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Sanitary Fish Market

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Sanitary Fish Market Review

It can get busy (hourlong waits) and noisy (600 seats), but locals and people from around the world (their photos, many celebrities among them, line the walls) gush about the seafood and don't mind the no-frills atmosphere. In 1938 when the Sanitary was founded, many fish houses were ill kept. The owners wanted to signal that theirs was different; clean, simple, and generous are still the bywords at this waterfront place where diners sit at long wooden tables. Have seafood prepared almost any way you want it—steamed, fried, grilled, or broiled. The two-course deluxe shore dinner has, among other things, shrimp, oysters, crabs, and fish. Hush puppies and coleslaw come with every meal.

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed late-Nov. to early Feb.
Updated: 11-07-2012

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    Love their fresh seafood.

    The atmosphere continues to be great, fantastic view right on the water. The restaurant is nice and open, with large rooms. The service was excellent and the food was, oh awesome!!... Love their fresh seafood.

    by JonAllen, 9/6/13
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    The atmosphere continues to be great

    The atmosphere continues to be great, fantastic view right on the water. The restaurant is nice and open, with large rooms. The service was excellent and the food was, oh awesome!!... Love their fresh seafood.

    by EdieGrant, 8/31/13
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    I was very disappointed with my sevice and food at the Sanitary Resturant. They were over priced and the portion was small for the price. I order an appetizer that came with my food. We sat there for 45 minutes before our food came. This resturant add a tip to the bill because they know that if they didn't the wait staff wouldn't get one. I ask for mines back because my waitress was slow and didn't come back to check on us.

    by shaclark4, 10/3/09

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