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Hungry for lionfish or ready to try this delicious fish for the first time? Ever wondered what lionfish tastes like and want to satisfy your culinary curiosities? Contrary to what you may have been told, lionfish is not poisonous and is safe to eat where it is served!

Create a demand for lionfish by asking for it at your favorite seafood restaurant and always eat lionfish when it is on the menu!

Support the restaurants, stores and other businesses that sell wild-caught lionfish at these fine locations (when available):

Caribbean and Latin America

 Scary Dragon Roll from Lionfish at E Sushi Shap in Aruba

Anguilla BWI

Antigua and Barbuda





Lionfish Ceviche from Paradise Moon in Bonaire


Cayman Islands




Dominican Republic




MexicoLionfish Ceviche from La Perlita in Cozumel, Mexico


Puerto Rico

St. Kitts and Nevis

United States




Eat Lionfish at these Restaurants and Markets

New York

North Carolina

South Carolina



Have you seen lionfish on the menu in other locations? Please let us know and send us an email. We do our best to complete a bit of research on each restaurant before adding them to this page. If we cannot verify through their website, social media pages, review sites, photos, etc. that they serve lionfish when it is available then we usually will not include them here.

Updated March 15, 2014

About the Author:

L. Scott Harrell is the co-founder of the World Lionfish Hunters Association. He now owns Triple Sail Scuba in Cozumel, Mexico and offers expert PADI scuba instruction, diving tours and lionfish related education and consulting services.

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  1. Greg Hutcheson says:

    I had Lionfish at the Las Brisas Restaurant at the Fairmont Mayakoba in the Mayan Riviera, if you would like to add that to your list.

  2. Scott, thank you for linking to my blog, Florida Nature Uncovered! I recently told my neighborhood sushi restaurant (Sushi Pop: about serving lionfish, and they expressed an interest! Happy hunting. – Christine

  3. Janine Chapman says:

    The Cannibal Café in Roatan is serving the little @*&*(&!^.

  4. ashley sheldon says:

    It’s too bad it’s not on the menu on the West Coast of the USA. Portland, OR.

  5. Allen says:

    Sundowners in West End, Roatan now has a weekly lionfish menu.

  6. Alan Vellacott says:

    Please add the Flying Fish restaurant which is in Port Lucaya, Freeport, Grand Bahama as having Lion Fish on the menu. Its awesome!!

  7. Briggitte says:

    Where can one order lionfish, that isn’t a restaurant? For example, wholesalers or retailers. Thanks.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Does anyone know of a grocery chain that is considering selling lionfish? I’d love to add my voice to support any such movement.

  9. Meredith says:

    This list is really helpful! Thanks for compiling and posting.

    I highly recommend the Lionfish Ceviche at Paradise Moon, Bonaire.

  10. Naturedigger says:

    I would definitely draw more attention to the fact that they are a serious threat to our oceans, and by eating them, you’re doing a great service to the environment by eliminating a major invasive species. Nice work World Lionfish Hunters Association!!!

  11. Katy says:

    I had a divemaster catch us some lionfish in Jamaica a few years ago. We took them to the chef and he cooked them up for us. It was delicious. I’ve been trying to buy fillets to cook at home stateside ever since.

  12. Alexis Robles says:

    I really support the consumption of this fish, however the only reason why its an issue in the first place is because its taking its turn destroying reefs we’re destroying in the first place. Killing the Lionfish alone wont help the reef environment if people continue to over fish the waters. If that’s the case, we just want to be the big lionfish in town. The lionfish shouldn’t just be eradicated, it should serve as an example for us cognitive thinkers to realize we need to stop over fishing and destroying these habitats.

  13. Bob Powers says:

    Straw Hat in Anguilla has served lion fish – see

    Straw Hat was recently named (2014) one of Fodor’s top 10 Caribbean Restaurant’s and one of the 50 Best Caribbean Restaurants (2013) by the Caribbean Journal.

