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“It could have a good Diner rating”

Mitchell's Fish Market - Jacksonville
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Ranked #194 of 1,996 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Price range: US$40 - US$60
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Jacksonville, Florida
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208 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“It could have a good Diner rating”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Two years ago, I tried to have dinner at this place without a reservation and I was turned down. It was really crowded.
So, this time, with a party of 4 on a Friday evening, I made a reservation and was surprised to see it was only half full.
My first concern was to see these premises, looking like a Diner's. We were seated in a booth, with a wood table which did not have even a paper tablecloth. Staff members were cleaning the floor around patrons.
Our waitress was no help at all with regard to the menu. When asked where the Georges Bank scallops are from, she answered "Atlantic, or maybe Pacific, I'm not sure"
The wine list is poor, at best.
Now what about our plates content?
- Ceviche @ $10.29. It was OK but nothing special.
- Kung Pao Calamar @ $11.29: tasty, well fried. Good.
- Mussels @ $9.79: very small in their shelves showing overcooking, but tasty and good.
- Georges Bank Scallops @ $24.99: good, but poorly presented.
- Snapper and Grouper @ over $24 each: good fish but again bulk presentation in our plates.

Overall I left over $200 at this place, for what happened to be a kind of Diner's experience.
Needless to say, first time, last time.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank JP M
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West Palm Beach
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Once great now slipping”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

We have eaten here ever since Mitchell's opened. We come once or twice a year from out-of-town and living in Florida we know good seafood. We have seen a gradual erosion in the quality of the food over the past year or so. The service is still very good - cheerful greeting and prompt seating and a mostly attentive server.

The drink service was quick and fresh bread arrived quickly. What was once an expansive menu has been pared down and not for the better. Mitchell's once served a great lump crab meat cocktail and we ordered it again even though it was not on the menu. At $16.95 it was disappointing. Large crab meat pieces were replaced by small half-marble size pieces that were almost impossible to dip in the sauce. Okay, maybe our fault for going off menu, but still if you are going to offer it....

We both had the Panko breaded big fish sandwich. The Panko breading on the bottom was almost burned and the fish began to fall apart as we ate it. The fries were average and cole slaw was decent. We had to hunt down a server to get some tartar sauce, but otherwise service was brisk. Overall, what used to a an "A" restaurant for both service and fish selection has become a "B-" restaurant based on quality and price. We hope that management will nudge this back in the right direction.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Jesse1
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charleston, south carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Matthew ...server...was absolutely the best.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

He made my 1st experience here...the best. Food was excellent. Had the crabcake...Best ever....Maryland equivalent. Can't wait to go back and try other Lunch entrees. Bring one to Chas.,SC.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank dtill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Big disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

We often have Sunday lunch at Mitchell's and have enjoyed their seafood over a several year period. Today our son took us there for Father's Day, and we were embarrassed that we had suggested Mitchell's. The first shock was that they raised lunch prices on the average about ten dollars an entree on their special Father's Daylunch menu. Whereas salmon is normally about $13-14 for lunch, today it was $22 plus. To compound the disappointment, my salmon was undercooked and I ate only half. The service was spotty at best. They were handing out $15 gift certificates for future dinners, and we threw ours away. There are many restaurants at the Town Center in Jacksonville where Mitchell's is located, and we'll definitely give other venues our business in the future.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank FirstCoastTraveler
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Jacksonville, Florida
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of our favorite restaurants in Jacksonville”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Mitchell's Fish Market is one of our families favorite restaurants in Jacksonville Florida. The meals are always prepared beautifully, and the service is always wonderful! If you are in the mood for a lovely seafood lunch or dinner this is a restaurant that you should choose. Their mussels are especially good, and the bar makes great cocktails and sangria!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank dajawor48
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