Happy Hour Spotlight: Mitchell’s Fish Market

Mitchell’s Fish Market | 28601 Chagrin Blvd. | Woodmere, OH

I don’t think the marlin is big enough.

One of my biggest regrets when I lived in Columbus was rarely eating at any of noted restaurateur Cameron Mitchell’s restaurants. Fortunately for me, one of his most popular concepts—Mitchell’s Fish Market—exists in Northeast Ohio. Also fortunate for me … they have happy hour!

Housed at Eaton Place—a lifestyle property made up of upscale retail, boutiques/specialty shops and high-end dining (think Legacy Village Lite)—Mitchell’s sits on Chagrin Boulevard near Interstate 271. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a charming communal fountain and a gigantic stainless-steel marlin sculpture in the courtyard. The restaurant itself is upscale—with a casual vibe—and features seafood house decor.

The bar/lounge area

Mitchell’s Fish Market boasts an impressive happy hour, offering steep discounts on hand-crafted cocktails, premium wines, domestic and import beers, and a wide variety of food. Of all the happy hours I’ve covered, this is the most impressive for drinks.

Domestic beers ($3) include Miller Lite, Budweiser and Coors Lite while Blue Moon Belgian White, Brooklyn IPA, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Guinness Stout, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Stella Artois comprise the premium and import drafts ($4.50). Spirits, cocktails and martinis—such as Jim Beam bourbon, Dewar’s scotch, 1800 Silver tequila, Tito’s vodka, margaritas and cosmopolitans—cost $5 to $6.50. Wines range from $6 to $7.50 and include Brancott sauvignon blanc, Montevina white zinfandel, Saint M riesling, Angove ‘Nine Vines’ moscato and J. Lohr ‘Riverstone’ chardonnay.

I ordered a greyhound (New Amsterdam vodka and grapefruit juice) while my mom indulged in a moscato white sangria. Both were excellent. The greyhound employed freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, which made it flavorful, light and refreshing. The sangria was an excellent combination of sweet and sour.

The sangria and greyhound were delightful.

Happy hour dishes—12 in total—cost between $4 and $7. Available items include queso dip, hush puppies, calamari, fish sandwiches, cheeseburgers, street tacos and chicken nachos. My fish sandwich was excellent; it was crispy, light and flaky. My mom’s cheeseburger was a winner as well. The simplicity of the dish—no overwhelming toppings or extra large buns—allowed its flavor and freshness to shine. The one disappointment was the hush puppies. The batter was bland and the ranch-based dipping sauce proved an ineffective accompaniment. I would have preferred something sweeter with more of a kick.

$16 for all three … believe it!

Happy hour at Mitchell’s is offered 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday, on the patio and in the bar and lounge areas. Another nice feature: Guests are given complimentary sourdough bread, fresh from the oven. Seating is plentiful. The service was outstanding on my visit. Ample parking is available at Eton Place.

Rating Scale& Verdict
🍷 🍷=Average 🍷🍷🍷=Good 🍷🍷🍷🍷=Excellent

🍷🍷🍷1/2 Quality Sunday happy hours are few and far between. Mitchell’s has one and it’s worth checking out. With football season fast approaching, I can’t think of a better place to celebrate Browns victories. Cheers.

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