  14. look forward to coming down and try and the lion fish. need a good vacation. keep up the good work:-)

  15. Janet says:

    Two new places serving Lionfish 1) Crab E. Bills Snack Bar in Sebastian, FL and 2) District Table and Bar in Stuart, FL

  16. Art Kirby says:

    Okay… so if a restaurant wanted to offer lionfish on the menu, how does one find a supplier in Florida, or anywhere for that matter?

    As with any commodity, what is the going rate per fish? Is it cost effective for local divers to supply fish mongers with lionfish? How harsh is it to freeze or preserve and ship? Or, must it be served fresh / unfrozen?

    It appears to be an untapped commodity. I am wondering why the prolific lionfish hasn’t found it’s way to the plates of more Americans?

  17. Do you know of any place in the United States that will sell and ship lionfish for preparation at home? I’m looking up everywhere and can’t find it. I think there could be a real market for this in the US as people are learning more and more about this very sustainable and nuisance of a fish

  18. Gavirio Vicuta says:

    There’s not enough supply for a viable Lionfish market as much of what is being said about them, particularly in relation to their reproduction rate, is loaded with hysteria, exaggerations, misinformation, outright lies, etc. They sure are delicious nonetheless. However, they don’t survive in enough numbers and size to warrant a feasible market.

  19. Tim jackson says:

    I would enjoy info on how I can add loin fish on my menu in charleston sc

  20. Laura Coker says:

    There’s a restaurant called Central in Montgomery, Alabama (129 Coosa Street) that serves AMAZING whole lionfish. It’s first seared then put in the big hickory brick ovens to finish it off. Topped with a super tasty, housemade chimichurri sauce and served with no-joke fresh (I’m talking…picked THAT morning just for YOU, fresh!) farm-to-table veggies from a local farmer who also tries to teach and engage H.S. students about urban farming and sustainability. REALLY cool company themselves!!! (They’re named Eat South, just in case anybody was wanting to look into them. :-) Sorry…I digress. 😛 :-) )
    Just go in and order it already!! EVERY person I’ve seen order it, nearly licks their plate clean (and Chef insists on giving you a MINIMUM of TWO POUNDS of fish!!!!! SERIOUSLY!!)

    And, “NO” if anyone was wondering…I don’t own the restaurant or farm I just spoke so highly of. I’m a server there, but I TOTALLY SWEAR AND PROMISE I would definitely NOT have taken 35 minutes out of my life to write this if I didn’t truly believe it! I’ve seen/sold a lot of them so next time you’re in Montgomery, Alabama, come eat some insanely delicious, super fresh, and beautifully & expertly prepared Lionfish at Central with your new friend here, Laura C. 😉
    See y’all soon!!!

  21. Grills restaurant in Melbourne, Florida serves lionfish that the owner spear fishes himself. there are links and details on their website.

  22. Vince Wylde says:

    I would agree with Gavirio Vicuta if Andrew Zimmern, who quite knows his stuff, hadn’t supported the problem with Lion Fish on his show. The “hysteria” is not all bunk. However, I imagine the availability of Lion Fish is limited for the same reason you can’t just serve up Blow Fish (Fugu). If anyone could serve it up at home, there is the risk they will prepare it wrong and poison themselves by ingesting the toxins in the parts that must be safely removed. For that reason, you probably won’t ever see them commercially available. If someone were to injure themselves or worse, they wouldn’t hesitate to sue over their ignorance.

  23. rob says:

    Wondering why this has not captured the imagination of Californians. I would love to try lion fish tacos and it appears the closest known establishment serving the invasive fish is Texas.

    Are there distributors trying to get these to California? San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego County all have expensive restaurants that I think would create a buzz with the inclusion of lion fish on the menu.

    I am hoping that I get to try it soon!

  24. rob says:

    Please hit me with any information related to lion fish served in Southern California!

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