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Friday, March 13, 2009

California Fish Grill - Foothill Ranch, Irvine

41 Auto Center Drive, Suite 113
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Phone: 949-470-9600
Fax: 949-470-9610

3988 Barranca Parkway #B
Irvine, California 92606
Phone: 949-654-3838
Fax: 949-654-3858

Also located in Anaheim, Cypress and Gardena

Whenever I am in the mood for seafood, but don't feel like shelling out a ton of money, I head down to the California Fish Grill. I usually dine at the Irvine location, but I most recently met a buddy and his friend for lunch at the Foothill Ranch location. The California Fish Grill is a fast, casual dine-in restaurant where you order at the counter and then wait at your table for your food to be delivered.

I have dined at the California Fish Grill more than a dozen times. I have never been disappointed with my food. I have tried a few things on the menu, but my favorite is the Cajun Seared Ahi Tuna. For a measley $9.49, you are served a gigantic slab of ahi tuna that has been seared perfectly and served rare. It comes standard with Cajun butter, but they can also serve it with garlic butter upon request. I like it with both. The dish is also served with rice and coleslaw. I'm not a big fan of coleslaw, but their rice is divine. Perfectly cooked, fluffy and tasty every time. It is the perfect complement to the fish.

My buddy ordered the Fried Catfish ($7.99). He had ordered this before and liked it both this time and last. He received two very large pieces of catfish that were perfectly fried to a golden brown. It was served with french fries and coleslaw which he also liked.

My buddy's friend ordered the Fried Fish Plate ($7.45). This is the meal that is closest to fish and chips. He received three large pieces of fried fish, fries and coleslaw. He enjoyed his meal a lot and was impressed with the amount of food he got for $7.45.

My wife was not with us but she has dined at the California Fish Grill many times. I believe that the Mahi Mahi fish tacos ($2.49 each) are one of her favorite menu items at any restaurant. She raves about how good they are every time she has them. I have never actually tried them myself though because I am so in love with the Cajun Seared Ahi.

If you are looking to get some great seafood, but don't want to pay the overinflated prices of many restaurants, then look no further. California Fish Grill is the real deal.

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Melissa said...

I loved this place the one time I ate there (Foothill Ranch location). I was seriously in the mood for a fish taco, so I got one fish, one shrimp and they were awesome. Rice and beans were good, service is great, prices are fair. I've been meaning to go back and try a fish plate and I thin that gorgeous piece of cajun tuna will be my first. That looks so damn good.

Nate @ House of Annie said...

I'd prolly go for the tacos too, although that ahi steak looks really tempting.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks again for the recommendation! You should do a "top picks" highlighing your favorites since the two places you have raved about so far (Pacino's and California Fish Grill) have both been amazing!

Griffin said...

Anonymous-You can already check out my "favorites" by clicking on the "my favorite places" link on the right hand column. You can also go directly to this link.

Griffin said...

Hot linking it...

James said...

Ohh all these item looks delicious. I wanna go now California Fish Grill but i can't believe the rate which is very cheap. Thanks for information.