Tuesday, April 9, 2019


My second stop on the 2019 To Dine Challenge tour took me out to Copley for some seafood at Kingfish. Which you can see right from 77 as you drive through the area.
Traffic and trouble getting off of 77 was my first impression, unfortunately. The off-ramp is a stop sign instead of a light, and in order to turn immediately left into the plaza where Kingfish is located, you have to cross three lanes of cars. Which at 5:30PM was near impossible. I finally snaked my way up to the front of the line and then threw my car in front of oncoming, and impatient and unfriendly, traffic.

Once I was inside, my nerves were calmed and a glass of wine wiped away any frustration as I started to look at the menu.
But we didn't need to look long, because with their Two Courses for $29.95 deal, you get a two-course dinner (Monday - Friday 4-6PM and all-day Wednesdays) with three options for your first course and five options for your second course.

The options included a couple of dishes that I already had my eye on, so it was a no-brainer. I started with the restaurant group's famous Lobster Bisque. Rich, creamy, and with noticeable hunks of lobster meat, this soup never disappoints. It was a hearty portion too.
Then I indulged in their Steak and Lobster with filet mignon medallion, 6 oz. lobster tail, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and lemon butter.
Everything was prepared well, and it delivered that classic surf n' turf experience you expect.

This restaurant is part of the Hospitality Restaurants Group, that also own Blue Point Grille, Cabin Club, Delmonico's, Salmon Dave's, Thirsty Parrot, and Rosewood Grill. The setting, menu, food quality, and overall experience at Kingfish was on par with the other restaurants in the group that I've dined at (almost all).

You won't find innovative and creative dishes here with locally-sourced product, but the classic dishes are prepared well and consistent. Won't knock your socks off, but you won't be disappointed. I enjoyed my food and wine, and the service was attentive and friendly.

There is plenty of free parking in the lot surrounding the restaurant. It is a fine-dining establishment, so not the most kid-friendly spot. Dress is business casual and reservations are recommended.

115 Montrose W Avenue
Akron, OH 44321
(330) 777-2005


bonnjill said...

That sounds like my chosen last meal.

As for the traffic situation, could you have driven a block up and turned around in a parking lot? Something to keep in mind for next time.

Shibani - Bombay Taxi Boutique Jewelry said...

Would you go there again with the alternatives from the same restaurant family closer to home? $30 is a great deal though.

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness. Steak AND lobster? Sounds and looks so so good.

Bite Buff said...

Yes, that certainly could be a good tip. It was a hard area to read, as it was congested and I think a slight hill ahead. The poor cars trying to turn into just that first right lane were struggling too, so I just went for it. A light there would make a world of a difference, IMO.

Bite Buff said...

Excellent question! Here would be the order I’d go in: Blue Point, Kingfish, Delmonico’s, Cabin Club, Salmon Dave’s. I haven’t eaten at Rosewood and only drinks at Thirsty Parrot since it’s a more casual bar.

Bite Buff said...

Right!? For $30 you never see that, and the portion was generous for the price point.

Kat said...

Love this honest review. It does sounds pretty good, especially the lobster bisque. I hate getting that and there's no visible lobster. I'll have to check it out!

Crystal @EatDrinkCLE said...

I always hear how great Cabin Club is so I'm surprised at your order of preference. I've never been because it's not tempting enough for me to drive over there. I feel like this might be in that same category. Good to try if I'm in the area but not worth making a special trip for. Agree?

Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.com said...

I've been curious about Kingfish but haven't ventured in yet so I appreciate your review and the heads up about the $30 deal. Thanks for sharing!