Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, Indiana has great seafood. For some this may seem improbable. After all, the Fort Wayne coastline meets only the waters of Lake Michigan. But it is true.

Here are my top five restaurants for seafood in our fair city. Enjoy!

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The Oyster Bar offers outdoor seating in summer months.

The Oyster Bar – Fort Wayne’s oldest restaurant does a fantastic job of producing high-end, carefully prepared fish and oysters in a casual, quaint, and eclectic atmosphere. Word to the wise: be sure to call ahead for a reservation it is popular and the dining room is small.

Paula’s On Main – Paula’s definitely leads the way where seafood is concerned. The daily specials are always interesting, but the place is known for its outstanding crab cakes and clam chowder. If you can’t stay to dine-in then buy yourself some fish or pre-made crab cakes from the fish market in the lobby to take home. It is a win either way.

Catablu – This southwest side eatery serves up excellent seafood in a sleek contemporary space. The menu at Catablu is diverse but not overwhelming – everything from gluten-free fried shrimp to ahi tuna. It is a great spot for a business dinner, date, or solo dining experience. The bar is comfortable and great for eating alone. In the summer the patio is open for your enjoyment as well.

Trolley Bar – The Trolley has a wide ranging menu that includes some tasty seafood fair, including some outstanding walleye. The Trolley offers a seriously date-night inspired environment. The dim lightning and generous spacing between tables provides a nice night for a couple or a casual spot for a business dinner or lunch. The Trolley is always a great stop.

Chappell’s Coral Grill - A Fort Wayne institution may be in a newer home, but it still offers great seafood choices including oysters, shrimp, and a variety of fish. The dining room and bar are those of a classic seafood place and the meal was worthy of a return visit.

Yum! I get hungry just thinking about it! What are some of your favorites that I might have overlooked?


Whitney is a Southern girl. She is an attorney by trade and an administrator by birth who works at a local college. Whitney spends her free time adventuring with her border collie Scout and blogging at It is pretty -

4 Responses to “Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Fort Wayne”

    January 16th, 2013
    When visiting the coast I have enjoyed wonderful fresh grilled fish tacos. My friends and I are looking for a grilled fish taco in Fort Wayne. In our search we have found only breaded fish tacos. I now see Paula's and The Oyster Bar have what we are looking for. Thank you.
    ada alvarez
    March 8th, 2014
    looking for some trout but not farm there anywhere that sells it or has in their restaurant..thank you... ada
      March 10th, 2014
      Hi Ada! Try chekcing out Paula's on Main or the Oyster Bar. I think those would be your best bet restaurant wise.
    April 8th, 2014
    Some of the best grilled fish tacos that I have had are at the new Jimmy's Grill at the SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse just off Lima Rd and Coliseum Blvd. I highly recommend!

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