Friday, 10 February 2017 19:33

"Talkin' Tacos"


Original Post in SRQ Magazine :

"Madfish Grill knows how to talk tacos. In a city specializing in perfecting the art of the beloved fish taco, some feel the pressure is just too much. Madfish Grill surpasses expectations with its spin on this Mexican favorite while staying true as masters of seafood. The soft flour tortillas (or corn tortillas upon request) overflow with fresh, spicy blackened mahi, cilantro slaw and get filled to capacity with lettuce, cheddar jack cheese and pico de gallo, all served along house-made salsa. It’s no wonder people have been talking about the Mahi Mahi tacos at Madfish Grill for over a decade."


Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:41

High West Whiskey Tasting June 25th

Join us and our friend and spirits specialist Gerry Flanagan from Breakthru Beverage for a sampling of High West Whiskey's highly rated Bourbons, Ryes and Blends.  Gerry will be on site from 6PM until 7:30PM on Saturday June 25th.  You will sample their Double Rye, American Prarie blended Bourbon, Rendezvous Rye and Campfire Scotch-Rye-Bourbon blend. The tasting is just $12.  You can enjoy it in the bar or in the dining room and reservations are not required.  These whiskeys are unique so we hope you will give them a try!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:21

Tasting Menu

Summer greetings from all of us at The Madfish Grill!  Here is a sample of our Summer Tasting Menu Which will start June 17th 2016 and run for a limited time!  The format has changed a bit from years past, but we think you will find it delicious!  Whether you live right around the corner or are coming from Palmer Ranch, Lakewood Ranch or out east, we hope you will find it worth the drive!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 22:10

Happiest Hours at Madfish Grill

Now available in the bar and on the patio from 4PM- Close.  Happiest Hours pricing from 4PM-6PM and 8PM-close Take three bucks off!

Monday, 25 January 2016 16:13

Pedroncelli Wine Dinner

Friday, 06 November 2015 19:07

Ipswich Whole Belly Clams At Madfish Grill!

I’m writing this blog in advance of an up-coming menu change that will affect our customers who dine with us to eat whole belly clams.  Due to the rising cost of whole bellies and our desire to only offer the finest quality clams,  we will only be ordering them once a week.  They will be available Thursday until we run out.  For the first few weeks after this menu adjustment, we will continue to have them available all week, until we get everyone in the loop!

With a quick Google search, I came up with a vendor who will ship them to you in case we do not have them available, or you would like to cook them at home...

 Buy whole bellies here!

Some of the challenges that face the fishermen who harvest the clams are temperature and weather where they may simply not be available. 

What other restaurants in Sarasota offer whole belly clams?  Honestly, searching the internet we found only ourselves.  Funny that such a desirable item for all out North East transplants isn't more readily available.

What is the difference between a Ipswich whole belly and a regular old clam?  Ipswich clams are soft shell clams are eaten steamed in the shell, deep fried or occasionally sautéed.  Hard shell clams are from a different scientific classification order and are just completely different in taste and texture.  Hard clams are eaten many ways – raw, sautéed, steamed, fried or in soups.  Hard shell clams are found in New England Clam Chowder and large hard shell clams are processed for clam strips.


As for the size of the whole belly clams we sell, we do not have any control over that unfortunately.  In the current market conditions, we are lucky to get them at all!  As an average, they are 1 ½ - 2 inches in length but sometimes they are small and sometimes they are jumbo.  Different folks like them different sizes and we try to alert guests ordering them when they are jumbo because there is a lot of belly going on there!


If you’re really interested, there’s an interesting article from the NY Times here with some good recipes:

 Click here for the NY Times article


At different times of the year, we offer featured menus.  In the spring, we off a tapas tasting style menu.  At the end of summer we feature a lobster-centric menu, this year we expanded it to include more seafood .  We always have a gluten free menu available and we try and highlight our featured menus to alert our gluten intolerant guests to those features.  We are a quick drive from Lakewood Ranch or Palmer Ranch and are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with a great Sunday Brunch served a la carte from 10AM til 2 PM Sundays with $1.99 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. If you have not yet tried us, please come join us!

