Blackfish - Conshohocken

4.8
2519 reviews
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Blackfish, the flagship BYOB of Chef/owner Charles "Chip" Roman, offers seafood-centered, progressive American cuisine with French influences.

Guests can enjoy a daily changing a la carte menu, as well as tasting menus ranging from five-to-seven courses.

Blackfish opened in 2006 and has since been named “Best Restaurant” in Philadelphia Magazine’s 2011 “50 Best Restaurants” issue, calling Blackfish “flat-out fantastic; sophisticated without being overbearingly avant-garde, pretty and fresh without being precious; the perfect restaurant of the moment.”

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavor combinations. Wonderful ingredients. Very inventive preparations and presentation. Love this place!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner! Opted for the five course tasting menu and couldn’t have been more pleased. Every course was a winner with twists on some old classics. An amuse bouchée of mushroom soup, Tuna tartar with Yuzu, smoked salmon with soft egg, chocolate pepperdelle with boar ragu, sea scallops ( which I am not usually a fan of but these were delicious), silky creme caramel, and a little filled doughnut with lemon curd. Service was attentive although dinner was slow to come out. Our server noticed what wine we had brought and let the kitchen know so our dinner would be compatible. It was a Saturday night and the place was packed. Noise level high. Will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really exceptional chef’s tasting menu, with food that had my wife and I remarking to each other how great each plate was. From the salmon smoked in house to what I thought were the best cooked scallops I’d ever had and the short rib with a gorgeous lacquer, each plate had something completely unique and expertly executes. The service was very kind and attentive, and my wife and I enjoyed a great date night here.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I am very sensitive to overcooked fish. Blackfish is typically pretty good, not great. The fish is fresh and tasty, though. Service is attentive, but can be somewhat amateurissh. All in all a very good experience.

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Philadelphia
138 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We shared the charred broccoli, which was delicious. We shared two entrees: Arctic Char and a meal size portion of the lamb pappardelle. The char was amazing and the pappardelle was tasty, although the lamb seemed hard and over cooked. For dessert we shared the yummy warm chocolate cake. So wonderful! It was light and the coffee ice cream married perfectly with it. BYOB makes it even better. Will definitely return.

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Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the food was superb. And the wait service was friendly and unrushed. He even recognized we were toasting my birthday, and ended the meal with a complimentary mini-desert. Only disappointment was that they failed to acknowledge our request for certain tables, and receptionist was not very friendly with her response. Unusual...

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Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had not been to Blackfish in several years, after a few visits that failed to go beyond the mediocre, but we were very pleased to find that it has now returned to its previous level of excellence. Although the restaurant was quite crowded, both food and service were top flight.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, wonderful restaurant.... all 4 of us enjoyed the food... and 1 of us is very picky!
Thanks!

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MC
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! The service was impeccable and one of the best meals we've had at a restaurant!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every aspect!! Service was exemplary and Kip’s passion for service and the food as he described every dish and answered our questions further enhanced the experience as the food was outstanding!!

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal @ Blackfish BYOB in Conshocken. It was a fixed 4 course seafood menu, including crab, octopus, and scallops. 3 of the diners had that, one went a la carte. One of the a la carte items was seared fois gras, amazing!!!
The best part of the evening was our waiter, who was so nice, and so accomondating.
We will certainly be dining there again.

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TW
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This seafood tasting was absolutely one of their best. Super!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for girls night and as always the food was amazing and the service was exceptional!

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AL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional hi quality complex dishes. This is a foodie kind of place. Not for everyday dining. Each dish was exceptionally made and complex in flavors. From the complimentary taste of mushroom soup, the pappardelle to the escargot to roasted broccoli, duck breast and fish. Everything was extremely enjoyable. The wait staff was polite and attentive. Our waiter was new but he showed great desire to make our meal special. He’s going to be great as he settles in. Our only knock is the space is a little small and tables a little too crouched together. Makes it a bit noisy and loses any chance of intimacy. But if you like a livelier dining atmosphere, it shouldn’t bother you much. All-in-all, a great place.

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service here was terrific. We were made to feel very welcome and cared for throughout the whole meal. We came on a night when there was a 3-course menu for $35 and we enjoyed all the offerings. The ciabatta bread was so good! Portions are on the small side but we were pleasantly full by dessert.

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DK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of best restaurants I've eaten at anywhere: Phlly, Paris, Rome, Brussels, London, Barcelona, etc. I have been here twice and both times were absolutely fantastic. Both times in my personal top 12 meals of all times.

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JS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately Blackfish has gone from being one of our favorite restaurants to being inconsistent. I would have recommended this BYOB without reservation a few years ago but my last 2 visits have been underwhelming and erratic at best. We dined on Saturday night and after receiving our first course there was literally a 1 hour break before receiving our 2nd course - the server never acknowledged
this delay and adeptly avoided coming to our table - finally the host came over and apologized for the long delay saying there was an issue in the kitchen.

The 2nd course came out room temperature instead of hot and again we had another long wait (40 minutes) between the 2nd course and entree. The entrees were underwhelming - they had no seasoning or flavor - it was so noticeable that one person at our table didn't eat her meal at all. When we told the host - We comped a dessert but when spending this amount of $ - I would rather have a better meal from the start.

