Walk in the door of The Bonefish Grill, 120 Regency Parkway in Omaha, and one question will pop into your mind: "What's that smell?" There is an old adage about fish purveyors, "If you can smell it, run for your life!" The odor of this restaurant is not the pleasant 'fish cooking' type, it has more of a 'fish decaying' scent. That being said, the place was packed, so reservations are recommended, since waiting in the bar for very long, where the fishy aroma is strongest, may cause you to lose your appetite.
Once seated, the service is fast and friendly, the menu is well thought out and presented, and pricing is commensurate with the area. A wide variety of appetizers like Bang Bang Shrimp, Mussels Josephine and Singapore Calamari are served quickly to take the edge off of your edacity. Soups like Corn Chowder with Lump Crab or Clam Chowder are fresh and hot, and the Grilled Salmon and Asparagus salad includes pecan dusted goat cheese, green beans, fennels, tomatoes, all doused with a citrus herb vinaigrette dressing.
An ocean of seafood is offered, from Chilean Sea Bass to Cold Water Lobster Tails, with a selection of sauces to choose from like Warm Mango Salsa, Chimichurri or Pan Asian. If you are more in the mood for meat, Lily's Chicken, the Fontina Chop, and USDA Choice Sirloin steak are your best bets. If you are a filet mignon fan, The Bonefish Grill may not be the place for you: the filet comes out looking more like a size 2 from the leather section of Zappos than steak.
On a more positive note, The Bonefish Grill is associated with Ocean Trust, www.oceantrust.org, an ocean conservation foundation, and $1 from the sale of each Ocean Trust Martini is donated to assist in building partnerships for the environment. Other cocktails like the Black Cherry Guava Mojito and the Perfect Patron Margarita, an extensive wine list, import and domestic beer, and CocaCola products are proffered to whet your whistle.
A children's menu is offered at The Bonefish Grill, but it may not be such a great idea to take the kids. After all, youngsters tend to tell it like it is, and having your child yell, "Ewww, Mommy, what's that smeelll?" with a wrinkled up little nose, may not be the best way to begin a family dinner. Just food for thought.
If you decide to visit The Bonefish Grill, they are open:
Monday -Thursday: 4 pm til 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: 4 pm til 11 pm and Sunday: 3pm til 9pm.
Reservations can be made by calling: (402) 391-3474