Mt Adams Fish House, Cincinnati, Ohio Restaurant Details

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Restaurant: Mt Adams Fish House

Address: 940 Pavilion St, Cincinnati (Hamilton), Ohio (OH), 45202

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Phone: (513) 421-3250

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2.7 based on 3 ratings
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08/23/2010 6:19 pm

My friend and I were in town for a conference and were told about Mt. Adams and the Fish House. We took a $7 cab ride from our hotel and were greeted by our server, Michael, as we entered the quaint little restaurant. I LOVE the smell of this place: A combination of lovely food and aging wood flooring (sounds terrible, but smells amazing!) We had the salad with gorgonzola, dried cherries, and a few other yummy surprises, PLUS, the planked mahi mahi and orange pepper sauce with roasted potatoes and steamed-to-perfection asparagus. Everything was so tasty, I wanted to eat everything -- including the plank -- but didn't. I said "no" to the bread, so I can't comment on how wonderful it probably is. Our server, Miachel was terrific, and the chef even came out to pose for pictures with us. The atmosphere was quaint, yet sophisticated, and the town is adorable. Our server suggested we walk to Kentucky (!) and gave us a detailed explanation which included a walking trail that winds along the Ohio riverbanks and a "Purple People Bridge." We ended up in Kentucky at a hopping little place called "Newport on the Levee." Anyway, I give this restaurant AND town 6 stars (even though I only get to click 5)!

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01/17/2010 10:51 pm

If you cook fish or any kind of seafood at home, don't eat here. You can definitely cook something better and cheaper at home. My fish was not even luke warm and my husbands fish was overcooked. the shrimp that came with my fish were so overcooked, you could have bounced them off the table like a rubber ball. Lobster bisque was way too salty and the sauce that came with my fish was so sweet I could only eat just a tiny bit of it. It's like they didn't even try! I will never go back there again. CM

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09/02/2009 1:30 pm

We recently dinned at Mt. Adam’s Fish House and it was a disappointment to say the least. While I will agree with the previous review that you must pay for quality seafood, Mt. Adam’s Fish House proves that higher price does not always mean better quality.

Our family recently visited the establishment to celebrate a birthday dinner, having hear and read some good reviews of the restaurant we decided to give it a shot. Reservations were made for an early-week evening for table of four. Upon our seating, we were conveniently placed next to the hallway for the bathroom, while an unreserved table was available near the window. However, our family was willing to give the restaurant a shot, regardless of where we were seated.

While we did not explore the appetizer menu too much, we ordered 3 sushi rolls and a crab cake for our table. The Black/Blue roll was a blacked tuna with avocado, nice spice and flavor combination. Another roll included yellow fin tuna, crab (in old bay seasoning) and avocado, which had a pleasant taste. The last was a volcano roll, which I could best describe as a tuna roll with a drop of hot Japanese mayo on top, sprinkled with seasoning. It was the most disappointing roll of the group, and for $6.95, not worth ordering. If you are only out for sushi, I would suggest forgoing Mt. Adam’s Fish House for another establishment (AOI, Dancing Wasabi, etc). The crab cake was a significant sized, and overall average for what a crab cake should be, but neither inspiring nor disappointing.

For our main meal, we ordered two seared tuna dishes, one swordfish, and a special that night, a stuffed lobster. My mother ordered the lobster, it was a whole lobster (nice sized) split down the middle, stuffed with lobster and crab, and served with a side of 4 asparagus spears. My father and I ordered the seared tuna. The cut of fish itself was excellent, thick, over seared, but nevertheless a quality cut of tuna; unfortunately, the caramel-like sauce that it was served with was overpowering and killed all of the subtle flavors of the fish. The sauce was a strong, sweet, and ruined the dish completely. Perhaps had the sauce been drizzled on the side, rather than the pool the rest of the meal floated in, it could have been tolerable, but sadly it was not. Not sure what the taste they were going for in this dish, but it missed the mark horribly, and took a good piece of tuna with it. My wife got the mahi-mahi served with sweet potatoes, some zucchini, in a pineapple/soy themed sauce. Again, the fish was good, the sweet potatoes were bland, and yet again, a strong, overpowering sauce flooded the plate. Soy, pineapple, and teriyaki were all we could taste in the dish. Rather disappointing for a restaurant that should make the fish the star of the meal, not just an afterthought.

My own experiences of the staff and the restaurant are not the point, I want people to focus on the most important thing: the food. In our experience, as you have read, it is an over sauced, overpriced restaurant that leaves your wanting a real seafood meal that focuses on the fish, to the sauce. I realize my review won’t do a damn, but I had to get this out there. Maybe 1 person changes their mind on the restaurant, maybe you order a different dish and have a wonderful dinning experience. But you won’t find our family eating there again, not for that cost and certainly not that that food.

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