While the Fish House is a seafood restaurant, our Midwestern roots heavily shape our perspective on dining. We strive to serve simple, quality food prepared with great care and skill alongside boutique oysters and sustainable wine. We offer our guests a gratifying meal and warm experience without pretension or exclusion.


Owner, General Manager

Born and raised in Wichita, Laura found her home working in the restaurants of Lawrence. She won’t shy away from telling you there is something magical that happens when a group of individuals come together for the common cause of great service every night. With more than 10 years of experience working almost every job in a restaurant, she understands that true hospitality comes from the generous and informed work of her team. She’s living her best life when she shares a beautiful glass of wine with her guests and service family after a long day of work.

Head Chef & Epicure

Michael is a Kansas City native who began his restaurant career at age 14. After graduating from culinary school, Micheal moved to the West Coast, working with fresh seafood in Portland, OR and Sacramento. Micheal’s culinary style mimics his personality: it shows his immense skill and dedication but always remains playful and unconventional. He is a dedicated cat dad and avid science fiction reader.

Head Chef

Harrison started his culinary career in Lawrence as an apprentice, and after graduating culinary school, he traveled to work on the East Coast where his love of working with fresh seafood took root. Harrison is driven and inspired by the people and culinary traditions of the places he’s visited around the world. Borrowing processes from his work as a florist, he aims to keep his culinary style delicate and detailed yet uniquely complex.

Bar Manager

Darren is a skilled bartender and leader with a penchant for amari, craft cocktails, and menu development for both front and back of house. He helped open the Fish House in 2016 and has worked as a server, host, line cook, bartender, and manager. Darren does a bit of everything, giving him a unique creative perspective and a holistic understanding of what it means to provide genuine hospitality.


the TEAM

The Fish House was realized by a group of individuals with a genuine passion for food, wine, hospitality, and the local community. From artists and writers to farmers and metalsmiths, our staff reflects the creativity and diversity that defines Lawrence and the service industry. Watching friends, family, and complete strangers share a meal and a bottle of wine — and knowing we helped to cultivate this experience — is nothing short of a dream come true. Together we are working to bring something better to the table everyday.


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