During the Lenten season, many people give up red meat on Friday's in favor of meals of the ocean variety. Luckily, Fort Wayne is home to a number of restaurants serving up fish of the fresh, fried, baked and gourmet variety.
Whether you're looking to grab a quick and casual bite to eat, or want to enjoy something on the nicer side, there's a fish dish for everyone!
Where to Find the Best Fish in Fort Wayne, Indiana
JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House
Since 2007, JK O'Donnell's has served countless hungry residents and visitors with an authentic Irish menu. From its popular Bangers and Mash to extensive beer list, JK O'Donnell's has quickly become a downtown favorite, and especially during St. Patrick's Day and the Lenten Season!
121 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne 46802
Must-try fish dish: Dig into JK O'Donnell's Fish and Chip, featuring two fillets of cod coated with housemade batter and deep-fried. Served with pub chips and JK slaw.
Big Eyed Fish
Big Eyed Fish is a staple in the Wells Street Corridor, and for good reason. Not only are they known for their delicious, and reasonably priced, fish dinners, they are also family-friendly with a definite neighborhood feel.
Big Eyed Fish is located at 1502 North Wells Street, Fort Wayne 46808. Check out their express locations off Hillegas Road and Leo Road.
Must-try fish dish: The three-fish dinner combo meal is popular - make sure you get their sweet tartar sauce on the side and an order of hush puppies.
During Lent, Hall's restaurants around Fort Wayne offer delicious fish fry specials on Fridays. With locations in several neighborhoods, you're never far from tasty fish.
Hall's Commissary, Hall's Hollywood Drive-In, and Hall's Prime Rib all feature the Friday Fish Fry.
Shigs In Pit
The Maplecrest and Illinois Road locations of the local BBQ Favorite Shigs In Pit are offering some tasty Lenten specials. Choose Fried Jumbo Shrimp or Fried Catfish.
Fancier Fort Wayne, Indiana Restaurants
Paula's on Main
If you ask anyone where they would go for delicious fish in Fort Wayne, chances are Paula's on Main ranks among the top.
Not only is Paula's a great place to go for seafood, it's regarded as one of the best restaurants in Fort Wayne period. You'll never have to wonder if your seafood is fresh or frozen, as Paula's Seafood Market is front and center, showcasing the freshest from the sea. Don't skip out on Paula's martini and specialty drink list - you won't be disappointed!
Paula's on Main is located at 1732 West Main Street, Fort Wayne 46802. Reservations are recommended and can be placed by calling 260.424.2300.
Must-try fish dish: Paula's is known for a wide variety of fish options, but fried fish fans may gravitate to their Plate O' Perch with crispy seasoned breading.
The Oyster Bar
The Oyster Bar is one of Fort Wayne's oldest establishments and one of the best for fish and seafood in town. Its cozy environment and authentic seafood dishes make it a hot-spot for Fort Wayne diners.
Reminiscent of east coast seafood restaurants, The Oyster Bar is a great place to enjoy in downtown Fort Wayne for a nice lunch or a big night out!
The Oyster Bar is located at 1830 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne 46802. Reservations can be made at 260.744.9490.
Must-try fish dish: Their Salmon with Romesco Sauce and Signature Walleye receives rave reviews, but don't forget to ask about the daily specials.
When you think of BakerStreet your mind may go to one of their mouthwatering steaks, and other culinary creations, but they are also highly regarded for their seafood selection.
Everything is promised fresh and prepared to order. I would highly suggest pairing a wine from BakerStreet's extensive list with your meal as well!
BakerStreet Steakhouse is located at 4820 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne 46825. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 260.484.3300.
Must-try fish dish: BakerStreet's Blackened Ahi Tuna is unique and exciting, with char-grilled romaine lettuce, tomatoes and red onion adding to its flavor.
Did we miss somewhere with a great selection? Let us know your favorite places in town to grab fish in Fort Wayne! Browse our other great, local restaurants here.
• Friday Seafood Buffet at the Garden Grill, March 4 through April 15, 2022
This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated.