Earlier this week, Award Winning Restaurant chain, Bonefish Grill, officially opened in Chapel View in Cranston. Founded in 2000 in St. Petersburg, FL, this is the first Bonefish Grill to hit New England. It was a special night with an entire ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening. Many seafood lovers were lining up to taste the signature dishes from their mouth-watering menu. Consisting of market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties, Bonefish Grill is not your typical restaurant chain. They were recently named “Top Overall Restaurant”, “Best Seafood,” “Top Service,” “Top Rated Food,” “Top Healthy Options” and “Top Rated Facilities” category winner of ZAGAT’s 2011 National Chain Restaurants Survey. They seem to be the hospitality equivalent of Meryl Streep when it comes to winning awards.
We had the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes during our first visit. We would recommend the Lobster Rangoons which were stuffed with luscious lobster meat and rich, cream cheese and served with a sweet, tangy dipping sauce. I even found an entire lobster claw hidden inside. A bargain for $8.50!
We couldn’t seem to get enough of the Mussels Josephine. These Prince Island Mussels were sauteed in tomatoes, garlic, basil, and lemon wine sauce. The most unique aspect was the mussels’ irresistibly, smoky flavor. We would highly recommend ordering these upon your first visit!
Other signature appetizers include Bang Bang Shrimp, Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Fried Whole Belly Clams, Ceviche, and lots more!
Bonefish Grill is best known for their wood-grilled seafood selection with a mix-and-match type format. Diners have the option to choose any fish on the menu to be paired with one of their signature sauces (such as pan asian, lemon butter, chimichurri, or mango salsa).
I opted for the Chilean Sea Bass with a herbaceous chimichurri sauce. The fish was soft, delicate, and flaky. It was cooked perfectly and I enjoyed the charred flavor that the grill added to the exterior. It was simple and straightforward, yet delicious…the way fish should be.
With the addition of Bonefish Grill, Chapel View is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations outside of Providence for dining. In case you are like me and prefer to avoid traffic and get frustrated searching for parking downtown, you should head to Cranston instead. Located on the 2nd level of the building, my table at Bonefish Grill overlooked the entire city and what appeared to be the Newport Bridge illuminated in the backdrop. It has a similar big city feel without all the hustle and bustle, making for a great, enjoyable night out. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget some delicious seafood too!!!