Thursday, July 18, 2024

The oven-roasted whole black sea bass at Out of the Blue in Somerville’s Davis Square. (Photo: Nhung N. via Yelp)

Davis Square seafood restaurant Out of the Blue is closing this month, its owners retiring after more than two decades.

Lydia and Steve Liakos have run the restaurant, at 215 Elm St., since 2000, serving large Italian-inspired seafood plates. Its menu includes oven-roasted whole fish and haddock stew alongside pasta specialities such as shrimp scampi linguine and frutte di mare.

Lydia Liakos announced the closing in the Davis Square Facebook group on Tuesday with “mixed emotions.”

“After 23½ years it is time to say goodbye. It’s been an amazing journey and we loved every minute of it,” Liakos wrote. “Our employees became family. Our customers became friends. The square became our neighborhood.”

The post has been met with more than 100 comments, mostly from customers lamenting the loss.

“My husband and I were frequent customers and will be sure to visit in the next couple of weeks,” one commenter wrote. “Sad to see you go.”

Users called Out of the Blue “my favorite restaurant in Davis Square,” “one of our favorite places to eat,” “a favorite for many years” and “the best restaurant in Davis.”

“We have many many wonderful memories of eating at Out of the Blue on date nights, with our kids and with out-of-town guests. You’re by far our favorite seafood restaurant anywhere and many of your dishes set a benchmark that other places don’t live up to. We’ve always felt like friends/family when we’ve dined with you,” another commenter wrote.

Its last night open will be Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.