Fish Out of Water is a hidden gem


Fish Out of Water Executive Chef Brian Murray in his domain.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 02:24 PM.

On County Road 30A, there is an abundance of dining choices, in both casual and fine-dining genre. And if it is fine dining you are looking for with ambiance that is second to none, Fish Out of Water is an excellent choice.

Tucked away off the main street and away from the crowds, the restaurant could easily be overlooked or thought of as just a resort restaurant. However, FOOW is open to the public and has bragging rights to being one of the few restaurants on 30A with a view of the Gulf.

Adjoining the WaterColor Inn, FOOW is located on the second floor, which affords a fabulous view of not only the blue Gulf waters, but also the dunes and two pools from its deck. The wide covered deck also affords excellent Gulf breezes.

Indoors the view is also stunning as the walls of the spacious and glamorous interior are adorned with a variety of artwork by local artists, and the sea oats outside were recreated indoors as works of art in glass.

The David Rockwell-designed building can seat 170 comfortably in the restaurant, 40 in the bar/lounge area, and another 40 on the dining terrace.

The restaurant boasts of two of the top chefs on the A.

Executive Chef Brian Murray has been at FOOW for eight years and under his guidance has led the restaurant in garnering accolades such as AAA's Four Diamond Award; and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence award.

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