Orange residents and folks from surrounding towns are thrilled with the Redfish Grill, at 285 Boston Post Road.
Since Orange Live posted an introductory story about the opening, more than 1,000 people have read about it and daily searches for “Redfish Grill” bring them here.
A couple of weeks ago, soon after it opened, we sat down with Spyro (Spee-ro) the owner, to chat about the restaurant.
Although an Internet search came up with two other Redfish Grill Restaurants in the USA, Spyro said there is NO connection to any other restaurant. (This is not a franchise) “We just sat down, picked this name, and liked it.”
Spyro has been in the restaurant business since 1977, when he graduated high school (This is his 9th business, which included Anthony’s Pier One in Cromwell, Carson’s in Newington, and Anthony’s Seafood Grill in Boca Raton, Fla. all of which have since been sold).
Locals know that the building has housed a couple of successful diners in the past, but as a nice restaurant, the owners wanted to have a comfortable yet classy feel. A designer came in and suggested all the colors and fixtures to appeal to customers. The choice of green is wonderful, it is the easiest color for the eyes to process and used in many places to relax. The other earth tones make this a fine place for diners to feel comfortable and welcome.
Spyro said he chose to open the Redfish Grill in Orange because it is a wonderful community and there are no other seafood restaurants in town.
The chef, David, has worked with Spyro for years, and they’ve put together an excellent menu that contains something for everyone even though it is 80-90% seafood choices, you will still find chicken and steak entrees. (Note: a majority of the items are gluten free) Click on Thumbnail photo below to view larger – click again to see full-size image.
The appetizers include Calamari; Crab Cakes; Raw Oysters; Spinach Dip with tortilla chips; and of course Shrimp.
There are six different types of dinner salads, including Chicken Cobb; Wedge; Caesar; House and the fancy “Snake River” with bacon, goat cheese, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette.
The Seafood Casserole is the most popular dish on the menu. This contains scallops, shrimp, lobster, scrod and cheese baked with sherry garlic butter cream sauce and comes with a choice of one house side.
If you’re in the mood for fried seafood, there are five different entrees to choose from including whole belly clams.
Fussy kids? Don’t worry, there’s Mac and Cheese and Pasta sides.
Readers told Orange Live that the New England Clam Chowder is “the best off of Cape Cod.”
The Lobster Rolls are made with the sweet meat of hard shell lobster, and, according to our regular reader, Dave, is “amazing.”
Another reader, Greg, shared this experience with us after dining with friends on Dec. 30, (which I find to be the best kind of review)
“We all shared one order of calamari for an appetizer and it was very good, nice and tender and not overly breaded, You may have to ask for bread, but it was the best I’ve had in a long, long time, small 6×6 loaves baked fresh, crispy thin crust with nice textured inside served with dipping oil with some spices.
We had 5 different meals and everyone raved about them. I had the night’s special, a Cajun seafood jambalaya, One had the seafood casserole, two ordered the grilled shrimp, one had the swordfish and the other the salmon.
They claim to only serve fish that is fresh never frozen, to whit they didn’t have their “signature dish” of red fish last night. The portions were generous and for those they came with sides, there are some nice choices in addition to the standard fries and coleslaw.
Desserts were ordered, two couples each shared an apple crisp a la mode, and another shared the fudge brownie sundae, both were fantastic.
Prices are reasonable, the wine and beer selection is good. We all had at least one drink, and a few glasses of wine were ordered. Service was good.”
The Redfish Grill offers a full bar with a large variety of wine and a a few craft beers. Customers seem to like the wine with their meals.
Be aware that there also is a comfortable, sit-down bar where you can enjoy wine, beer, or mixed drinks, including one of the 12 Redfish House Cocktails.
A Happy Hour is featured weekdays Monday – Friday from 4-6:30 p.m.
The Redfish Grill has 50 staff members, all of whom are polite, professional and know the menu choices inside and out, so a recommendation for an indecisive guest should not be a problem.
Spyro the reaction from customers so far has been positive and no one has left unhappy. “As long as customers leave happy, that’s all that matters.”
The Dining Room Seats 185 people, and the restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 15-20 people.
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Saturday and Sunday 12-10 p.m.
Click HERE for the Lunch Menu.
If you and your family eat fish on Friday, why not try the Redfish Grill? Tell them you heard about them on Orange Live.
Call ahead seating 203-553-9900