Reviews of The Fish Market Restaurant (Fish Shop)

5409 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35242

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Nowadays this business receives a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 and the score was based on 513 reviews.

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REVIEWS OF The Fish Market Restaurant IN Alabama

Jamie Barmach

Wanted to get a decent seafood dinner while in town. Came across this local chain. We were blown away. The food was amazing and the portions were huge. The prices were also very reasonable. Great service as well!

Sabrina White

Wonderful snapper Greek Salad!!

Ransom Gardner

Food was good for Bham seafood restaurant.

Morgan Timney

Fish and chips. Great!

Bonnie W Riggins

Scallops and shrimp & scallops were raw. Service and atmosphere were great

Nee Dee

Love to eat here. Food is almost always on point. Would definitely recommend.

William Jones

This was merely ok. Nothing wrong but nothing that made me want to come back.

Glen Malone II

The rainbow trout was amazing. The hush puppies were good the first time but the second time they were a little burt but still had the taste in the inside. The rice was good the first time but the second time it could have been cooked a little bit longer. The bourbon salmon was amazing as well. It's going to be cooked medium as well. I do recommend you visit the location. Green bean and cabbage were both great sides.

John Murphy

Had a shrimp poboy was good good staff very good restaurant

Glenn Priest

Great food here

Gary Shekels

Excellent food good staff

Wes Bolles

Catfish was good, wife's oysters were mealy Advised waitress

MsGlowran Phillips

Food was good

David Parks

Great service and food!

liz dove

Good westindie salad.

Traci Smith

Excellent food & service!!

Sean Hiller

Cool atmosphere and good food. Mostly fried options as compared to some other.

Sandra Lyle

Wonderful food. Great service. Love the live music on Tuesday night. We had a large group and everything was amazing. Great variety of food.

Lea Reese

I loved it, wonderful food and experience was out of this world.

Tommy Crews

Good service and great seafood.

Harold Grant

Great food and service. Fresh fish!

Sandy Keef

The service and food is always amazing. Thank you..


Best seafood in the area.

Chuck Turner

Great staff and food

Solomon Mitchell Jr

First time I was at this fishmarket, most of the time I go to the southside. I cannot decide which is the best. I recommend both!!


Terrible management. Aweful experience.

Tiffany D

Wonderful service and the food is always good. Its our go to when I don't cook on a Friday night and with 4 kids it's great not to cook sometimes :) loved the comment from the staff about how well mannered my children are, made me proud. We will visit again and again :) Thanks for making our Friday night's out lots of fun :)

Steven Eversole

Great food, awesome tuna dip, fried seafood lovers paradise. Occasionally you may have bad experience, but overall it’s a great casual seafood place. This place is better than lots of places on the beach. If you want better seafood you need to go to Chucks or Oceans, or something high end like Highlands.

Kevin Thompson

This used to be my favorite restaurant. This negative review is not from one experience. Something has happened, not sure what but the last several times here the food is terrible. Really greasy and sub par. Even the grilled and blackened fish is not good. Last time it tasted old and they have forgotten how long to cook fish and shrimp as well, both so over cooked it was tough. I suspect there are management issues because not how this place used to be. Totally guessing managed by someone that has no vested interest in the place.

Wendy D

I've always loved the Fish Market and this location in particular. It has good atmosphere with the only drawback the women's bathroom smells horrible. Not sure if it's a sewer issue or what. Their food was excellent even though I didn't notice on the menu they add rice to the gumbo now. They have lunch prices but the same portions as you get for dinner. The shrimp and grits (forgot that pic, too busy eating) with a cup of gumbo, hush puppies and side salad, that was huge, was awesome! The ranch dressing is really good too. The prices have gone up some since the last time I was in but I guess that's everywhere. Really good meal with a friendly waiter (Brian, I think)so didn't mind paying what I did.

Hillary Mecham

Delicious food. Great options. Can be in the greasy side and we've had slow service before. But all in all a good experience.

Brandon W. Davidson

Great food of course! You're not going to be any restaurant that is a George Sarris restaurant. Not cheap but worth every penny!

B Hudspeth

My shrimp was exceptionally good. Fried okra best since Grandma's! Staff was lovely and fun. Made my birthday special.

Bill & Lynne

What an absolutely wonderful restaurant with delicious food, reasonable prices, and terrific service! It is a beautiful day so we are sitting on the porch with our little dog and enjoying an unbeatable lunch - life is good!

christi mullins

Great food as usual and great service

Nolan Conley

Big meh

Dawn Carmichael

The first time we went I would have rated this a 0. Reached out to management and they convinced us to give another try. Second time it was great. Much better service and food. Will definitely go back again.

