December 11, 2006
True to its name, The Naked Fish serves mostly seafood and seafood-based dishes. If you do not like seafood, there are little to no options for you in the entrée section of The Naked Fish's menu. Being a vegetarian, I do not like going to these types of restaurants because there is nothing that can be substituted for the meat in the courses on their menu. I dealt with this during my visit by ordering a few sides and a salad as a meal, but I really think this restaurant's menu may be too focused and rigid.
The Naked Fish in Westborough is a very nice restaurant itself. The interior is split into bar and dining areas where patrons can meet for a drink after work or formally dine. The low lit interior is pleasing and the decor is peaceful and in good taste. Upon entering the restaurant, patrons can look into a picture window that overlooks the kitchen to see the food being freshly prepared. Steering and flambe techniques are on display for all to see.
The Naked Fish easily accommodates large parties with either long rectangular or huge round tables. The waitstaff is very friendly and knowledgeable and has no problem making recommendations to large parties about how many appetizers to get or what have you. They also give great details about their specials (even though their specials are again only seafood typically).
Prices for The Naked Fish entrées seem a bit high, especially given the restaurant's suburban location and chain appeal. Most seafood dishes cost between $20-$30 with the higher end items like lobster (at $26) not being much higher than the plantain-crusted tuna ($22). Salads and appetizers are also higher than one would expect given this restaurant's location. I tend not to think of Caribbean inspired seafood as being expensive, but the Naked Fish seems to be the exception to this.
All in all, our dining experience at The Naked Fish with a group of coworkers was a pleasant one. I probably wouldn't have picked this restaurant for myself and probably won't go back again given my dietary restrictions, but it did make for a nice choice for the rest of our party. Everyone (with myself as the exception) thoroughly enjoyed their meals and was raving about the quality of the seafood.
From journal The Best of the West of Boston