DISCLAIMER: All reviews are based on my personal opinions. I acknowledge that everyone has unique taste preferences and expectations. My individual experience may be different than others. I am NOT a professional food critic, nor do I pretend to be. These are my unbiased views on food establishments that I share for fun. Anyone who disagrees with me or agrees with me is welcomed to do so respectfully.
I’m surprised it took me so long to eat at Wildfish. Maybe I assumed it would be another overpriced disappointment. Maybe I wanted to preserve the idea that a decent seafood place actually exists in San Antonio. Whatever the case, I just never got around to going. Coincidently my boyfriend hadn’t been either. We decided to finally give it a try for my birthday this year.
Considering the buzz, we made it a point to go during happy hour (4pm-7pm). Our plan was to sample a variety of things as opposed to making a one-entrée commitment. Add a couple drinks to the equation & it seemed like the perfect dining strategy.
Our selection of appetizers included: the raw oysters (at a buck a piece on happy hour, we ordered 6), the crab cake, the pot stickers & the pacific ahi tuna served with soba noodles. The appetizers on happy hour were discounted fairly & in my opinion worth the visit. For example, on happy hour the crab cake is $10 & regularly it’s $17. In addition the drink selection was nice & they had many options for $5.
Unfortunately, the happy hour comes with a price. The place was packed with people. The crowd made it loud throughout the entire restaurant. If you plan to do some serious conversation happy hour is not the time to go. I also thought the place was oddly dark. I guess some would consider that swanky but to me it was a little creepy strange. The noise combined with the lighting made the atmosphere unpleasant.
After our appetizer spread we ordered a couple things from the regular menu. We chose the jumbo lump crap with avocado & a small side of truffled mac n cheese (yum!). For the sake of it being my birthday, we finished the evening with a few bites of dessert. Our server suggested the pineapple upside down cake so we went with that. It was a spectacle in itself as rum is poured over the cake & lit on fire tableside.
Bottom Line: Go for happy hour but expect noise. The prices are great & the food is OK. The seafood quality is decent & the mac n cheese is incredible. If you ever find yourself with a face blemish, this is the place to go. No one will see it in the dark.