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Bonefish Grill

It seems like most of the posts here relate to McDonalds, Trader Joes, and Costco consistently, with a smattering of other chains sporadically.

I have taken a liking to Bonefish. What do you like or dislike about this place? What is your favorite dish?

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  1. I like Bonefish. It's the only 'chain' restaurant in my area that gets my business. I like any of the fish prepared in 'pan asian' style, the potato gratin, and the bang bang shrimp. I like the Bonefish salad, with hearts of palm, and blue cheese. The fish tacos are ok, too. I haven't had a bad meal there, really. Service is always really good, too.

    My only complaint is that it is always so crowded, at my location, that I don't eat there often.

    1. My in-laws love it, so I've ended up there a few times. I always order the mussels off the appetizer menu as my entree, since so few restaurants around here serve mussels. Fish and chips always looks good, and the bang bang shrimp is pretty tasty.

      1. I've only been there once, not too long ago, but I was really impressed. I was wary going in because of it being a chain, but it really was delicious. I had the bang bang shrimp and the mahi mahi with chimichurri sauce. Also had a garbanzo bean and chorizo side dish that was excellent, but I was under the impression that the sides change often. All of it was very delicious, and I'm happy we found it as I am not a big seafood fan, and my SO is, but I know we can both be happy eating there.

        Like jeanmarieok mentioned, the location I went to (they seem to be centered near business parks and cater to the after work crowd) was very busy. We made reservations for 730, and got there around 710 and it was very very busy, especially in the bar area, and it was a weeknight. So I would say, go early or go late. It seemed to lighten up by 8pm.

        1. We've only been to our closest Bonefish Grill once a couple of years ago (2010, I believe), but not because of a poor experience. More like a combination of we don't readily think of it (it's about 45 minutes away) + during peak mealtimes it's uber crowded.

          Our one experience was excellent, however, & since we both grew up on the waterfront, we do know our fresh seafood.

          "Fried Calamari" was excellent, & the dipping sauce served with it was a breath of fresh air from the usual marinara served at other places.

          It was during Soft-Shell Crab season, & we both had the "Stuffed Soft-Shell Crabs" as entrees, & it was wonderful. One JUMBO Blue-Claw Soft-Shell apiece, split open & stuffed with more Blue-Claw lump crabmeat. These were served with a side of chickpeas & tomatoes - a really nice surprise vegetable - along with our chosen sides - broccoli for hubby; gratineed potatoes for me. If I recall correctly, entrees were $18.95 each. Nice value for the quality & quantity of food we received.

          My only gripes were that even a small side salad was extra (I don't think adding that in gratis would be a big deal), & we were asked if we wanted bread, which automatically made us feel we'd be charged for it if we did.

          1. Definitely one of the better chains around here (northern VA). We went with the kids for their new brunch menu on Super Bowl Sunday and were treated very well.

            Hate to follow the crowd, but the bang bang shrimp app does rock!

            1. We've been a couple of times and liked it. Not close by and crowded at peak times. The Bang-Bang Shrimp impressed me enough to find a copy-cat recipe and make it at home. If one were closer, we'd probably return more often.

              1. I have been half a dozen times. Used to lie the swordfish years ago when they had it. We like th ahi tuna app, the bang bang shrimp when not greasy, the soup, the sea bass and te mahi mahi. Lemon butter is my choice of sauce. Had dessert for the first time. It was decent.

                1. Bang bang shrimp is awesome. They also have a yummy mango martini AND one of the best burgers I've had. I was skeptical about getting a burger at a fish place, but our bartender assured us that we wouldn't be sorry, and he was right.

                  1. Thanks for starting this thread! I wanted to discuss a particularly fabulous meal there but I wasn't able to turn up anything using the search function.

                    Anyway, I love bonefish! It is definitely my go to place for seafood. I live in the piedmont triad area of NC (3-4 hours from the coast) and haven't really found any better non-chain seafood restaurants in my area.

                    Last time I was there, my dining companions and I shared the bang bang shrimp and fried calamari appetizers, and I had the sea bass and house salad for my entree. My sea bass was perfectly cooked, and so rich and well seasoned that I ate it without any of the sauce I had requested on the side. The chocolate creme brûlée was also divine. The only thing I disliked was the lobster Rangoon, but my friends enjoyed it.

                    The service was professional, accomodating, and attentive, even on a busy Saturday night. The only thing I dislike about Bonefish is that the wait can be pretty long, but otherwise, I have no complaints!

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                    1. re: ohmyyum

                      I have heard Kings Crab Shack and Oyster Bar in downtown Winston-Salem is very good, and in the past I have really enjoyed Fishbones in Greensboro, although it has been a few years since I have been there. Also, 1618 Seafood Grill in Greensboro is very good.

                    2. the first time i went i got the sea bass in the pan asian sauce per the waitresses recommendation. i get it every time now, it was so good!
                      i really want to try something else but never do.
                      bang bang shrimp are also a winner!

                      1. Throwing in another thumbs up for Bang Bang Shrimp. The good news is they're easy to copycat at home.
                        As far as chains go, Bonefish Grill is not bad at all.

                        1. I like Bonefish Grill. They are under the same ownership as Carabas and Outback. A well run business, imo. For an evil corporate empire that is. : )

                          1. I've only been to Bonefish Grill 3x's but I've ordered the Ahi Tuna Sashimi appetizer and their delightful Pomegranate Martini with frozen grapes each time. Lovely!

                            The location nearest me tried to setup an outdoor lounge area with comfy seats and tiled tabels right in front of the front entrance and since the location sits in a strip mall with Whole Foods and a bank on either end the lounge idea is sort of a bust. If they had a nice view, I could see the appeal especially if you are waiting for a table. But otherwise, while this restaurant is known for a busy bar and long waits, I'm a fan.

                            1. I'm also a fan - I've only been a couple of times, but for a chain, they do a great job. I would choose Bonefish over Red Lobster in a heartbeat.

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                              1. re: biondanonima

                                Oh goodness - no contest!! "Red Lobster" is like the "McDonalds" of the seafood restaurant world.