Daniel Topping

Good food, fast friendly service. Shrimp and grits super delicious!!

Michelle Bryant

First time here was friendly service and good foos

Stephanie Braccini Slade

The service was wonderful, but the meal was lacking. Veggies were canned mushy green beans. Fish was way overcooked. Grits were cold. Not worth the price.

Rondalyn Taylor-Brown

Great food, good service.

Nancy Glasser

Excellent food. Charming decor. Gracious and friendly staff. Tuna steak was amazing as well as Athenian shrimp. Generous portions. We'll be back!


Worst Seafood I have ever had in my life....was cold old and burnt... How they manage to bring me burnt food that was cold I'll never know...

Angela Gurholt

Love the quality of seafood here. For those of you who want a Greek Salad with more than 2 Kalamatas & a sprinkle of Feta..This is best option. LOVE Fish Market!!

Jeff Yates

Everything was way better than I thought it will be.I plan to eat there a lot more often.

Jim Hutton

Good service, especially for a large group. My food was over cooked. Some in party ..same. some very happy. Too much variability for the price. We will try again.

Matt Mitcham

Food was really good, not great. Service was the same. Would go back for sure.

D Brown

First class service, the staff was very polite and professional. The food was superb!! Nice portion sizes. Husband enjoyed the grilled mahi mahi, popcorn shrimp, Greek potatoes, and fried okra. I enjoyed the 6pc coconut shrimp (very large), Greek potatoes, and feta slaw. Our granddaughter had the popcorn shrimp and fries from kids menu, the shrimp were nice and tender. The whole meal was perfect, and we highly recommend going there. The only problem we had was that Google maps wanted us to turn in the street to their right and had us ride a long way around behind the non-connecting property just to make a legal u-turn... but we could have simply made a normal u-turn and then turned right in front of Starbucks and gotten to the restaurant immediately. It was well worth the driving fiasco just to eat there. Excellent. We will eat there again next time we go to Birmingham.

clint eastwood

This venue was in serious need of cleaning. Inspection score was in the 80's, and the employee's were very rude once we inquired into why.

Claudeo Davis

I didn't like waiting for my order after calling it in. But, having stated that the Fish Market Restaurant is a excellent spot for fish lovers. Note: food preparers ought to have hair covered.

Lavar Gray

If you are a person of color I suggest you go to another seafood establishment. Was treated like I was a burden to them versus a paying customer. Unprofessional staff, poor management, and disparity in treatment really taints pretty decent food. If you are black/Mexican/Non White please start an EEO complaint because this was ridiculous.

Sam Riley

Slow service. Dining area dark. Expensive. Not as good as it used to be.

robert daugherty

The food was great had a lot of fun hanging out with Leeds water board

Christina Mullins

Food and service was great!

Michele W

I ordered a spinach salad and calamari. They both were very good, the aioli could be improved it almost tasted like there was ketchup in it? The poppy seed salad dressing was very delicious and the salad came with a bread roll. The atmosphere was nice and quiet and the food came out quickly. I will definitely return to try some more seafood dishes.

Yolanda I am

Really enjoyed my meal. I believe my friend enjoyed my meal more than hers. Had enough left over to make a meal. Loved the fried crab claws (all that my friend didn't eat). Hush puppies were a bit dark but were ok.

Huckel Berry

Food selection amazing and always fresh. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Inside and outside dining areas are very clean and atmosphere is great. Bar very well stocked with wide variety of options.

Marvin Walker

The food was good, just needed to cut the peppers and onions more finely.

Kirsten Peterson

The food is always delicious, but I only gave 3 stars because on our visit the lobster tank was in dire need of cleaning and the koi pond outside needed immediate attention.

Tina G.

The customer service was horrendous! Logan please train your host Katie!!!!

Pat Phillips

Food and service was great!!

Lynn Cowan

This is the first time visiting this Fish Market restaurant location. I like the building, the inside setup and food was delicious and plentiful. I will go back . Me and my family enjoyed the experience.

Jerry Quinn

Love the food here!

Bernard Cook

Excellent & fresh seafood at moderate prices.

Tim Brown

Love the food And the people are wonderful

Steven Jemison

Friendly staff good oysters!!!!

J Dial

Food was good places clean. The help is really friendly, and it's really will located. It's a good stop if you're traveling through, Birmingham has good food. Looking forward to our next visit. Try the shrimp and grits, they have their own special twist on the dish.

Rik Boer

Atmosphere and food were average, and the service was poor (never checked for us being interested to order more drinks). Prices are very reasonable though.

