Catch 27

I can not believe it’s taken me this long to talk about Catch 27!!!  Believe me, my negligence has nothing to do with the quality of this amazing restaurant… I’ve recommended Catch 27 as serving the best local fish in St. Augustine countless times on facebook and twitter… now it’s time for me to sing their praises on the blog. Catch 27 is my favorite destination for fresh, locally caught fish in St. Augustine.

{Ok, penance is made. Moving on to the review…}

Shrimp & Grits at Catch 27

First things first. You need to know about alcohol. As in, they don’t serve any. But before you close this review, let me tell you the rest of the story! Catch 27 invites diners to BYO beer or wine and will happily chill your beverage and serve it tableside gratis {no extra charge}.

Nearby wine shop, The Gifted Cork, offers 10% off for Catch 27 diners if you want to pick up a bottle in town. Mrs. Jeanne is awesome like that.

There is no corkage fee to BYO wine to Catch 27.

The dining room at Catch 27 is small. petite. pequeño. miniscule. cozy. The amazing thing about this is the get-to-know-your-neighbors atmosphere. For example, on my first visit there, we didn’t know about the BYO wine rule & the table next to us overheard and reached over to pour glasses for my friend and me!

The downside to the cozy dining room is I rarely get to go. Let’s put it this way- when we went there for my birthday, our best option was the patio {me + hubby + 6 kids + Mom & Dad = 10}. The upside is the patio is great, we had it to ourselves and we could hear Stu Weaver‘s live music next door at Spy. They sang me Happy Bday from next door… totally made my night. :)

There are a few reasons why Catch 27 is my fave local fish place:

1. The Minorcan Clam Chowder is local and spicy. It’s no secret that I love local. This chowder has its roots in St. Augustine’s Minorcan heritage dating all the way back to 1777.

2. Fresh {fresh, fresh, fresh, fresh} Fish This is actually reason #1 but I’m not going to restructure the whole post. But I digress. Reason #2 {#1! ha!} to love Catch 27 is your filet of fish has been on land less than 24 hours. Probably less than 12. We live in FLORIDA… there is absolutely no reason to eat imported, pond-raised tilapia from Costa Rica.

Owner Stephen Hutson’s passion is offering only local, sustainable fish. A glance at the mural in the dining room reveals the variety available off our coast. Mahi is abundant as is flounder, triggerfish (aka “poor man’s lobster”), pompano, sheepshead and vermillion snapper. Each day, the restaurant offers the fresh catch from the morning- diners are typically able to choose between two fish.

3. Flexible, friendly kitchen Gluten free? Dairy free? Can’t eat pepper? No problem. The staff is friendly and flexible. They’ll happily sub fresh veggies or potatoes for pasta. Speaking of potatoes- order the potato gratin. You’re welcome. 

Rustic Fish is my favorite preparation at Catch 27. It’s simple and showcases the freshness of the catch!

There is so much more to love about Catch 27… the menu is small but offers plenty of variety, the most expensive entree is $20, and did I mention the fish is fresh?? If you’ve been, comment on this post with all the reasons YOU love Catch 27! If you haven’t, it’s time for you to check this little gem out!

Catch 27
17 Hypolita Street
(904) 217-8190
If you’re not a fish enthusiast, they also have pork, chicken and meatloaf on the menu. 

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  1. Those dishes look delicious! Well prepared fresh fish is hard to beat.

    • The fish is so fresh, Catch’s simplest preparation is my favorite! LMK if you guys make it over to the First Coast & want to double date. :)

  2. It all looks so good Ali! I still haven’t made it by there yet, obviously I need to do that. Thanks for the info on the BYO wine, sounds like a good girls night spot.

  3. Finally ate here last night – fantastic food and great service. New favorite seafood spot!

  4. Jonathan says:

    If you’re not a fish fan, bacon wrapped meatloaf is outstanding!

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