Loving the “Luxury Chain,” Wildfish

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I may have mentioned, I am not a fan of chain restaurants.  But, everyone has been raving about Wildfish and I have been craving seafood (preferably something like my Houston fave Pesce).  We also thought we need to give it a try before Darden Restaurants — Olive Garden and Red Lobster’s parent company, and now Wildfish’s new owner — ruins it by “Red Lobster-ing” it.

Upon walking in, we found the decor to be very upscale and trendy – very nice!  The restaurant had a nice buzz about it – lots of people drinking, talking, laughing and having a good time. As we sat down, we became a little worried because the waiter took forever to bring a cocktail menu and then it took a long time to get his attention so we could put in a starter order.  He sped up as time went on, and he was a really nice guy.  First glance at the menu, I thought it was a bit limited, especially in comparison to Pesce, but there were quite a few dishes that looked fantastic!  And, when our waiter came back and told us that the special was New England scallops, I was sold.

broiled oysters

We started with broiled oysters with spinach and artichoke fondue – absolutely delicious and I am not even a huge oyster fan. ordered the lobster bisque, which they split into two small bowls for us.  The bisque was light and delicate – which I know must be difficult to achieve since at many restaurants its heavy and too buttery.  J ordered the chilean sea bass, and of course I had the scallops.  I am very, very picky about scallops.  If they are underdone, I can’t deal with the consistency — same if they are overdone.  These were absolutely perfect.  J said that his chilean sea bass was like butter (and I agree, I snuck a couple bites! :) )

scallops

The menu is ala carte, and we ordered the snap peas and portobello mushrooms and the truffled macaroni and cheese.  Both were super yummy, and we totally killed the mac n cheese (We like unhealthy things more than healthy ones, and we had a lot of peas left over – but really, they were good too!)

After all that yummy seafood, we had to pass on dessert — even though they have one of my favorites on

sea bass

the menu, pineapple upside down cake.  We asked the table next to us if it was good, and they raved.  Next time, we’ll take it a little easier on the mac n cheese so we have some room for dessert.

Our rating:

Atmosphere 9.0
Service 7.0
Food 8.0
Total 8.0

Slow but friendly service, very good seafood despite limited options.  Definitely a special occasion type of place, our total bill for 2 cocktails, one glass of wine, the oysters, soup, entrees and sides, including tip was about $175.

Wildfish
1834 NW Loop 1604
San Antonio, TX 78248
210.493.1600

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