Fish Bar (Restaurant, Lakeview)

Location: 2956 N. Sheffield
Phone: (773) 687-8177
Website: www.fishbarchicago.com
Cuisine: Seafood
Reservations: Available for groups of three or four

As a fan of DMK Burger Bar, I had high hopes for their next door neighbor by the same owners, Fish Bar. Another creation by Chef Michael Kornick, this little spot doesn’t disappoint. They only accept parties of up to four people, so be prepared when planning your visit. They do allow you to bring food over to DMK for larger groups, though. The place is meant to be rustic, and only has four booths, that are available for reservation. The rest of the space consists of a winding bar and a decently sized outdoor patio with picnic tables.

Located in Lakeview, Fish Bar normally has a long wait, so be prepared to grab a beer and cozy up with your buddies along the wall or at DMK. Weekdays and smaller parties are your best bet to avoid the wait.

As my date and I sat down on rickety stools at the counter, we were greeted by a salmon amuse bouche served on a saltine cracker — a nice introduction to the evening. The lobster roll is the priciest item, but well worth it. The roll is soft and buttery and the lobster is topped with just the right amount of citrus and mayo. The rock shrimp is lightly doused in a sriracha aioli and are perfect bit sizes. All of the fried food, including the shrimp and the calamari, are not overly breaded or oily. The calamari is mixed with hot peppers that are a nice compliment to the squid. The “crabby patty” sandwich was also very tasty and lighter than expected. The food comes out incredibly fast, so feel free to order at a leisurely pace.

The bar has six beers on tap and a couple by the bottle. You’ll also find six featured cocktails, as well as a full bar and two wines available. The staff was very nice and friendly, willing to offer lots of suggestions on both food and drink.

I definitely will return to this Lakeview spot to try the ceviches and nightly specials. See ya there!

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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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