Restaurant: Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar
Location: 230 Hammond Dr NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Overall Rating: 8.5
Price Range: $$ ($11 – $30)
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William and I have a standing tradition of having a dining out date night at least once a week. Most weeks that date night is our “Taco Tuesday” which takes place on any night of the week but always at a Mexican restaurant. Every once in a while we switch up our dining out date night and try a new restaurant. Recently we decided to try something new and ended up at Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar.
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Tin Can Fish House & Oyster bar is located in Sandy Springs, Georgia just outside of the 285 Perimeter (Roswell Road area). We visited on a Thursday night and arrived around 6:00 PM. Upon arrival (to a relatively empty restaurant) we were enthusiastically greeted and quickly seated. Our server arrived just after were were seated and immediately took our beverage order.
After our drinks arrived we ordered raw oysters that arrived within 5 minutes of the order being placed. While we were eating our oysters we put in our entree orders and they arrived just after we finished the appetizer.
It was amazing how quickly the restaurant began to fill up with guests. We noticed that almost everyone who was eating at the restaurant ordered the raw oysters as well. By time we left, the restaurant was very full and it was nice to see the range in demographics of the people eating there.
My husband and I have been craving oysters on the half shell so we were excited to see them on the menu here. They were delicious, and nicely shucked. They were served with a house cocktail sauce and saltine crackers. A dozen cost $15.00. There are other seasoned options for oysters on the menu if raw isn’t your thing. The oyster sizes were not consistent. It would have been nice if a few of them were a little bigger… but all together, they were just what we were craving.
Fried Oyster Basket: The oysters were fried to perfection and seasoned just right. They were not oily and the batter is so different than anything I’ve had before. Just thinking about these oysters is making me hungry. The basket came with two sides and cost $11.00.
Fried Crawfish Tail Po’ Boy: One word… Amazing. I’ve had crawfish tail po’ boys before but they have never tasted like this one. The crawfish was cooked perfectly (there’s nothing worse than over fried crawfish tails). The bread for the sandwich was fresh and soft. There was a great sauce on the sandwich that was a spicy but not overly spicy. The po’ boy came with two sides and costs $11.00.
Jalapeño Slaw: I’m not a slaw person, but this slaw was rather tasty. The jalapeños were not overpowering but gave the side a nice flavor.
Hush Puppies: I love hush puppies and these did not disappoint. 6 were served with the entree.
Fried Okra: If you’re a southerner you know all about fried okra. The okra was great. It cooked perfectly — nice and crunchy!
Cheese Grits: Nothing special but tasted good.
House Tartar Sauce: I’ll be honest with you. I don’t like tartar sauce. The standard mayonnaise and pickle combination usually isn’t my thing. Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar has changed my mind on tartar sauce. Their house made sauce was great and I would encourage anyone (even the non tartar sauce people) to give it a try.
House Cocktail Sauce: The house cocktail sauce was served with our oysters. It was good. Nothing particularly special about it.
ATMOSPHERE: 7.5 – The atmosphere for the restaurant was inviting. There were quite a few TVs (playing sports) and the music was was inviting and at a good sound level for holding a conversation. Because the restaurant is located in a strip mall so the view is of a large parking lot. It’s not super “hip” but it is inviting.
Taste: 9 – The food was really delicious and the portions were perfect. Our food was served quickly and at the right temperature.
Service: 9 – Great service. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, offered suggestions when needed, and had a great personality.
Overall: 8.5. We really enjoyed the restaurant and are excited to have found another affordable and tasty restaurant in the metro Atlanta area. We can’t wait to go back and try some other items on the menu.