Pamela Sanders

I picked up fresh fish to get at home!

wesley carter

Fresh and tasty

John Karagas

One of the best kept secrets in Alabama Great seafood fresh from the gulf without the drive Great service in a clean environment. Can't wait to come back.

Michael wilbanks

Reuben snapper might be one of the top 3 sammiches I've ever devoured. Great food! As always there!

Julie Crews

Good food and great service.

Waseem Aleezada

Tuna steak was way undercooked

Marta B

I have been many times for lunches and dinners. This time I visited to purchase fresh fish and it was a bit of a disappointing trip. The person behind counter was not knowledgable about the fish. When she asked for help, the man was dismissive. Needless to say, I will find another place to buy fresh fish.

Cali Nix

I enjoyed seeing Mr. John again. The food is ALWAYS consistently good!!!!!

carringt0n wilson

Great bartender, Whitney n but shrimp was overcooked. I'll try one more time, but it was meh.

Jim Leonard

Okay, this place was terrific. The mussels appetizer was wonderful with an amazingly tasty broth, my wife got the grouper which was fresh and tasty with lots of sauteed onions and peppers. My vodka shrimp pasta was fabulous with many huge grilled shrimp. Try the mojitos, they're really good as well. Our server was terrific as well. We"ll definitely be back next time in Birmingham.

Laugh Love Kisses

I loved this place, the food was delish and it's funny but we had a server named Kiki. Lol definitely will be going again.

alexandria drakos

One of the best seafood restaurants in Birmingham! They are well known for their fresh fish at great prices. We have never been disappointed here! Make sure to try their Strawberry Lemon Drop! It is delicious!

Steve Leara

The staff was extremely friendly and provided great service. The food was served quickly, the portions were tremendous, and the taste was outstanding! Overall, the value was excellent, and I will definitely go back soon!

Keith Beardsworth

We had not been to the Fish market in several years as we had be disappointed with our experience the couple of times we had been, however we have just had dinner tonight and was totally blown away with the table service and outstanding food we have just eaten, I am not sure what has happened here, new management, higher standards, new servers??? I was really impressed and we will return

Byron Weatherspoon

Food and the Service was Great!!!!

Jennifer Summar

Great tasting Mediterranean cuisine, good prices, great quality, large portions. It's just loud in there.

sg432 sg432

I was served a dangerously spoiled oyster. If I had swallowed it, I am sure I would have become very sick. That oyster was the worst ever. Poor quality control.

Gwen Sanderson

Good food, awesome service!!?

Linda Smith

Very good


This place was awesome. The food was great! I brouht my elderly mother and the staff were particularly attentive to her needs, which I loved. They didn't know it was her birthday but their attention to her made it that much more special for her. We will definitely be back as a family, and will be telling our friends about our great experience.

Carl Pettey

Great food and service for our party of 14

Pico DeGallo

Always great. First time to the 280 location. Very large and no waiting on Father's Day!! Food always outstanding and had Raspberry Point oysters for the first time. Amazing! My new favorite variety of oyster. Service was great!! Already looking forward to my next visit.

Kat W

5 stars except they had just painted, they should have used low oder paint. This should go away in a few days. The food and service was great! We got snapper and trigger fish, both seasoned with Greek spices. I could not taste it much on the snapper but was more noticeable on the trigger fish. Both were great. I got fried green tomatoes battered with cornmeal and I usually don't like those with cornmeal but these were very good. Fried okra and salad was great too.

Todd Koone

Fried soft shell crab!! Excellent! Love this place!

Alicia Kenerley

Waaaaay too salty! I don't know who they have on quality control but the chef needs to take up a different profession. Also, they have an issue with their plumbing. Like a septic tank, sewer problem. It's such a shame to have what used to be a nice restaurant go to the dogs.

Tim Greene

Relaxed atmosphere with great food. Always fresh

Brian Everling

Light evening MeetUp, 5p-7p on a Tuesday. Great atmosphere with Black Tablecloths and choices of seating, high tables and low, seats for 4 up to large party affairs. Lots of Premium Craft Beer choices, plenty of good wines available, and incredible selection of appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, and main course Seafood Delights. GREEK dining at its Finest! Aura fit for Kings, Queens, and courts. Chose a deep Chocolate Wheat Craft Beer, cold in a serious beer drinker's glass, on special for $3. Added 1/2 doz Angel Oysters, PREMIUM DELICACY, easy on the wallet, and it's served with a few slices of a fresh-baked specialty bread. Bread was awesome and they found a special butter-dip, add parmesan and cracked black pepper ... Mmmmph! Yep, we're gonna make this Fish Market a regular stop! Cheers to the Sarris Family and all who work there, including both our dining hosts, Alex & Sav. Superior Service, Exquisite Taste, and Fine Dining. You Will impress any family member, friend, business associate or visitor when you escort them to sit down to a truly, enjoyable evening.