Thursday, 29 October 2015 15:03

Bowls Of Hope

Bowls of Hope

When: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231


We have been working with the dedicated team at All Faiths Food Bank for many years. You can buy tickets in advance by visiting their website here :

Over the last few years we have served up our Butternut Squash Bisque.  Again this year, Miles himself will be ladling soup for a cause.  Head on out to Phillippi Estate on Sunday November 8th and get a taste, or follow the recipe and make it for yourself! (Secret ingredient revealed)



Friday, 16 October 2015 16:11

Fall Seasonal Menu

Back for a limited time only, Madfish Grill's Seasonal Menu is here now through November 30th! We'll be offering all things fall as well as new items such as Pork Belly with cauliflower puree and Crispy Chicken with Bacon Jam! Come on in and see what the fuss is about!


Back for a limited time only, Madfish Lobster and Seafood Fest is here now through September 30th! We'll be offering a special menu featuring all things lobster as well as other seafood specialties. Stop in today and see what all the talk is about! 

Lobster Fest 2015

It's time for our favorite menu of the year... the Tasting Menu is here!  This year’s small plate tapas-style menu features more new creations than ever.  We love that this menu allows for some creativity on our end... we get to be a little more eclectic as usual while still bringing you a great deal on delicious food.  We’re making everything from scratch and using local food when possible, which we are really excited about.  There are also several Gluten free options!  Included on this year’s Tasting Menu are some premium wines, cocktails and desserts perfect for the summer... Wicked Storm paired with Grilled Pound Cake, anyone?   Tasting items are $8.99 each or 3 for $24.


Madfish is proudly featuring locally crafted Wicked premium rums. These refreshing spirits are a perfect way to enjoy the summer!

Wicked Storm
Wicked spiced rum, ginger beer, orange + chilled copper mug

Florida Punch 
Wicked silver rum, Wicked coconut rum, cranberry + pineapple juices

Mango Guavatini 
icked silver rum, fresh squeezed lemon & lime juices, mango + guava served chilled up

Wicked Barrel Strawberry Lemonade
Oak barrel aged local rum, muddled with strawberries & Gran Marnier + fresh squeezed lemonade

White...Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ

Red...Campo Lindo, Tempranillo, Spain


Calamari Scampi (Gluten free option)
Sauteed calamari, garlic, olive oil, lemon, white win, oven roasted tomatoes + wilted baby kale

Cuban Eggrolls
Pork, ham, Swiss cheese, house pickles + mustard sauce

Tenderloin Bruschetta 
Sautéed tenderloin tips, roasted peppers, frizzled onions, grilled rosemary crostini + gorgonzola sauce

Chicken-Lemongrass Potstickers 
Artisan dumplings, sweet chili & soy drizzle + Szechuan green beans

Kale Salad (Gluten free option)
Baby kale, roasted beets, chevre, candied sunflower seeds + citrus vinaigrette

Fried Green Tomato Stack
Green tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, greens, goat cheese + aged balsamic drizzle

N' Orleans BBQ Shrimp 
This dish was created in New Orleans and is not barbecued at all! Sautéed shell on shrimp, AMAZING Cajun butter sauce, toasted rosemary bread = yummy goodness


Thai Curry Mussels 
PEI mussels, cilantro, edamame, red peppers, shredded carrot, Panang curry broth + jasmine rice

Cinnamon-Chipotle Salmon (Gluten free option)
Pan seared & served with radish salad + wild berry sauce

Chicken Marley (Gluten free option)
Chargrilled chicken breast, house roasted tomatoes, grilled asparagus + honey-soy beurre blanc

Pork Belly Tacos al Pastor 
Soft corn tortilla, seasoned pork belly, grilled pineapple, cilantro, pickled onion + jalapeno

Steamed Pork Buns 
Tender sliced pork loin, chili-peanut sauce, house pickled vegetables + steamed Vietnamese buns

Blackened Mahi Sliders 
Blackened mahi, shredded lettuce, barbequed tomatoes + chipotle aioli

Beef Short Ribs 
Slow cooked beef short ribs, red wine-mushroom ragu + mashed potatoes

Grouper Carciofi (Gluten free option)
Sautéed grouper medallions, garlic, artichoke hearts, tomato, white wine, lemon + basil



Grilled Pound Cake
Warm grilled pound cake, fresh berries, balsamic syrup + whipped cream

Nutella Torte (Gluten free option)
Gluten free hazelnut cake, layers of chocolate hazelnut cream, salted caramel sauce + whipped cream



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Madfish Grill
4059 Cattleman Road 
Sarasota, FL 34233

941.377.3474 (FISH)