Sunday, August 09, 2015

Bonefish Grill - Review

The girls and I had a great opportunity to visit the newly remodeled Bonefish Grill in North Hills (Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC).   I was accompanied by my oldest daughter and middle daughter (my youngest daughter was in NY visiting family). 

The girls were excited but not sure what to expect.  I consider Bonefish Grill more of an adult restaurant so we never took the girls there when they were younger.  Now that the girls are older it was really special to give them more of a fine dining experience.   I myself had previously visited another Bonefish Grill location with co-workers  but mainly for drinks and appetizers - this was the first time I visited for dinner.  

I had not visited the Six Forks location prior to the remodel but I do have to say that the interior was beautiful -  modern with rustic elements....clean lines but varying texture in the decor - light and dark hardwoods, ornamental iron, booth dividers made of glass and papyrus(?), etc.  The lighting was low and the general ambiance was what you would expect when going out to a nice dinner.   It all worked together very nicely.  

When we arrived we were offered a seat outside but I informed the greeter that we already had reservations.  Once we entered the restaurant I noticed that it was actually full with a small wait but fortunately our table was ready and we were seated immediately.

The girls were not familiar with the menu but were hungry.  When the server arrived to take our drink order, I also ordered the Bang Bang Shrimp for the appetizer.  Once we were settled and had our menus I helped the girls select their entrees which I usually have to do when we go to out for a nicer dinner. 

The girls ordered off of the regular menu.  Miss C. was very hungry so I suggested the Grouper which is mild tasting fish but seems to have a denser texture so is more filling than other white fish options.  Miss N. on the other hand likes a lighter fish so I recommended that she try the Tilapia.  Christine, our server, agreed with my recommendations - the girls did not want to take just my word alone so it was helpful to have a second opinion.  Ultimately both girls LOVED their entrees.  

I like to try different foods (always) and opted to order off of the seasonal menu instead.  You can see our choices below. With the exception of the Bang Bang Shrimp I was able to include pictures of everything else we ordered.  (The shrimp were fabulous and eaten very quickly - basically they were gone before I remembered to snap a photo!)

Overall we had a wonderful experience.  Our server was excellent - very friendly, helpful and attentive.  Our food arrived quickly and was absolutely delicious.  The manager (Willoby?) also stopped by our table to check in with us.  I always appreciate when the manager takes time to do this.  It shows that the business cares about the customer experience.  I would definitely visit Bonefish Grill again and hope to do so on a date with my DH or with a group of friends .    I would also definitely recommend Bonefish grill to family and friends.  

Pictures of our dining experience are included below along with a recent press release about the new menu.  I hope that you enjoy!

Miss C and Miss N!

Bread and Olive Oil with seasoning.  By the time I remembered to take a photo it was almost gone!

My dinner!:  Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon with a spinach / bleu cheese / bacon sauce.  Sides:  Mushroom Ravioli and Zucchini.  Delicious!  The Salmon was wonderful but the Mushroom Ravioli were to die for!  

Miss C's dinner - Grouper with mango salsa, whipped potatoes and a side of zucchini.

Miss N's dinner - Almost identical to Miss C's but instead of the Grouper, she opted for the Tilapia with mango salsa.  She also had the whipped potatoes and a side of zucchini.

Miss N's favorite dessert - Crème brûlée!  We actually made crème brûlée at home for her birthday a few months back.  Unfortunately it did NOT come out well so she was so excited to order some for dessert; thankfully she shared as it was wonderful - rich, creamy and decadent!  We had a great time joking about how the Bonefish Grill crème brûlée was so much better than the version we tried to make at home LOL.

Another dessert option was an espresso martini (my favorite!) - SO tempting but it was late and I had to drive so opted to bypass and share Miss N's dessert instead.  There is always next time!

You can find out more about Bonefish Grill at the following sites"
Bonefish Grill website


From the official Press Release:

Bonefish Grill's New Culinary Forward Menu Offers Innovation and Variety

New selections available at all locations starting today
You spoke and we listened! Today, Bonefish Grill® is launching its new guest-inspired menu with more than 20 new innovative items to complement classic favorites. The culinary forward menu adds Bowls, Steaks, Deluxe Sides and Dessert Flatbreads, using only the highest quality, freshest ingredients, to the existing innovative and seasonal offerings.
"With the new additions to our dinner menu, guests can experience a new side of Bonefish Grill," said Bonefish Grill President Stephen Judge. "We continue to offer our guests great value, fresh fish selections and now an even wider variety of choices. There’s something new for everyone to love."
New bowls deliver bold flavor, using fresh vegetables that combine Asian and Mediterranean inspired flavors.
  • Spicy Tuna Bowl – premium sushi grade, sesame-seared rare tuna served with avocado, sweet chile sauce, jasmine rice and passion fruit salsa

