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May 22, 2009 09:30 AM

Atlantic Fish Co. Officially Terrible

The place was never 5 star. But for me it used to be a safe downtown standby for a businessy dinner. A friend was staying at the Lenox and he suggested it so I said what the heck and restrained myself from suggesting a trek to someplace more worthy.

The "grilled" fish looked like it had been poached or pre-cooked then thrown on the grill for a second or two to get some grill marks. The sauteed spinach was flavorless. The corn pudding likewise. Every single entree looked limp. Noone said a darned thing about the food in our party of three mostly I think because it was so abysmal.

Last time I ate there a year or so ago it was heading toward the shark, it has officially jump it.

The waiter was nice, the service excellent, the food, just barely edible.

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  1. I know they're professionally run, with well-trained service and fresh juices behind the bar, but I am routinely underwhelmed by Back Bay Restaurant Group meals. I think Abe & Louie's is highly overrated even for the already-overrated luxury steakhouse category, dislike Bouchee, and rate the other outlets (Charley's, Joe's, Papa Razzi) right alongside national casual-dining chains. (I haven't tried the Coach Grill.)

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      You should try the Coach Grill. It is far and away my favorite of their establishments. That being said, it is nothing that will blow you away. Downtown quality in the burbs at prices slightly lower than downtown.

      1. re: Gordough

        I disagree that Coach Grill is downtown quality. In fact it's right in line with what you'd expect from a Back Bay Restaurant Group property: it might be a step above what you'd expect in the burbs, and not a ridiculous choice given the options in the immediate area, but downtown quality it ain't.

      2. re: MC Slim JB

        MC Slim JB,

        You hit the nail on the head. BBRG restaurants have always been mediocre. JC Hillaries was one of their original restaurants. It was terrible.

      3. Wow, I'm surprised. I've never had a bad meal there, but I will admit I haven't been there in a few years.

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        1. re: BackBayGirl

          i used to occasionally stop at Atlantic Fish for a decent gaspacho and caeser salad at lunch in the summer. gave that up when both simple items clearly lost quality. i think the BBRG is exactly what it is: a chain designed to make money and stay safely in the middle of the road. i don't think it pretends to be anything other than that and I don't go because I'd rather give my eating money to an individual than to a group concept.

          1. re: BackBayGirl

            And just to clarify...yes, I agree that it is mediocre, and when I did go a few years ago, I didn't ever have a *bad* experience. That's why I'm surprised to hear that it was terrible.