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  • The Smiling Fish Co

  • 3.5 stars
    (14 reviews, average rating: 4.2/5)
  • Cuisines: Fish & Chips
  • (905) 687-9211
  • Ridley Square St. Catharines, ON L2R 6P9
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78% of voters recommend
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Tammyc
2 Reviews
2012/12/07
  • Disappointed
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 1
  • I walked in on a Friday night and it was busy. There were a few people waiting to be seated and a couple of people getting their take out. I wanted to place a take out order so I went to the counter and was looking at the menu. The 2 ladies working kept walking by and taking care of everyone around me. Neither one of them asked if I needed to place an order. I was there probably 20 mins by this point. The phone rang and the one lady took a phone in order right there while I was still not helped. A lady walked in behind me and she asked her if there was something she could do for her. She said she was bringing someone a gift......for the brunette lady....which was the one at the counter. She looked at me and said....I wonder what I got? and walked into the back room to look at it and left me standing there!! I was not impressed and really wanted to say something nasty....but just walked out instead!!! I went over to Joey's Only on Ontario st....and got the best service ever!! They said Hi right away and asked me for my order. They made suggestions for me and when my order was ready gave me a coupon for when I come back in Jan....which I will for sure be back. Food was excellent and the service was top!!! As for The Smiling Fish com....I am not smiling and I will not be back!

  • Order: Nothing!!
 
Catlover
12 Reviews
2012/02/16
  • Awesome Lunch
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I had another great experience at the Smiling Fish Co in St. Catharines. I decided to go for lunch with my boyfriend.

    The place was pretty busy for a thursday at lunch. A lot of regular people eating and they even had take out orders being picked up. We ended up seating ourselves because it was a small restaurant. They had nice music playing. The waitress came over quickly and got us drinks.

    I ordered the 2 piece halibut with fries and coleslaw. My boyfriend decided to try the Cajun fish. It was less then 15 minutes and we had our food.

    When the waitress came out with our order I was surprised to find 3 PIECES OF FISH on each of our plates and not two. Apparently because we were given smaller pieces of fish we got an extra each. Shows the restaurant cares with quality and the portion sizes were already huge to begin with! :)

    The presentation of the food was nice and orderly, nothing was mushy or mucky.

    The cajun fish turned out to be really good. And I was very happy with the halibut. I only ended up eating a third of my plate and the rest went to 2 other meals. I was even given extra tartar sauce again in the take home container. Price for 2 people came to $28.

    Overall great experience. Great Portions. Great Value. Will be back again soon :)

  • Order: 2 piece halibut with fries and coleslaw,
 
Catlover
12 Reviews
2012/01/17
  • Excellent Waitress and Cook Staff
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • After reading the reviews for this place I figured I would try it with my boyfriend. THESE REVIEWS ARE VERY ACCURATE!

    I was seated immediately. The server was friendly. Told us the specials. We had our drinks within 2 minutes. Ordered. It was 10 minutes or less and we had our food. They hand batter their fish, its VERY FRESH. Large portions and good value for our money.

    The waitress was very efficient between seating people, talking with others and getting our bill. She packed our food up for us. There are a lot of regular customers, she had their orders memorized.

    Left very happy and will be back soon. :D

  • Order: 1 Piece Halibot, Fries and Coleslaw
 
Jordanair
16 Reviews
2011/12/25
  • Excellent
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • This is a fish restaurant but with alternatives for those who don't like fish. The fish is fresh, the fries crisp, the shrimp and mussels tasty, and the rice excellent. They don't skimp on the portions either, as our two styrofoam containers can attest. Friendly service. Modest wine list and prices. For a casual small fish restaurant this is an excellent place for value and service.

    I want to add that we have frequently ordered out from this restaurant and have, as well, never been disappointed with the quality and quantity of the food.

  • Order: Mussles, halibut, haddock, shrimp, rice, chips, wine
 
GuelphFoodie786
1 Review
2011/10/17
  • The best meal ever!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • Food was the best ever. Never have had fresh food and great service anywhere,the owner even came to our table and talked to my wife about a special order for her personaly. The whole evening was very special and would recommend you guys to the world! Thank you for our great evening we really appreciate all your hard work,your truly the best!

  • Order: 8 differnt courses and it was all great!
 
auntmamie
6 Reviews
2009/11/26
  • This restaurant was recommended to us, and we...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • This restaurant was recommended to us, and we were very pleased with the fish--fresh, well-prepared, and large portions. Don't go if you're looking for ambience/atmosphere--very casual, and although it was only 7:30 we almost felt like we got there at closing time because the wait staff and management were putting things away. Granted, it was a Friday evening at 7:30, and perhaps the rush was over. We would highly recommend the food.

  • Order: Seafood chowder, shrimp cocktail, trout, catfish
 
Carol
2 Reviews
2009/04/25
  • We were taken care of as soon as we arrived and...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • We were taken care of as soon as we arrived and seated. Waitress offered her best advice on what was good to eat, although she did express she loved it all. BIG portions when you get your dinner. Great value for your buck. We've been back a few times since and I've continued by ordering take out once in a while. Clam chowder was very very good, and the shrimp were humungus in our cocktail.

  • Order: Fish and chips, Halibut marinara with stirfry rice, bowl of clam chowder and shrimp cocktail
 
Alex
2008/10/20
  • Dining in & Take out are equally as good!!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • I've ordered many times, both eating in & getting take out. The fish is always great, the rice & fries are equally tasty.

  • Order: Haddock Dinners
 
Jimmy Smith
2008/05/04
  • Excellent quality fish, good and fast service...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 5
  • Excellent quality fish, good and fast service, even during a busy lunch time, and very fair and well priced menu. Others were a bit meh on the fries, but my meal and their fish were all great. Definitely making this a regular lunch option.

  • Order: Baked Salmon with rice
 
James Stephen
2007/10/11
  • Service was fine and the food was fantastic
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 1
  • Service was fine and the food was fantastic

  • Order: Try the Cajun Mahi Mahi and all your problems will be gone.
 
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