The waiter explained that the steaks are what they use when they can't get the fillets from their supplier. Unlike the fillet, the halibut steak was very oily and fishy tasting, and totally usuited to the macadamia crust.

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                omakase Feb 24, 2008 04:23 PM

                The last time I went to the Calabasas location, they were serviing some pretty good sushi.

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                  Bite Me Feb 24, 2008 06:53 PM

                  It's casual, but because it's work related, I'd go casual chic. As to the food, it's decent, not great.

                  1. Emme Feb 24, 2008 10:01 PM

                    the food is reliable and easily ordered very healthfully... i go there when i'm being "good" - blackened fish, some steamed veggies, a salad. mom likes the crab cakes there too.

                    people go in jeans, but as suggested by others, it is ultimately how *your* party dresses that dictates what you need wear... ask around :)

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                      Food Boy Mar 1, 2008 04:34 PM

                      King's is great, I always stop in Laguna Hills when in the area. Try eating in the bar, it's a fun scene and the music is great.

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                        EclecticEater Mar 1, 2008 09:14 PM

                        Kings has very fine oysters, raw, an extensive selection of fish of all types, and they know how to cook it better than most restaurants. I hadn't eaten sand dabs in years and they had them, cooked to perfection. Even their bread is like SF sourdough. Drinks and beers are good. Pricing is a bit high but worth the freshness, the expertise involving knowing how to cook fish, and the generally good service. All in all an unpretensious good place for fish, not easy to find in the greater L.A. or O.C. area.

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