Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bonefish Grill

Last date I was here: 07/25/2009

Restaurant: Bonefish Grill (

Location: Centerville, VA

Total Rating: 4
Food: 4, Price: 5, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 2

Summary: Enjoy modern interpretations of market fresh fish, grilled specialties, and cocktails at this chain restaurant. Advertising "polished casual", the first impression of Bonefish was not too shabby. With a large dining area and bar, Bonefish was already crowded when we arrived at 6:30pm for dinner. We had reservations and were seated right away at a nice booth. Our server was very friendly while she described the menu. She took our drink and appetizer orders first and those came out right away. The portions were generous for the price, so I mark them high in this category. Located in a suburban strip mall area, Bonefish is not super accessible for the DC urbanite. Although our appetizers were good, the entrees were drowned in their lemon butter sauce - all over the fish, the potatoes and even the vegetable granish. It made the meal almost too heavy to eat, even though my fish was cooked very well. I tried the wood fire grilled piece of grouper that my mother ordered and it was much lighter and the wood grill flavor really came through. I also liked that they offered a large (9 oz.) or small (4.5oz) portion of the fish. All in all, Bonefish was a decent chain restaurant - although I would only come back for lunch and have some appetizers with drinks.

What I ate:

Bang Bang Shrimp
Tender, crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce

Mussels Josephine
Prince Edward Island Mussels sautéed with tomatoes, garlic, basil and lemon wine sauce

Imperial Longfin
Royal delicacy pan-seared, baked and stuffed with shrimp, scallops and crab meat
Served with garlic whipped potatoes and zucchini and red pepper medley

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