Tawana Shannon

It was great! Service was excellent. Food was good

Jim Hopkins

Fantastic service, food delicious, prices reasonable.

Myrna Goodwin

I like fresh fish, and Fish Market Restuarant is constantly excellent!!!

Steven Chafin

Food and service was Awesome! Whitney always makes our visit special.

Fulton Ramsay

Fresh seafood, fast service, fair price.

Mike Curry

We ate here for the first time today at lunch. We both ordered Fried Grouper. Very delicious, large serving for an excellent price. Our waitress was awesome she wasn't overboard checking on us, but always showed up to fill our glasses and check on us at the right time. Definitely will go back!

mike harrell

Awesome food and service

John C Platt

Very tasty, good service, a little pricey for lunch

zipripper 101

Awesome crad legs

John Theabolt

Great service. Fish was a bit less tasty than expected though, kinda disappointed.

Dana Whisenhunt

The Fish Market is an excellent place for seafood.With a wide variety of not only fish, it is hard to go wrong here.

Jonathon Samuels

Always top notch

Erin Belk

This is a great place for anyone to eat, whether you like seafood or not. We reserved the back room for a large family dinner. The entire staff was super helpful and friendly. The kids all enjoyed the food also. We will definitely come back again!

Joe Limbaugh

I liked it! Good salmon, tasty sides, and the hush puppies rock!

Timothy Tharp

Very clean, upbeat, affordable and The Best Greek chief ever Mr. George Saris he has the Best Southern Greek restaurant. Two facilities one in downtown Birmingham Alabama and one on South 280 Eagle Point. Keep up the Best of the Best Mr. George.

Leslie Purkey

We had a bad experience once before and decided to try it again. When we walked through the door, a man was sitting on a stool with a clipboard. I wasn't sure if he was the host or what. No how are you doing, welcome to Fish Market, nothing. We sat at the bar to get a drink because we had a 25 minute wait. After waiting 25 minutes, the hostess came over and said our seats were ready. How about she seats us at the table right next to our chairs in the bar? Tons of tables in the restaurant and nobody sitting there. Last chance, we got up and left.

Jada Holland

Well, first impression...I look at the cleanliness of a place. Had I been there for a special day, I would have left!! The ladies bathroom was very nasty!!! Service was horrible and food just so so!! Will not be back!! Such a disappointment!

steve taylor

Great seafood and service

Luai Najim

Fresh seafood. Great taste. Fast and friendly service. I always go to the hwy 280 branch because of its proximity to my home. Hoover branch is nice too.

Kiki Banks

Not worth your time!! Rude management

Juliet Harris

Great food and quickly seated.

Elizabeth Zazueta

I recently went here to celebrate a friends birthday & ordered the Jambalaya. I was very pleased with the portion serving. I had plenty of everything. The sauce was more on the thick side; which I liked & had plenty of flavor. I was not too pleased with our chairs. They weren't very comfortable. Our table was a bit crammed for 4 people. I enjoyed the quiet environment. Room temperature was comfortable. Our server was attentive & brought our appetizer right away. By the time we were done, our food was brought to us. I liked the quick drink refill & the easy check out. I look forward to dinning here again.

Native Floridian

Would not do DoorDash again, calamari is like rubber- inedible, scallops very chewy not tender and the corn on the cob was gray in color. Sad production.

Kathy Price

Compares favourably with Calabash and Fisherman's Wharf. Great food and great service. Jessica, the waitress, was so friendly and attentive.

JC Minton

We haven't been to Fish Market in a while, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Our server, Christina, was excellent! She was very attentive and we never had to ask for refills or to have plates cleared. The food was as good as I remembered. Overall a very nice Friday night dinner for the family.

Elizaveta Karpova

Broccoli was good and baked potato also, but flounder looks like was not fresh and instead of grilled ,

Russell Barnes

Five of us friends were in town for a dog show and wanted seafood so I found The Fish Market restaurant online. We all had great service, excellent food and reasonable prices. I had been a little sceptical after reading some of the reviews, but I believe in throwing out the very best and the most negative and thought "this place has potential" and I was right. The cajun influenced entrees were praised and the seafood was fresh and delicious. It's definitely on all of our "go to" lists when we return for more events.

