Review: California Fish Grill has come to Bakersfield!


Thalia Pimentel

A gloomy day at the new Fish Grill in Bakersfield.

Thalia Pimentel, Reporter

Feeling fishy? There’s a new restaurant in town called California Fish Grill serving your best-fried fish, shrimp, and yummy sides and drinks! If you’re on a diet, they have keto-friendly meals as well. The restaurant is located on the corner of 5601 California Ave, Bakersfield, CA.
I walked in kind of skeptical because I am not much of a fish person myself, but I am open to trying new things. When I arrived, the employees were so welcoming and offered to help me order because they could tell it was my first time.
I ordered the Breaded Shrimp Plate for $9.74 with a side of French Fries and Brown Rice. I also ordered the Fried Catfish Plate for $12.74 with a side of Street Style Corn and French Fries again. With my order, they gave me complimentary Tartar sauce, Ranch, Lemons, and Fresh Salsa which was really tasty.
I have to admit the Street Style Corn caught me by surprise because it has Scallops on it which is kind of out of my comfort zone, but the cilantro and grated Parmesan cheese helped the flavors come together. Overall, it was my favorite side because it was just filled with flavor.
In total, I paid $24.32 which is not bad considering I bought 2 whole plates that came with 2 sides each and since I ordered to-go I didn’t purchase any drinks because I’m that person that has a variety of sodas and juice at home.
The food itself was very tasty! Fresh shrimp and fish with a good crunchy and yummy texture, the seasonings were perfect. The sides of Brown Rice, French Fries, and Street Style Corn were delicious as well!
It took about 10-15 minutes to wait for the takeout order which is the average wait time, and the workers inside were definitely working hard and trying their best the get orders in and out as efficient as possible with great customer service.
Fish Grill also has outdoor seating and workers constantly sanitizing since we are still in the middle of a global pandemic. Masks are required upon entry of the restaurant as well for their workers.
On a scale of 1-10, I would definitely give Fish Grill a score of a solid 9/10 just because at the end of the day I’m not a fish person, I love my fat steaks. Although, I am definitely returning for the Fried Fish and Shrimp Basket with my different sides and sauces.
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