Open since: Aug. 20
Location: Gwinnett's first Bonefish Grill is located in The Avenue Webb Gin shopping center, beside Famous Footwear and Barnes and Noble.
Owner: John Morst, managing partner
Hours: Bonefish is open from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to
11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Atmosphere: With sandy walls and a silver coastline silhouette running throughout the interior, Bonefish Grill perfectly executes the laid-back refinement of fine, family coastal dining. Which is a feat, since it's located hours from the beach.
Glossy wood tables, clean lines and dim lighting lend an elegant, but still genial and warm, feel.
On week nights, the after-work crowd mingles at the restaurant's long, sleek bar over signature cocktails and glasses of wine. In the large dining area, families and couples gather for meals of classic seafood cuisine.
The menu: Bonefish specializes in fresh seafood, using innovative ingredients in classic dishes. The cuisine doesn't fit any one specialty, and influences range from Mediterranean and Spanish to American and Asian.
A starters menu features nine options, including the restaurant's several shrimp specialties. The mussels Josephine, served with a sauce of sauteed tomatoes, garlic, sweet Genovese basil and lemon wine sauce, and the Ahi Tuna sashimi, served with pickled ginger and wasabi, are customer favorites.
Bonefish has become known for its specialized, made-to-order seafood dishes. Four sauce options - warm mango salsa, pan Asian, lemon butter and virgin Mediterranean - are offered atop a variety of fish and shellfish entrees, including lobster tails, sea scallops, grouper and salmon.
No diner should leave without sampling the Maryland crab cakes, either as a main dish or as an appetizer, Morst said.
"We've had people come in from Maryland who doubted our crab cakes could be as good as they are up North. But they agreed that yes, these crab cakes taste just as good, if not better, than they do in Maryland," he said.
For land-lovers, Bonefish offers several pasta, chicken, steak and pork dishes. The Lily chicken, a fire-roasted chicken breast topped with Chevre goat cheese, wilted spinach, Spanish artichokes and lemon-basil sauce, is a Bonefish staple, and is a top seller among the non-seafood dishes, Morst said.
Beverages: Bonefish offers a long list of wines and beers, as well as signature cocktails such as mango sangria and Georgia peach martini. Coca-Cola products, tea and water are also available.
Dessert: The Bonefish dessert menu is short and sweet, made up of a deep dish, pecan-crusted Key lime pie, chocolate macadamia nut brownies and creme brulee.
Things you might not know: Bonefish Grill is a Florida-based franchise with several locations throughout the Southeast. In Georgia, there are locations in Alpharetta, St. Simons, Savannah and Augusta. This is the first Bonefish Grill in Gwinnett.