We had a similar experience about 9 months ago - on our last visit and we thought it was just a bad night but it looks like this is the new BlackFish normal. Our waiter never said one word to us about the delays and us not enjoying our entree - she seemed to sense something was wrong and instead of addressing it she just kept avoiding our table which made things worse.

After over a decade of memorable meals at Black Fish (over 12+ dinners) I don't think we are going to be back again - very sad!

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C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu is great. Service is polite and snappy.

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KD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and service. Best BYOB in Philly.

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BR
London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently likely the best restaurant in the Philly suburbs that I am aware of.

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Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have lived in Conshy for years and finally were able to visit Blackfish for our anniversary. Let me start off by saying the service is impeccable. The hostess greeted us at the door and wished us a happy anniversary as she seated us. The wait staff is extremely knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing in the least. I enjoy a slower paced meal and not feeling rushed or pressured to give up my table so the restaurant can get the next guests in- so the fact that we were able to enjoy our dinner leisurely was a definite plus for this restaurant.

And, the food was stellar. My husband had the smoked salmon - admittedly I’m not usually a fan but it was delicious, and paired with the egg was amazing. I had the burgundy snails, which were very good and a nice change from the standard garlic & butter escargot. Our main courses (swordfish and dolrade) were good but I think the first and second courses were actually better.

It’s definitely a place for special occasions, and overall an excellent restaurant that we will definitely return to and recommend. The only drawback is that it’s a smaller place so you can be pretty crammed in. We had the unfortunate luck to be seated next to a party of six with one fairly exuberant (aka loud) woman, but that’s not the fault of this gem of a restaurant and the quality of the service and food definitely make it worthwhile.

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CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service

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RB
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal! Great food & service! Very creative. Attention to detail.

BYOB

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RM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time and everyone at our table chose the 5-course tasting menu. it was sublime. My only caveat is next time we'll ask for no red meat as clearly fish and seafood is their strength though their fois gras appetizer was excellent.

Overall the ambiance was lovely but the noise level was horrible, strongly suggest putting some type of baffling up.

Can't wait to go back

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c
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our food was wonderful. But at that level of food & pricing the service was poor. I'm not looking for fancy, just competent. We often had to stop other servers for silverware or to ask a question about the menu. They brought apps with no plates for sharing even though we said we are sharing. The server didnt know what type of ice cream came with a dessert (it was vanilla). The dessert showed up without the ice cream and took a while till it came out. Etc....

It was also quite noisy even for a small byob.

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AM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious! Did the seven course tasting and every plate was better than the next one. Service was also excellent, would go back again and again!

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Naples
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, our table got the chefs sampler - was interesting and delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are lucky to have this restaurant in Conshohocken. Blackfish could be in NYC or any major city and would be impossible to get into. Amazing tasting menu that they will personalize for your party

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IW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 4 who had never been here before. The staff provided full explanations of the food served and how it was prepared. Everything was incredibly delicious, creative and unique. I couldn't recommend this dining EXPERIENCE more. It's a must.

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TW
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tastings are usually excellent, this was one of the best

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place!

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R
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was really disappointed with our meal at Blackfish for New Year’s Eve. First, there was a fixed price 4 course menu that I could have sworn was 85$ per person a week ago and it changed to 95$ the day before (I don’t care much about this but thought I should note). The whole night was disappointing. When we were seated our waitress didn’t come to our table at all for 15 minutes and when approached there was no introduction all that was said was “any questions about the menu” we then chose our courses and most of the food that came out was super underwhelming. Lobster angolatti was dry and the lobster in it was chewy with no flavor. The short ribs were so dry and hard that I could barely get my knife through it and the lemon meringue tart was just mush. I hate to be so negative but I have been to this restaurant before and it was excellent but my partner and I paid way too much money for the meal and experience we received.

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D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there New Years Eve. Excellent prix fixe menu with plenty of choices. Food was creative and outstanding

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 5 course chef tasting! It was amazing. We wanted to lick our plates

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious thoughtful food. Beautifully presented. Loved everything. Dessert ranking of the ones we ordered :1) beignets 2) Colombe coffee creme brûlée 3) warm chocolate cake. BYOB

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JM
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very enjoyable dinner. We love dining in Pennsylvania, as Maryland has very few BYOBs. We sat in the back room, which was considerably quieter than the front room. Gorgeous presentation and delicious flavors. Waitstaff was attentive, knowledgeable, efficient. :)

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K
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fish usually good but it was very over cooked and dry this time

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FE
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and it never disappoints. I chose it for my birthday because it always feels like a special meal. The service is stellar, friendly and knowledgeable. The space is classic and serene. And the food is thoughtful and meticulously prepared. One of my favorite BYOBs in the region.

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t see when I booked the restaurant that it was a BYOB—thank God the food was amazing!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been to Blackfish for a while, so when I was asked to choose a restaurant for our BYOB group I was lucky to snag a table for 6 on a Saturday night. I couldn’t be happier. We were greeted and sat right away. We all chose the 5 course tasting menu which was spectacular. I’m pretty sure we had more than 5 courses though! Each course was perfectly cooked. Even the LBF crabcakes were spot on, and I’m a big critic of chefs that duplicate a classic dish! Kudo’s to Chip & team. Everyone thanked me for making such a good choice in reservations.

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