Dive into the city's best fish and seafood restaurants with this handy list.
Get Fishy At One Of These Louisville Seafood Spots
Here are a few places to enjoy seafood
February 27, 2009
If you're from Louisville, you likely have memories of Mike Linnig's etched in your mind from childhood. Mom and dad would take you there to eat at the picnic tables and play on the playground in this outdoor fried fish paradise. The food is affordable and there are live bands and even a music festival in the summer. In the winter, you can still eat indoors but it won't be the same, except for the great food.
The fish and chips are huge and delicious.
A staple of the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue bar scene, the namesake for the O'Shea's family of pubs is not to be missed. The dark, woody atmosphere inside is so relaxing that it would be easy to sink into one of the booths (with a full Guinness, of course) for an entire afternoon. However, lots of outdoor seating is also available with arguably one of the best patios in town - with a great view for people watching. While better known for its beverages, O'Shea's also has an extensive menu with appetizers, salads (the Warm Brie Salad is great), entrees and, of course, a great Reuben!
You can't dock your boat here, but you can chow down on fried fish, shrimp, oysters, frog legs, salads and even burgers while looking out over the river at the Louisville skyline.
A casual setting with the feel and appearance of a seaside eatery
Catfish Haven Lake and Restaurant is a pay-to-fish lake and a seafood restaurant. There's a kids' pond as well. The Louisville Poker Tour comes in on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9 a.m., and on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Karaoke on Friday and Saturday. Seafood, fishing, poker and karaoke -- quite a combo!
Famous for homemade Boston Scrod, The Fishery offers a variety of fresh seafood and fried foods including frog legs, onion rings and potato wedges. An area classic, The Fishery has been nominated for the Best in Louisville award multiple times and has become a local seafood tradition. Drop by and enjoy the everyday special -- salmon croquettes.
Can't afford to take a trip to the United Kingdom? Bollocks! Just head on down to Fourth Street Live and visit the Pub. It's an English-style pub complete with wood-paneled walls and servers in kilts with T-shirts that say things like, "You Wanker!" We hear they have a mighty good fish and chips.
All the great KingFish food you can get on the river, but inland. You can't dock your boat here, but you can chow down on fried fish, shrimp, oysters, frog legs, salads and even burgers.
You don't necessarily have to be shopping in Clarksville's mammoth Bass Pro Shop to be able to enjoy this restaurant, located on the top floor of the behemoth. The menu is focused primarily on fish and seafood dishes and offers a wide variety including alligator and calamari, as well as more common fare such as grilled mahi mahi. Anyone coming along who may not be a seafood lover still has plenty of choices including pastas, burgers, ribs and steak.
It's a small carry-out place with limited seating. But you can get all manner of fried seafood here. In an area where fried fish is king, the Dock is sure to please.
Irish Rover carries a wide selection of genuine Irish flavors ranging from the classic fish and chips to the famous Scotch eggs
After being in business for 11 years, Fish Inn, then operating in Mt. Washington, we decided to close our "Mom and Pop" eatery due to health reason. We had been closed 2 years when our children approached us with the idea of reopening the restaurant back in Fern Creek where we started out and still live.
This downtown seafood joint focuses on take-out orders, but there's a small seating area for those who choose to dine in. Plenty to choose from for any seafood lover: salmon, oysters, crab-cakes and the good old fried fish sandwich.
Mitchell's Fish Market at the Summit boats some of the freshest fish in Louisville. For the seafood lover, Mitchell's offers more than 80 different types of seafood, with fresh choices flown in daily. Be bold and try something outside of your usual crab cakes and white fish this time. Take your meal outside and enjoy live concerts on summer weekends at The Summit and some fabulous people-watching.
Hungry Pelican has been around the Louisville area for years, bringing you the freshest fish. It features whitefish and showfish, which is caught and immediately frozen at sea to lock in freshness.
With a snazzy, seaside shack feel and easygoing atmosphere, Jo Jo's certainly gives an enjoyable experience without the grease. Made fresh when you order, the good homecooked feel and large portions will always leave you feeling full and with extra to take home.
Owner Joey Jackson has spent smidge less than half his life working at Clarksville Seafood, a fried fish haven that holds an almost mystical sway over its fans, many of whom (including me) have been regulars for decades. Folks who prefer their fish in the cracker-style breading that's ubiquitous at area fish fries, will order the cod, hand-carved triangular filets that are dipped in milk before being coated and fried to a golden crunch.
A family friendly place that serves all kinds of American food. But the specialty is the fish sandwich, and folks come from all around to get it. The menu also features frog legs, shrimp, oysters, sandwiches, burgers and chicken.
Get your fried fish and chicken wings at Kip's. A small building, you might have to wait on a busy night, but the smell of crispy fish and spicy wings will prime your belly for a tasty meal.
This new eatery was opened by a man who moved here from his home in South Carolina, where he was used to eating Calabash-style fried fish. Calabash seafood is lightly breaded in milk and and a combination of bread crumbs and cornmeal. The coolest thing might be the hush-puppies, lightly sweetened...