My husband and I met another couple at Fish last night. The food was outstanding -- every dish executed to utter perfection. The skate was, in a word, sublime. However, everything else about our experience was lousy.
The service was lackluster. Our waiter did not do justice to ANY of the dishes he described. He was impossible to track down, entirely unenthusiastic, and generally seemed unhappy to be there.
The room was way too warm (summer nights in Philly are hot -- last night was not an exception), and it was way too loud. We were practically screaming at each other all evening.
It's a small thing, but the bread was horrible, too. After we placed our orders, a waiter came by and placed a small piece of white bread on each of our bread plates. This bread can best be compared to a sliced, day-old hoagie roll.
Overall, the atmosphere and service didn't match the food. If the room had been cool and a little more quiet, and the service had been attentive, we would have had an entirely different experience. After last night, I am not in a hurry to go back....