  • Seared NY Strip Bowl – USDA Choice NY Strip seared to your preference served with marinated cucumbers, roasted peanuts and passion fruit salsa, jasmine rice and a black pepper aioli

  • Shrimp Pad Thai Bowl – sautéed shrimp combined with rice noodles, green onions, peanuts, egg and a traditional Pad Thai sauce

  • Fire Roasted Vegetables Bowl – a seasonally fresh selection of vegetables combined with pearl couscous with herb and pesto dipping sauce available with choice of wood-grilled shrimp or herb-grilled chicken
New Wood-Grilled steak specialties include a savory 13 oz. USDA Choice Rib-Eye, perfect with white truffle butter or choice of several new steak signature sauces including:
  • Béarnaise Sauce – classic hollandaise based sauce flavored with tarragon and red wine

  • Asian Peppercorn Demi-Glace – schezwan peppercorns blended with a reduced brown sauce

  • Porcini Sage Butter – blended butter sauce with porcini mushrooms and fresh sage

  • Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Sauce – Marsala wine reduction finished with sliced mushrooms and crisp bacon

  • White Truffle Butter – Italian white truffles blended with fresh creamy butter
Or try the Ahi Tuna Steak, fire-kissed and perfectly paired with a signature sauce including the new Lime Tomato Garlic sauce – creamy butter sauce with garden fresh tomatoes and a hint of lime.
Deluxe Sides are now available to complement Wood-Grilled selections and entrées including:
  • Crab Fried Rice – jumbo lump crab wok-fried with eggs, bell peppers, carrots and green onions with a hint of soy sauce

  • Porcini Mushroom Ravioli – classic Italian ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms and ricotta cheese sautéed in a sage brown butter and topped with crispy mushrooms

  • Wood-Grilled Broccolini – small florets tossed with garlic herb butter
Four new appetizers provide a unique approach to classic favorites:
  • NY Strip Tataki – perfectly seared USDA Choice NY Strip, Thai peppers and a mustard soy sauce

  • Twisted Edamame Hummus – edamame replaces traditional garbanzo beans, topped with a roasted tomato relish and crunchy pepitas served with flatbread chips

  • Bang Bang Shrimp® Flatbread – crispy shrimp, mozzarella cheese, cilantro and a creamy, spicy sauce

  • Cold Snap Ceviche – chilled bay scallops, shrimp, fresh fish, avocado, cucumber, jalapeno, citrus, cilantro served in a glass made entirely of ice and warm tortilla chips on the side
The perfect way to finish a meal is with a Dessert Flatbread such as S’mores with creamy chocolate, toasted marshmallow and graham cracker crumbs.

Bonefish Grill has also added new handcrafted concoctions to start or complement any occasion. The Fresh Pineapple Martini is made with Malibu Rum, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, fresh pineapple and homemade vanilla bean simple syrup. The refreshing Cold Snap Cucumber Cosmo is made with Reyka vodka, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur and fresh English cucumbers served on the rocks in a glass made entirely of ice.
"We're always looking to push the envelope," said Judge. "Our innovative and creative culture is going beyond what we have presented in the past. This new menu, coupled with friendly and attentive service, will continue to make Bonefish Grill a favorite place to dine."

The new menu is now available at all Bonefish Grill locations nationwide. Reservations are conveniently available via Catch-A-Table, Bonefish Grill’s new online reservation system available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at or by calling the restaurant. Walk-ins are always welcome.

About Bonefish Grill
Founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish from around the world and other savory wood-grilled specialties. Guests receive "chef's coat service" and are guided through an innovative, seasonal menu and specials featuring the highest-quality, fresh ingredients. Combined with a big-city bar, Bonefish Grill offers hand-crafted cocktails and an affordable list of 30 wines by the glass offering a great match for any food pairing.

The restaurant provides a fun and lively place to eat, drink, relax and socialize on any given day of the week. The experience is based on the premise of simplicity, consistency and a strong commitment to excellence at every level. In thirteen years, the award-winning Bonefish Grill family has grown to nearly 200 restaurants across the country. For more information, visit, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


Thank you to Bonefish Grill for this review opportunity!  I was provided with gift cards for review purposes.  I did not receive any other compensation for this review and I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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