Recently, we casted our dining pleasure at Fish Tale Grill and we’re hooked!
Fish Tale Grill is the brainchild of Patrick and Kerry Krieg. Since 1991, Kerry’s family opened the Southwest Florida staple Merrick Seafood Company— the distributor of fresh and frozen seafood serving Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples. She and her husband took over the company five years ago and dove into the restaurant business with Fish Tale.
The restaurant is adjoined to the South Cape seafood market in front of Big Johns Plaza. It is quaint, but makes up for it with great energy, great service and a phenomenal menu filled with international flair.
Fish Tale Grill has indoor and outdoor dining. A cute patio deck in front of the establishment and the indoor dining area is chic and sophisticated with seating available for about 40. Tables and booths fill the space, but don’t overcrowd the room.
A day out on the water is the best way to describe the dining area, which is accented with fresh blues and crisp white wavy panels. Exposed beams, a trendy bar built of glass and lit with blue lights, as well as panels of flowing water round out the room to give it a light and breezy feel.
The culinary gem has a spectacular team tending to guests— knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The restaurant wanted a local seafood joint with an international flair, so they enlisted help from Chef Richard, a cook that was part of the opening team for Walt Disney World restaurants like the Ohana at the Polynesian Resort, Seasons Dinning at the Disney Institute and Flying Fish on Disney’s Boardwalk. His culinary creations are fresh, elegant and consistently delivering complex flavors.
On our visit, we started with some Popcorn Shrimp, the Steamed Local Clams and the Duo-of-Tartare. The Popcorn Shrimp were juicy, battered just right, crisp and full of flavor. The Steamed Local Clams were so simple and so good…quintessential New England. The star of the appetizers was the Duo-of-Tartare— fresh Ahi Tuna tartar and Salmon tartar tossed with sesame oil, soy, scallions and ginger served with tri-color chips. Delicious and boasting with flavor, this starter was the perfect barometer for what we were in for.
The next epicurean delight was the Seafood Chowder. Creatively served in a coffee cup, this creamy house-made seafood chowder was hearty with the right consistency of mixed fish, potatoes, celery and inspiring flavors.
All entrees on the menu sound amazing, so we asked for a little guidance. From all the tasty suggestions, we opted for the Cranberry Macadamia Sea Bass and the Butter Fish.
The Cranberry Macadamia Sea Bass was a flawless blend of sweetness and flaky yumminess on a mild and moist fish. Chilean Sea Bass, known as the filet mignon of fish, was topped with cranberry macadamia crust and served over Mediterranean couscous in a lemon grass coconut sauce. The flavors were well balanced and the texture was a rich, melt-in-your-mouth profile.
The Butter Fish, a Miso marinated black cod in a coconut lemongrass sauce with Mediterranean couscous was scrumptious. This dish had a mild Asian unique flavor. Ideal in its preparation, the fillet was tender and buttery in texture checking off all the culinary boxes for this plate.
On our next visit we will sink our teeth into: Spicy Lobster Spring Roll, the Fish Tale Tower Platter, Lobster Sliders, Pistachio Crusted Salmon, Crab Stuffed Fresh Grouper and so many more appealing options.
Fish Tale Grill has taken the restaurant waters head-on and they are proving to exceed the expectations of their patrons. Their culinary creations show creative vision and a promising latitude of seafood treasures.
- Fish Tale Grill is located at 1229 SE 47 Terrace in Cape Coral, FL. For more information or to view the menu call (239) 257-3167 or visit www.fishgtalegrill.com.