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Mar 17, 2013 08:02 AM

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!