Meet Stephen Karakosta, owner of Mr. Big Fish in Naples. His experience is home grown from watching is grandparents and parents started Mel’s Diner. Everything was made from scratch, while his mom and grandmother worked the front of the restaurant. The family is also known for Stevie Tomato’s and Big Al’s – which was his first gig.

Now at Mr. Big Fish, Karakosta loves his hidden gem located in a strip shopping center near Waterside Shops. The place is packed at dinner time. Reservations are highly recommended. You can get a taste of Big Fish weeknights from 3 to 5 p.m. for $17 – featuring salmon, mahi mahi, pastas, jumbo shrimp, New York strip and more. Must purchase a beverage to get the deal. There are also $8 lunch specials Monday through Friday – dine in only. Happy Hour is every day with $2 off liquor, beer or wine.

The restaurant offers simple, fresh, traditional food with excellent service. Menu highlights include crisp salads, hot breads, chowder, local seafood brought in daily, hand – cut steaks, wines and beer.

For apps try snapping shrimp which is lightly battered and served with a sweet and spicy sauce. There is key west conch and Big Fish seafood chowder – voted number one in Naples. For a lighter meal check out one of the baskets with shrimp, chicken, grouper, beer battered fish. Six different salads are on the menu and protein can be added to all. If you don’t want a basket on the lighter side try a sandwich – there are ten on the menu from the oyster big bowl to a bacon cheeseburger.

For dinner try off the boat selections of grouper, mahi-mahi, salmon, jumbo shrimp and daily features. The fish can be prepared any way you like. They also have fajitas.

There is a nice children’s menu. While the kids wait for food  they get a treasure box full of fun stuff to keep them busy.

Our service was amazing.