Randy Powers

My wife and I enjoyed the meal very much. We think this restaurant is better than any we've tried between Birmingham and the "Gulf"

Wes Davis

Best place in Birmingham for seafood. The Cajun and Greek seasoning is excellent. Has been my favorite restaurant for many years.

Karlyn Harris

There was a terrible musty smell, we were so overwhelmed that we just left a few minutes after being seated.

Colby Callan

Great environment for couples or families, awesome flounder and shrimp

Dixiana Murrell

Awesome greek seasoning on fish and potatoes! Loved it!

D Yearber

Always love eating here

frank johnson

Always good service

Greg Tatum

Everything is great

sheron ball

Shrimp and grits were delish

Renae Patterson

Wonderful food and excellent service. We had a party of 18. Everyone's food arrived hot and promptly. We brought a celebration cake and they were so accommodating in providing plates and silverware. This will be our go to place whenever we have a large group.


Excellent chowder!!! Tuna appetizer was fantastic. F & C very nice. Our server Ken took good care of us.

Zachary ElFallah

Ordered a meal over the phone and arrived before it was prepared. A staff member offered me a drink, free of charge, and even brought my meal out to my car when it was ready. The food was excellent and was an overall great experience. Mines


Jody Gable

The food was really good in the waitress was really nice I plan to go back soon

Bill Tiemann

This is a good moderately priced seafood restaurant in the Birmingham area. entrees are affordable and well prepared. I recommend the Fish Market.

Libby Lynch

We visited the fish market today with a birthday party of 14 for a 90 year old person. We let them know ahead how many would attend. When we got there Jessica who was our waitress had EVERY thing set up and ready for us so beautiful. She was absolutely so friendly and attentive to our needs. We thought had our food within 20-25 mins for everyone. All food was perfect and delicious. Jessica will be who we ask for on the future as she was Johnny on the spot and did it with a smile and friendliness. Thank you Jessica.

Rex Hayden

Tried The Fish Market based on friends recommendation. There are better seafood restaurants in the area in my opinion. The shellfish platter I ordered was disappointing. I had anticipated larger shrimp and scallops typical of other restaurants. Instead they served quarter sized scallops and 24-30 ct/lb shrimp. I'm never going back.

Bryron Cunningham

Incredibly rude host. Katie was very unprofessional and curt. Being a hostess is definitely NOT for her. If she is the representative of anyone’s company I feel bad for them and it needs to taken care off. We notified the manager and he gives us 10 bucks off. Logan could have kept that to buy his staff a better personality. I will not ever spend my money at this location ever again.

Beverly Craft

Lovely restaurant and delicious food every time! Generous portions also.

Jessica Esteban

Menu has been redone, and the improvements are Great! All the new seafood options we tried were on point!

Kerri Mitchell

This restaurant was highly recommended, however, the overall rating does not accurately describe this establishment. Both the food and service were below average, compared to other nearby restaurants. For example, our waitress failed to recognize that she delivered one member of our party the wrong entree and only offered to correct the order after 45 minutes - with the exception that the correct order would not contain shrimp because the shrimp was eaten from the incorrect order. Following, the same waitress continued her poor performance by handing one member of our party the check for the meal as she was exiting the restroom. Thus, the waitress failed to return to our table for the remainder of our visit.

Angelic Mason

Very nice and prompt service. Like the variety of choices of food. Big portions and a good price.

Carrie Fountain

Good food and service

John Johnson

Delicious Greek-style seafood. Try the large seafood platter blackened!

Brandon Davis

Excellent remodel! Great food!

Jim Phillips

Always good food. We tried take-out this time. It sure wasn't fast food, but we enjoyed the seafood platter once we got it home. Glad to have them nearby.

Anthony Mansell

Great Food and Great Service!!

daddy cool

The best sea food place ever!

Preston Weaver

The grilled oysters had the most shells they need to clean the oysters a little more. If you pay 25$ for oysters they need to at least not have chips of shell pieces in them. But service was great!!

Timothy Boshell

This place is good. Although, eating here will make you feel 20 years older than your current age.

Lori Yonfa

Wonderful fresh seafood.

Barth Whittaker

I got the blackened tilapia. It was really good. Portions are large. Also got 2 sides.bboth were seasoned well. As a bonus, the sweet tea was excellent.

Jonathan Bunio

Always Delicious

Esther Scott-Boyce

Food was so good. The waiter was very nice, friendly, and helpful. More waiters should be like him, there would be more businesses of satisfied customers. Keep up the good work, young man!

Howard E. Holt

Great food and service always

Annye Dailey

Great Salad ,frest sea food

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