About Goodfish Grill

What's a trip down the shore without seafood? Forget about the giant seafood restaurants that are only concerned about table turnover and have standard menus. At the Goodfish Grill, located at 3805 Pacific Avenue in Wildwood, you'll be seated in a cozy environment and served the freshest seafood available with a palate pleasing twist. The word 'ordinary' is not in the Goodfish Grill's vocabulary, from the charms of the building, to the different flavoring combinations of the food, to their extensive rum and wine collections - this restaurant is about more than just food; it's about an experience.

Jon Paul Paxton, Owner


Jon has played a big role in the revitalization of the Wildwoods. Born in Delaware County, PA, Jon spent his school years in Cape May. Upon graduating from Lower Cape May Regional High School, Paxton moved to Wildwood where he still lives. Jon did not earn his proven business acumen from a university, but in the real and risky world of development. Renowned for his expertise developing underutilized areas in a quality way, Jon is perhaps best known as creator of Juan Pablo's Margarita Bar & Restaurant and Goodfish Grill. Paxton also strives to create a strong and vibrant community through his work with area non-profits.

"I've made it my passion to combine the best experience, taste and style to dining and nightlife."
- Jon Paul Paxton

Chef Jeff Fairman


Growing up in the farmlands of Pennsylvania, Chef Jeff Fairman discovered a deep passion for all things culinary. By the age of 12, he committed himself to becoming a fine chef; and by 18, he was immersed in the world of professional cooking. His education has come from working every station in several kitchens - years of intense study in a classroom better known as "the field". From the beginning, it was clear that his culinary creativity was a natural gift and his skills were developing quickly. Chef Jeff's career path led him to several well-respected kitchens in the Portland, ME and Boston, MA areas. He has also served as a chef consultant to several restaurants along the East Coast. Aside from the honor of recognition and accolades from a number of regional publications, Travel & Leisure Magazine, and ABC's Good Morning America, he also appeared on a weekly TV cooking show on Portland, Maine's ABC affiliate, WMTW. He has had the pleasure of "rubbing shoulders" in the kitchen with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.

Fairman is recognized in the industry as an outstanding culinarian with a clean, honest approach to cooking which allows the true flavors of the food to speak for themselves. His cuisine is whimsical and extremely approachable, yet bears subtle nuances of incredible depth and complexity of flavors.

He has an amazing sense of culinary adventure and wonder. Skillfully, he blends regional and cultural idioms to produce food that is unmistakably his own. He combines tastes and textures in unexpected ways, and the results are sensational. Chef Jeff's cooking style is truly without borders.

Chef Jeff has a magical way with food, an imaginative take on the culinary, and simply a gift for good food. He deeply loves food, cooking and the infinite possibilities that he "brings to the table". As he proudly presides over the kitchen at Juan Pablo's and the Goodfish Grill, he is expressing his culinary vision with exciting passion and inspiration. He insists that each and every plate be the best it can be…a philosophy that blends perfectly with these two restaurants.