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Brooklyn Fish Camp

162 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
nr. Degraw St.
718-783-3264

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5
Food: 6
Service: 4
Décor: 5
"Mixed Reviews"

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30% would go back.

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Decent food, horrible service

By mocol621 on 10/1/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Used to be on our regular rotation of restaurants but service has been so rude the past few times that we will not be back. We arrived around 9:30 the last time we ate there and apparently showing up at that time is NOT acceptable (they close at 11, and it's saturday, what's the problem??). Service was rude (slamming the bottle of ketchup, no offer to refill drinks, starting to put the chairs up an hour before close). The second time we arrived around the same time and they completely ignored us. Never even had an offer to be seated. We left, and will not return. Also - the menu can be misleading. The descriptions lack detail and the preparation is sometimes odd, so if you do go, ask how the food is prepared. I once got shrimp with asparagus and summer tomatos thinking I'd be getting a light summer meal. Got a salad loaded with watercress greens, mayo, horseradish and capers. I don't like 3 of 4 of these things.

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189 out of 382 people found this review helpful.

Decent food, horrible service

By mocol621 on 10/1/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Used to be on our regular rotation of restaurants but service has been so rude the past few times that we will not be back. We arrived around 9:30 the last time we ate there and apparently showing up at that time is NOT acceptable (they close at 11, and it's saturday, what's the problem??). Service was rude (slamming the bottle of ketchup, no offer to refill drinks, starting to put the chairs up an hour before close). The second time we arrived around the same time and they completely ignored us. Never even had an offer to be seated. We left, and will not return. Also - the menu can be misleading. The descriptions lack detail and the preparation is sometimes odd, so if you do go, ask how the food is prepared. I once got shrimp with asparagus and summer tomatos thinking I'd be getting a light summer meal. Got a salad loaded with watercress greens, mayo, horseradish and capers. I don't like 3 of 4 of these things.

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188 out of 377 people found this review helpful.

Great food!

By alliect on 3/7/2011

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Brooklyn Fish Camp is a little on the expensive side, but I have to say, the food is really worth it. I've had a whole fish, the Low Country Boil and a po-boy...all DELICIOUS. They might be Manhattan prices, but I think it's worth it for reliably tasty food on 5th avenue. More then you can say for most restaurants on the street!

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163 out of 342 people found this review helpful.

Zero Bang, All Buck

By MChaunceyH on 8/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

While the food tasted good and the service was okay, the prices would suggest 3 times the amount of fish that was actually served. We were insulted when our plates arrived with how little fish was on there. We eat all over Park Slope and will never revisit Brooklyn Fish Camp.

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160 out of 315 people found this review helpful.

Never Had a Bad Experience

By kica2000 on 6/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I don't know about some of the other reviewers, but I've been here multiple times and have never had a bad meal or experience. The staff has always been super helpful and sweet and the food is always top notch. From the lobster roll to the oysters to the salt baked shrimp, always, always extremely tasty. Not cheap, no, but worth the price for sure.

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Apparently I'm the exception here...

By theslopeisdope on 6/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've been twice for lunch on the weekend now and both times had pretty darn good food. Clam roll is tasty with almost an overabundance of large bellied clams (you have to really like clams when they're this big, which I do) and a uniquely tasty remoulade. The spicy sardine sandwich is awesome, basically a large split and fried sardine with bahn mi styled accompaniment on fire grilled baguette. The only thing to disappoint were the hush puppies which were pretty soggy on the inside. Service is a little slow, but certainly not disagreeable.

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Never again. Avoid the Brooklyn fish Camp

By MarkhamStreet on 1/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

The Brooklyn Fish Camp told us they did not take reservations, but if we came between 7.30 and 8 we could get a table for 8 people. When we arrived at 7.30pm we were told the wait would be about an hour. It was 2 hours, and by 9.45, as patrons left, chairs were stacked around us and the kitchen staff began noisily packing up. The music on the stereo was turned up. The waiter refused to turn it down or off. There were no apologies or excuses or amends for the long wait and poor treatment on site or by the owners, who we of course wrote to complain to. It seems rather odd that they have a policy for the compulsory addition of a gratuity for parties of more than 6 persons, and yet will not take reservations for groups of that or any size. Food fine, service so-so. Management and customer service - dreadful.

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186 out of 403 people found this review helpful.

Bad Quality High Prices

By prjctfish on 10/1/2007

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

We have been eating at Brooklyn Fish camp a couple of years and have noticed that the quality has gone way down and prices way up. We ordered cockles and steamers for appetizers and crab cakes (listed as lump crab meat) and Thai style sea bass. The crab cakes were about 75% bread filling with very little crab meat and they were extremely spicy with much too much cayenne. The sea bass, which has in the past usually a good sized fish was very small. No one came by and asked us about our dinner and frankly we left a bit hungry after spending an astounding $23 for the crab cakes and $25 for the sea bass. I have eaten crab cakes at many restaurants and these were really over priced given their quality. I doubt we will ever return

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Terrible service experience

By tikka on 9/3/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

My wife and I had dinner at Brooklyn fish camp this evening and do not intend to return. The food was decent, though not exceptional for the area or price. Unfortunately the most memorable thing was the service. At the end of our meal, before our waitress had even returned with our check another waitress approached and asked us to leave, saying "I have like an hour wait for these tables...do you think...." and then stormed off before even finishing her question. Let me repeat - our waitress had not even brought us our check and they were already asking us to leave! Incredulous, we checked how long we had been in the restaurant - a whopping 54 minutes from arrival to being asked to leave for taking up one of their precious tables. The food was decent, but certainly not worth having a nice evening ruined by a waitress trying to increase her tips for the evening. We suggest you pass on the camp.

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the worst meal I have had in Brooklyn

By maritimus on 4/22/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

This place is absolutely horrible and overpriced. We had steamers to start which were terribly overcooked. I had grilled lobster which was the worst lobster I have ever had. How can you mess up lobster! It was ridiculously seasoned and again, overcooked. Like cardboard. Arctic char was also overcooked, practically white in color. and the kicker was dessert. I wanted to leave, but we got a hot fudge sundae, which had the cheapest tasting vanilla ice cream I've ever had. $10!!!! $34 for the lobster!!!!! The worst restaurant I've been to in years, a complete waste of time, money, and taste buds. Stay away! I feel bad for the very kind jazz singing waitress.

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