Party Earth Review The Midwest is miles from the salty ocean shores, so the hungriest sailors rely on Fish Bar, Lakeview’s interpretation of the New England crab shack. Sky blue exterior walls with a giant fish painted over the brick lure... ... read full review
2956 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Brown, Purple Lines: Wellington
Tu–Th, Su 11:30am–10pm, F–Sa 11:30am–midnight
Lakeview, Chicago –
The Midwest is miles from the salty ocean shores, so the hungriest sailors rely on Fish Bar, Lakeview’s interpretation of the New England crab shack.
Sky blue exterior walls with a giant fish painted over the brick lure in many inquisitive seafoodies, while the ever-rotating selection of freshly caught grub keeps regulars angling for more.
By day, laid-back patrons perch their Chucks on the edge of a rickety stool along the S-shaped bar and feast on small plates like tender octopus, as post-game Cubs fans eat away any 100-year blues with overstuffed lobster rolls at picnic benches on the patio.
Come evening’s high tide, handsome double-daters pile into the few booths built under a suspended dinghy, sampling the fresh catch or arguing with out-of-towners over whether the East or West Coast oysters on the well-worn specials board are better.
It’s definitely more of a pregame spot, but that doesn’t prevent the space from getting as crowded as the latest catch in a fisherman’s net come weekends, when groups of unpretentious friends kick off the night with house potions like a minty Mojito, ginger-drenched bourbon, or the small but crafted list of microbrews.
Folks who don’t appreciate the ocean’s bounty will obviously want to dine elsewhere, but to land a combination of brine and booze for a three-(or more)hour tour, it doesn’t get much better than Fish Bar.
Plaid-clad creatives, pregaming post-grads, budget-minded seafoodies, older fishmongers, young daters, mid-20s to late 40s.
Ambient tunes run the gamut from Radiohead to Simon and Garfunkel, though Jimmy Buffet will not be heard here.
Small plates of fresh fish, carpaccio, ceviche, po’ boy sandwiches, salads, and chowders.
Booth reservations accepted for small groups of three or four.
Raw (market pricing), shells $8–$15, salads/soups $5–$9, sandwiches $6–$11, sides $3–$4. Beer $4–$8, wines $7, cocktails $5–$6.
Casual: jeans, shorts, jerseys, waffle shirts, sundresses, fitted sweaters.
Warm weekdays to drop anchor on a picnic table, or Friday and Saturday nights for a busy house but a good place to fill up before storming into the night.
DMK Burger Bar (2954 North Sheffield Avenue) is Fish’s sister spot right next door, slinging grass-fed burgers on house-made buns along with a hearty craft brew list and popular desserts like the peanut butter milkshake.