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Jan 11, 2012 11:27 AM

Fresh Seafood?

I have tried a few seafood restaurants but I haven't found a good one. Any recommendations?

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  1. Which places have you tried?

    1. I have been underwhelmed by several "seafood restaurants" in the Phoenix area, but, and with that said, have had had good seafood at some "general" restaurants, such as Cowboy Ciao, NOCA, and others.

      What are you looking for, regarding "seafood."

      Good luck,


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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        I have had some very good seafood at Roy's, though it is predominately "Island," read, Hawai`ian.


      2. had a pleasant evening, but a mostly vile meal, at Mastro's Ocean Club at Kierland tonight. Stylish digs, but I hope this is not the best seafood in town. WOrst dish was seared tuna tataki was a soggy mess, totally destroyed any integrity the fish might have had. Sad waste of what might have been sushi-grade tuna, but hard to tell. Spicy mambo salad is a misconceived variation on Caesar; two of us ordered it, both plates went back less than half-eaten, and no, staff did not ask if there was something wrong....commercial pre-chopped romaine in a nasty, pasty dressing with wasabi powder (not real wasabi, just stale old powder) mixed in. The lobster tails and
        seafood tower selections are all frozen except the oysters, andthe highlights of the meal were the roasted brussels sprouts...quite tasty albeit rich...the warm butter cake. ..and my husband's filet mignon, perfectly done and a good piece of meat. Large and very good coffees, but overall pricey for a bad meal.

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        1. re: KAYLO

          The brussel sprouts there are pretty awesome, last time i was there we tried to decide if we liked the ribeye or the brussel sprouts more, we decided the brussel sprouts were the winner

          Never had the tuna tataki there or a salad - usually stick with meat / seafood tower / lobster mashed potatoes / brussel sprouts

          Based on the price not sure if we will be in a hurry to go back anytime soon though

          I havent been (but mean to go soon) to Shinbay, i think for the OP if they are looking for fresh seafood that might be the place to go as i believe they fly in their seafood daily

          1. re: KAYLO

            That has been our experience on three occasions, though some time in the past.

            Lovely venue, and gets a ton of love on this board, but unless I could not get out of the invitation, would never dine there again.

            Same for a few other "sacred cows" around these parts. After 3-5 attempts, that is the end - unless I cannot duck out.


            PS - I have had similar experiences at "favorite restaurants" on other boards. I just do not get it.

          2. I have tried RA, the salt cellar, ocean's club, red lobster, pearl, and I forget the name of it but the seadfood place at The W hotel. I'm originally from Washington State and could get seafood fresh off the docks.I know I can't get that here but I was hoping for something close! Thanks for everyone's input.

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            1. re: cooleyak

              A danieli10 states below, we don't really have seafood specific restaurants.

              For sushi, Hana is my go-to place (and one of the very few places I'll eat sushi at in Phx). It's a BYOB establishment.
              For Mexican seafood, I like Playa de Hermosa, although there are a handful of other acceptable Mexican seafood restaurants on 16th street in it's vicinity.
              For Chinese seafood, I go to Great Wall. They have live seafood tanks and food quality is comparable to many Chinatown restaurants on the west coast.
              Pappadeaux is a cajun chain restaurant, but is seafood centric. Very consistent and good food.

              Hana Japanese Eatery
              5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

              Great Wall Cuisine
              3446 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017

              Mariscos Playa Hermosa
              1605 E Garfield St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

              Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
              11501 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85029

              1. re: fledflew

                I'm a huge fan of Hana too. Just had another great meal there over the weekend. Ankimo, scallops, aji/mackerel with the crispy bones, uni shooters with quail egg, ponzu, and caviar, walu, wild salmon, seabass, blue snapper, and ahi sashimi, and a delicious special of Gyuniku tempura - marinated thin-sliced ribeye rolled around daikon and red cabbage in a tempura batter with ginger, scallions, garlic chips, and tataki sauce.

                Hana Japanese Eatery
                5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                1. re: Rubee

                  Nice photos! If I lived closer, this would be my spot. I'm a Hiro Sushi guy.

                  1. re: danieli10

                    There are other sushi places I want to get to, especially Hiro, and I can't wait to try Shinbay, but it's so hard to tear ourselves away from Hana. I especially love the family that owns and runs it.

                    1. re: Rubee

                      You have hooked me on Hana Sushi, curse its deliciousness

                      Have to give Hiro Sushi a shot as well since that is closer

                  2. re: fledflew

                    Went to Hana last night

                    It was a very relaxed friendly atmosphere and the sushi was very good

                    had: spicy tuna - spider roll - eel unagi - scallop dynomite

                    I generally do not like Soft Shell Crab but it is Mrs Dapuma's fav so we always get it, she usually finishes off that roll herself - however their spider roll changed my opinion

                    It was very meaty and delicious and it was the best thing we tried there that night IMO (and the presentation was very cool)

                    Thought it was better than sushi broker across the board and i have a soft spot for them because i lived so close to there when i first moved to PHX

                    Will def be back to try more stuff at Hana

                    Also what is really cool is that they are byob and no corkage and they have a cooler to throw your beer / sake in to keep it cold

                2. There is no such thing as a good "seafood" resto here, there are some great seafood dishes, particularly at the many ethno-centric places, you just have to search them out. Otherwise, we are a steak kind of town.

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                  1. re: danieli10

                    I have had the same experiences, though not necessarily only in ethno-centric restaurants. We have had great seafood dishes in many "non-seafood" restaurants around town.

                    Heck, best sushi and also tempura, that we have ever had, was in Denver, CO - even farther from any ocean, than Phoenix.


                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      Cask 63 @ Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale has some wonderfully prepared seafood items. The preparations are really beautiful. Chef Brian Feirstein was previously at Eddie V's.